Karen Nakayama

Interim Director
Psychologist
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

I am a third generation Japanese American and am from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I got my undergraduate degree in psychology from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico and my doctor of psychology degree in clinical psychology from the University of Denver. I am a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado. Before starting work at the Fort Lewis Counseling Center this fall semester 2007, I have been a counselor/staff psychologist at Metropolitan State College of Denver and the University of Denver.

My theoretical orientation is humanistic-existential. We are each unique human beings with world views that are individual, family, group, and culture based. Humanistic psychology focuses on our positive drives, goals and strengths; and counseling is focused on getting past the barriers that keep us from realizing our goals.

I am passionate about multicultural and diversity issues; my family and friends; enjoying the mountains, nature, and wildlife in the Durango area; mystery novels; meditation; jazz/blues music; and my companion dog Tomo. I am also a Broncos fan and this year a Rockies fan as well (Go Rockies!).