Karen Rosian, Psy.D.

Karen Rosian, Psy.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She obtained her BA in Psychology from Northern Illinois University, and then attended the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Chicago, earning both her Master’s Degree and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Rosian has worked in several community based-settings throughout her career, providing services to individuals across the lifespan. She began her professional career working with individuals dually diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and chronic mental illness. She practiced in a therapeutic day treatment center and provided treatment in the milieu setting, as well as providing skill based groups and individual therapy. She later went on to work in a psychosocial rehabilitation setting working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities providing both behavioral and therapeutic services. Prior to joining the Anxiety and Stress Center, Dr. Rosian worked with adults with chronic mental illness residing in long-term care nursing facilities, providing individual and group psychotherapy.

Dr. Rosian utilizes contextual behavioral approaches to therapy including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). These contextual approaches share the common facet of addressing target behaviors in relation to the environment in which they occur. Dr. Rosian has also been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a therapeutic technique primarily utilized to treat trauma related disorders. Primary areas of specialties include, but are not limited to, Depression and Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Anger Management, Dual Diagnosis of Intellectual Disability and Mental Illness, Stress Management and Life Difficulties, LGBTQIA, Parenting Difficulties, Grief & Loss, and Behavior Management.

Dr. Rosian provides services to individuals across the lifespan from childhood into the elder years. When working with children, Dr. Rosian primarily utilizes a behavioral approach that incorporates the family or primary caregivers to assist in enacting change in the child’s targeted behaviors, whether the child may be hyperactive or inattentive, or demonstrating problem behavior at school or home. This may include teaching the child and family coping skills to manage behavior or regulate emotions, or behavioral interventions to provide structure and consistency to the home and/or school environments.

Dr. Rosian’s therapeutic work with adults utilizes a values and acceptance-based approach to therapy to help adults change their relationship with their thoughts and engage in more meaningful behavior patterns. This may include teaching one how to be more mindful, regulate emotions effectively, or engage in relationships in a more meaningful and value-oriented manner. Her therapeutic style involves creating an open and safe environment for individuals to explore their relationships and values, and to then develop skills to make the behavioral changes they require to live in accordance with their individual and unique values.

Dr. Rosian herself values and appreciates the importance of staying informed of the most recent studies and evidence based treatments. In order to stay current, she regularly attends clinical workshops and seminars and strives to incorporate this information in her clinical work. Dr. Rosian is also a member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, Illinois Psychological Association and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.