KAREN KING, Counselling Psychologist

Karen King was first registered as a Psychologist in 2004 and has enjoyed a diverse career working with individuals in multi-national corporate organisations, mothers and their infants in a private hospital, children and adolescents at a not-for profit community foundation, and children and their families in a private clinic. Karen holds a Master of Psychology (Counselling) which involved six years training at university. In addition to her work at Early Start Australia | WA | West Leederville, Karen provides lectures for university postgraduate students.

Karen has a particular passion for detailed psychological assessments that unravel the complexities associated with dyslexia, intellectual giftedness and attention problems. Karen’s therapeutic areas of interest include mother-baby mental health, child social-emotional development and family relationship functioning. Her unique point of difference lies in her aptitude for integrating current best practice psychodynamic research into practical treatment interventions that have reliable and lasting outcomes.


Master of Psychology (Counselling)
Bachelor of Psychology
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)


Registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Endorsed in the area of Counselling Psychology with the Psychology Board of Australia
Medicare provider through Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative
Working with Children Check


Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Association of Counselling Psychologists (ACP)
Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation of WA (DSF)


King, K., Priddis, L., & Kane, R. (2015). Enhancing maternal sensitivity and emotional wellbeing through a preventative parent–child relationship intervention in a community setting. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(6), 1582-1592.

Professional Development:

Mentalization Based Treatment Practitioner Course – Professor Anthony Bateman (2017)
Understanding Dyslexia: Assessment of School Aged Children – Professor Nancy Mather (2016)
Mentalization Based Treatment for Personality Disorders – Professor Anthony Bateman (2016)
Circle of Security Registered Parenting Facilitator – Professor Bert Powell (2014)

Areas of Interest:

Individual and family therapy for children, adolescents and parents:

  • Post-natal depression and anxiety
  • Child and adolescent social-emotional difficulties
  • Family and couple relationship conflicts

Diagnostic assessments for children, adolescents and university students:

  • Specific Learning Disorders (SLD), including dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia
  • Intellectual giftedness
  • Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD)

Career Experience:

  • Individual and group therapy with mothers and their infants in a private hospital.
  • Diagnostic assessment for learning disorders with children and adolescents at a community foundation.
  • Assessment and therapy for children with an autism spectrum disorder in a private clinic.
  • Therapy offered through an employee assistance provider and a vocational rehabilitation provider to assist adults experiencing anxiety, stress, or depression.
  • Group interventions with large multi-national corporate organisations.


Karen welcomes referrals from individual families, medical specialists, health professionals, and educators.


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