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Karen Abbs

Karen Abbs
Wellbeing and resilience lead & Counsellor

Karen Abbs is the wellbeing and resilience lead and a counsellor at Open Briefing. Karen has been a practising therapist specialising in trauma for 20 years, and has worked in the humanitarian sector for the last decade. She was previously the mental health adviser to Médecins Sans Frontières and the Centre for Victims of Torture and the global training manager for InterHealth. She has two decades of safeguarding experience spanning Kashmir, Central African Republic, Sudan, Swaziland, Iraq, Jordan, South Sudan and Kenya as well as the United Kingdom and Canada. Karen holds a master’s degree in psychology and expressive arts therapy and is a member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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