Doctors Profile

Dr. Karen Thornton


Karen is a Social Worker based in Oakville, Ontario who has worked with individuals, couples and families of various racial, cultural and religious backgrounds for over 15 years. She founded KMT The Learning Group to acquired over years of experience in the field of psychology, sociology and social work. Karen is passionate about learning and developing therapeutic tools and skills that meet the needs of clients in the area of relationship attachment, trauma, addiction, and mental health, learning disabilities, career and life dissatisfaction. As a therapist she specializes in concurrent disorders that impair the lives of individual, couples and family.  Karen’s personal experiences have granted her insight into the skills needed to build healthy connections with her clients that are transferrable to other relationship-connections in client’s life.

Karen has her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Western Ontario, and a Masters of Social Work degree from McMaster University.  In her studies and in further post-graduate training, she has developed skills in and practices Intergenerational Trauma Treatment Model (ITTM), PTSD, Emotionally Focussed Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Brief Solution Focussed Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Internal Systems Theory, Strengths Perspective, Mindfulness Theory, Psychodynamic Therapy, Anti-Oppressive Practice, Relational Life Therapy.

Karen has worked in the psychological field since 2001, and in that time she has received training in psychodignostic, psychoeducational and psychovocational assessment.  She has worked with children and adults diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) and concurrent diagnosis.  Karen has also worked with Acquired Brain Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury individuals.

Karen believes that each person is unique and does not try to fit the individual or couple to a theory but rather uses an eclectic approach in applying her training, based on the clients’ needs.

Karen provides counselling at three clinic locations (Oakville, Maple and Ajax) to meet the varying needs of her clientele.

Mission and Vision

The mission of KMT The Learning Group is to improve the mental health and life wellness of individuals, couples and families; therefore teaching them the tools they require to continue their journey of healing, growth and/or learning.  Our philosophy is HEALTH BRAIN-HEALTHY BODY.

The vision of KMT The Learning Group is for individuals to acquire greater self awareness, personal resilience and healthier relationship connection in their life, community and society.

Areas of Specialty

My main focus is working with individuals, couples and families, children and youths.

  •   Family conflict
  •   Addictions
  •   Couple enrichment and relationship attachment
  •   Abuse in childhood
  •   Adult children of divorce
  •   Parenting problems
  •   Issues of intimacy
  •   Lack of self esteem
  •   Stress management
  •   Improving mind-body connection
  •   Emotional abuse
  •   Depression and anxiety
  •   Trauma and PTSD
  •   ADHD…

Extended Insurance Coverage

Karen is a Member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.  Social Work is covered under many extended health benefit plans. Karen is also under the supervision of a Registered Psychological Associate who is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario.  As such, Karen’s services are not only covered under Social Work, but also under Psychology, with extended health benefits.

Working Hours

  • monday-
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  • wednesday09:30-02:30
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