Karen Doyle Buckwalter


Karen Doyle Buckwalter, LCSW, RPT-S is the Director and Owner of Carolina Attachment and Trauma Services. Her clinical areas of focus are attachment-related issues, trauma treatment, foster care and adoption, and residential treatment. She is also a trainer in Video Intervention Therapy. 

Karen completed her Level 1 Theraplay course in 1997 and earned Theraplay Trainer and Supervisor status in 2000. She has co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters as well as articles in Adoption Today and Fostering Families Today Magazines. She is the author of 2 books Attachment Theory in Action and Raising the Challenging Child. Karen has a special interest in the inter-generational transmission of attachment in adoption and is currently in a research partnership with the Center for Attachment Research at the New School examining this topic.

Karen has more than 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She holds a Master of Social Work Degree from Temple University and completed a 2-year post-master training program in Family Therapy at the Menninger Clinic. She is trained in scoring the Adult Attachment Interview. In addition, she has training in a diverse array of therapy approaches including Child Parent Psychotherapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Video Intervention Therapy, TF-CBT, EMDR, TBRI, and ARC.

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