Karen Skinulis

Karen Skinulis

Registered Psychotherapist · Bachelor's (Glendon College, 1983)

Member of College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

Psychotherapy Provider (Registered Psychotherapist) and Complementary/Alternative Service (Other)
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Karen Skinulis is a Registered Psychotherapist providing counseling and therapy in Richmond Hill under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist or Registered Psychological Associate who are members of the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Karen is a member of The Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists.
Karen specializes in working with parents, families, adolescents and individuals on a range of issues including: parenting (all developmental stages), child behavior, self-esteem, communication, anxiety/depression, divorce/separation/co-parenting, school-related concerns, and teen issues.

Without a doubt, parenting is the most important and difficult job in our society and the myriad challenges that parents face today are greater than ever. I’ve worked for the past twenty + years as a speaker, writer, and parent educator with the goal of helping parents master the tools and psychological know-how they need to be as effective as possible with their child. I follow an Adlerian approach because it’s been proven effective and provides a comprehensive understanding of child psychology and family dynamics. I also believe it fits perfectly in our times of social equality. I’ll not only work to help you better understand your child/teen’s behavior and underlying dynamics in your family, I’ll provide you with concrete suggestions, tools and strategies aimed at fostering better cooperation and respect, with closer, more harmonious relationships. I know your long-term goal is to raise a child who is responsible, caring, happy and self-confident.
Karen has co-authored several parenting and teacher books and appeared as a guest parenting expert for a variety of popular news media – the Globe and Mail, CBC, Global TV, and City Life magazine.

Primary Practice Location

94 Westbury Court
Richmond Hill, Ontario L4S 2L3

Phone: (416) 909-0664


Extended office hours: evenings, weekends

Website: https://practicalparenting.ca/parenttalk/ (opens in new tab)

Success Story

I have been working with a family with a teen-aged daughter with ADHD over a period of years and have helped them address a number of concerns. Primarily, we worked on their daughter's poor motivation at school resulting from her attention issues and learning differences. We also addressed the parent's difficulties with power struggles, mean-spirited behaviour and other relationship problems at home. Therapy explored sources of anxiety and worry about her future, the effectiveness of their encouragement approaches and how to create an atmosphere of unconditional acceptance and love regardless of school achievement. The parents have reported an improved relationship with their daughter and she is presently passing all her courses at school, while holding down a part-time job that provides her with feelings of competency and success.

Years of Experience



The Parenting Toolkit (e-book on Kobo)
Practical Parenting
Parent Talk
Classrooms That Work

Psychotherapy Matters blog posts

The Protection Paradox: Curbing Parental Overprotection

To be alive on the crust of this earth is to face many risks and dangers. This truth is at the heart of one of the biggest challenges parents’ face – how to manage these risks without resorting to overprotection–an … Continue reading →

The Parent’s Job

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but there should really be a qualifying asterisk at the end of that sentence that reads: The most crucial person in that village is the parent. Parent counseling is very … Continue reading →

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