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Dr. Karen E. Engebretsen-Stopczynski, Psy.D. , DABPS, DNBAE, DAPA, FACAPP, FAAIM, CDVC-
IV, DAC, CHT, DABS is a Florida licensed clinical psychologist and Board Certified Sex Therapist.

She was previously an active member of the: American Psychological Association, Division 39 of the APA; American Counseling Association (ACA); American Psychotherapy Association (APA); American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM), International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS); Mental Health Association of Broward County (MHA); National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization(NOMSV); and the South Florida Society for Trauma-based Disorders (SFTBD). She is also a member of the Southeast Florida Association of Psychoanalytic Psychology (SEFAPP). In addition to working with SEFAPP’s education committee and serving as co-chair for the fund-raising committee, she has served two consecutive terms as Secretary and as Treasurer for the organization. She has also been recognized in the 2000/01 publication of Who’s Who of American Women.


Dr. Engebretsen-Stopczynski is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University and has completed a Post doctorate in Psychoanalytic Psychology from NSU. She is a Fellow of the American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists (FACAPP), a Fellow of the American Association of Integrative
Medicine (FAAIM). She has also been awarded a Diplomate from the American Psychotherapy Association (DAPA), a Diplomate from the American Board of Psychological Specialties/American College of Forensic Examiners with a specialty in Trauma/PTSD (DABPS), a Diplomate from the
National Board of Addiction Examiners/National Association of Forensic Counselors (DNBAE), and a doctoral level specialty certification in Sexual Addiction from the National Board of Addiction Examiners (DAC). Additionally, she has received specialty certification in Domestic Violence treatment from the Academy of Domestic Violence Counselors (CDVC-IV) and national board certification in hypnotherapy (CHT). She has also received post graduate training as a Sex Therapist and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology (DABA).

Prior to entering graduate school, Dr. Engebretsen-Stopczynski served in the United States Air Force. While on active duty, she was appointed to function in a supervisory capacity on several assignments. In addition, she obtained medical training beyond what was required and worked as an EMT in the field, handling accidents, natural disasters and treating trauma victims. Since the base was comprised of so many different cultures, the medical experiences in the ER, Pediatrics unit, and Labor and Delivery Wards, offered a sobering look at human suffering and engendered Dr. Engebretsen-Stopczynski’s life-long interest in understanding the vicissitudes of the mind-body interaction and diversity issues. Believing that education is the key to promoting social change, Dr. Engebretsen-Stopczynski supports Broward Victim’s Rights Coalition, several Animal Rights Activist groups, and has volunteered her time as an advisor to the Broward County Mental Health Association’s Listen to the Children Program. She has given lectures on erectile dysfunction and treatment to the OP Prostate Cancer support group at the local community hospital. Additionally, she has appeared as a featured guest on several Radio call in talk shows throughout the state of Florida ("Family Values" in Orlando, and South Florida's "Gay Grapevine") both of which are aimed at discussing relationship issues, which are unique to the L/G/B/T/I/Q (Les/Gay/Bi/Transgender/Queer/Intersex) communities.
Dr. Engebretsen-Stopczynski also created the Anew Focus Training Institute ( and provides continuing education training on a variety of subjects. She also provides a post graduate certification program which is necessary to practice sex therapy in the state of Florida. Continuing Education Provider numbers include: CE provider FL Board of CSW, MFT, MHC (BAP 699,
Exp. 03/31/13) CE provider FL Board of Psychology (PCE 91, Exp. 05/31/14); CE provider for AASECT (# 05-103, pending re-approval); CE provider for California Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE 3993) exp 03/31/15) As a former staff writer for "UniQue America” Magazine, Dr. Engebretsen has shared her knowledge with the masses via book reviews and insightful articles on a variety of topics. See CV for further information about articles and for a list of upcoming lectures and training. Dr. Karen specializes in addictions, sexuality and relationship concerns, domestic violence, extreme forms of emotional abuse, veteran's issues, and trauma-related disorders including PTSD. Her practical and sensitive treatment approach to these sometimes challenging issues, offers individual’s a unique opportunity to cultivate new ways of thinking about self and others, and helps couples develop caring, compassionate communications skills which promote authenticity and a healthy attachment to one
Nova Southeastern University

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