Are you stepping into a challenging new position?

Are you asking "Is this still what I want to do?"

Have you lost an irreplaceable person?

Are you wondering "What will I do next?"

Are you entering retirement and interested in some new life navigation skills?

Are you stepping into a challenging new position?

Are you asking "Is this still what I want to do?"

Have you lost an irreplaceable person?

Are you wondering "What will I do next?"

Are you entering retirement and interested in some new life navigation skills?

Adaptive Transformation

As human beings we are wired to adapt. Adaptive transformation is the process of engaging the whole human entity in responding to a major life challenge resulting in successful adjustment to a new reality with a sense of empowered accomplishment. 

Karen’s Keys to Adaptive Transformation

Cultivate positive emotions and mindset

Reconnect with your signature strengths and re-evaluate your deepest values

Invest in loving, positive, supportive relationships

Name and honor the losses you are experiencing

Try new actions known to enhance wellbeing in body, heart, mind, and spirit

Broaden and deepen your spirituality

Learn to listen to your body

Create an environment that is calming and comforting

About Karen

Dr. Karen Wade is an organizational psychologist and registered nurse, certified in psychiatric mental health nursing.  She is an author and online course creator on the topics of navigating life challenges and changes, leadership development, leadership for organizational wellbeing, career empowerment all grounded in the sciences of positive psychology and resilience. Additionally, she is a HeartMath Certified Practitioner in Clinical Management of Stress, Anxiety, and Self-Regulation. 

Karen received her ADN in nursing in 1976 from Pasadena City College and embarked on a cultural and career journey in Mexico. Upon returning to the United States she worked for thirteen years as an RN in various clinical settings. She taught nurses in continuing education and in university programs. She directed an innovative health services project in Ecuador through the U.S. Agency for International Development. She was later the project director for the launching of a child abuse prevention research center in Los Angeles.  Upon completing her PhD at Claremont Graduate University in 2000, Karen worked as an organizational development consultant for ten years, including executive coaching while at RHR International, a global firm of management psychologists.

In 2011, Karen’s son, Andrew, lost his battle with bipolar disorder, dying by suicide at age twenty-four. This was a life-changing event that created an intense interest in mental health services, leading Karen to return to nursing, specializing in psychiatric nursing. Karen also reacquainted herself with the empowering field of positive psychology, receiving a certificate from the University of Pennsylvania’s online program. Karen lives in Ventura, California, a small central coast city. She enjoys water sports, hiking above the ocean views, dancing, cultural events, international travel, and spending time with her grandchildren.

portrait of Dr. Karen Wade

Disclaimer

Karen Wade’s credentials include a doctorate in Psychology, with an emphasis in Organizational Development, and she is licensed in the state of California as a registered nurse. She possesses a national certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the American Nurses’ Association Credentialing Center.  She is not a licensed physician, clinical psychologist, or psychotherapist. The information provided in this website, and through her advisement services is intended for informational, educational and inspirational purposes intended to inform, educate, inspire and encourage personal and professional growth. The information on this website, and the services offered by Dr. Wade, are not a substitute for medical, psychiatric, or psychotherapeutic consultation, diagnosis, and treatment from licensed professionals in those domains. The user has sole responsibility to consult with those professionals to maintain their physical and emotional health as needed.

Disclaimer

Karen Wade’s credentials include a doctorate in Psychology, with an emphasis in Organizational Development, and she is licensed in the state of California as a registered nurse. She possesses a national certification in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the American Nurses’ Association Credentialing Center.  She is not a licensed physician, clinical psychologist, or psychotherapist. The information provided in this website, and through her advisement services is intended for informational, educational and inspirational purposes intended to inform, educate, inspire and encourage personal and professional growth. The information on this website, and the services offered by Dr. Wade, are not a substitute for medical, psychiatric, or psychotherapeutic consultation, diagnosis, and treatment from licensed professionals in those domains. The user has sole responsibility to consult with those professionals to maintain their physical and emotional health as needed.

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