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Karen McKenna-Meger & Associates

Open Door to Enhanced Learning

Open Door to Enhanced Learning is a Waterloo centre for people dealing with life's pressures and the spiritual anxieties of our world. Open Door offers therapies that aid people in finding more effective ways of addressing life's challenges.  Karen offers the following therapies and learning opportunities:

  • Bowen Family Systems
  • Biofeedback
  • Neurofeedback Training
  • Person-centered therapy
  • Psycho-education

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Karen McKenna-Meger has over twenty years of counselling experience working with individuals, couples and groups.  She specializes in Bowen Family Systems Theory and grief and loss issues.  Karen is committed to helping children and has expertise in childhood bereavement, ADD/ADHD, adoption and attachment issues.  Karen's experience encompasses many years experience with family challenges through her work in private practice, hospitals, hospices and a pastoral counselling centre.  She is the co-founder of Community Montessori School in Fishers, Indiana. 

Karen's past teaching affiliations include:

  • Dept. of Family Medicine, UBC
  • Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster , BC  
  • North Shore Counselling Centre (now Living Systems Centre)-West Vancouver, BC
  • Faculty of Social Work, University of NC - Charlotte, NC
  • Bowen Family Systems Group , Charlotte , NC

As a Clinical Social Worker, Karen is licenced to practice in both the United States and Canada. She has an MSW from McGill University in addition to postgraduate training in Family Psychotherapy from Georgetown Family Center under the direction of Dr. Michael Kerr.

Karen has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for NASW-NC , BC Council for the Family and Burnaby Hospice.

Karen is presently engaged in a research project involving neurofeedback therapy and Sound Therapy that is based on the work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis.

Karen is an Associate of Kathleen Landry, MCS, RCC in Vancouver , BC . For more information about Kathleen's practice, see www.kathleenlandry.ca

"The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage, to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty and truth."

--Albert Einstein

"You cannot control a whole family but you can control you and anytime you can do that, the whole family is a healthier organism. So that is a reason to become a self."

--Murray Bowen, MD

"In my view, Bowen Family Systems Theory removes blame and cause/effect thinking and, in so doing, opens up greater flexibility for all individuals in the entire family system."

--Karen McKenna-Meger, MSW, LCSW, RSW



Karen & her daughter

"If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place." 

--- Margaret Mead

Upcoming Workshops:

The Dance of Anger

Family of Origin Group

Too Good for Her Own Good

Boundaries: Drawing the Line

Connecting with our Children

Extraordinary Relationships

Please call or email us for dates and to register for your choice of workshop.



Four Generations of

Karen's Family

"The family research added a new dimension, with its focus on the entire family instead of the patient. I was elated at the new order of observations from the family research, and the automatic ability to then see the same relationship patterns, in varying degrees of lesser intensity, in all families."

--Murray Bowen, MD


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