Karen Burke Lane, LCSW
Therapist and Health & Wellness Coach
Karen received her Bachelors in Social Work at the University of Southern Maine and earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of New England. She has worked as a mobile crisis clinician and as a mental health counselor at the middle school level. Karen is a graduate of the Sacred Seeds Yoga School and she is also graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Drawing upon this diverse education, she promotes a holistic approach toward improved health and wellness for her clients.
Karen has had experience that has taken her around the globe and which has allowed her to work with varied populations. She has led backpack and canoe trips for at-risk youth in Maine with the Outward Bound School and has brought health education at the community level to a small, rural town in Nicaragua as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. Recently, she returned to Maine after living for two years as an ex-pat living in Bern, Switzerland with her family adapting to change while exploring the Swiss Alps and absorbing the cultural opportunities.
Her formal and experiential education combined allowed her to create the health and wellness program Life Ideals™. Karen has integrated evidenced-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Stages of Change model to address lifestyle behavioral changes in six evidenced based self-care areas; relaxation response, thought restructuring, social support, physical activity, nutrition, and sleep hygiene.
Daja Martin, MSW
Master of Social Work (MSW) Clinical Intern.
Daja Martin is a Master of Social Work (MSW) Clinical Intern. Daja aims to exemplify a humble yet informed approach which involves acknowledging that you, as the client, are the expert of your own life. As an informed guide, Daja is passionate about working collaboratively with you, honoring your therapeutic needs and pace, but drawing focus on opportunities for growth. It is her inherent belief that we all have strengths and are each deserving of giving back to ourselves so that we may attain our fullest potential.
Daja values creating a safe therapeutic alliance, in which trust, acceptance, and unconditional positive regard are the main ingredients in the therapeutic relationship. She acknowledges that it is not easy to tell our stories and place trust with a new person. However, as a patient and caring provider, she will help to empower you and create a safe space for self-exploration and healing. Daja is a holistic provider and understands the complexity of change. She utilizes Motivational Interviewing and Person-Centered Therapy to honor how you prefer to attain your goals while offering the tools and therapeutic support to do so.
Daja’s professional experience includes working with adults in all stages of life. She started as a Crisis Case Manager and provided support to those in their most vulnerable times to connect to resources and services. Most recently, Daja has worked as an Adult Mental Health Case Manager for over eight years with individuals who have anxiety, depression, PTSD, and grief. These opportunities have taught her to see that we are all unique, we all deserve to have our voices heard, and our goals to be supported. Daja Martin completed her Bachelor of Psychology degree from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2011 and she will graduate from the University of New England with a Master of Social Work degree in December 2021.
Whether you have trouble navigating anxiety, depression, or stress, or if you have a desire to implement a new healthy habit, Daja will work collaboratively to provide you with support and tools to heal and further evolve.