Ira Karon, MA
(Preferred pronouns They/Them)
Growing up on a small island in northwest Washington state, Ira came to know themself within the richly textured elements of wild places. With an unspoken desire to understand early intonations of dislocation and belonging, they developed an eager curiosity for understanding people, place, and relationship— eventually leading to a self-designed undergraduate concentration titled, Facilitating Empowerment through Body Awareness and Expression.
Ira completed their graduate training in counseling with a concentration in somatic psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Their master’s thesis, Therapeutic Landscapes: Clinical Relationship as Holding Environment, reflects on the metaphor of the clinical relationship as a therapeutic landscape, exploring the use of body process and natural elements as resources for connection, regulation, and transformation.
Ira has worked with adults, teens, and children in diverse educational and therapeutic settings, including environmental education and wilderness therapy programs, a K-8 public school, crisis hotlines, a psychiatric emergency department, and residential treatment centers. Their growing work lies at the intersection of somatic psychology, social and environmental justice, and multi-modal expressive arts. Ira continues to be humbled by the deeply abiding humility, courage, and brilliance of the people with whom they collaborate.