Karen Yazzie-Meyer is a Native American Navajo residing in North Coastal San Diego County. Working in the behavioral health field as a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor II, CADC II, Certified Tobacco Cessation Specialist, CTCS, and Gateway Intervention Professional, GIP, she has an extensive background of counseling adults, transitional age youth, TAY and families for 20 years.

Karen brings a unique multi-cultural perspective focusing on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of addictive disorders. Her experience varies from her current position as a Chemical Dependency Counselor at AToN Center, Indian Health Council, Inc, with Indian Health Service, Employee Assistance Program counselor to trainees, TEAP, and Tobacco Use Prevention Program, TUPP, Coordinator at Department of Labor Job Corps Vocational Training Program and Substance Use Disorder counselor and supervisor at a co-occurring residential treatment facility, in addition to coaching and directing for various recreational and gymnastics organizations and high school.

In behavioral health counseling, Karen has had the opportunity to work with various county agencies, such as Child and Adult Protective Services/Child Welfare, Indian Specialty Unit, county court system and probation department, as well as local school districts. Being a member of San Diego CADRE, Change Agents Developing Recovery Excellence and RIHS, Responsive Integrated Health Solutions, Karen has provided training’s on Cultural Competency that lends an enhanced and comprehensive approach to my counseling. Karen looks forward to continue in providing counseling services here at AToN Center to deserving population with professionalism, integrity and compassion.

Karen ensures that all of AToN’s behavioral resources are up-to-date and 100% accurate. She spends her free time engaging in research with peers in the behavioral health field.

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