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The best project you'll ever work on is you.  I want to help you master that project.

Dr. Kari Mika-Lude, Founder/CEO, Clinical Supervisor, and Consultant

kari mika-lude, PhD, LPC (WV), LCPC (IL), AADC-S (WV), CAADC (IL), ALPS (WV), NCC, MAC, ICAADC, CCTP, CCCJS, ACS, NREMT (she/her/hers)

areas of expertise

  • Trauma/PTSD

  • First responder mental health

  • Clinical supervision

  • Addiction/co-occurring disorders

  • Private practice consultation

  • Program development

  • Other topics as needed/requested

education & training

Northern Illinois University (CACREP-accredited), 2014-2016; 2020-2022

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Counselor Education and Supervision

Dissertation*: Merely Mortal: A Quantitative Examination of the Dehumanization of First Responders

*If you are a first responder and would be interested in participating in a 10-minute, ANONYMOUS online survey, please click here.

Oakton Community College, 2013-2014

Certificate, Advanced Substance Abuse/Addictions Counseling

EMDR International Association, 2012-2013

EMDR trained, Level I and Level II

Adler University - Chicago, 2009-2012

Master of Arts (MA), Counseling Psychology

University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004-2008

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Applied Psychology

licenses & certifications

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Approved Licensed Professional Supervisor (ALPS) in the State of West Virginia (license #2276)

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Illinois (license #180.009652)

  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)

  • Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor / Clinical Supervisor (AADC-S) in the State of West Virginia (certificate #16-323)

  • Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) in the State of Illinois (certificate #32778)

  • Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICAADC)

  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

  • Master Addictions Counselor (MAC)

  • Clinically Certified Criminal Justice Specialist (CCCJS)

  • Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS; #ACS01983)

  • 40-hour Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention and Advocacy certification

  • 40-hour Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention and Advocacy certification

  • Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT)

seminars, workshops, and in-service trainings

Mika-Lude, K. M. (April 2020). Psychological disaster preparedness for first responders and military: An existential

        perspective. West Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors Association conference: Charleston, WV.


Mika-Lude, K. M. & Lude, P. A. (July 2020). CODE GREY: Finding calm in the chaos. City of St. Albans and City of Nitro              first responder in-service training: Nitro, WV.

Mika-Lude, K. M. & Lude, P. A. (February 2020). CODE GREY: Finding calm in the chaos. Emergency Services                              Conference at Pipestem (ESCAPe): Pipestem, WV.

Mika-Lude, K. M. & Lude, P. A. (January 2020). CODE GREY: Finding calm in the chaos. Wood County Fire School:                      Parkersburg, WV.

Mika-Lude, K. M. & Lude, P. A. (March 2019). CODE GREY: Finding calm in the chaos.  Cabell County

          in-service training: Huntington, WV.

Mika-Lude, K. M. & Lude, P. A. (January 2019). CODE GREY: Finding calm in the chaos.  Dunbar Fire Department

          in-service training: Dunbar, WV.

Mika-Lude, K. M. & Lude, P. A. (December 2018). CODE GREY: Finding calm in the chaos.  Kenova Police Department

          in-service training for officers and supervisors: Kenova, WV.

Mika-Lude, K. M. (April 2018). Sexual violence and addiction. West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information Services

          18th Annual Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium: Roanoke, WV.

Mika-Lude, K. M. (March and April 2018). Toward a trauma-informed TSA workforce.  Transportation Security

          Administration Supervisory/Leadership Summit: Charleston, WV.

Mika, K. M. (September 2016).  Building" confident counselors: Introducing scaffolding and experiential learning into

          counseling courses. Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision: Steamboat Springs,


Mika, K. M., Cox, S. A., Wise, S. M., Parker, L. C., McMillion, P. L. R., Hart, K. A., & Rheineck, J. E. (October

          2015). Accepted: Standardizing and quantifying the graduate admission process for counseling programs. Association

          for Counselor Education and Supervision: Philadelphia, PA.

professional affiliations

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)

  • National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)

  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)

  • West Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors Association (WVLPCA); current member of the Board of Directors 

  • Cabell County Critical Incident Stress Management (CCCISM) Team

  • International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP)

  • Chi Sigma Iota, the Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International

  • Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • Golden Key Honour Society
  • National Association of Forensic Counselors (past)

  • Illinois Counseling Association (past)

  • Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association (past)

  • Illinois Association for Specialists in Group Work (past)


If you are looking for an engaging trainer, Kari is your person for that.  She brings her full expertise to each event, is highly engaging, welcomes feedback, and tailors her presentation to her audience.  I had the opportunity to have her provide some professional development training for my staff in the area of addiction, particularly assessing for level of care determination.  The team was impressed with her, her knowledge, and her style.  All walked away having learned something new!

Kari is an excellent consultant, as well.  Her knowledge and experience are solid, and she is a great resource to consult, train individuals on a team, or develop programs.  When my agency became licensed to provide addiction services up to an Intensive Outpatient (IOP) level, we immediately reached out to Kari for assistance.  She worked closely with our Clinical Director to develop the program and was instrumental in developing the 24-session curricula for adults and adolescents.  She brought experience, creativity, and professionalism to that role.

          - Rita R., past Executive Director of Barrington Youth & Family Services (BYFS) in Barrington, IL

I really appreciate the feedback Kari provided.  I feel that I grew as a clinician and became more assertive under her supervision, and I am less scared to have difficult conversations with clients and co-workers alike.  These skills will be especially useful as I continue my work with people who struggle with addiction.

          - M, former supervisee

Kari was a sound, effective supervisor.  She has an attention to detail that supports accurate clinical documentation.  She is also an empathic listener and active problem-solver.  She is able to create mutual respect to lend support, direction, and education to the supervisory relationship.

          ​- Lisa F., former supervisee

Kari was an amazing group [supervision] leader!  She really pushed me to think differently about things, and I learned so much from her.   

​          - MB, former supervisee

It was a privilege to have Kari as a group [supervision] leader.  She showed up, set the bar, and facilitated sessions that changed me.  Her insight, her passion for this field, and her direction gave me confidence in the space.  She makes a difference, she changes people for the better, and I am so appreciative and grateful.

​          - MR, former supervisee

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