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Karen Spitz

Lead Counsellor


"I am constantly in awe of the way survivors of abuse emerge from their trauma and I find it enriching to walk alongside them as they seek justice."

Abuse law

"My work feels like it is working to rectify and support the changes I would like to see in our community. This gives me a focus and is very energising."

Karen is Shine Lawyers’ dedicated Lead Counsellor. In her role she provides counselling and mental health support to Abuse Law clients, as well as embedding trauma-informed practices across Shine Lawyers’ services.  

Karen has worked with survivors of trauma for over six years. She has experience across a variety of industries, working with those who have been institutionalised in the justice and health systems. Through roles including outreach work and case management, Karen has utilised a psycho-social recovery model to assist clients with a variety of illnesses and injuries including, but not limited to, psychiatric disability and complex trauma. 

Karen’s work has given her the unique privilege to work with members of the Stolen Generation and assist with providing an outcome for both them and their families for wrongs committed many decades ago. She continues to assist those who have suffered injustice due to the acts of individuals and as a result of the negligence of larger institutions.  

Karen has legal qualifications and has experience working in law, so has a strong understanding of the process her clients go through, offering valuable insight and perspective. She delivers trauma training to different practice groups within Shine, as well as having hosted trauma-informed practice workshops nationally.  

Karen provides support for clients’ rights across Australia. In addition to her work with Shine, Karen volunteers at the Top End Women’s Legal Service, ensuring every person has access to legal advice, representation and advocacy regardless of their circumstances. She also delivers trauma-informed yoga workshops teaching nervous system regulation and embodiment.  

To find out more about Karen and how she and the Abuse Law team can help you, get in touch with us.

Karen can help you with


  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University

  • Master of Laws (International and comparative law) from Monash University

  • Masters of Counselling from Monash University

  • Admitted to practice in 2013

Memberships & associations

  • Australian Counselling Association

  • Law Society Northern Territory

Community involvement

  • Volunteer at the Top End Women’s Legal Service

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