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Karen Quek

Job Titles

  • Program Director, Associate Professor
    Marital & Family Therapy (M.A.), Bethel Seminary

Started at Bethel



  • Loma Linda University - Ph.D. Marital & Family Therapy, 2004
  • California State University - M.S. Marriage, Family & Child Counseling , 1993
  • Biola University - M.A. in Christian Education, 1990

Research interests

Gender construction in couples' relationship · International couples relational dynamic · Cultural competency in clinical supervision · Development of the self of the therapist ·Family and couples processes


Karen Quek, PhD. is a dual licensed marriage & family therapist (LMFT) and professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Karen has been providing therapy for individuals, couples and families from diverse background and experiences for more than 20 years and has been a core faculty in couple and family therapy programs for more than 10 years. Karen holds a PhD in marital and family therapy from Loma Linda University, CA and has a Masters degree in Christian Education from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, CA. She has achieved national “Approved Supervisor” status of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is a commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. Karen has published articles using qualitative and quantitative international data and has made numerous presentations at international, national and local conferences.

Karen is married to Peter Lim, DMin. who is a freelance church missional health consultant and strategist. Active members at Ambassador Church in Brea, CA, they support the marriage and family ministry by training, supervising and conducting counseling cases. They invest much time in mentoring young leaders and future church planters. Together they enjoy hiking. Some of their notable hikes included the iconic symbol of Yosemite grandeur, Half Dome, CA, the Grand Canyon Bottom Hike, AZ, Mount Kinabalu Summit Climb, East Malaysia, and The Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Nepal.