Karen Armstrong

(LMHC, LCPC, LCPP)

About Me

My name is Karen F Armstrong. I am licensed in three states as a behavioral health and relationship therapist along with certification in two states as an addiction professional. I am also a certified employee assistance professional/career coach.

I have worked for over twenty years in the field of behavioral health/relationships/addictions. In each area I counsel I provide good listening skills, I am nonjudgmental, insightful and supportive. Through the years I have provided support and to help modify problem behaviors to those that suffer from anxiety, depression, poor coping, stress, grief, OCD, eating disorders and addictions. I have also worked with couples and guided them through their relationship problems including affairs, money, stress, and any issue that occurs within a relationship. I have assisted with family conflicts, communication barriers, divorce and with each family provided tools to help families navigate through their difficult times. For older people, I have dealt with issues that arose as they age, including chronic issues, retirement and children as they left home. When working with a variety of addiction disorders I have taught how to celebrate the good stuff in life and to give oneself permission to seek support when needed. I am a good listener, my role is not to judge but to support and validate while exploring options and other solutions to problems. I am here to help one sort through feelings and discover reasons behind one's mental health behaviors and relationships. I have worked with trauma survivors in the areas of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and PTSD. I have worked to help increase trust issues, heal and feel safe. I have sat on the Board for Domestic Violence in my home state and have extensive training on PTSD through the military. I worked with military and their families.
If you have a concern about your career, I am a certified employee assistant, I can help talk through your work problems and discuss workable options.
I also provide Christian counseling, I have a strong faith in something greater than ourselves.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship
  • Trauma and abuse

I also have experience in LGBT, Family, Grief, Intimacy-related, Eating, Sleeping, Parenting, Anger, Self esteem, Career, Bipolar, Depression

Years of Experience: 25

Licensing

LMHC #MH8341 (Expires: 2019-03-31)

LPCC #0176331 (Expires: 2018-09-30)

LCPC #180001769 (Expires: 2019-03-31)


Reviews

Written by P.I. on Dec 12, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks depression, relationship, family, grief, and parenting

It didn't take long for me to feel comfortable talking to Karen. She was able to give me insight into my situation. My family and friends were not able to see the situation from any other viewpoint than mine. She saw both sides and also provided some clinical details about what was happening around me. It is funny how much she sounds like my husband, but her message delivery is comforting where my husband is not a softy at all. :0) Thanks Karen.

Written by C.H. on Dec 11, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks

Karen is wonderful and I would not hesitate to recommend her!

Written by P.A. on Nov 18, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks relationship, grief, and intimacy-related

Karen is an excellent counselor who really does target the issue and offers multiple ways to address it.

Written by T.R. on Oct 28, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 months lgbt, relationship, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related

Karen Armstrong is understanding and supportive. She has a deep understanding of people and behavior. Suggests good coping strategies. A very good counselor, an active listener, highly recommend!

Written by M.A. on Oct 27, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and anger

Karen has been very accommodating and helpful throughout the past few weeks.

Written by T.O. on Oct 20, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 7 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, self esteem, and career

Karen is wonderful, very professional and thoughtful. I am so glad to have her as my therapist.

Written by L.O. on Oct 19, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related

Karen has been very supportive and understanding of my situation. She seems to have a very thorough knowledge of this area and she has given me the validation and the reassurance that I need as there is nobody in my life.that understands this process. I feel that i have a true ally by my side and is giving me.the confidence and clarity to continue on this pathway. Thank you.

Written by A.L. on Oct 10, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

She was the motivation and step I needed to better my life. I feel like I can tell her everything. She is wonderful.

Written by P.A. on Sep 26, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, and anger

Karen Armstrong is an excellent counselor. I would recommend her to anyone for professional and prompt counseling.

Written by J.A. on Sep 21, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, family, grief, sleeping, anger, and bipolar

Karen is fantastic!! Very understanding and caring.

Written by S.A. on Sep 13, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, and bipolar

Karen is incredible. She always checks in with you, always knows what to say. She is just a beautiful person and a top-notch counselor.

Written by H.E. on Aug 27, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 5 months

Karen has been a stable supportive guidance for me through some very hurtful and despairing situations. She has been able to help me find clarity in my confusion often and acknowledge my feelings, which has given me strength and courage to keep getting out and trying to enjoy my life.

Written by A.Z. on Aug 23, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks depression, addictions, lgbt, relationship, family, eating, sleeping, and self esteem

Karen is simply the best therapist I have ever had (and I've had quite a few). She is a wonderful human being with incredible insight, and I feel so lucky to have her as a counselor. I've made so much progress in a short amount already. Thank you so much Karen, you are changing my life for the better. PS : obviously, I HIGHLY recommend

Written by S.A. on Aug 17, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, and anger

If you want to save your marriage, Karen Armstrong is the lady to speak to! (When I say speak, I mean message!!!)Thank you so much BetterHelp for saving my marriage!!!! God Bless!

Written by K.E. on Aug 10, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, family, sleeping, anger, and career

Karen always replies very quickly and shows genuine care, because when I don't reply to her, she will check in with me to make sure that I am ok. Karen listens but doesn't judge, and she is always supportive, gentle and kind when I'm feeling stressed. I really appreciate Karen as my counsellor!

Written by R.A. on Aug 06, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 6 days depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, family, eating, sleeping, self esteem, and anger

Karen has been great. She was very understanding and empathic in her advice. Very thankful for her help!

Written by V.A. on Aug 03, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, anger, and career

She is great at listening to my concerns and she responds immediately. She has a very gentle approach.

Written by A.N. on Aug 03, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

She's been helping me keep grounded. I am in a bad state when I signed up for BetterHelp. It's a platform where I could get counseling in varied ways but also it's done at my preferred manner. The one-on-one chatroom works because I reside in a location with long time difference. Karen is patient and emphatically corresponds with me even on instances that I don't notice that I go on tangents because that's what triggering my anxiety and depression nowadays. When I don't message for days or my depression overwhelms me, she reminds me that she's there to help by asking me about my status. I'll keep continuing my correspondence with Karen and utilizing BetterHelp to help me.

Written by S.H. on Jul 19, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 10 months stress, anxiety, family, grief, sleeping, self esteem, career, bipolar, and depression

Karen is great at reminding me to write back to her - I really appreciate her and her patience since my mental health is really hard for me to push aside.

Written by A.N. on Jun 29, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, sleeping, and career

Karen is absolutely great. She listens very well and always has a helpful and insightful response. She messages me all the time and responds very, very quickly. Karen has shown me how valuable it is to have daily therapy texts and weekly hour long conversations on the phone. I highly recommend her!! Thanks to her, I see myself continuing my BetterHelp membership for a long time, so I can continue to have her as my day-to-day therapist.

Written by T.I. on Jun 26, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 10 months stress, anxiety, family, grief, self esteem, and depression

I've been chatting with Karen for over a year now and she's been excellent to talk to. She always has an ear out and she never leaves too long between talks. You can tell that she genuinely cares about what's going on with me and how I'm doing. Sometimes, that's the biggest thing that people need. Someone that's just there and can give you a subjective opinion without feeling like you're being talked down to or just talked at. Karen actually cares about me.

Written by K.I. on Jun 23, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Karen is great at reading through the words and understanding my concerns. She both soothes and prompts to encourage healing.

Written by T.O. on Jun 21, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, and anger

I don't have much time, as usual. Karen is a good listener, and I appreciate her insight. I like having a qualified counselor to bounce my thoughts off of. She has been very courteous, and kind. I appreciate this opportunity to have someone there to work out my thoughts and issues with, as I live in a remote area, and qualified counseling is hard to come by.

Written by D.A. on Jun 20, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, sleeping, and self esteem

Karen is readily available everyday, and she will check up on me if I haven't communicated in a day, just asking how I am doing. I trust in her advice and she knows what she is doing. I highly recommend her!

Written by F.R. on Jun 20, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 7 months stress, anxiety, self esteem, and depression

Karen Armstrong is a very good counselor. She responds very quickly and seems very concerned about me. She has given me some techniques to help when am stressed. Although I know what I have to do, it helps to get it reinforced.

Written by V.I. on Jun 16, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, eating, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and career

Understanding, and confident in the advice that is given.

Written by S.U. on May 26, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and sleeping

Karen was amazing! She helped me so much and made me realize I'm a good person and a great mum. If I ever need any help again, I want Karen! 5 star rating

Written by L.O. on May 18, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, parenting, self esteem, anger, and career

Karen has been very helpful in opening lines of communication. Thank you.

Written by K.A. on May 06, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 4 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, and anger

Karen was very helpful in the past few weeks. Thanks for everything!

Written by B.E on May 03, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 days stress, anxiety, and depression

Thanks Karen, you were helpful!

Written by S.T. on Apr 11, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 4 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, sleeping, parenting, and self esteem

I found Karen's insights and support valuable and enlightening. She shared various resources with me which I have found useful and healing.

Written by T.O on Mar 25, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 1 week depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, self esteem, and career

We had one webcam session which I found very helpful. She always response quickly to my emails. We have a second webcam session tomorrow.

Written by G.A on Mar 20, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 9 months stress, anxiety, addictions, parenting, self esteem, and depression

Karen is awesome. She's helped me work through a lot of issues with my children and the death of their father. I'm on my feet again.

Written by B.E on Mar 09, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 1 week depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, sleeping, and anger

Karen gives great advice which I have started to implement in my life to great effect. She's quick to respond and very attentive.

Written by P.A on Mar 09, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, and self esteem

Very understanding and could pinpoint my troubles right away.

Written by L.A on Mar 08, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 1 week stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, and depression

I was in a very dark place in my life before I started talking to Karen. She helped me manage my coping skills and my anxiety as well. She's always there when you need someone to talk to and she gives great advice.

Written by H.A on Feb 26, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, sleeping, self esteem, career, and bipolar

I love Karen! She's the best. She has helped me get through so much in such a short amount of time. She is very understanding and has great insight on my life and those that I'm connected to. She doesn't judge me for the things that I want to pursue and is a sense of support for me. I am very grateful to have her as my therapist!

Written by B.I on Feb 14, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 4 months stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and depression

She helped me a long time ago and now I am back because I trust her to help me again.

Written by N.A on Feb 05, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Karen is wonderful. She helped me through one of the toughest times in my life by recommending me various activities.

Written by S.A on Feb 02, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 6 days

Karen has been great. Very responsive, very intuitive.

Written by P.E on Jan 31, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 4 months stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and depression

Karen has been a wonderfully knowledgable and dependable counsellor. She responds very quickly and is always ready to help. She is extremely kind and offers wonderful insight to issues I've had trouble wrapping my head around. She also has a great list of resources such as links and mobile apps she's pointed me in the direction of when research or tools were needed. Thanks for all the help Karen!

Written by M.A on Jan 26, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 4 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, self esteem, and career

Karen is good... she responds fast and helps me to not go insane with the thoughts that come in my head at any time and any day. I really like me knowing I have her at the distance of some clicks...

Written by F.A on Jan 24, 2017 after counseling with Karen for 1 month stress, anxiety, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Karen really helps a lot ! She is an expert and deals with things professionally.

Written by S.A on Dec 12, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Karen is amazing. She's always checking in, always makes me feel good, leads me in the right direction and helps with the decision making process!

Written by C.O on Dec 01, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 1 month stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, eating, parenting, self esteem, and career

Karen is very nice and helped me a lot when it comes to expressing myself and listening to my inner voice. Thank you very much for being there when I needed, Karen :)

Written by A.M on Nov 23, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, sleeping, and anger

Karen has been extremely helpful to me. She's been very responsive and has made me feel comfortable sharing things I've never really felt comfortable sharing with anyone. For the first time, I feel like therapy is actually helping me take bigger steps in becoming who I want to be and becoming a better person, and that's all thanks to Karen.

Written by N.A on Nov 23, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, eating, parenting, anger, and career

Karen is a great therapist to work with. She offers unbiased and sound advice; always going the extra mile to ensure progress.

Written by S.T on Nov 19, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 2 months stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and depression

Karen tells it like it is, and that's exactly what I need. I love how she will check on me if I haven't messaged her in a few days. There have been some days I don't know what I would have done without her. I am so glad I found this site and that Karen is my counselor. She has been a huge help to me this last year or so!

Written by M.E on Nov 17, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 1 week depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, eating, parenting, self esteem, and career

Karen doesn't always tell you what you want to hear, but she tells you what you NEED to hear. Very versatile and helpful with a number of issues.

Written by P.E on Nov 16, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 2 days addictions, and intimacy-related

Karen has been of great help for me during a difficult time in my relationship. Over the last couple of months she guided me through a heavy storm with her advice and her listening to me. Thank you so much Karen!

Written by L.A on Nov 05, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career

Karen is great. I have only been using this service for a couple of weeks, but she has already been so helpful. She is very prompt with her responses and they are always well thought out and well written. She definitely knows what she is doing, and her experience and expertise shines through while talking with her. She is very compassionate and kind. I love how she gives me a lot of options for treatment. I would definitely recommend Karen to anyone who is looking for an excellent online therapist who will be there for you.

Written by E.L on Oct 04, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks depression, addictions, relationship, grief, eating, sleeping, and self esteem

Honestly this is my first time seeking help from a counsellor and I can't thank Karen enough! She always gives sound advice and she is very patient, too. She gives quick responses and my days have honestly gone better since I knew her. Thank you, Karen!

Written by B.R on Sep 29, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, anger, and bipolar

I always appreciate the fact that Karen responds to me every single day. I like that she never gives you a yes or no answer more of she wants you to find it on your own. She's a very understanding person and for someone who was skeptical about online help she sure turns your perspective around. I recommend her.

Written by L.O on Sep 19, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks grief

Karen is really good at her work. She is thoughtful and gives you things to think about. She is a great sounding board.

Written by D.I on Aug 28, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 2 months stress, anxiety, self esteem, and depression

Karen has been wonderful to talk to. She always listens with understanding and is always quick to respond. She gives me great insight to the situation and provides helpful tools to assist me in the areas where I can grow. She is always kind, compassionate, and understanding. I highly recommend working with Karen, she has helped me a great deal.

Written by O.M on Aug 14, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 4 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, and anger

Karen's the bomb! Love working with her.

Written by T.A on Jul 29, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 7 months stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

Karen has been nothing but great help. She is awesome. She tries to present different work-arounds and methods to help you cope with your struggles. And when you don't reply she continues to check up on you. She cares!

Written by L.I on Jul 19, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and bipolar

She is very sweet and makes contact almost daily.

Written by J.U on Jul 16, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 2 months

Karen has been a huge help to me. She has assisted me in making career decisions and helped me make a few family and personal decisions that had been plaguing me for some time.

Written by L.I on Jul 13, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks relationship

Karen is awesome! She has great insight and is helping me sort through things.

Written by A.L on Jul 02, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 1 week stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, and depression

Karen has been wonderful, compassionate, and kind. She is able to break down emotions in a calm, logical, manner and always checks up on me when I don't respond for a while.

Written by K.A on Jun 03, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 1 month addictions, relationship, self esteem, and anger

I switched to Karen recently after reading her reviews. She just felt like the right match for me. I've gotten more from her then I've gotten in 6 sessions with my counselor in person. I will continue working with her! She is great

Written by S.T on May 31, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 2 days stress, anxiety, addictions, family, eating, sleeping, and depression

Karen is nothing short of amazing. She has helped me the most in the least amount of time. I had been through 4 counsellors before her and she was worth the wait. You won't be disappointed with Karen!

Written by L.I on May 31, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 2 months stress, anxiety, relationship, and depression

I think Karen is fantastic. Her guidance has been so helpful and I know she really cares by the frequency that she checks in. I would recommend her to anyone seeking a fantastic counselor on this site.

Written by R.U on May 31, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and depression

Karen is hands down the best person I've come across who knows just how you're feeling, what to say and how to deal with it. To date I've passed through 16 counsellors both online and here and have only felt comfortable and right since meeting Karen.

Written by T.A on May 08, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 2 months stress, anxiety, bipolar, and depression

She is very knowledgeable and gave me some great ideas, apps and skills to help me through. She responded quickly and was sincerely interested in me and was so helpful!!

Written by E.M on Apr 15, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 3 days stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, career, and depression

Karen is good at asking questions and seeking more information.

Written by K.A on Apr 12, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 2 months stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and depression

I really enjoy working with Karen, and she really understands! She has given me great feedback and resources that really help me as I am going through transition in my life.

Written by C.H on Apr 12, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, anger, and depression

Karen Armstrong has been very compassionate and helpful. She has also been a great resource and offering a wealth of information that has helped.

Written by R.O on Apr 10, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 4 weeks self esteem, and career

Karen is helpful and professional.

Written by J.A on Apr 10, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, and depression

Karen is a great listener and can really help you sort out your thoughts!

Written by E.L on Apr 06, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 2 months relationship

Karen has been incredibly helpful in a confusing time in my life. She has helped me sort through distractions and behavior patterns with my partner, and helped me to get closer to clarity. Her understanding of Asia and different cultures has made it really easy to get a jump start on counseling and dive in to my situation with genuine comprehension of where I'm coming from. Her writing is clear and concise, and always articulate.

Written by C.A on Apr 05, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 2 months

Thank you for always being there and always listening. You have helped me a lot and im very grateful. Thank you Karen!

Written by S.E on Apr 05, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 5 days relationship

I have to say Karen was A-Freakin-mazing!!!!!!

She has made me see things from a different light and I have to say she was spot on with some of the things that concerned me. I am grateful for her help with my situation. I would not only recommend this service but Karen as well.

Written by J.A on Apr 04, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, career, and depression

Karen has been wonderful to work with. She is level headed and brings me back to reality smoothly. She gives me concrete exercises to work on and focus my energy.

Written by L.O on Mar 15, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 1 month stress, anxiety, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, self esteem, career, bipolar, and depression

She listens well and I hope to come back to this counseling again in the future.

Written by P.R on Mar 14, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 5 months stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, and depression

She's amazing and helped me through a lot of tough times. I would recommend her to everyone. Thank you Karen!

Written by S.A on Mar 09, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks self esteem, and career

Karen was quick and direct with her advice, and helped me address many of the troubling factors of my life that brought me to betterhelp.com. I would strongly recommend her!

Written by J.A on Mar 01, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 4 months stress, anxiety, self esteem, career, and depression

Karen has been wonderful and very helpful. I did not expect to get the support I needed online!

Written by C.A on Feb 28, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 7 months stress, anxiety, addictions, sleeping, self esteem, and depression

I've been working with Karen for a while now, and she's been awesome! I've worked in mental health so I kind of get the process of therapy, and I have to say I REALLY like her. Finding a good therapist can be taxing, and I'm quite grateful that I have her in my life.

Written by A.M on Feb 26, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 2 months relationship, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career

She has been very helpful and checks in with me regularly, which I appreciate.

Written by B.E on Feb 18, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 2 months stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating, sleeping, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

I would recommend Karen as she is understanding and supportive when listening to my struggles dealing with my life and career. She is both kind and considerate, and asks questions that have helped me understand my situation from a fresh perspective!

Written by C.H on Feb 16, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, and depression

Karen is very helpful and she always responds quickly with her advice and helpful questions.

Written by G.E on Feb 11, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 1 month

I have been working with Karen for awhile now.

I am so grateful for her input and a safe place to work through issues that I am trying to reconcile in my life.

I feel like I am the only person she is working with as her attention is quite extraordinary. She responds to me quickly, ongoing and with thoughtfulness.

Thanks Karen for your professionalism, openness, and personal way of being that makes it easier to bare my soul and dig through the hard stuff.

Written by M.E on Feb 08, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

Karen Armstrong has been so helpful in a very difficult time in my life. Though we haven't met or even spoken over the phone before, I feel a connectedness that I did not feel with my last therapist. I have been easily and comfortably able to open up about myself and my past, as well as my upbringing and my goals for the future. She has been a sounding board and a great source of comfort for me. Though it seems as if I have all the answers and don't ask any questions, I've been able to make progress with her because I don't feel judged on how I am doing as a client in recovery from multiple issues. I feel as though I am able to reach my full potential.

Written by R.A on Feb 04, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 1 week stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, parenting, self esteem, career, and depression

My counselor Karen Armstrong is great she has motivated me to contest negative and irrational thoughts with the reality of what's going on my life and my feelings about myself and the people around me. So that I could be strongest I'm very thankful for all the messages sent to me that came at the right moment.

Written by D.E on Jan 19, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 3 months stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, and depression

Karen has been so patient as I've just rambled on about my struggles with depression and self-doubt, and has provided really good insight and suggestions. It feels so good to have someone in your corner who will listen and have your back when you are so down. Thank you Karen!!

Written by R.O on Jan 18, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 10 months depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Karen has provided the perfect level of compassion and guidance I needed during a very difficult time in my life. I am very grateful for this online counseling service!

Written by K.Y on Jan 13, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 1 month stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, self esteem, career, and depression

Karen has helped me from the start. She was a very good listener and knows exactly what I need out of life and knows what to say. She is nice and caring and makes sure I am okay. She gave me some amazing and helpful advice and also shared with me some tools that will help me with my anxiety. I definitely recommend her to anyone. She is a great counselor.

Written by J.U on Jan 12, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 4 days stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, anger, and depression

Karen is really great! It's nice to have someone that you can open up to that can both listen and help out at the same time. Thank you Karen.

Written by A.M on Jan 10, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 4 weeks

Karen has great intuition. I'm pleased how much progress had been made in such a short time!

Written by D.A on Jan 02, 2016 after counseling with Karen for 3 months stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, eating, parenting, self esteem, anger, and depression

Karen is a great counselor. In a short time, she has given me a lot of great info and advice on coping with depression and anxiety, having a healthy relationship with food and dealing with the scars of emotional and verbal abuse. I highly recommend her.

Written by T.O on Dec 31, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks relationship, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Karen continues to be a supportive person with keen insights and is very helpful in guiding me through a thought process about things.

Written by M.O on Dec 23, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 5 days stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and depression

Karen provided really great counseling! She helped me put certain aspects of my life in better perspective.

Written by S.K on Dec 20, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 9 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Karen has been so helpful to me. I have definitely improved since working with her :)

Written by C.H on Dec 19, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 4 months

Karen has been great. She is thoughtful and thorough in her approach to my situation. She has been very understanding, available and considerate during this process. She goes the extra mile to check in on me to see if I am okay, or if I need to talk.

Written by J.O on Dec 14, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, and depression

Karen is very helpful. I hope she doesn't give up on me!

Written by T.I on Dec 08, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 3 months stress, anxiety, family, grief, self esteem, and depression

My counselor Karen is very knowledgeable and has helped me tremendously. She listens to my problems and observations, doesn't judge unfairly, and has great insight into how I can make my life better.

Written by L.I on Nov 28, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 2 months

Karen is great! She has helped me at a time when I would not have been able to have had traditional therapy because of scheduling. She works with me on creating a tool-based method for getting better which is great when you are always on the go.

Written by K.A on Nov 25, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 5 months stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, parenting, self esteem, and depression

Been talking to Karen for a couple days and I really appreciate all of the support she has given me and a fresh perspective from the outside. I do not have many people I can trust with my problems right now and I think Karen genuinely cares.

Written by C.O on Nov 17, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 2 months

Karen is a wonderful, supportive counsellor. She has helped me learn coping skills for anxiety, stress, and relationship issues. She also regularly follows up to see how I am doing.

Written by R.E on Nov 10, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 1 month

A wonderful counselor. Objective, direct, patient and kind all in one service. The kind of support I needed to get me through a painful relationship breakdown.

Written by L.A on Nov 06, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, family, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

Karen is been very non-judge mental - always trying to be positive and encouraging to look at the good things I have and answer the questions about the better coping skills I have rather than what is negative which is something I wholeheartedly needed. She also gives actual advice and things to try. I'm extremely happy with the choice of therapist!!!

Written by L.A on Oct 20, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks relationship, and self esteem

Karen has been absolutely amazing, I feel I have come so far in such a short time through speaking to her. I ramble quite a lot and she is great at picking out the important bits and getting me to focus on them. She has also given me some very helpful documents and things to read. She has taught me some great ways to deal with my emotions healthily and made me look at things in ways that I never have before. My mind-set has changed for the better and this is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. When I first started speaking to her I felt like my life was falling apart, now I am hopeful for the future. Words could not describe how grateful I am to Karen and all of the help she has given me

Written by M.I on Oct 18, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 2 months relationship, trauma and abuse, and grief

Karen has helped me deal with a difficult situation. She took seconds to figure out what was going on and give me guidance with compassion for my distress. I would recommend her anytime.

Written by A.I on Oct 06, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 1 month stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and depression

Amazing help! I can finally function again.

Written by M.I on Oct 05, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks relationship, family, and self esteem

Karen has been great. I have learned a lot from her. She always checks in to see how things are going and responds quickly. I am lucky to have found her!

Written by C.A on Oct 03, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 1 month

Talking with Karen has helped me become more emotionally aware. I am still learning to talk about my feelings, but it is the first time in a while that I don't cry thinking about the loss of my mother. I don't know where I'd be without her. I'm grieving and that's okay.

Written by K.E on Sep 28, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks relationship, self esteem, and career

I feel like Karen replies so quickly and has figured out the root to some of my problems, which in turn helps us to work through the issues better. I also appreciate some of the additional documents she sends over.

Written by M.A on Sep 28, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, family, parenting, self esteem, and depression

Karen has been a great therapist for me and would recommend her. She has given me some valuable insights that have helped me become more positive.

Written by P.A on Sep 27, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks relationship, family, parenting, and self esteem

Karen has been very helpful with giving me feedback and understanding my problems. I highly recommend her!

Written by D.I on Sep 12, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks

I think Karen is a very smart, intuitive, action-oriented person. I feel she knows what it is you are trying to say when you are not or cannot be direct. In our textural conversations, I felt very heard. She herself is very direct in her feedback which is refreshing but sometimes a hard pill to swallow. Thanks Karen.

Written by K.A on Sep 09, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 1 month

Karen has been amazon and really has given me the support and perspective to go through my rough challenge.

Written by L.U on Sep 09, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 6 months stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, eating, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

I have come a long way since I first contacted Karen. I have a lot of respect for Karen and gratitude for all the support she gave me. I needed a strong focused person on my side when I was at my lowest point. Karen helped build my confidence up and helped me believe again that I had the right to exist, to be happy, to see my son and to have pride at work. I wrote very long messages, but Karen was able to cut through all my long ramblings and helped me see what was really important. Karen helped me to focus on listing the most important goals and how I could realistically achieve them. With the help of Karen I kept making small progress towards these goals, and with the help of Karen I stayed on track and avoided distractions and overcame setbacks. The most important thing for me at the time was to get access to my son again. I had no lawyer and had to represent myself in court and do all the paper work myself. I was suffering from depression and anxiety and unable to work but with the help of Karen I went through the whole horrible family court process on my own and eventually reached a settlement with my ex-wife’s lawyers. This was incredibly stressful and there were times when the stress was so much I wanted to give up.
My relationship with my son suffered during this period as I did not see him for over 7 moths, but with Karen in my corner I decided to continue fighting.
Whilst going through these horrible court hearings I also somehow managed to restart working again after being off work for 6 months. The hardest part was restarting work as my colleagues were aware that I had been off work due to mental illness and had been hospitalized for this. However I got over this fear of people knowing about me. It has been over two months now since I returned to work again. I have also been able to turn in projects on time, maybe not with exceptional quality but I would say good quality. And most importantly I now have access to my son again. It is not a perfect settlement but I get to see my son which is important, and I can build on this. I have had three days with him so far and they have been amazing days.

Written by M.I on Sep 03, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks

Talking with Karen has helped me with my anxiety immensely. She has given me tools to use not only to calm down but also to lower the frequency of the anxiety attacks. While also reassuring me that the efforts that I'm making are making a difference. Her expertise and natural caring demeanor has given me exactly what I needed to persevere in my life goals.

Written by T.N on Aug 26, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career, and depression

I've had such a great experience with Karen so far. She is quick to reply to my messages and is able to filter through all my thoughts and get me to focus on the solutions. It's great having 24/7 support during this transitional period in my life. I highly recommend Karen!

Written by L.A on Aug 25, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks

Karen has really helped with this hard time in my life. Her advice is smart and thoughtful. I'm grateful we can talk, and she makes me feel better about what's going on with my relationship.

Written by A.M on Aug 03, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 1 month

I was feeling lost and confused and if I wouldn't have found this program, and they would not have matched me up with Karen. I probably would have lost my mind. it's nice to have someone so knowledgeable about every aspect of what was going wrong in my life at that point to talk to you. and she is a wonderful lady and I am so appreciative for her!

Written by T.O on Jul 19, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks

Very helpful and responds in a timely manner!

Written by M.J on Jul 16, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks

Karen is a genuine, compassionate person who takes the time to provide thoughtful responses. I feel like I have a friend to confide in.

Written by B.R on Jul 14, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

In the short time that I have been talking to Karen she has clarified so much of my confusion that I can't imagine life without her. Her intuitive powers are like a laser beam that cut through the endless static and confusion that comprises most of my thought processes. She knows just what to say and when to say it and is proving to be priceless in guiding me through the minefield that is my life right now.

Just within the last 20 minutes she has clarified a point that has haunted me for years but that no one else has been able to clearly define. The hard part, is facing how good she is because with Karen, you have to face some hard facts about yourself that aren't always complimentary. But I appreciate this since it shows she isn't just phoning her work in, she is right there with you. Karen is a rare gift and a person that I feel privileged to talk to. I'm at a kind of crossroads in my life and she came along at just the right time. I was out of answers and only had questions and she is brilliant at answering them.

Written by S.H on Jul 10, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks

She helps me out alot more than she ever could know

Written by T.Y on Jun 24, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 2 months stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, and depression

Karen is Truly wonderful, always incredibly understanding as to whatever issues you have going on and always a swift response there is a delay due to UK and US time difference but that is to be expected. I like the fact Karen is critical and analytical she doesn't simply show you how to cope with something but also how to prevent the same issue from happening in the future. Honestly as good as a weekly councillor session. However this is whenever you need it :D

Written by K.R on Jun 11, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 2 months stress, anxiety, relationship, family, self esteem, and depression

Talking my issues out with Karen has helped me tremendously. I feel like I can be open and honest with her about my issues and get an unbiased and therapeutic response from her. I plan to continue to use Better Help's service and keep on with my therapy.

Written by L.Y on Jun 02, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks addictions, relationship, family, and trauma and abuse

Karen is attentive, validating, honest, extremely helpful and kind. She has been very easy to talk to and very straight forward when asked for a direct opinion. Hard to find someone who'll be both honest and kind, but she certainly is. She has been most helpful with my current situation. More so even, than any other professional I've sought! I will definitely be keeping her number and this service in my contacts list. What a great site. If you need assistance, Karen is wonderful.

Written by A.L on May 22, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, family, parenting, self esteem, and depression

Karen is great at listening to what you are saying and taking the time to understand where you are coming from. She also has great insight and ideas to help you see things from another perspective and take steps to overcome your obstacles.

Written by C.O on May 16, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 1 month stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

She is great. Karen has been professional but at the same time compassionate and someone you can trust. Because of her my family house is not in foreclosure. She has been my Angel.

Written by H.E on May 05, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 1 month

Karen has been very supportive and available through a very difficult period. Her ability to reflect back and give clarity has been very fruitful.

Written by K.O on May 01, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 3 months

Karen has been great. Mindful, attentive, patient. I've gotten a lot out of my sessions with her.

Written by C.E on Apr 30, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks

When I came to Karen I was a wreck. I was drinking heavily and at the end of a bad divorce. Karen helped me to figure out my triggers for drinking. She helped me focus on getting through each stressful situation without drinking and helped me to work through the problem instead of reaching for a bottle. Karen also helped me bring closure to my marriage. Together with Karen I have found some peace and have not had a drink in quite sometime. Although I know I still have work to do yet, because of Karen's help, I know I can complete my journey to a healthy lifestyle and live without drinking for the rest of my life. Thank you so much Karen, you really did save me.

Written by S.T on Apr 26, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 2 months

Karen has been a great help to me during my divorce. She always responds in a timely manner and even on the weekends!
I'm so glad I chose better help for my therapy needs. I get to talk with Karen all day everyday if I need to. The convenience and accessibility are awesome!
She has a great understanding of my situation and has helped me with ideas and given me sound advice on how to cope with my divorce and narcissistic husband.

Written by C.A on Apr 23, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, and depression

Karen is a great listener and really helps with finding solutions. She is very good with replying and at the same time giving you time to elaborate. I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue with the format of BH at first but through my week trial as I continued to talk to Karen, I decided that it is definitely helping and working for me. She is great!

Written by S.H on Apr 23, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and depression

Having the chance to have someone to talk to without fear of judgement means the world to me. I also see a counselor in person, but having the chance to have Karen answer my emails during the day really helps me to understand why im feeling certain ways and how to cope with it.

Written by S.A on Apr 23, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks addictions, eating, and self esteem

I've only been with Karen a short time but during that time I've seen her intuitiveness and I am impressed she's very kind compassionate and can interpret exactly what you're feeling. I'm happy they chose her for me

Written by Y.I on Apr 19, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, and depression

Karen was always very prompt in responding to my messages, even multiple times in the same day. She is insightful and willing to help. I'd recommend her.

Written by D.J on Apr 16, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 1 month stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and depression

Karen is always available for me even when contacting after midnight. She has a down home attitude that is non threatening and calming. She is non judgmental and encouraging, a pleasure to converse with.

Written by G.A on Apr 02, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 1 month stress, anxiety, grief, eating, sleeping, self esteem, anger, career, and depression

My counselor is Karen. She is one of the best counselor I ever met. I was so given up of life. After contacting Karen I feel better. Karen is kind and passionate character. Karen can understand anyone's feelings very well. I thank God for giving me such a friendly counselor. Karen is trust worthy and I trust Karen than anyone in my life. Thank you better help for the help that given people like me who desperately need help. Thank you Karen and I wish you long life to help people. I recommend Karen to anyone who need counseling very much.

Written by T.A on Mar 17, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks relationship, family, self esteem, and anger

Karen and I have really just gotten started in therapy, but she is kind, sensitive, and insightful.

Written by B.R on Mar 16, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, anger, and depression

Karen is so correctly insightful. Even being through a computer, rather then face-to-face, she has caught on so well to my emotions and perspectives. She is able to read through our conversations and give advise in a thoughtful manner. She takes all angles into consideration and helps where the need is the highest. I appreciate her and her knowledge and understanding in human natures.

Written by A.N on Mar 14, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, and depression

Have been blessed with her advice. Is to the point, empathetic and concerned. Thank you

Written by A.N on Mar 12, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 6 months

I have been consulting Karen for some weeks now, and the experience has been tremendous. It's sometimes hard to explain, but Karen has been able to come back with some very useful and insightful answers. I have had counsellors before, but better help is working for me superbly as I feel, if I can just understand and overcome the last remaining remnants of my emotional issues then I will be plain sailing. Karen, and better help, have offered me a "jolt" back to reality for which I am truly grateful.

Written by D.O on Feb 20, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks

She is so sweet and available when you need her. And she is very easy to talk to I would recommend her 100%.

Written by K.R on Jan 27, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, self esteem, and depression

Karen is an amazing person who makes herself available as much as possible when I am in great need. She is very calming and I appreciate her help more than words can express!

Thank you Karen!

Written by R.O on Jan 02, 2015 after counseling with Karen for 1 month relationship, family, and parenting

I was so down when I subscribed to Better help.. I was able to let out all my problems the very next day when I have Karen to help me. What I appreciate is her availability at all times. Her responses have been immediate. We have exchanged many messages in just one day. That was so important to me feeling that there is someone who is listening and who provides support instantly. The on line help is so very helpful, mainly for people like me who are shy, introvert. I was able to get things off my chest without any restraint..
Thanks for your valuable help and advice, Karen .
Rosie

Written by A.M on Dec 29, 2014 after counseling with Karen for 2 days relationship, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and depression

Karen was amazing. I was going through a rough patch and she has really helped me through. I will defiantly talk to her again when I need to. I am not sure how I would have gotten through today without crying without her, but she really did help me tremendously.

Written by E.L on Dec 28, 2014 after counseling with Karen for 1 month trauma and abuse, and relationship

Karen is a very thoughtful and insightful therapist. She is skilled and compassionate. After many years of abuse I felt that no one could ever understand or even care about what I am going through. Her special talents have helped me in my difficult times to move forward and work through the impossibilities.  I give her a tremendous thanks for being a part of my life and for being the therapist that I need to grow and be successful on my walk out of domestic violence and the shame I've carried for so long.  I will take what she has taught me throughout my life journey. Karen has the gift of connecting from the heart.  She leads you with questions to discover the strength inside to find what you need within yourself to recover and move forward in life.  She knows when to push, when to cheer and when to let you be, very valuable when you've been taken down to your knees by the struggles in life.
As a victim of domestic violence, with Karen in my life I really feel that I finally have someone in my corner that can help me become a survivor and no longer a victim. When I had no one else in this world Karen has came along side with compassion and understanding to show me the strengths within myself to get up every morning and take on the impossible.

Written by D.A on Dec 04, 2014 after counseling with Karen for 1 week

So very grateful for her patience in helping me resolve so many issues with grief. After her compassion, I was able to sort through issues that I've allowed to prevent me from moving forward.

Written by B.A on Nov 12, 2014 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, eating, self esteem, and depression

Karen has been very patient and kind and has offered lots of good advice. IT has helped simply having someone non judgemental to talk to and when ever I have sent a message Karen has replied very quickly so I have had the feeling that she has been there for me. Thank you. It's been a very helpful process.

Written by M.A on Nov 03, 2014 after counseling with Karen for 5 months stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and depression

Karen has a way of helping me through my problems while also helping me keep and maintain my dignity during some of the worst problems I was facing.

Written by B.E on Nov 02, 2014 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, relationship, and depression

I had a massive breakthrough that although recent, has already changed my life so much and so positively. It's a change for my entire future, and has blown my mind! It was something I never would have known or imagined to do by myself. With Karen's advice, I have given myself permission to act a certain way, to keep some of my emotions for myself, and to not be walked all over. The result with these small behaviour changes has been so rewarding, and really nothing has changed, my feelings certainly haven't - just how I act and how i am perceived. I would not have had this breakthrough without Karen. She is also extremely prompt, replies fast, listens, understands, validates everything you say. You feel 100% certain she is on your side even if she guides you in a different direction. I have had bad counselling experiences in the past and know that many counsellors do not have that skill.

Written by C.H on Oct 21, 2014 after counseling with Karen for 7 months stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, bipolar, and depression

Karen is very understanding and easy to talk to. She gives you time to explain and makes the effort to understand when you can not find the words yourself. She helped me through a very difficult time where I felt completely helpless. She was there whenever I needed and did not limit the time on sessions to help me through the problems I was experiencing. I would recommend this site and Karen specifically to anyone who needs that extra support. I believe, she is/has and will continue to help me through the struggles I face with my mental health.