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Karen Gano, LCSW, LCSW-C

Relationship issues Trauma and abuse Grief Self esteem Coping with life changes
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About me

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." ~ Anais Nin

Hello. My name is Karen Gano, and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in New Mexico, Colorado, Maine, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Australia. I received my Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, and I have over 30 years of clinical counseling experience.

My specialty is what I call Empowerment Counseling. I have a Motivational Interviewing style, and I use Compassion-Focused, Client-Centered, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Mindfulness, and Strength Based therapies to assist clients in improving their outlook and life. I have a holistic and goal oriented practice, working primarily with women who are going through some type of life transition whether it be separation, divorce, career changes, relocation, empty nest, illness, etc. I also provide counseling to healthcare workers as I have been a practicing medical social worker throughout my career, and I have worked in trauma, emergency medicine, critical care, oncology, palliative care, and domestic abuse.

We can all benefit from talking to someone now and again. It is my primary goal to empower clients so that they can build and expand their "team," discover their voice, increase self-awareness and esteem, and make wanted changes in their life. My professional and personal mantra is "Self-Care + Time = Healing." I can help you with healthy coping strategies and tools to guide you from surviving to thriving.

I very much look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

33yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Women's Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

PA LCSW CW019060


MD LCSW-C 27193

CO LCSW CSW.09924060

DC LICSW LC2000001

NM LCSW C-09421

VA LCSW 0904010653


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Karen Gano. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Karen is really helpful in setting personal goals and also provides an environment that feels non-judgmental and safe.

Written on Feb 09, 2023 after therapy with Karen for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd


Written on Jan 14, 2023 after therapy with Karen for 1 month on issues concerning depression, addictions, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coaching, and compassion fatigue

The best of the best!

Written on Jan 10, 2023 after therapy with Karen for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and anger management

Karen’s therapy style was just what I needed. Highly recommend!

Written on Jan 06, 2023 after therapy with Karen for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Karen is great at encouraging little steps to regain a healthy sense of self.

Written on Dec 10, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and grief

From our first session I already love and respect her as a therapist!

Written on Dec 05, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and compassion fatigue