Dr. Karen Gongola

(PhD, LPC, LMHC)

About Me

I help men and women with mental health issues related to trauma, depression, anxiety, and medical related mental health issues. Is trauma a part of your background? Do you struggle with chronic medical issues that effect your mental functioning as well such as MS, Fibromyalgia, or diabetes? I have provided over 15 years of assistance to persons struggling with those issues as well as ADHD, Panic DO and using task trained Services Dogs to mitigate symptoms of both medical and mental health conditions as well as sensory related conditions.

I hold a PhD in Professional Counseling and I am licensed In Arkansas as licensed professional counselor and licensed in Florida as licensed mental health counselor. I have specialized training in EMDR for trauma treatment as well as depression, anxiety, and performance enhancement. I am trained in Animal Assisted Therapy and use this as well as CBT and supportive techniques in addition to EMDR. My clients report especially liking my nonjudgmental, genuine, caring style as well as the uniqueness of EMDR and AAT.

I do specialized work with clients using a task trained Service Dog for both medical and mental health issues.

I have a full time face-to-face practice generally seeing my private practice clients 12 hour days Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays. This gives me the latter part of the week for focusing towards online therapy. I chose to have an online practice in addition to my private practice because of the diversity of clients online allows me to work with. I am based out of Arkansas though I am also licensed in Florida. Online therapy allows me to see clients around the state, in Florida and throughout the world. This is my desire. To balance my caseload with people around the world.

I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

If you ready to take steps towards healing I would be honored to be a part of that journey. Please note that online therapy is not for everyone. Be prepared to be supported and encouraged on your journey but be prepared to work...and to work very hard. Therapy can get messy. My online therapy sessions rarely look like a chat over coffee. Sessions with me more often take the form of a guided conversation based on therapy goals and worksheets (worksheets are used a lot...worksheets are structured to guide the client in reflection and to build the ability to notice thoughts, emotions, and somatic manifestations while while completing the worksheets and further in all settings).

I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Anger management

I also have experience in Sleeping disorders, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression

Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #MH12030 (Expires: 2021-03-31)

LPC #P0512076 (Expires: 2020-06-30)


Reviews

Written by D.I. on Dec 28, 2018 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks

From what I have seen about Dr. Gongola, she is very helpful and influential to me in my Counseling. She is wonderful listener and is knows exactly how to help and educate me in dealing with any problem I may be having. I appreciate her and her practice. I would recommend her to anyone.

Written by L.E. on Dec 17, 2018 after counseling with Karen for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Dr. Gongola is really helpful.

Written by M.A. on Nov 05, 2018 after counseling with Karen for 4 months

Dr. Gongola is very kind and respectful and has really helped me make progress with my issues.

Written by M.A. on Oct 02, 2018 after counseling with Karen for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and anger management

Very nice and dedicated counselor!

Written by F.R. on Sep 21, 2018 after counseling with Karen for 2 months

She's the best I've had and I've had a few counselors.

Written by A.D. on Jul 13, 2018 after counseling with Karen for 3 weeks

Dr. Gongola is a good counselor who is up to date with the exercises and worksheets that I complete. I would recommend.