Karen Kavaloski

LPCC, LPC

About Me

Hello, my name is Karen Kavaloski and I am a LPC in New Mexico, North Carolina and in Missouri. I was originally licensed as a counselor in 2009 while working in Arizona by the State of North Carolina after making a career change from a almost 30 year history in nursing. My passion since I was a young adult was counseling and it took me almost 30 years to achieve my goal of becoming a counselor. I was a Marine wife for almost 30 years and have traveled allot, I have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. My youngest, a son, and one of my grandchildren are severely autistic so I can identify with the stress and struggles some families have with managing special needs within their family. I am also a cancer survivor. I believe we all have an ability to heal the body, mind and soul and I consciously strive daily to be an active participant in my life and support and encourage others to do the same. My education beyond my nursing and counseling includes a Masters in Business Administration and a Doctorate in (Christian) Ministries.

I have worked primarily over this past 11 years with trauma and substance abuse in the adult population with about 3 years working with the teenage population in these areas. I also have worked about 5 years total with prison reentry and counseling individuals and families with histories of incarceration in state and federal prison. I believe in working with individuals and families to achieve their highest goals. I believe the client is the expert in his/her own life and I fully encourage one to strive to work towards building a strong foundation within themselves and their families whatever that looks like to them, to that end I use focused solution therapy, internal systems therapy, mindfulness/compassion therapy, cognitive and cognitive behavioral, dialectical therapy, emotional freedom techniques and/or neurolinguistic techniques .

Outside my therapy practice, I spend my leisure time reading. meditation/praying and gardening. I do light exercise daily.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , Cancer , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 13

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

NM LPCC CCMH0197151

MO LPC 2020024537

NC LCMHC 13637


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Karen Kavaloski. 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.

Written by R.I. on Sep 26, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 5 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and anger management

I'm very happy with Karen as my therapist. She has been better than I had hoped for in helping me reach my goals.

Written by C.H. on Sep 20, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Karen is fantastic, I am going through mental and emotional hell and for the first time in my life when experiencing this which I have prior to now. Karen is helping and guiding me to begin to heal.

Written by C.O. on Sep 08, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 6 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Karen really listens and is great at helping me see where to redirect my thinking when I'm being unfair to myself

Written by J.E. on Sep 01, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and self esteem

I so appreciate Karen and the way she helps guide me through my situations. She is easy to talk to and understands my issues and comes back with different helpful perspectives. Practical and helpful tips to apply. She is caring, supportive and responsive and just an overall great partner.

Written by D.A. on Aug 28, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I only had one session with Karen so far, but I think she did a great job and made me look at things a different way in a couple areas. I will say, it is difficult to find times to meet that go with my schedule because times fill up very fast.

Written by C.H. on Aug 14, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, and self esteem

Karen is very knowledgeable and easy to talk to! I’ve taken this work in counseling to a whole new level!!!

Written by M.A. on Jul 10, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Karen is wonderful. She really has an understanding and gives great feedback and advice.

Written by T.A. on Jul 03, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Karen is wonderful, very encouraging, and an awesome listener.

Written by B.D. on Jun 29, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and grief

Karen is amazing!!!

Written by N.I. on Jun 25, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse

Dr Kavaloski is incredible. I have had poor experiences with other therapists, but Dr. Kavaloski is a whole different category. She is a wonderful listener with great empathy and expertise who can give you informed insight into yourself, as well as recommend other services available to give you additional help and support. Incredibly educated and kind.

Written by P.A. on Jun 21, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Karen was immediately able to understand the issues I was facing and started right away in helping me to make a positive change. After my first session I was ready to move forward in a way I hadn’t been in quite a while. The advice she gives is fashioned in a way that one must really be able and willing to work. I don’t think that someone who needs a lot of pushing could flourish with Karen, as she seems to base her therapy on an individual taking control and really practicing the exercises she suggests. That being said, in no way does she push or insist or pressure. She makes sure that I take things slowly, one day at a time, and ensures i know that progress DOES happen, albeit sometimes slowly and that’s ok.

Written by E.L. on Jun 15, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Karen is very patient. She listens to me and lets me talk. She gives feedback and assigned homework. I really like working with her I’m so glad I heard this commercial on the radio.

Written by B.R. on Jun 11, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Karen is the best therapist that's I've ever had- hands down; she understands me on so many levels, is incredibly patient, kind & caring

Written by S.T. on Jun 11, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Karen has been very warm and kind in this new transition in life for me and overall is making my experience with therapy feel safe.

Written by M.A. on Jun 11, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Karen is wise and and compassionate. She creates a comfortable setting and offers many suggestions and tools to implement into my life.

Written by K.A. on Jun 04, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I've only had 2 sessions with Karen, but I feel we have connected well, and I have felt able to open up to her about my issues/concerns. She has provided me with some strategies and tools. She listens, but also advises. I am very grateful to her for her support.

Written by K.Y. on May 30, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

Karen is so kind caring and excellent at her job. I feel she is always there for me and very supportive. Would highly recommend better help and Karen to anyone

Written by B.E. on May 25, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and sleeping disorders

Karen is a great therapist. Gauges what you need: advice or someone to listen. No fluff, real solutions and great flexibility and compassion when things do not go as planned. Someone who often makes my week a little bit lighter

Written by S.O. on May 22, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

She is a great therapist

Written by R.A. on May 20, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Karen is amazing! She listens, offers advice, and helps me work through how to handle specific situations. I cannot thank Karen enough for her help!

Written by M.E. on May 09, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Karen has helped me identify my needs in ways I've never thought about, she provokes mindfulness and self reflection without being obvious. It feels like regular conversation followed by "light bulb" moments.

Written by L.A. on May 08, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

It is immensely helpful to talk with Karen. She is an awesome listener!

Written by M.I. on Apr 18, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

She’s awesome

Written by J.A. on Apr 16, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, parenting issues, and self esteem

Karen is very knowledgeable and empathetic. She is great at providing new perspectives on things I’ve been dwelling on for a long time. She is very easy to talk to.

Written by H.E. on Mar 17, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Karen has been wonderful I feel comfortable when talking with her she helps me understand things abs how to handle Situations thank you Karen

Written by R.U. on Mar 17, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 8 months on issues concerning addictions

Karen is very knowledgeable and because if this is able to offer many offers t solutions to help me

Written by T.O. on Mar 16, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and grief

Karen is the best. I always feel better after our sessions.

Written by V.A. on Mar 09, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and anger management

Love her support

Written by M.A. on Mar 08, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, anger management, and compassion fatigue

Karen brings a wealthy of experience and wisdom to the therapy space. From the first conversation she is able to offer helpful tools to cope with my episodes. I highly recommend working with Karen if you are trying to deal with anger management issues.

Written by G.E. on Mar 02, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, parenting issues, and self esteem

In the short amount of time I have been speaking with Karen, she has brought my awareness to new levels which has helped me to have a better over all well being.

Written by J.O. on Feb 26, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Just great! Good listener. Encourages me for who I am.

Written by K.A. on Feb 26, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Very skilled therapist. Gives you lots of tools and resources. Highly recommend her.

Written by J.E. on Feb 19, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

Karen is amazing!

Written by M.I. on Feb 17, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

Awesome therapist and a great person to talk to. Always on time and super helpful.

Written by N.I. on Feb 10, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and compassion fatigue

I find talking to Karen really helpful. She gives real world advice and specific strategies to help with things. I wasn't sure how she would be able to assist me when I first signed up, but after only a few weeks I feel more confident in dealing with my issues and know that I can talk about anything on my mind.

Written by D.E. on Feb 09, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and intimacy-related issues

She really gets me. Not a lot of fluff. Real information to help me be a better me.

Written by J.A. on Feb 08, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Karen is very understanding and is a great listener. She takes the time to understand other perspectives so that she can provide the best suggestions, advice, and resources. It is clear that she is passionate about being a therapist and wants to help people.

Written by T.A. on Feb 01, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and compassion fatigue

Karen has been very helpful as a therapist. I’d recommend her to anyone but especially health care workers.

Written by B.R. on Jan 31, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Karen’s amazing and always keeps me level headed and focused on making changes that put me in a positive state mentally

Written by C.A. on Jan 27, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I am so thankful for Karen! I feel she hears me, understands me, encourages me, corrects me, gives me very practical advice and homework and I am seeing improvements as i put in the hard work of change.

Written by J.O. on Jan 12, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and coaching

Great experience

Written by D.I. on Jan 03, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 7 months on issues concerning grief, and coping with life changes

Compassionate and understanding

Written by A.N. on Dec 23, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

So far so good. She’s amazing!

Written by B.A. on Dec 21, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, and grief

I have just started sessions with Karen. I feel she understands what I am trying to work on. I like her directness. I feel she cares about what I am going through. I might have more to say as our sessions continue.

Written by L.U. on Dec 18, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coaching

I appreciate Karen's knowledge and expertise for using the right technique at the right moment. She is an excellent therapist. Makes me feel comfortable sharing and she provides helpful solutions on the spot. Karen validated my experience and is showing me how to let go, to not judge myself and others, and to be free. Like others who have posted, I feel better everyday. That there is hope my life can be different. Thank you Karen!

Written by A.D. on Dec 18, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Working with Karen has been absolutely amazing and a very profound experience for me. Her approach to things is very helpful and extremely beneficial. I would highly recommend her to anyone I know that is seeking help. She is very good about explaining things in a very detailed and easy to grasp way. Can’t say enough good things honestly.

Written by A.D. on Dec 06, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Karen is absolutely wonderful and has provided me with many helpful and key insights to dealing with my anxiety. I would highly recommend her to anyone!

Written by A.N. on Dec 05, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She is kind, patient, and the nicest therapist! Her experience is beyond anything and everything! She has changed my life perception and I am grateful to meet her!

Written by J.A. on Dec 03, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and coaching

I love my therapist very much she has been there for me and help me in ways I've never had help before I highly recommend her to anybody.

Written by K.A. on Nov 30, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and family conflicts

Very helpful with just one session!

Written by H.A. on Nov 01, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, and self esteem

Karen is very responsive and knowledgeable. She has been a great support for me.

Written by A.B. on Oct 31, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and anger management

Great therapist, very caring and has a fitting name "Karen" that even rhymes with "care". She helped me alot and is highly recommended.

Written by R.A. on Oct 20, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Karen is great and always gives me honest advice!

Written by D.A. on Oct 14, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and self esteem

She seems to be very approachable and is sensitive. Great life experience and gives good advice.

Written by G.I. on Oct 09, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I really like Karen's style. She is very direct and to the point and I like that.
She responds quickly and her booking schedule times are good.
Kudos to Karen!

Written by A.I. on Sep 16, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 3 weeks on issues concerning addictions, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Karen has been an amazing support since I’ve started better help. After only a couple of weeks, I feel more positive and focused on my future. She has validated my thoughts and emotions and provided useful skills to help me deal with my past experiences. I cannot recommend Karen enough. She has put me at ease in every session and provided real nuggets of insight that have supported me throughout my journey. I look forward to our sessions which is something I never thought I would say before. Karen allows you to talk about your experiences in a non judgemental way and is such a warm positive person to engage with.

Written by H.A. on Sep 09, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Karen is very easy to talk to and always gives me ideas of exercises and practices to choose from. If we don’t speak about a topic that came up a while ago, she checks in with me to make sure if the issue or thoughts have been solve.

Written by M.A. on Sep 07, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

Karen knows her way around trauma and for that I’m grateful. I spent so long scared and alone speaking with her has helped me get to the root of my issues .

Written by R.U. on Aug 30, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

I would like to thank Karen for the guidance and help that she has given me. She made me feel right at home from the very beginning, she has a friendly and kind soul! Karen listens to me, and for that I’m forever grateful.

Written by A.L. on Aug 04, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Karen has helped me through one of the most difficult points in my life. She's helpful, focused, calming and wise. Her knowledge and expertise has given me the courage to accept the challenges in my life, and to rise to the occasion, instead of hide in a corner.

Written by T.R. on Aug 03, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

My counselor has been very understanding and helpful.

Written by A.M. on Aug 02, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

Karen is helping me to isolate what is causing my issues and provides tools to assist me in working through difficulties. I look forward to our sessions, her insight is phenomenal and I truly view things differently after we have a discussion of an issue. So grateful for her.

Written by A.M. on Jul 17, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief, self esteem, and adhd

Karen is WONDERFUL. What a gift to be able to talk with her. Thank you so much!

Written by V.. on Jul 13, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Karen has really helped me. She works with me through my struggles and makes herself available to me and strongly supports my progress and recovery. I feel like she cares and like she has my best interest at heart.

Written by L.O. on Jul 05, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

She is lovely and gives worksheets which is great. Absolutely fun and loved it when we had our first phone session, she also has a send of humour which makes talking so much more easier

Written by E.M. on Jun 22, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

I have so much to thank Karen for! In only a few sessions I have made huge breakthroughs with my anxiety and OCD which I haven’t been able to do with anyone else. Her approach to counselling and the methods she shares are practical and can be put into place right away. She is so supportive, calm, patient and very easy to talk to. I feel listened to and understood and I am in such a better place in my life- I can’t wait to see how much more progress I can make. Thanks so much Karen!

Written by T.O. on Jun 16, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

Karen is excellent

Written by J.E. on Jun 13, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Karen is caring and attentive and works with you to find tools and methods that actually work for you.

Written by D.A. on Jun 10, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Very knowledgeable and has my best interest in heart.

Written by H.A. on May 24, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and sleeping disorders

Karen is a very nice person. I have never worked with a psychologist before, so, I don’t have anything to compare to. But, I am really touched with her gentle and humble nature. She has taught me a lot, EFT technique, meditation techniques, inner child work, so much more. She is so simple and open that I feel like a friend with her. She is very quick in replying. She gently listens to me without judgement. She is such a sweet person who’s helped me in sorting things out. She has taught me that no matter what life brings I stay as a warrior. I am so thankful to her and BetterHelp. Thanks Karen.

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