About me

Hi! My name is Karen McDougal, I am a LPC (licensed professional counselor) with 13 years of experience. My scope of practice includes general mental health issues (anxiety, depression, etc.) life adjustments/transitions, trauma informed therapy, familial conflicts, crisis intervention, career exploration and planning, and self esteem. I have conducted crisis assessments, provided crisis interventions, created, and implemented treatment plans, and discharge plans; in a hospital setting, outpatient services, and in home agencies. As well as provided education: on parenting behavioral issues, healthy relationships. I have facilitated and co-facilitated social skills groups, a psycho-educational group on anger management, and healthy teen/pre-teen dating relationships. I have assisted in observations for functional behavioral analysis reports, data collection, and treatment recommendations for children with behavioral disturbances. Also worked with children, teens, and adults on career exploration and planning.

Clinical approaches:
My orientation to counseling is person- centered therapy, mindfulness, trauma informed with a focus on helping clients find and reach their desired goals to achieve happier and fuller lives.

Experiences include:
Stress, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, trauma, anger management, healthy dating, self-esteem, domestic violence, career exploration and planning, parenting issues, crisis, self harm, healthy relationship education, and communication issues


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Self esteem
  • Career difficulties
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue

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

Years of Experience: 13

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


NJ LPC 37PC00474100


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Karen McDougal. 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 on Oct 20, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Really easy to talk to, for a person like me who take long time to open up, it’s really hard to open up but when talking to Karen, it’s really easy to talk to.

Written on Jun 05, 2022 after therapy with Karen for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Karen has provided me with a safe and supportive environment from day one, always challenging me but also giving the time & space needed for me to share when I’m ready.

Written on Jul 18, 2021 after therapy with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Karen is great! She’s extremely supportive and even better listener. I’ve only had two sessions with her so far but I’m already feeling like I can tackle the week ahead after talking to her.

Work with me!