About Me

I am licensed bilingual clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in the field of community/mental health (child, adolescent, & adult psychiatry). I am a medley of my experiences, being born in Ecuador, raised in NYC, exposed to multiple diverse cultures, languages, spiritual beliefs, and ideas have made me who I am and how I work. I also developed a thriving private practice in NYC which I maintained for the past 10 years prior to my move to the South.

The most valued components of what I do are centered in helping others reach their potential, enhance their inner lives, and in giving others tools for success. I am passionate about people, mental health wellness, and hope.
SPECIALTY AREAS include:
Depression
Anxiety and Phobias
Relationship Difficulties
Life Transitions
Difficulties with Self-Esteem
Personality Disorders
Cultural Issues
Professional/Career Issues
College/Graduate School Issues
Medical/Health Concerns
Anger Management/Stress Management
Sexual Abuse
Trauma and Stress Disorders
LGBTQ-Related Issues

My approach is collaborative, you and I are a team. I am open minded, curious, compassionate, tolerant, intuitive, professional, dedicated, hardworking, and transparent. I will walk beside you through your journey at your pace and with patience. I will utilize evidence-based treatment tailored to your specific needs at all times. Being bilingual in Spanish and English has augmented the different populations I am able to serve.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 22

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Spanish


Licensing

LCSW #c011482 (Expires: 2021-06-30)

LCSW #070189 (Expires: 2019-11-30)


Reviews

Written by K.A. on Jun 20, 2019 after counseling with Karen for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

I’m grateful to have found Karen on BetterHelp. With her support I have been able to move past challenges and start achieving my goals.

Written by N.A. on Apr 14, 2019 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

She is excellent. Very supportive and understanding. Completely listens and recommends various options to explore and guide you through your therapy. Very experienced and educated. Highly recommend.

Written by G.R. on Apr 04, 2019 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

,Karen was nothing but a joy to work with. She was my first ever experience with counseling and I felt so pleased with my work with her. She was so kind and understanding and always made me feel so comfortable. I will genuinely miss speaking with her.

Written by G.I. on Dec 15, 2018 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

She listens very carefully and remembers a lot of what I say, which tells me how much she really cares. She's always offering me new perspectives on situations that I thought were black and white. And she does a lot to help you accept things that maybe you can't work through on your own. Karen is a fantastic counselor, her expertise in this kind of work shows. Can't thank her enough.

Written by E.D. on Sep 08, 2018 after counseling with Karen for 3 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and self esteem

Karen is excellent, knowledgeable, and very easy to communicate with. She immediately made me feel at ease.