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). Having been part of two of the most prestigious institutions in the U.S. including New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University has alloted me the opportunity to apply cutting edge interventions and to train other professionals in the field to expand top notch quality care. 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: 2019-06-30)

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


Reviews

Written by K.A. on Oct 11, 2018 after counseling with Karen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

In the short amount of time we have worked together Karen has played such a huge role in supporting me and helping me realize some underlying issues that have been blocking me from moving forward. I appreciate the way she listens, is very thoughtful in her responses to my messages, the worksheets and additional resources she shares with me. Thanks to Karen I am learning new skills and tools to support me in navigating through life and in reaching my goals.

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.