Hello! I am Karen Rafalik, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has worked in the behavioral health field for the past 15 years. I decided I wanted to work as a counselor after taking a career aptitude test in middle school. I didn’t fully appreciate the strength it took to open up to a complete stranger until I started to work with individuals for the first time. It truly takes a lot to share your inner most thoughts and fears with a stranger, so let me tell you a little more about my style so you can decide if we would be a good fit.
My experience working as a counselor spans 3 years of direct practice and includes variety of settings, though primarily in a hospital and clinic setting. The areas I help support include depression, anxiety, substance use, grief and trauma. I also worked with individuals and families coping with grief and end of life issues. Some of my more specific therapeutic approaches include Strengths-Based counseling with a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Since I believe in collaborating with you and I am pretty flexible, we might work on some other techniques, like Mindfulness, depending on what you need.
My personal belief is that therapy is beneficial when seen as a collaborative partnership. I am here to understand you and your unique experience and beliefs. I believe that perception is key to understanding why we feel the way we do and how we react to things beyond our control. I want to get to know you so I understand how to better support you. I am non-judgmental, and I also believe that sometimes we need another person to challenge our inner thought patterns so we can move forward.
Overall, I want to hear what you're going through, how you're handling things, and help you to work toward tangible, realistic goals. Let's start with one session at a time to see how we work together. I'm excited to get to know you better and work with you!
Availability: I am available most weekday evenings, beginning at at 6:30 PM Eastern Time, and during the days on weekends for live sessions. I also respond to messages throughout the day.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
I also have experience in Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Anger management, Bipolar disorder
LCSW #085764 (Expires: 2020-06-30)
Instantly clicked with her. She’s amazing.
Karen has been so helpful to me and I feel much better overall when I talk with her. She's great at guiding me through my problems, and I look forward to chatting with her.