Karuna (Karen) Duval


About Me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience as counselor, therapist, social worker and chaplain. I have worked with clients aged 13 to 107, who have a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, adjusting to change and new situations, grief and loss, relationship issues, parenting struggles, career challenges, caregiving difficulties, as well as spiritual and religious struggles. I also helped many people who have experienced trauma from many types of situations.

I have worked and learned much from my experiences working with teens and young adults, especially those experiencing loss and grief, and struggling to adapt to an ever changing world. I provided counseling in community mental health, hospitals, care facilities, hospice and privately. I have extensive experience working with folks young and old in the LGBTQIA community in all of those settings.

My counseling style is warm, respectful and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with compassion and sensitivity. I work with your unique strengths and abilities. I believe you have the answers to your own questions inside of you. We will work together to discover your own solutions in a respectful and collaborative partnership. My approach is client-centered, strengths-base and trauma-informed. In getting to know you, we will identify your goals and needs. We will explore what has already worked for you. Our work may include cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, as well as humanistic and psychodynamic counseling. Offering many tools and practices, we will tailor ways for you to address your struggles and work to turn them into opportunities for growth and deeper understanding. For those who feel vulnerable or marginalized, I understand the importance of feeling safe and accepted. I work to create a safe, non-judgmental, accepting and comfortable space. We will work at your pace, with your unique needs and goals.

It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life, and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you.

I look forward to working with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Cancer

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy

Years of Experience: 17

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LICSW #089.0134258 (Expires: 2022-01-31)


Written by L.I. on Mar 01, 2021 after counseling with Karuna (Karen) for 9 months on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

Karuna's insightful discussions have helped me work through some pretty hard stuff. I'm very grateful to have found her.

Written by H.E. on Nov 28, 2020 after counseling with Karuna (Karen) for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

After being laid off in March and dealing with infertility, I knew I needed help processing my feelings of anxiety, frustration, anger, sadness, etc. Karuna has been extremely helpful, supportive and knowledgable, offering various tools for me to process these feelings. She has followed up to find out what works and offered alternative tools if something doesn't seem to work well for me.
I am beyond grateful for Karuna and BetterHelp for the support provided during these last 8 months. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.