About Me

In July of 2019 my position was eliminated along with two other administrative positions. I took some time off to think about what I wanted to do. My husband is also a counselor and during the pandemic his whole way of counseling changed and he began teletherapy. I watched him make the transition. I had thought I really didn't want to go back to an inhouse agency and teletherapy appealed to me. I wanted to be a counselor soon after I graduated from Temple with a degree in Elementary Education. I took a postion in a private psychiatric facility and ended up doing poetry with many of the clients there. I also sat in on the morning meetings and the clinical case meetings where cases were discussed. With encouragement from friends and family I applied and went to what was then Rider College. I had wonderful professors. It was very much a hands on learning by practice program. I learned a lot and made a best friend there that I am close to to this day. I was substitute teaching to put myself through my Master's Program and at the end of my program a Kindergarten teaching position became available and the Principal wanted me to apply. I did but my heart just wasn't in it I really wanted to be a counselor and I got my first position where I did my internship at Bucks County Community College filling in for someone on maternity leave. I worked in the student counseling Department and the Career Center. I taught a class. I advised students who were transferring on to another college. I loved that job. I got jobs in the substance abuse field which required me to become a fast learner of this subject and to get training. I got to be a supervisor and I had no experience in this position but I learned. I loved counseling and I always had my own caseload. I learned new techniques along the way including EMDR. I have my own paddles. I have worked with mostly clients who have a mental illness and a substance abuse disorder like bipolar disorder and alcohol disorder or Schizophrenia and Canabis Disorder or Depression and Opiate Disorder. I have counseled individuals with single disorders like anxiety or depression or Bipolar Disorder. I am not intimated by clients presenting illnesses. I want to help them and guide them to resources that will help them to cope with daily stressors better or fight off that darkness that makes them not want to get out of bed everyday. I want to help educate them about their disorder so that someone with Bipolar can recognize when a manic stage is coming on or a depressive stage is coming on so that they can contact their doctor but also use coping skills to help manage these episodes better. I have decided to go back into counseling and I have decided that teletherapy is the way I want to do my therapy. I want to work part-time for now. I am a good counselor, my clients liked me and felt I helped them. I have studied Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavior Therapy as well as Trauma based therapy. One client wrote on the agency's website that I really helped her and that was nearly twenty years ago and she still thinks about it. I was promoted to be a Supervisor around 2000. I was a good supervisor and I have a certificate to be a supervisor from CCS.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 25

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

NJ LPC 37PC00059600


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Karyl Cleary. 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 Nov 07, 2022 after therapy with Karyl for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I cant figure out how to message you back on the board!

Written on Nov 05, 2022 after therapy with Karyl for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coaching, and adhd

Karyl has been a pleasure to talk to and I feel confident confining in her with my problems. She listens and supports me. Thank you Karyl!!!

Written on Oct 07, 2022 after therapy with Karyl for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Great!

Written on Sep 19, 2022 after therapy with Karyl for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and anger management

It’s been very helpful working with Karyl Cleary! I really appreciate her supportive insight!

Written on Aug 19, 2022 after therapy with Karyl for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I feel very fortunate to have been matched with Karyl. Over the months, she has helped me work through trauma, guilt, low confidence, and exhaustion. The weekly sessions have become a safe space for me to discuss and reflect on so many things. Karyl listens closely. She does so with a lot of compassion and kindness. For all of this, I am very grateful. I have started to feel so much better.

Written on Aug 12, 2022 after therapy with Karyl for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

I have met with Karyl Cleary for 5 weeks and feel she's been listening and has offered very helpful advice. I feel a bit more confident after our sessions.

Written on Jul 23, 2022 after therapy with Karyl for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and parenting issues

I had a great therapy session with Karyl. She really made me think about my situation and how to approach it. Thank you, Karyl!

Written on May 24, 2022 after therapy with Karyl for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and anger management

Excellent therapist

Written on Apr 29, 2022 after therapy with Karyl for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, parenting issues, and career difficulties

Karyl’s support has been so helpful to me throughout the year. She is very responsive, attentive, and calming. Karyl has shared many breathing/meditation techniques I can use during anxious and stressful times. She has consistently provided wise advice and support throughout a very challenging year. Very thankful to have found her!

Written on Apr 27, 2022 after therapy with Karyl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She really hears you. You will never feel judged but will be helped to identify and supported to overcome the things holding you back.

Written on Mar 28, 2022 after therapy with Karyl for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Karyl makes it very easy to open up

Written on Feb 24, 2022 after therapy with Karyl for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, and anger management

Only had one session so far but it was very helpful - looking forward to more sessions.

Written on Feb 10, 2022 after therapy with Karyl for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Very compassionate & caring therapist. Always a supportive listener. Encourages positive action through assigning homework that fosters personal growth. I can tell she genuinely cares about others well being.

Written on Jan 26, 2022 after therapy with Karyl for 8 months on issues concerning self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Very helpful!

Written on Jan 05, 2022 after therapy with Karyl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

I haven’t been working with Karyl for very long, but so far my experience has been great and everything I’ve heard about on the ads for BetterHelp. She responds promptly and has so much experience to draw on. I am enjoying my experience here so far.

Written on Dec 15, 2021 after therapy with Karyl for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Karyl listens to my concerns and gives me tools and encouragement to face what is happening to me.

Written on Dec 08, 2021 after therapy with Karyl for 6 months on issues concerning addictions

Karyl is great. I transitioned from an intensive outpatient program and it couldn’t have gone better. I’d recommend Karyl and BetterHelp to anyone.

Written on Nov 06, 2021 after therapy with Karyl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and compassion fatigue

Karyl Cleary has helped me from our very first session. I have never tried therapy before and I immediately felt welcome and at ease. I feel very comfortable sharing with her and always feel better after our session.

Written on Sep 26, 2021 after therapy with Karyl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

I have only had one session with her. She seems very professional, caring, friendly and very competent in every way.

Written on Aug 21, 2021 after therapy with Karyl for 2 weeks

I really appreciated Karyl’s compassionate disposition which made it very easy for me to discuss my concerns with her. Furthermore, I found her suggestions to be very adaptable to my everyday life.

Written on Aug 18, 2021 after therapy with Karyl for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Karyl was very kind and understanding. She was very helpful to calm me in moments of anxiety and panic. She is a great support.

Written on Aug 18, 2021 after therapy with Karyl for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

A good ear. Responds to my issues with compassion and recommendations for improvement and refers me to other resources.

Written on Aug 17, 2021 after therapy with Karyl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Karyl has proven to be not only understanding of my needs but incredibly supportive and empathetic.

Written on Jul 27, 2021 after therapy with Karyl for 2 months

I am so glad that I was matched with Karyl. She listens carefully, remembers everything I tell her, truly seeks to understand me and my circumstances, and gives me excellent feedback/advice. I have grown so much in the last few months of working with her and am super grateful that she is my counselor.

Written on Jun 09, 2021 after therapy with Karyl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

She truly is an amazing therapist; down to earth, highly intuitive and intelligent, paired up with kindness and compassion. A very big thanks!!

Written on Jun 06, 2021 after therapy with Karyl for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, and coaching

Karyl is exceptionally kind and has a WEALTH of knowledge & experience in the field. Always open to hearing what you have to say-great listener.

Written on May 29, 2021 after therapy with Karyl for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Betterhelp and my counselor are my help in getting me back to me. I Strongly recommend her and betterhelp to anyone and everyone!

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