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Dr. Stephen Karten, Psychologist

Stress, Anxiety Family conflicts Parenting issues Anger management Coping with life changes
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

About me

Hello, and thank you for considering me as your therapist. I've spent over half of my life practicing psychology and helping people overcome adversity. The most common presenting problems I encounter on Betterhelp include, extended grief, depression, stage of life change, anxiety, panic, OCD, and relationship problems. My clients tell me I'm a great listener, funny, and have a knack for conceptualizing their situations in a manner that offers them hope and guidance. Most clients finish counseling and report seeing themselves as, "More grown-up, less fragile, and more strategic in all matters of life."

I employ evidenced-based therapies such as CBT, RET, and client- centered/interpersonal approaches to help clients accept themselves and take control of their behaviors and emotions. I also will recommend clients seek medical treatment when appropriate.

My ideal clients carve out private time to respect the counseling session. They keep scheduled appointments barring unforeseen obstacles. When a client no shows, I do not get paid. Also, I get paid by the amount of time we spend in our sessions. I schedule 45" sessions and expect clients to come to the appointments with matters they want to discuss. I am not here to keep your session going. I have also found video sessions to be the most powerful ways to meet but many choose phone conversations which work as well.

I will not talk to you if you are driving no matter what. Walking around your worksite/neighborhood/house is also a No Go because the reception is usually compromised. I take your case seriously and I expect you to do the same. Finally, I am glad you are seeking help, and I hope you find the answers, serenity, and confidence you've been searching for regardless of whom you choose as your therapist. Sincerely, Steve, aka Dr. Karten

Professional experience

46yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Family conflicts Parenting issues Anger management Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver issues and stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Men's issues, Midlife crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood disorders , Multicultural Concerns, Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-love, Social anxiety and phobia, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Video
Phone
Live Chat
Messaging

License information

TX Psychologist 31421

Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Stephen Karten. 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.

Excellent, compassionate clinician. It's not easy being a therapist for another therapist, but he does it.

Written on Jul 16, 2024 after therapy with Stephen for 5 months on issues concerning depression, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

he is a great therapist!

Written on Jun 18, 2024 after therapy with Stephen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Dr. K. is great! Thanks for all you do.

Written on May 16, 2024 after therapy with Stephen for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Dr Karten is great. Always there to listen.

Written on Mar 26, 2024 after therapy with Stephen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

I appreciate Dr karten immensly. He is teaching me to reflect and see myself differently and definitely helping me w my isssues.

Written on Mar 08, 2024 after therapy with Stephen for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

Feels like I’ve known him for decades. Very understanding to my situation and offers great insight to finding a solution.

Written on Mar 03, 2024 after therapy with Stephen for 8 months on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, anger management, and coaching