Karen Bernardes, LCSW

Karen Bernardes, LCSW

Professions: Clinical Social Work, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - 26794
Secondary Credential: LCSW - 44sc05417900
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 18062
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8235 Santa Monica Blvd
Ste 311
West Hollywood, California 90046 - United States
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I help people who are seeking balance emotionally in their lives and work with people who either have a mood disorder or those who have been diagnosed with a non- life threatening chronic condition. In either case, it can really be emotionally overwhelming with many life changes. My goal, along with the goals that you bring to the table, are to increase the number of go to evidence based skills to help manage these struggles: how you think and perceive situations and yourself. We will work on accepting these realities by focusing on having and implementing a balanced life based on what is meaningful and important to you and lastly having the tools in your toolbox so when life becomes especially difficult there are healthy ways to manage it.

I offer Individual sessions with a focus on Coping with Chronic Health Conditions for those over 18 years old. Disorders that are chronic and non-life threatening can include but are not limited to autoimmune or other neurological issues, cardiac, cancers, diabetes, gastrointestinal, HIV, mood disorders such as depression or bipolar and more are considered the primary focus. The specific diagnosis is not the focus of the treatment but rather the management of them to the best of your ability while acclimating, addressing the mood issues and improving your quality of life. This is a time when may feel very alone and isolated. Treatment will require active participation and completion of weekly assignments in order for changes to be implemented into your daily life.

Email or Call Karen Bernardes, LCSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 18062

More Info About My Practice

I am an out of network provider for insurance panels. If you have a PPO plan that allows for out of network providers I can provide a Super bill for you to submit to your carrier.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I have worked in the medical field and setting as a clinical social worker and have had the pleasure of working with many individuals from all walks of life, different issues, symptoms and disorders, socio-economic statuses and issues over my career and I am grateful for each one of them and what they have taught me. This experience has gifted me with the ability to work in a way that many find me relatable as a person and easy to understand. I can appreciate the many situations that bring us to where we can often find ourselves in life and I've been told that I come across that way. The therapists' office is not the place to ever feel judged and as if you can't share something.

My Therapy Focus

Focusing on the here and now and implementing change for the future is how I'd characterize my work. It is always important to know and understand one's past in order to gain insights, understanding patterns and helping you learn what works best for you. I focus on mindfulness, understanding thought processes, achieving a life balance that fits who you are and helping you create the best possible life despite the challenges you may have to face.

Services I Provide

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English
  • Portuguese

Groups I Work With

    Newly diagnosed with non-life threatening chronic illness.

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Stress
  • Values Clarification
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions

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