Karen J. Helfrich, LCSW-C

Karen J. Helfrich, LCSW-C

Professions: Clinical Social Work
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSWC - 18729
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 19918
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Office 1
Catonsville, Maryland 21228

Billing and Insurance

I am an in-network provider for:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield

Fees: Initial session is $180/55 minutes
All ongoing sessions are $150/55 minute sessions

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As a licensed psychotherapist, I am passionate about supporting women of all ages, from young adult women to women in their retirement years, who are dealing with difficult life changes or unexpected disappointments.

The women I work with share that they are feeling overwhelmed by trying to figure out life after high school or college; need support with the challenges of motherhood; or share that they are experiencing relationship difficulties, or the pain of a heartbreak that just won't heal.

Additionally, many of the women I support have learned to soothe their stress or sadness with food, or have worries and insecurities about their weight and body image.

If you can relate to any of these experiences, please know that you are not alone. I am passionate about partnering up with my clients to help each woman on her healing journey so that she returns to herself, feeling confident and empowered.

I am here to be of support if you are ready to move forward in creating a life and relationships that feel fulfilling and authentic. I welcome your call and look forward to meeting you.

Email or Call Karen J. Helfrich, LCSW-C at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 19918

More Info About My Practice

Many women who contact me want to know what it will be like to work with me. Many have had some therapy in the past and have mixed feelings about their experience.

Women working with me can expect three things in our sessions:

1. I want to understand what you are experiencing and then assure you that, no, you are not crazy.
2. I am going to reflect back to you your strengths, competence, and wholeness.
3. I am going to actively support and challenge you with effective skills, new perspectives, and homework to bring the work we are doing into your life between sessions.

Through the practices of self-compassion and experiential, body-centered therapy, you will become empowered to give yourself the love you did not get and discover moments of true freedom.

To learn more about how we will work together, please visit my website and blog. If this style of therapy feels right for you, I look forward to your call.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

I have heard from so many clients at the beginning of our work together that they fear they are weak for needing therapy or that something is wrong with them or they would not be here. My response is that, in fact, coming to therapy is the complete opposite of "weak" and "flawed." Coming to therapy and really doing the work of illuminating fear, hurt, shame, guilt and healing your relationship with yourself is nothing short of brave, courageous, and healthy. It is a deep privilege and honor to walk each week with the amazing women (and some young men) who through my door with hope, willingness, and determination to grab hold of what is offered and use it to forge a path to wholeness. It is easy live in the ways, however painful, we have always known. Meeting yourself in the unknown and forgotten places of empowered truth and integrity is nothing short of ballsy.

As Dr. Brene Brown says, "vulnerability is not about fear, grief, and disappointment. It is the birthplace of everything we're hungry for."

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inadequacy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Play Therapy
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

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