Karen D. Kochenburg, LCSW
|Professions: Clinical Social Work, Counseling, Psychotherapy|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 21646|
|Secondary Credential: Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor - 1185|
Billing and Insurance
I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage
Fees: Divorce Mediation can be peaceful and affordable! Contact me for information and rates. You may also see my website for more information on divorce mediation.
For clients using their insurance benefits for therapy, my fees are $125 for individual clients and $150 for couples or family groups. For clients paying out-of-pocket, my fees are $100 for individuals and $125 for couples. I accept cash or online deposits for the first six sessions, after which time some clients prefer to write personal checks. All sessions are 50 minutes, except for initial sessions with individuals, which are 30 minutes and provided free of charge. This gives us a chance to get to know each other and decide whether we would like to work together, as a good fit between client and therapist is extremely important. I may determine that a client requires a type of treatment I don't provide, in which case I would provide information and referrals for appropriate services.
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I offer Divorce Mediation, clinical supervision, and personal therapy for individuals and couples. I am a clinical counselor and social worker focused on genuinely understanding my clients and their perspectives on the issues they bring to our work. In the process of listening attentively and exploring my clients' concerns with them, they gain clarity on their own thoughts and feelings. I believe everyone has abilities that can be used and strengthened to address their challenges and become more satisfied with life. I help people identify their positive qualities and use them effectively to make the changes they desire. Whether working with individuals, couples, or family groups, I find that deep listening and courageous communication help uncover the answers to most problems.
Email or Call Karen D. Kochenburg, LCSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00950
More Info About My Practice
I have been working with children, families, and couples for over twenty years. My full-time job for the past fifteen years has been as a public school counselor addressing social-emotional issues. I love my work, and much of what I have learned over the years applies directly to the client issues I support in private practice therapy. Families with school-age children are welcome to consult me on any issues that arise for them.
I love working with couples, married, committed or questioning... connected romantically or through family ties. I believe in helping people who care about each other talk and listen with their hearts. Conflicts tend to resolve themselves when people speak honestly and really listen to each other. Please contact me to see if I might be able to help you with a relationship issue.
Please see my website for more detailed information on my practice. For supportive listening and more casual help with daily challenges, I provide virtual counseling via text or email. In addition to personal therapy, I also provide supervision for professionals working toward clinical licensure. I have experience in a supervising individuals from a wide range of practice environments. Thanks for viewing my profile!
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
Unfortunately, I have known many people who have, including myself. This is one of the reasons I routinely provide free initial consultations with individuals, since a good match between personalities and perspectives is at the core of a successful therapeutic relationship. Therapists come from an incredibly wide range of schools of thought and individuals respond differently to various styles. It can be frustrating to make a decision to seek therapy and then struggle to find someone who understands you and seems to offer useful assistance. If you feel uncomfortable with the way a therapist works with you or you don't understand any of their methods, it is appropriate and acceptable to ask them for clarification. If their explanations still don't make sense or feel right after openly discussing it, you may consider interviewing another therapist to see if their style feels more compatible with your own. Try not to give up... you are sure to find someone to help you make the changes you desire!
Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work
I am a trauma-informed therapist who approaches clients gently and at a pace adjusted to their comfort level. I believe in the importance of thorough assessment to ensure that we treat the core of the presenting problem. Many of my interventions stem from a Cognitive-Behavioral approach, which focuses on the effect of our thoughts on our feelings and actions. I also honor the strength and resilience of each individual to keep on trying to bounce back and be happy. I understand the power of entities beyond one's control and the different ways people manage those relationships. I believe in the power of kindness. And I believe that, ultimately, therapy is two imperfect humans sitting across from one another in a room sharing a powerful experience that can be meaningful and beneficial for each of them.
My Blog Posts
- Should I Stay or Should I Go?
- I Can't Afford Gender Reassignment Surgery and It's Affecting My Marriage
- Am I Gay or Bisexual?
- Cleaning Out for the New Year
- Sex, Gender, and Personal Identity Concepts
- Therapy Is Not a Place for Romance
- Learning How to Support Gay Students
- The Complexities of Eating for Self-Care
- Can Friendship After a Lesbian Breakup Work?
- Making Friends with Grief
- Living Beyond Stereotypes about Lesbians
- Making Friends with Feelings
- Born this Way? Not Always True for Women
- Techniques for Therapists: Coping with the Low Season
Services I Provide
- Clinical Supervision
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
I can talk with you about anything your are struggling with or want to explore. If I believe you would benefit from a treatment outside of my scope of practice, I will help connect you with an appropriate treatment provider. My clinical strengths include helping people figure out the root of their problems and creating plans to make the changes they desire. I am very experienced at working with people experiencing relationship, workplace, family, mood, and life challenges. I love working with couples and small families of all configurations and persuasions: same- and opposite-sex couples, parent-child relationships, siblings, etc.
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