Karen Wister Kearns,NCC, LPC, BC-TMH

Karen Wister Kearns,NCC, LPC, BC-TMH

Telehealth Available
Professions: Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor
Secondary Credential: Licensed Professional Counslor
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
Fees: To Schedule an appointment, go to petfriendlytherapist.com A 15 minute free consultations is available to any potential client as well as the convenience of scheduling a 60 minute counseling session. My private pay clients are charged $190.00 per 60 minute session. I accept BCBCAZ, Cigna, and Capital Blue Cross insurance plans and a copay is charged as determined by the plan.
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


Scottsdale, Arizona 85257
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18020

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My Approach to Helping

Hi, I am Karen Wister Kearns, LPC. I have been a certified and licensed therapist for over thirty five years. Early on it became apparent that using pets with clients helped break barriers and reduced stress. This helped clients feel more comfortable entering into a counseling relationship. Returning to sessions, they looked forward to having their pet accompany them. I saw the joy and comfort my clients experienced.
TeleMental Health allows my clients to bring their pets to counseling with them via video conferencing.
The loss of a pet may be a traumatic experience and counseling also helps clients deal with the grieving process after such a traumatic loss.
TeleMental Health opens the door to many clients, ones who are homebound, disabled, suffering chronic pain, living a distance from a counseling office or those with busy schedules that do not have time to come to an office. They can enjoy the convenience of TeleMental Health from home. I am licensed in Arizona and Pennsylvania and Board Certified in TeleMental Health. I can only serve clients in states in which I am licensed.

More Info About My Practice

My clients are invited to bring their pet or pets to their secure video counseling sessions if they wish. TeleMental Health helps breaks barriers because your pet may provide support necessary to enhance your counseling experience and hopefully reduce anxiety and stress. Pets are optional.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with adults of all ages, focusing on clients suffering from chronic pain, PTSD and depression, anxiety. and stress I see all clients virtual through a HIPAA compliant platform.

Industries & Communities Served

  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions

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