Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Career counseling
- Couples counseling
- Creative blocks
Karen Mruk is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an office in Midtown Manhattan specializing in couples counseling and relationships, self-esteem, career counseling, anxiety, creative blocks, and depression. She works with individuals and couples who are struggling with work and life balance, parenting issues, and those feeling disconnected from their partners. She also works with couples who are dealing with infidelity, miscommunication and loss of the connection that once drew them together. Drawing from personal experience in the arts, she particularly enjoys supporting creative and performing artists as they work through creative blocks and uncover their full potential. She also enjoys working with individuals navigating career changes, providing emotional support during times of uncertainty and helping to advance professional growth.
Psychoanalytically trained, Karen primarily works with a relational focus. Her style is dynamic and versatile, integrating a therapeutic approach that addresses each client’s unique presenting concerns.
Karen is a highly seasoned clinician with over 20 years of experience supporting individuals, families, couples, and groups. She is dedicated to helping clients develop the tools to successfully achieve satisfying relationships and careers. Her office is conveniently located near the 6 train at Lexington and 33rd as well as the B, D and F trains at Harold Square.
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and strengthening communication; dealing with infidelity and loss of connection with your partner
Relationships – Understanding one’s needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction and attachment with your partner, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce anxiety and social withdrawal
Career counseling – Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; discomfort in social settings
Creative blocks – Setting goals and creating road maps to move beyond perfectionism, procrastination, and self-doubt; building self-awareness and skills to accomplish goals and nourish creativity
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing to address hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
LGBTQIA and sexuality topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss
Karen is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
- Initial session: Complimentary
- Ongoing sessions:
- $175/session (45min)
- $250/session (60min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $125 - $175 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Karen can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"The purpose of my work as a psychotherapist is to provide a safe and empathic environment for you to set goals and start making meaningful changes. We’ll work together on integrating a therapeutic approach that’s right for you so you can better understand yourself, change the behaviors that are no longer working, and feel more mindful and present in your daily life. If you’re feeling stuck in your career or in unfulfilling relationships our work together can give you a new perspective on specific issues such as relationships, professional development and self-esteem.
Whether you are looking to work in the here and now or if you’re hoping to look at unresolved issues from the past that are affecting you today or a combination of both, therapy can have a positive impact on your life. In our work together I hope you can resolve the issues that have been holding you back and move forward with more confidence."
Treatment approachesBehavioral TherapyA group of therapy types that aims to help individuals change self-destructive or unhealthy behvavors. The focus is on current issues and how to change them. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Hunter College School of Social Work, Adjunct Lecturer Clinical Practice and Family Treatment, 2012 - Present
Private Practice, 1996 - Present
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, Training Analyst, Supervisor, 2003 - Present
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, Executive Director, 2009 - 2011
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, Clinician and Supervisor, 1994 - 2002
Psychoanalytic Certificate Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, 2003
Hunter College School of Social Work, MSW, 1994