Karen Singleton, LCSW

Karen Singleton

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for weekend appointments


Offers remote video sessions


Young adults / college students (18 - 24)

Midtown Hours

Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed
Wed: Closed
Thu: 4:30pm-9:30pm
Fri: Closed
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Brooklyn Heights Hours

Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed
Wed: Closed
Thu: Closed
Fri: Closed
Sat: 9:00am-4:00pm
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety

  • Couples counseling

  • Depression

  • Mindfulness

Professional statement

Karen Singleton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Cobb Psychotherapy LCSW in Midtown, Manhattan who specializes in treating adults with depression and anxiety disorders. She has over three decades of experience working with individuals, couples, and parents who are navigating a life transition, relationship challenges or are needing additional support in managing their anxiety or depression.

Karen’s treatment approach is grounded in psychodynamic therapy, but she utilizes a combination of therapy modalities based on the client’s needs and goals. This includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness practices. She ultimately wants her clients to walk away confident in their ability to manage their symptoms and conquer all of life’s challenges.

Knowing that each client is different and unique, Karen is able to expertly create an individualized treatment plan. She offers a nonjudgmental space for clients to navigate the challenges they are facing. Her office at Cobb Psychotherapy LCSW is located just steps from Penn Station.


Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Mindfulness – Increasing awareness, being present, identifying feelings, learning meditative tools

General expertise

ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Anger management – Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets
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
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect


  • BlueCross BlueShield

  • Consolidated Health Plans (CHP)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial/ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale 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 key to any successful treatment is grounded on the strength of the collaborative partnership. That said, my goal is to be a better listener. I work to understand the explicit and the implicit meaning of what is brought into the session, and attempt to get attuned to what resonates in the many layers beneath.”

Treatment approaches

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (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

New York City Board of Education, 2002 - Present
Private Practice, 1989 - Present
William F. Ryan Health Center, 2000 - 2001
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, 1990 - 2000
Long Island Consultation Center, 1987 - 1999
Fordham Tremont CMHC, 1987 - 1989

New York University, MSW, 1987
California Institute of the Arts, MA, 1979
University of Nevada, BA, 1978