Karen Conlon, LCSW CCATP
If you are here, you are probably interested in knowing a bit more about what might make me suitable to help you as you embark on your journey to find a therapist. I’m glad to see that you’re not settling on just the basics. Whatever it is that’s keeping you stuck or that does not work for you anymore needs to be addressed, modified, changed, or eliminated, and at this very moment, while you think about whether you will contact me or not, it is important that you have the utmost transparency.
I am the Founder and Clinical Director of the Cohesive Therapy NYC group practice and am a trained New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker experienced in applying effective interventions that will help you to become aware of how the ways you think about certain situations are impacting your feelings and creating behaviors that get in the way of the life you want to live. I am both passionate about and fascinated with the relationship between neuroscience and anxiety, and our work together will reflect that passion and knowledge.
You may already know why you feel the way you do, but often times, you may not understand why or where it is coming from. Whether it is managing your anxiety due to relationship issues, chronic illness, or insecurities that go as far back as childhood, the right combination of therapy and support can be the first step towards making the changes that you want to see in your life.
I absolutely love what I do because I believe that everyone can learn to manage their worries, find self-control, and conquer lifelong fears, and choosing the right therapist for you is an important first step.
“Good chemistry” is a term we often use when referring to that “indescribable” feeling you experience in relationships that click effortlessly and automatically. Meeting a new therapist can evoke both feelings of excitement and awkwardness as you consider the changes you want to make and entrust your most personal thoughts and feelings to someone you barely know.
When you begin your search to find a therapist, start with trusting your gut feeling and ask yourself, “Do I feel comfortable and at ease speaking with this person? Am I looking forward to telling her more about me? Do we have good chemistry?” If you answer YES to any of those questions, you can rest assured that you have set yourself up on a very good path. My goal is to foster a relationship of trust and ease – not one of anxiety or judgment.
I focus on helping you uncover your inner strengths and develop lifelong skills.
We all have innate strengths, but we are not always aware of them and they are difficult to access when you are feeling anxious, stressed, depressed, insecure, out of control of your life, or just overall “lost.” I work with you to understand the barriers that are keeping you from living the life you want, and help you to learn and improve on coping strategies or skills that will help you to address those barriers in effective and meaningful ways. I will also help you identify and work towards achieving real and attainable goals.
My interaction with you will be conversational, creative, and drizzled with a bit of humor.
It is important that you feel comfortable in taking that first step with me to find a therapist and for that reason, I offer an initial free consultation. I have experience in providing sessions via Online Therapy – because life (or traffic!) sometimes gets in the way. I want to ensure that you have access to your session from wherever you might be.
My treatment approach is unique – because you are, too.
I am curious about you and your life and want to know what has worked for you in the past. What is no longer working for you now? I approach each person I work with as an individual and integrate my skills to best fit their particular needs.
Growth is different for everyone- what is it going to look like for you?
Education & Training
- New York University– Masters Social Work
- American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
- Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional Certification
- Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression and Suicidality
- Brainspotting- Phase 1
- Psychogastroenterology & Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (DGBI)