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KAREN O'CONNOR, LCSW, NCPsyA,  is a psychotherapist specializing in individual and couples therapy who maintains a private practice in the Union Square area of New York City.   She is  the Founder of THERAPYWORKSNYC.com,  a site she created for you to reach her.   If she is not the therapist best-suited to work with you,or if your time schedules do not match,  Ms. O'Connor will provide a referral to another therapist who also has extensive post masters training, is fully licensed, and highly qualified.


Withmore 20 years  experience as a psychotherapist, and as a graduate of both NYU and PPSC,  specializing in psychotherapy informed by psychoanalysis she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients.   Among her areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, bipolar illness, mood disorders, addictions and recovery, and trauma.  She has  completed EMDR (emdria.org) training, Levels 1, 2, and 3 (with Laurel Parnel, PhD) and believes strongly in EMDR work for trauma-related symptoms.  Her work is also enhanced by her training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat Zin and Saki Santorelli.  She holds a Certificate from Integral Yoga Institute for Yoga Life Training, the study and practice of the Science of Yoga.  She is a Faculty member and instructor at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center in NYC.

In addition to being a prominent  therapist, Ms. O'Connor remains active in ongoing lecture series  and presentations in the field and works with leading senior clinicians to consistently expand her range of knowledge. 

Karen O'Connor, LCSW, NCPsyA,  is an interactive psychotherapist. Her  therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges and embrace new self-understanding and behaviors. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a personalized approach tailored to each client.  Acknowledging the strengths and resilience of each individual, with compassion and understanding, she works collaboratively to help  build on strengths and attain the personal growth the client/patient is committed to accomplishing.

Education:     NYU, MSW       
                         PPSC  Certificate in Psychoanalysis
                         EMDR, Levels 1, 2, and 3
                         Integral Yoga Institute, NYC, Certificate in Yoga Life Training

License:         Licensed in NYS as a LCSW-R     

Certifications:                      PPSC graduate,  Certificate in Psychoanalysis, following 6 years of study.
Professional Affiliations:   New York State Society for Clinical Social Workers  (NYSSCSW)
                                                 National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis  (NAAP)
                                                 National Association of Social Workers   (NASW)  
                                                 International Association for Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists ( IARPP)  
                                                 Emdria (EMDR)


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