Karen Strauss, ACSW

Personal Experience & Biography

Karen Strauss, ACSW

Life can be challenging and navigating your way through the world in a meaningful, authentic way can feel overwhelming and lonely. I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker and advocate who is passionate about working with individuals, couples, families and adolescents to affect personal growth and empowerment. My focus is to empower you by drawing on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, motivational interviewing techniques, solution focused therapy, family systems, and integrating art therapies and hypnotherapy if you desire. 

My areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, relationship issues, the effects of childhood trauma and PTSD.

Overall, I take a realistic, authentic and holistic approach to healing focusing on each client’s biological, psychological, social (biopsychosocial) and spiritual characteristics.  I am an active, engaged, client-centered therapist who recognizes each client’s unique therapeutic path. 

Having worked as a creative photographer, director and producer in the publishing, advertising, fine arts and sports industries, I have a special understanding of the dedication and ups and downs that athletes and creatives face in their pursuits.

I believe in the strength of a safe, collaborative, supportive, non–judgmental therapeutic relationship as the basis of helping you overcome obstacles, gain insight, heal, motivate change, grow, thrive and move through the world in a meaningful, purposeful and authentic way.  

I look forward to working with you.

Fluent in English & Hebrew
BA in Communications from UCLA, Master of Social Work from USC
Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW).  License #98427
Under the Licensed Supervision of Seth Menachem, LMFT. License #106459

Specialized Work

Seth Menachem

Seth Menachem,
LMFT

My goals as a therapist are to help you understand your history, recognize patterns in your life and resolve your inner conflicts.

Amauni Graham, MA, LMFT

Amauni Graham,
LMFT

My goal as a Children’s Psychotherapist is to advocate for every child, and provide them with the support and resources you and your family may need to thrive.

Darcy Clark AMFT Therapist

Darcy Clark,
AMFT

I am committed to providing comprehensive treatment that meets you where you’re at in a safe and nonjudgmental space.

Ian Vogt, AMFT

Ian Vogt,
AMFT

I see therapy as a collaborative partnership; one that’s nurtured in a non-judgmental and safe environment.

Garrett Means, Life Coach

Garrett Means,
Life Coach

My aim is to help you reduce the frustration and time in not knowing how to get what you want out of life.

Jane B, Career Coach

Jane Barandes Pollack,
Career Coach

My approach is always to provide a safe space for true collaboration through open, honest discussion.

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