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Last updated: 6/23/2019

Karen Lee Schiff, LICSW, BCD (617) 354-1686
Last Updated: 6/23/2019
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Degrees:
MSW

Years of Experience: 30

Gender: Female

Languages Spoken or
Translation Services:

English

Licensing:
MA - LICSW [103023]

Credentials and Certifications:
Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
American Psychoanalytic Assn.
Board Certified Diplomate (BCD)

I am an experienced clinical social worker and psychoanalyst.  People find me easy to talk to, active and committed to assisting all patients to reach their potential. I strive to create a trusting relationship allowing for the openness necessary to explore the troubling concerns that brought people to therapy. I treat people age 18 on.  In many respects, many people, but not all, are seeking therapy in order to deal with difficult feelings related to a loss of some kind. A relationship break-up, loss of a job, loss of a loved one, loss of a hope/dream, to name a few.  Ensuing feelings range from mild anxiety and depression to profound feelings of the same. Sometimes problems are of long duration.  Sometimes more situational.  I work with all sorts of people contending with a variety of life challenges.  My goal is to facilitate growth and self-awareness and help a person derive as much satisfaction from their life as possible.   

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Karen Schiff
875 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 35
Cambridge, MA 02139  

(617) 354-1686

Contact: Karen Schiff, LICSW

Office Hours:
Mon: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Tue: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Wed: By appointment
Thu: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Sat: N/A
Sun: N/A
Average wait time for new clients: Not specified

Response Time to Call:
Weekdays: 2 Days
Weekends: 2 Days

Accessibility:
Access by Public Transportation
Access by Wheelchair

Problems Served (focus areas are bold)
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.)
Addictions/Substance
Adoption/Foster Care
Aging
Anger Management
Anxiety/Panic Disorders
Asperger's Syndrome
Attachment Disorders
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder
Behavioral Problems
Bipolar Disorders
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Career/Employment Concerns
Child Abuse and Neglect
Couple or Marital Issues
Depression
Dissociative Disorders
Eating Disorders
Education/Personal Development
Family Issues
Grief/Loss
Infertility
Interpersonal Relationships
Learning Disabilities
Life Transitions
Men's Issues
Multicultural Issues
Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder
Pain Management
Parenting Issues
Personality Disorders
Phobias
Physical Illness/Impairment
Postpartum Depression
Pregnancy/Childbirth
Psychoses/Major Mental Illness
Psychosomatic
Self Abuse
Sexual Abuse/Rape
Sexual Disorders
Sexual Orientation
Sexuality Issues
Spiritual/Religious Concerns
Stress
Suicidal Thoughts
Trauma/PTSD
Women's Issues

Treatment Methods and Approaches (focus areas are bold)
Theoretical Approach:
Advocacy
Behavioral
Case Management
Coaching
Cognitive/Behavioral
Dream Work or Analysis
Evaluation/Diagnostic
Humanistic
Long-Term
Meditation/Relaxation
Mindfulness Based Approaches
Narrative Therapy
Parent Guidance
Psycho-Educational
Psychoanalysis
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Psychodynamic
Relational
Short-Term (Brief Treatment)
Sports Psychology

Methods Used:
Couple/Marital
Educational or Psycho-Educational
Family Systems
Group
Individual
Supervision/Consultation

Populations Served (focus areas are bold)
Age Groups:
Adolescents (13-17)
Adults (26-59)
Children (6-12)
Seniors (60 +)
Young Adults (18-25)

Specific Populations:
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Adopted
Biracial
Cancer Patients
Caregivers
Children of Divorce
Chronic Illness
College Students
Disabled
Gifted
Immigrants/Refugees
Interracial Families/Couples
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Obese or Overweight
Step Families
Suicidal
Twins
Unemployed

Religious and Multi-cultural Experience (focus areas are bold)
Religious Experience:
Christian Jewish Muslim

Multi-cultural Experience:
African-American Hispanic Italian
Armenian Irish Russian
Asian

Professional Associations
Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
American Psychoanalytic Association
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Fees and Payment Options
Individual: $175
Couples: $175
Group: N/A
Family: $175

Sliding Scale: Yes

Accept Credit Card: No

Private Insurance or Out of Network: Yes

Free Services:
Brief Phone Consultation

Insurance:
Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO) MIT Health Plan
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (PPO) United Behavioral Health (UBH)