Last updated: 12/18/2019

Karen Lee Schiff, LICSW, BCD (617) 354-1686
Last Updated: 12/18/2019
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Gender: Female

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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.   

Focusing on:
Anxiety/Panic Disorders Career/Employment Concerns Couple or Marital Issues Depression Education/Personal Development Family Issues Grief/Loss Interpersonal Relationships Life Transitions Men's Issues Stress Women's Issues
Also serving:
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.) Addictions/Substance Adoption/Foster Care Aging Anger Management Asperger's Syndrome Attachment Disorders Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder Behavioral Problems Bipolar Disorders Body Dysmorphic Disorder Child Abuse and Neglect Dissociative Disorders Eating Disorders Infertility Learning Disabilities 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 Suicidal Thoughts Trauma/PTSD
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Karen Schiff
875 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 35
Cambridge, MA 02139  

(617) 354-1686

Contact: Karen Schiff, LICSW

Office Hours:
Mon8:00am – 4:00pm
Tue8:00am – 4:00pm
WedBy appointment
Thu8:00am – 4:00pm
Fri8:00am – 2:00pm
Online Schedule: Schedule
Average wait time for new clients: Not specified

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

Access by Public Transportation
Access by Wheelchair


Years of Experience: 30

MA - LICSW [103023]

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

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

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

Age Groups and Specific Populations (focus areas are bold)
Age groups:
Adults (26-59) Seniors (60 +) Young Adults (18-25)
Adolescents (13-17) Children (6-12)
Specific populations:
College Students
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) Adopted Biracial Cancer Patients Caregivers Children of Divorce Chronic Illness Disabled Gifted Immigrants/Refugees Interracial Families/Couples Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ) Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Obese or Overweight Step Families Suicidal Twins Unemployed
Treatment Methods and Approaches
Theoretical approaches - focus areas:
Evaluation/Diagnostic Humanistic Long-Term Psycho-Educational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Psychodynamic Relational
Other theoretical approaches:
Advocacy Behavioral Case Management Coaching Cognitive/Behavioral Dream Work or Analysis Meditation/Relaxation Mindfulness Based Approaches Narrative Therapy Parent Guidance Psychoanalysis Short-Term (Brief Treatment) Sports Psychology
Methods - focus areas:
Couple/Marital Individual
Other methods:
Educational or Psycho-Educational Family Systems Group Supervision/Consultation
Religious and Multi-cultural Experience (focus areas are bold)
Religious experience:
Christian Jewish Muslim
Multi-cultural experience:
African-American Armenian Asian Hispanic Irish Italian Russian
Professional Associations
Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) American Psychoanalytic Association National Association of Social Workers (NASW)