Karen  Dubin-McKnight

Karen Dubin-McKnight

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Not accepting new clients in Murray Hill practice (updated November 16, 2019)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Work stress
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Bereavement
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Karen Dubin McKnight is a Columbia trained, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Midtown, Manhattan with almost 20 years of experience working with families, adolescents, and adults with anxiety and trauma (associated with grief and loss, as well as workplace stress and trauma). She also works with families with loved-ones living with serious mental illness. She has worked with individuals undergoing role transition, major life changes, and groups of individuals requiring holding difficult conversations and remediation.

Karen’s treatment approach is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), including the use of the Socratic Method, which helps clients improve their awareness of irrational thoughts, so they can begin to consciously question their own thoughts. She works with her clients to help them better understand why they make the choices they make, what happens when they have a flashback, and how prior experiences influence who they are today. Her sessions are client-driven and empowerment-based. She wants her clients to reshape their trauma and come to the realization that it does not define who they are.

Karen has an extensive history working within the court system, operating programs, supervising staff and conducting evaluations. She has also been supervising and coaching students and experienced professionals of varying backgrounds and has helped them figure out their career path for the past 17 years.

Karen ultimately wants her clients to move to a place of owning a different kind of healing growth and experience. She offers them a safe space to work through their experiences and reframe their thoughts and behaviors. Her office is conveniently located steps from Grand Central.

Message to clients

That first step you take when you are looking for a therapist can be very hard to make. You have also decided to take that step for a number of reasons. It is important that whomever you decide to work with to guide you on your path toward greater personal strength and wellness is the right fit.
I’m eclectic in my approach, having several tools (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, to name a few) at my disposal. This allows me to meet my clients where they are and to adjust to their needs. I believe in following a multidimensional approach, and ensuring that the process is collaborative. You are the expert of your own life; my job is to help you feel empowered and live life to the fullest.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Work stress - Managing overwhelming stress and expectations; increasing effective ways of restoring and maintaining emotional stability and health; addressing challenging relationships with coworkers and bosses

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Bereavement - Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

General expertise


Karen Dubin-McKnight is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $250 (45min)
  • Initial session: $250 (45min)

Therapist's note

Karen can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Murray Hill practice

380 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY 10168

  • Mon 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, Social Worker, 2017 - Present

Sweet Institute, COO, 2017 - Present

CASES, Court Operations Director, 2013 - 2018

Legal Aid Society, Forensic Social Worker, 2005 - 2013

Columbia University, Adjunct Faculty, 2004 - Present

Adelphi University, 2009 - Present


  • English

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