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Karen is a psychotherapist who is licensed as an LCSW to work with clients in CA. She specializes in anxiety (all spectrum, such as social anxiety, panic attacks, generalized anxiety, phobias, postpartum anxiety) and trauma (including complex trauma). She also addresses cultural adjustment, identity development and self esteem concerns as part of her practice. Often times, stress related to changes in job/career, health, marriage, dating relationships, and/or life phases can create negative impact on mental health if not addressed. Thus Karen will often assess and address these aspects in her clients lives to promote on-going coping and resiliency skills.
Her therapy approach is patient centered with focus on goal specific skill-based and insight-based approaches. She received her clinical training (MSSW) from Columbia University in NY with her focus in advanced clinical practice. The approaches she uses are evidence-based including CBT, MCBT, ACT, DBT, and Mindfulness. She relies heavily on IFS, CPT and EMDR for trauma related concerns. Trauma concerns may involve complex trauma and/or life events which have impacted clients’ perspective on themselves and their world.
Having graduated with an MBA and with previous working experience in corporate and executive coaching, she engages easily with clients who are working -- no matter what job, role or function.
Clients often provide feedback that Karen is warm and collaborative in sessions. And when clients complete their time in therapy, they leave with practical and applicable insights to live more meaningful lives.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) - Recovering from the impact of long-term, repeated traumatic events, such as emotional abuse and neglect
Imposter syndrome - Learning how to identify instances of imposter syndrome and combatting any beliefs that one is not enough or does not deserve good things; practicing assertiveness and developing confidence
Karen Lau is not in-network with any insurances.
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Years of Experience: 12 years
Kaiser Permanente, Psychotherapist, 2016 - 2021
Asian Health Services, Behavioral Health Therapist, 2011 - 2016
DC37, EAP - Clinical social work therapist (intern), 2010 - 2011
Effective Brands , Senior Consultant and Executive Coach, 2009 - 2010
Emory University, Associate Director - MBA Career Management Services, 2007 - 2009
Columbia University, MSSW, 2011