Karen  Mruk

Karen Mruk

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients for morning, evening, & daytime appointments (updated October 14, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Career counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Anxiety
  • Creative blocks
  • Depression

Professional statement

Karen Mruk is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an office in Midtown Manhattan specializing in couples counseling and relationships, self-esteem, career counseling, anxiety, creative blocks, and depression. She works with individuals and couples who are struggling with work and life balance, parenting issues, and those feeling disconnected from their partners. She also works with couples who are dealing with infidelity, miscommunication and loss of the connection that once drew them together. Drawing from personal experience in the arts, she particularly enjoys supporting creative and performing artists as they work through creative blocks and uncover their full potential. She also enjoys working with individuals navigating career changes, providing emotional support during times of uncertainty and helping to advance professional growth.

Psychoanalytically trained, Karen primarily works with a relational focus. Her style is dynamic and versatile, integrating a therapeutic approach that addresses each client’s unique presenting concerns.

Karen is a highly seasoned clinician with over 20 years of experience supporting individuals, families, couples, and groups. She is dedicated to helping clients develop the tools to successfully achieve satisfying relationships and careers. Her office is conveniently located near the 6 train at Lexington and 33rd as well as the B, D and F trains at Harold Square.

Message to clients

The purpose of my work as a psychotherapist is to provide a safe and empathic environment for you to set goals and start making meaningful changes. We’ll work together on integrating a therapeutic approach that’s right for you so you can better understand yourself, change the behaviors that are no longer working, and feel more mindful and present in your daily life. If you’re feeling stuck in your career or in unfulfilling relationships our work together can give you a new perspective on specific issues such as relationships, professional development and self-esteem.
Whether you are looking to work in the here and now or if you’re hoping to look at unresolved issues from the past that are affecting you today or a combination of both, therapy can have a positive impact on your life. In our work together I hope you can resolve the issues that have been holding you back and move forward with more confidence.


Relationships - Understanding one’s needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction and attachment with your partner, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce anxiety and social withdrawal

Career counseling - Support around personal and professional growth; clarifying goals and steps to building a fulfilling career and meaningful work-life balance

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and strengthening communication; dealing with infidelity and loss of connection with your partner

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; discomfort in social settings

Creative blocks - Setting goals and creating road maps to move beyond perfectionism, procrastination, and self-doubt; building self-awareness and skills to accomplish goals and nourish creativity

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

General expertise


Karen Mruk 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: $225 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $175 - $225
  • Initial session: $200
  • Ongoing session fee: $250 (60min)

Therapist's note

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


303 5th Avenue

Suite 602

New York, NY 10016

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Work and Education

Hunter College School of Social Work, Adjunct Lecturer Clinical Practice and Family Treatment, 2012 - Present

Private Practice, 1996 - Present

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, Training Analyst, Supervisor, 2003 - Present

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, Executive Director, 2009 - 2011

Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, Clinician and Supervisor, 1994 - 2002

Psychoanalytic Certificate Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, 2003

Hunter College School of Social Work, MSW, 1994


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