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Karen Mruk(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
New York
Relationships-Self-esteem-Career counseling-Couples counseling-Anxiety-Creative blocks-Depression-
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Professional statement

Karen Mruk is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an office in Midtown Manhattan specializing in individual and couples counseling for relationships, self-esteem, career challenges, anxiety, creative blocks, and depression.

Karen welcomes 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 helping clients navigate 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.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 30 years

Hunter College School of Social Work, Adjunct Lecturer Clinical Practice and Family Treatment
Private Practice
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, Training Analyst, Supervisor
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, Executive Director
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, Clinician and Supervisor

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, Psychoanalytic Certificate, 2003
Hunter College School of Social Work, MSW, 1994


New York: 050677




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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


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

  • Individual sessions:$200 (45min)
  • Sliding scale:$150 - $200
  • Initial session:$200 (45min)
  • Couples sessions:$250 (60min)
  • Longer ongoing sessions$250 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Multiple times a week

Client testimonials

"Karen was very warm, understanding, conversational, and honest."
- Zencare client January 2021
"She was very patient and understanding; I got a good vibe from her."
- Zencare client August 2019
"Karen was super nice and understanding."
- Zencare client August 2019

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

This provider has no upcoming call times available.