Karen  Muggli

Karen Muggli

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Updated February 24, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Codependency
  • Relationships
  • Family of origin

Professional statement

Karen prides herself on working with adults... from those just entering adulthood, to those navigating later-in-life issues, and everything in between. She is passionate about working with relationship issues; identifying the struggle, strategies for change, and empowering ways to begin shifting a person's beliefs and behaviors so they start attracting what they really want. She specializes in honest communication, self-esteem, trust & intimacy issues, anger management, co-dependency, heartbreak & loss, defensiveness & vulnerability, and life transitions.

Karen uses a combination of approaches including cognitive behavioral, psycho dynamic, inner child, and humanistic modalities to help clients see how their pasts are impacting their difficulties today and ways they can reclaim power back over their lives.

Karen graduated with a Master's in Social Work from San Diego State University and also holds a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In addition, she also worked for three years as a youth development volunteer in the Peace Corps on a small island nation in the South Pacific. Here, she developed myriad skills related to cultural competence and navigating the various hardships associated with transition, adjustment, and vulnerability, as inherent to living and adapting to life in a foreign land. Since that time, she has provided therapy support in-home, supporting children and families with reunification, and also provides mental health support to teens in schools. Her passion in private practice remains one which focuses on supporting adults in navigating interpersonal relating and the various challenges inherent to adulthood.

In addition to providing Telehealth services online, Karen is also seeing clients in person at her office in central San Diego (Mission Valley).

Message to clients

My belief is that unless we get to the heart of the matter of whatever is causing your grief, solutions will only go so far. My approach is holistic; helping you heal core insecurities that are causing you distress. By facilitating a process of becoming aware, I will help you relinquish unconscious beliefs that are holding you back and support you in identifying what you need to make change.

It would be an honor to guide you in becoming aware and to watch as you enjoy the fruits of empowered communication, relationships you find fulfilling, and a newly realized acceptance of 'self' as grounded in true personal integrity and genuine self-esteem.


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

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

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

Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Family of origin - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity


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


  • Aetna
  • Loyola Marymount University Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • Occidental College Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • Pomona College Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • University of Southern California Student Health Insurance (Aetna)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $120 - $150
  • Initial session: $150 (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
  • Venmo
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

I am using a third party billing platform for those using United Health Care or Aetna insurances. This will require a credit card for copay payments which will charge through this platform. Credit card is not accepted for private pay clients; Venmo is instead the requested method of payment for private pay clients.


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10:00am-5:pm
  • Tue 10:00pm-5:00pm
  • Wed 10:00pm-5:00pm
  • Thu 10:00pm-5:00pm
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 14 years

Private Practice, 2013 - Present
San Diego Unified School District, 2015 - 2021
Vista Hill Learning Assistance Center, 2013 - 2015
Fred Finch Wraparound, 2010 - 2013
Peace Corps, Vanuatu, South Pacific, Youth Development Volunteer, 2004 - 2007

San Diego State University, Master's of Social Work, 2010
University of Colorado at Boulder, B.S. in Journalism, 2003


California: 64036