Karen  Seif
Zencare Vetted

Karen Seif

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW Master of Social Work, MSW
Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania Accepting Online
Updated November 18, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • College & graduate student mental health
  • LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics
  • Adoption & foster care
  • Parenting
  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety

Professional statement

Karen Seif is a seasoned therapist who brings maturity, humor, and life experience to her work. She offers affordable telecounseling for adults in PA, MA, and WI, with expertise in Young Adults, LGBTQIA+ Community, Adoption, and Parenting. She has worked in numerous settings throughout her career, including community mental health, adoption and foster care, inpatient adolescent psychiatry, and universities.

Her approach encompasses elements of relational, narrative and cognitive-behavioral therapy. She is a respectful listener, but also has an interactive style - providing feedback when requested, building a supportive therapeutic relationship, and developing a trusting space where conversation can lead to insights and change.

She is an adoptive parent of two multiracial children who are now young adults, and her experience of parenting informs her approach. She is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.


Message to clients

"I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow/I learn by going where I have to go." These words from Theodore Roethke's beautiful poem "The Waking" describe my approach to life and to therapy. Each day is a new beginning, part of a longer journey, and an opportunity to grow into the person you're meant to be. I view therapy as a collaboration, and I genuinely appreciate the uniqueness and individuality of each of my clients. I will help you embrace health and wellness, develop self-knowledge, value your inherent worth, build advocacy and leadership skills, and constructively cope with the complex challenges of life.


Specialties

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Adoption & foster care - Support around pre- and post-adoption challenges including family dynamics, challenging behaviors, attachment issues, and navigation of the child welfare system or adoption agencies

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

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




Clientele

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

Insurance

Karen Seif 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: $135 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $85 - $135
  • Initial session: $135 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $135 (50min)
  • Initial Free Consult: $0 (30min)

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
  • Credit Card
  • Zelle
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

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am-5pm Eastern
  • Tue 8am-5pm Eastern
  • Wed 8am-5pm Eastern
  • Thu 8am-5pm Eastern
  • Fri 8am-5pm Eastern
  • Sat 8am-12pm Eastern
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Wisconsin)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 7am-4pm Central
  • Tue 7am-4pm Central
  • Wed 7am-4pm Central
  • Thu 7am-4pm Central
  • Fri 7am-4pm Central
  • Sat 7am-11am Central
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Pennsylvania)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am-5pm Eastern
  • Tue 8am-5pm Eastern
  • Wed 8am-5pm Eastern
  • Thu 8am-5pm Eastern
  • Fri 8am-5pm Eastern
  • Sat 8am-12pm Eastern
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 26 years

Side by Side Counseling, Founder, Clinical Social Worker, 2020 - Present

Simmons University, MSW, 1995
Oberlin College, BA, 1989


Licensure

Massachusetts: 1029112

Pennsylvania: CW021071

Wisconsin: 8927-123


Languages

English


Client testimonials

"Karen was very attentive and helpful!"
- Zencare client • January 2021