Karen  Wachtel

Karen Wachtel

Psychologist, PhD
New York Accepting Online
Manhattan, Great Neck Plaza Accepting In-person
Currently offering virtual sessions for Long Island and NYC clients.
Updated May 13, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
  • Life transitions
  • Parenting
  • Pregnancy & postpartum mental health
  • Learning disabilities

Professional statement

Dr. Karen Wachtel is a clinical psychologist on Long Island, New York who specializes in anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions, and parenting concerns, including general support for first-time parents.  

After receiving her B.A. from Brown University, Dr. Wachtel worked as a counselor at the Manville School, a school affiliated with Harvard Medical School, for children with emotional and/or learning difficulties. She subsequently worked on a research study at Brown University’s Bradley Hospital, where she studied early child development, temperament, and mother-child interactions.   

Dr. Wachtel received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts. During these years she worked as a therapist at the University's Counseling Center, helping students struggling with mood, anxiety, PTSD, and learning difficulties. She additionally worked with children, adults, and families at a community mental health center. Throughout graduate school, Dr. Wachtel continued to study parent-child interactions and factors that impact children's social-emotional well-being.  After obtaining her Ph.D., Dr. Wachtel spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Manhattan Learning Center of the Jewish Board of Family and children's Services (JBFCS). At JBFCS she focused on conducting psychological and neuropsychological evaluations with children, adolescents, and young adults and consulted with parents about how to best help their children.  

Dr. Wachtel's continued interest in supporting new and overwhelmed parents led her to seek training in treating anxiety and depression during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. She has earned training certificates from Postpartum Support International and the Postpartum Stress Center. Dr. Wachtel is the mother of two children herself, and enjoys working collaboratively with parents in a non-judgmental, supportive manner.   

Another of Dr. Wachtel's specialties is working with college students negotiating the transition from home to college and young adults dealing with relationship and career issues. 

In addition to her private practice, Dr. Wachtel also regularly consults with school districts and assists in conducting evaluations for them. She continues to attend professional trainings in areas such as postpartum depression, executive functioning disorders, and integrative therapy. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Postpartum Support International, The Women's Mental Health Consortium, and the Nassau County Psychological Association.   


Message to clients

Seeking help is not always easy, but I have found that most patients end up feeling relieved and more optimistic, once they have taken that first step. As a therapist, I try my best to make you feel comfortable and understood. I work in a supportive, interactive, and collaborative manner and it is my goal to help you develop tools, right from the start, to help you manage your situation as we continue to get to know one another.

I have over 15 years experience working with adults, adolescents and young families with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, difficulties with transitions, stress, and parenting challenges. In addition to providing individual therapy, I specialize in pregnancy and postpartum concerns as well as parent-child work. Additionally, I conduct neuropsychological evaluations with children. As with all my work, when working with parents I focus on helping them come up with active interventions that can address their child's difficulties and needs.


Specialties

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

Relationship Issues - Building stronger connections, reducing conflict, strengthening communication, and dealing with breakups

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes such as adjusting to college and the start of adulthood, career changes, and beginning a family; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

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

Pregnancy & postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety

Learning disabilities - Developing strategies for successful learning specific to one’s unique strengths and challenges




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Karen Wachtel 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 (50min)
  • Initial session: $225 (50min)

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
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Manhattan practice
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon By Appointment
  • Tue By Appointment
  • Wed By Appointment
  • Thu By Appointment
  • Fri By Appointment
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

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

Great Neck Plaza practice
29 Barstow Road, Suite 304, Great Neck Plaza, New York 11021
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon By Appointment
  • Tue By Appointment
  • Wed By Appointment
  • Thu By Appointment
  • Fri By Appointment
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2010 - Present
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services Learning Center, 2008 - 2010
Manhattan VA Medical Center, 2005 - 2006
Brookline Mental Health Center, 2002 - 2003
Bradley Hospital Early Child Clinical Research Center, 1998 - 2000
Judge Baker Children's Center, 1997 - 1998

University of Massachusetts, Boston, PhD, 2006
Brown University, BA, 1996


Languages

English


Client testimonials

"She was very helpful and informative!"
- Zencare client • March 2021