Karen  Weiser
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Karen Weiser


Licensed Psychoanalyst, LP Master of Fine Arts, MFA PhD
New York Accepting Online
Tribeca Accepting In-person
Updated May 26, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma
  • Couples counseling

Professional statement

Dr. Karen Weiser is an LGBTQIA+ affirming and inclusive Licensed Psychoanalyst in private practice in Manhattan’s Tribeca / City Hall area. She welcomes both individual adults (ages 18+) and couples with issues across the mental health spectrum for both in-person and remote sessions. The people she works with come in seeking help with overwhelming feelings, such as anxiety and depression, or physical symptoms that cause them to feel dysregulated. Sometimes they struggle with problems at their jobs, with their families, or in romantic relationships. She focuses on both discovering underlying patterns and helping her patients learn how to better regulate so they can feel less overwhelmed. Sometimes people have experienced both large traumatic events and big losses that they need to process, and sometimes people can't understand why they feel so sad or empty all the time when on paper their lives appear fine.

Karen helps her patients discover and recognize how their unconscious and attachment dynamics influence how they understand and relate to themselves and others. She also acknowledges the very real precarity of our world and culture and the way that affects mental health. Her approach is collaborative and often incorporates mindfulness and a focus on the body, as well as other therapeutic modes. She is interactive and responsive, asks questions, and encourages feedback.

Karen completed advanced training in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Institute for Contemporary Therapy in New York City where she occasionally teaches. Before becoming an analyst she earned a Ph.D. in English, an MFA in poetry, and taught literature at the college level. As a poet, she understands the creative process and often works with people engaged in creative practices. Currently, she has openings for both in-person and remote therapy.

Message to clients

Often people think just talking about your problems can't possibly do anything. I really mean it when I say that I believe in therapy and have seen it transform lives. We can't change what has happened to us, but we can certainly learn to understand and hold those experiences differently. Therapy offers the opportunity to have a regular space and time carved out of your schedule to begin to articulate, think, and feel emotions and experiences that are difficult to put into language. We need another person to ask us difficult questions and listen non-judgmentally. I am both warm and direct, and though therapy is often uncomfortable, I believe we can address our emotional difficulties and have a full range of emotions--even humor and laughter--while we work.

I help my patients to feel their overwhelming emotions, and over time, to learn to sit with themselves and feel ok with even the parts of the self that are difficult to accept. Often people don't organize their experience in ways that allow them to feel like they have any control at all over their lives. Starting therapy again, or for the first time, can be a first step toward creating change and agency.

I am honored to be a part of this experience and look forward to hearing from you.


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

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

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

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love


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


Karen Weiser 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: $225 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $200 - $225
  • Initial session: $225 (45min)
  • Couples sessions: $260 (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
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Multiple times a week


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 9 am - 1 pm
  • Tue 9 am- 7 pm
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu 9 am - 7 pm
  • Fri 8 am - 5 pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Tribeca practice
291 Broadway, 708, New York, New York 10007
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue 9 am - 7 pm
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu 9 am - 7 pm
  • Fri 8 am - 5 pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Institute for Contemporary Therapy, Therapist, 2017 - 2022

Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, LP, Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2021
CUNY Graduate Center, Ph.D., English, 2012
The New School for Social Research, M.F.A., Poetry, 2000


New York: 001136