Karen  Weiser

Karen Weiser


Licensed Psychoanalyst, LP Master of Fine Arts, MFA PhD Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Waitlist Online
Tribeca Accepting In-person
Updated February 23, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Relationship issues
  • Attachment issues
  • Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)

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 adults with issues across the mental health spectrum for both in-person and remote sessions. She works with people seeking help with overwhelming feelings, such as anxiety, depression, and physical symptoms of dysregulation. Many distract themselves in order not to feel, or get caught in loops of worry, and feel quite stuck. Sometimes people struggle with deeper existential questions and feelings. Some of her patients have experienced large traumatic events that they need to process, but some can't understand why they feel so sad or empty all the time. She focuses on both discovering underlying patterns and helping her patients learn how to better regulate so they can feel less overwhelmed, and find more acceptance.

Karen helps her patients discover and recognize their unconscious and attachment dynamics and how this underlies all relationships, including the ones we have with ourselves. It is also important to acknowledge the very real precarity of our environment and the way that aspects of our culture affect 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. 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 believe in therapy and see daily how it transforms 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. Eventually, we internalize that experience and start to have more self-compassion, to question our narratives about ourselves and remake them. 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 offer full 45-minute consultations and only charge for them if we end up working together. This allows both of us to fully assess whether we are a good fit before we agree to start therapy. Hopefully, this makes it easier to reach out and see if we click. I love what I do, and would be honored to be part of your healing process.


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

Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.

Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) - Recovering from the impact of long-term, repeated traumatic events, such as emotional abuse and neglect


  • 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)
  • Initial session: $225 (45min)
  • Couples sessions: $300 (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 with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11 am - 5 pm
  • Tue 8 am - 7 pm
  • Wed closed
  • Thu 12 pm - 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 12 pm - 5 pm
  • Tue 8 am - 7 pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 9 am - 7 pm
  • Fri 8 am - 5 pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, 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