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Karen Weiser(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Psychoanalyst, LPMaster of Fine Arts, MFA
New York
Anxiety - Depression- Relationship issues-Attachment issues-Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)- Existential crisis & challenges-

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Professional statement

Dr. Karen Weiser is an LGBTQIA+ affirming and inclusive Licensed Psychoanalyst in private practice in Manhattan’s Tribeca / City Hall area who welcomes adults with issues across the mental health spectrum. She works with people seeking help with overwhelming feelings, such as anxiety, depression, and physical symptoms of dysregulation. Many people distract themselves in order not to feel, or get caught in loops of worry, and feel quite stuck, like time is passing them by. Sometimes people struggle with deeper existential questions and feelings. Some of her patients have experienced large traumatic events, but some can't understand why they feel sad or empty much of the time. She focuses on helping her patients learn how to better regulate their emotions so that they can feel less overwhelmed and find more self-acceptance. Karen is particularly sensitive to people who have intergenerational trauma in their families, and who have suffered from depression and anxiety for a long time.

Karen's approach to therapy is rooted in relational psychoanalysis, which can help you discover and recognize your unconscious and attachment dynamics and how they underlie all relationships, including the ones we have with ourselves. She takes a collaborative approach 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.

She completed advanced training in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Institute for Contemporary Therapy in New York City. Before becoming an analyst Karen 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.

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.

Work and Education

Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, Therapist

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




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

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

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness


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

Locations & Hours


Karen Weiser is not in-network with any insurances.

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$230 (45min)
  • Sliding scale:$200 - $230
  • Initial session:$230 (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

Book a Free Initial Consultation

The practice will call you for a free 10min phone call to discuss your needs and ensure a match!

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