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New York City Address:

138 West 25th Street • Suite 24

New York, NY 10001

Bergen County Address:

76 West Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Karen Shaw has created a psychotherapy practice which integrates traditional psychoanalytic thought with the most current, evidence-based approaches involving cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness informed therapies. 


With more than 10 years of clinical experience, Karen has expertise in working with both adults and children. She has a perpetual curiosity and interest in new research and treatment paradigms.  Her integrated approach to therapy incorporates a neurological understanding of the mind as well as psychological models for care.


Karen began her training as a Maternal and Child Health Leadership Fellow. Through this lens she developed a keen awareness of how the achievement of developmental milestones strengthens our ability to successfully navigate our environment both as children and as adults. This specialization has guided her work with children and lends itself to a unique understanding of adults as they grapple with childhood memories that influence present patterns. 


Early in her career, Karen recognized that self-understanding, and with it the ability for change, comes in many forms. She envisioned an approach that would help people uncover their habitual patterns through a cognitive, sensory, and emotional exploration. As such, she completed post-graduate training at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute under the mentorship of Allan Jong, MD.  She went on to further her post-graduate training in mindfulness informed psychotherapy at the Nalanda Institute and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy with Paul Fulton.  Additionally, she has completed a number of trainings in evidenced-based cognitive behavioral therapies and has advanced training in trauma work, including EMDR.  Beyond this, she has completed multiple trainings at the Ackerman Institute for the family in both family and couples therapy. 


Karen is an avid yoga practitioner, certified yoga instructor and trained meditation teacher.  Her love of nature often leads her to hiking upstate and other adventures.  She dances the Argentine Tango and Lindy Hop, and enjoys playing the fiddle in her spare time.

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