Karen Keys, LMHC, CASAC, NCC

Recovery and Wellness Expertise
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
5 years in practice

About Karen Keys, LMHC, CASAC, NCC

I look forward to partnering with you to create the solutions and changes you are seeking. I commit to giving you my undivided attention and judgment-free support, drawing on a lifetime of diverse life experiences, professional training and techniques, and enduring celebration of human resilience. I have significant experience in treating substance use difficulties, as well as trauma, depression, anxiety, and other challenges. You will be able to choose among cognitive behavioral therapy, prolonged exposure, mindfulness stress reduction, and other proven techniques. Wishing you wellness, - Karen Keys

Answers  (8)

Hello, I commend you for your courage in taking a look at the role alcohol has in your life. It sounds like you're concerned about what happens when you drink too much and I suspect you already know the answer to your question about whether you have a problem or not. I imagine you would like to stop... more

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You're in a lot of good company and it's great that you're in a positive relationship. Congratulations!I often hear people talk about loving yourself and self esteem. We often seem to blame ourselves for not "loving ourselves" enough or put ourselves down for having low self esteem. It seems to me... more

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It sounds like a tough time and it's normal to feel down when your family is going through a divorce or other hardship. There's a difference between feelings like sadness, discouragement, grief, loneliness and depression, though. Sadness is sadness and sometimes we have to go through a grieving or... more

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You're in a difficult situation and on behalf of you and your child, I commend you for trying to find the right thing to do.Short version: your child needs you as much as possible. period. Always. We used to think that children were almost always harmed by divorce, unless there was extreme conflict... more

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It's not easy to be married to an alcoholic and I want to extend my support to you. Without knowing the pattern of his substance use, I'll accept your description that he is an addict. The short version is that his addiction is not in your hands. Period. However, addiction is a "family disease", so... more

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Hello, My heart goes out to you, your brother, and your family, dealing with a very painful and difficult situation. In New York, you can't institutionalize someone else directly. You can, however, call the police or EMS. If they agree that he would benefit from hospitalization (and it sounds like... more

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First, let me extend my compassion to both of you -- it sounds like you have a lot on your plates. Childhood trauma carries its negative effects into our adulthood and affects everyone who loves us. Your question is brief, so I'll just try to give general answers as best I can. From my experiences... more

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First, let me express my support and compassion for what you're going through. Hearing voices can be incredibly difficult and can feel like you can't get a moment's peace, even in the privacy of your own mind. And not everyone will necessarily understand what you're dealing with, so I imagine you... more

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