Karen Mendenhall MSW

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Senior Social Worker




B.A. Psychology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

M.S.W., Social Work, New York University, New York, NY

J.D. Law, Brooklyn Law School

Professional Interests

My passion for social work practice comes from almost three decades of Post-Masters experience with almost ten of those years being in some of the best training and experience in the vibrant multi-cultural urban setting of New York City. I have provided individual, couples and group therapy in various settings including hospitals, college, and community mental health. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, healing from narcissistic parenting, and issues surrounding loss and grief. I have extensive training in brief, solution-focused therapy, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and trauma-informed treatment.

Approach to Therapy

I believe that every client has a distinct set of experiences that are layered and complex. I apply and integrative approach to address my client's needs starting from the perspective that personal development, healing and self-awareness begin at the intersection of mind, body and spirit. Sessions are an interactive and collaborative approach whereby we become conversational partners and find solutions that work best for you. Together we work to increase self-awareness by focusing on needs and strengths rather than labeling or diagnosing.

You can expect me to help you to identify, reexamine and reorganize your thoughts and beliefs and translate them in to a more positive behavior pattern. My clients can expect to gain a much better understanding of themselves and their experiences which will propel them to them to explore and sustain meaningful relationships with themselves and others.

Approach to Wellness

I believe that the mind, spirit, and body are all incorporated, therefore, I take a holistic approach to wellness. Each person I see has a story that is unique to them and I like to build upon the inner strengths and resiliency in order to move forward. I believe that true wellness comes from turning down the outside chatter of others and listening to the true self that is within each of us. Living in the present and letting go of past and not trying to predict and control the future is the path to happiness and living a full life. Taking care of myself involves running, taking long walks with my dogs, reading, and eating the occasional dark chocolate!

Approach to Supervision

I like to take a collaborative and developmental approach to supervision. The first step is getting to know my supervisee on a professional and personal basis to understand what knowledge and life experience they bring to the setting. From there, we build upon what the expectations are for the learning process. Supervision is designed with a focus on case conceptualization, transference/counter-transference issues, theoretical considerations, and challenges with the therapeutic process. As a collaborative experience, I like for supervision to be a two-way encounter with feedback from both parties with the supervisee feeling supported in their development and growth as a professional social worker.

Other Activities

Licensed as an Independent Social Worker with Supervisor status in the state of Ohio by the Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.