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Karen Tantillo, LCSW

Karen Tantillo, LCSW


Licensed in NY #R040257-01
Insurances Accepted: Cigna/Evernorth, Aetna
I have an empathic, warm style and make use of therapeutic approaches that are integrative, experiential body-based and emotion-focused, relational and trauma-informed.

My Therapy Style

I am a seasoned psychotherapist with over 25 years of clinical experience, training, and practice. I have an empathic, warm style, and make use of therapeutic approaches that are integrative, relational, trauma-informed, and experientially emotion-focused. I use evidence and measurement-based approaches with a focus on treatment goals.

Education & Training

MSW - Social Work, New York University

DSW - Social Work, University of Pennsylvania

Core Skills in EFT Certification - International Centre for Excellence In Emotionally Focused Therapy

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I first started working in the mental health field over 25 years ago. Some of my first experiences were in the psychiatry departments of large, urban, teaching-hospitals in New York City, advocating for my clients and identifying resources and community support. I became a clinical social worker because I was passionate about the helping profession, wanting to support others in finding deeper and healthier connections in their relationships and in healing from painful and often traumatic life experiences. As I've grown and strengthened both professionally and personally as a psychotherapist and clinical social worker, I have come to realize and respect how much of my own healing has come about from this meaningful career and from my own human journey walking alongside and together with my amazing patients.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

I actively practice mindfulness-based meditation to support and strengthen my well-being. Reading Jon Kabat-Zinn's Full Catastrophe Living gave me a deeper insight and awareness of how mindfulness can impact and change our lives. I love spending time with my 3 young adult children, my beautiful partner, close friends, and colleagues. Walking and swimming, reading and writing both fiction and non-fiction are some of my passions. I honor diversity and my deeper learning about all identities including ethnicity, race, sexuality, and gender. Diana Goetsch's This Body I Wore gives depth to the LGBTQ experience.

What book have you read more than once?

Hold Me Tight, written by Dr. Sue Johnson, the founder of EFT- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy is amazing for creating deeper and more emotionally intimate relationships. I also love Hilary Jacob Hendel's It's Not Always Depression and Ronald Frederick's Living Like You Mean It. Both of these books teach us ways to develop deeper awareness of our emotions in order to live life more fully, to strengthen inner resilience, and to flourish.