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About Karen J. Osterle, MSSA, LICSW

I am an interactive, relational, insight-oriented and solution-focused therapist, and my therapeutic approach provides a lot of support and practical feedback to help you effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client/patient and couple. With compassion and understanding, I work with you to help you build on your strengths, overcome ambivalence about the therapeutic process, and attain the personal growth you are committed to accomplishing.


The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
(Clinical Instructor for first-, second-, and third-year medical students)

U.S. Department of State
(Independent Clinical Consultant/Psychotherapist for Foreign Service employees who are brought back from overseas by med-evac for psychological/psychiatric reasons)

Eugene Meyer III Treatment Center of the Washington School of Psychiatry

Whitman-Walker Clinic
(Volunteer Psychotherapist)

ValueOptions, Inc.
(Employee Assistance Program Care Manager)

District of Columbia Department of Mental Health, Youth Forensic Services/Mayor's Services Liaison Office
(Consultant to the D.C. Superior Court's Family Division judges and allied professionals)

Hillcrest Children's Center



Washington School of Psychiatry, Washington, DC (over eight years of intensive, post-Master's degree study and clinical supervision)

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (Master of Science in Social Administration, 1994)

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (Bachelor of Arts, 1990)

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain (one year of liberal arts study, 1987-88 school year)

Extensive travel in Western and Eastern Europe, North Africa, and South America



Professional Affiliation and Memberships
Member, National Association of Social Workers
Associate Member, American Psychological Association (and Division 39)
Member, Washington School of Psychiatry
Member, Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration
Member, International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology
Member, Capital Area Physicians for Human Rights

LICSW (District of Columbia)

LCSW (Virginia)

LCSW-C (Maryland)