Where Families Find Support & Solutions


As a child and adolescent psychotherapist, I have sought Karen’s guidance on a number of my more challenging cases over the years.

When outpatient treatment reaches a standstill and/or the child or teen has engaged in self-destructive behaviors (e.g., drug or alcohol abuse; school refusal or failure; suicidal ideation or gestures, et al) Karen has been an invaluable resource to families (and therapists) attempting to locate the most appropriate residential treatment option for their child. Karen also works with kids and families with less pronounced difficulties who are attempting to locate a boarding school that will best meet a child’s academic, social and – in some cases – psychotherapeutic needs.

Karen visits schools and programs on a regular basis and is capable of selecting the appropriate program and even the “best” therapist for a particular child. She is “no nonsense” yet caring, warm and empathic when working with the children, as well as with their often bewildered, frightened and anxious parents.

Karen is genuine – there’s nothing phony about her – and succeeds where other consultants have failed to engage a family.

She follows the child (and family’s) progress as they embark on a journey that is oftentimes frightening and confusing.  She “hangs in and hangs tough” when the situation calls for her to do so.

Quite simply put – Karen Mabie knows her stuff! She is an impressive professional whom I am proud to consider as my colleague. I would not hesitate to recommend her to any of my clients or family members.

John Palen, Ph.D., LCSW