I am a Milwaukee psychologist who is also board certified in psychoanalysis, by the American Board of Professional Psychology. In 2012 I was elected to Fellow status by the American Psychological Association for my contributions to psychology on a national level. I also have the honor of being a Fellow of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. I have been in private practice for over 30 years and give lectures and workshops both nationally and internationally. I am the author of three books, several book chapters, and numerous journal articles and book reviews. I am passionate about the change process and have made it my life’s work to innovate psychodynamic techniques, making the process more interactive and collaborative.

My books and papers, as well as workshops and lectures, are devoted primarily to this subject, and are aimed at helping therapists to become more engaged with their clients. Psychotherapy or psychoanalysis are not passive activities. Psychotherapy is most successful when the therapist and client are a good match, meaning they can speak easily to each other and feel comfortable with each other. Then they can collaboratively begin the process of addressing the patient’s issues, the deep emotions that typically accompany them, and decide together on the goals of treatment.

The typical presenting problems that I offer help with are:

  • Anxiety (Including frequently underdiagnosed separation anxiety)
  • Depression
  • Guilt and shame
  • Difficulties with managing and expressing emotions
  • Problems with maintaining relationships
  • Problems with authority figures (usually job related)
  • Companion fears of success and failure
  • Marital problems (I see both individuals and couples)
  • Grieving and loss
  • Identity issues

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Dr. Karen J. Maroda, ABPP