Karen Ayala

“My life is my message.”



My name is Karen and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) with a specialty in EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing), relational conflict, anxiety, and cultural identity issues. I am Philly bred and attended school at Temple University. I have over 10 years of experience working with adults, teenagers, parents, and families in community and school settings. My experience has been extensive with diverse populations ranging from the homeless, teenagers involved in the juvenile justice system, chronically ill, and individuals struggling with mental health challenges. As a second generation social worker I have a belief that people need to feel heard in order to truly heal.

I believe in the philosophy of building on individual strengths to cultivate the change needed to start the healing process. I am passionate about multi-cultural and trauma related issues due to my own experiences with insecurities being bi-cultural and going through difficult life experiences and transitions. My style of therapy is caring, culturally-sensitive, direct, and nurturing. I will challenge you to be more present in the moment using mindful “check ins” during sessions. I enjoy seeing people recognize their own roadblocks and recognizing what they need to change.

In my free time I enjoy hiking, shopping (I have a shoe addiction!), and enjoying eating different foods from various cultures.


600 Wyndhurst Ave. Ste 307A
Baltimore, MD 21210


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