Karen LeVasseur, LCSW

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Meet Karen: I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a degree from Rutgers University. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. I am a former elementary school teacher and school counselor so I have a great understanding of children of all ages. I absolutely LOVE what I do and feel lucky to be able to help children. Personally, I am a lover of my Newfoundlands (giant dogs), the beach and Zumba. I look forward to meeting you and your child and helping in any way I can!
 What I Do: I work with all ages, from 3 right up through teens; using play therapy, hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness training, stress management and family support.I also offer hypnotherapy for adults!
Common areas of treatment: I offer support in many different areas including the following:
  • ADHD
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Bullying
  • Family problems
  • Fears and phobias
  • Habits and problem behaviors
  • Loss/grief
  • Peer and sibling relationships
  • School stress
  • Self-esteem
  • Social skills training
  • Temper tantrums

Typical therapy session:  Therapy at C4K is very low key and fun! Your child will leave each session with new skills or learning.
  • Check in: I start each 45 minute session with a "check in" to assess the child's take on their world and practice problem solving and communication skills. 
  • Pick 3: We then practice calming and mindfulness with the child selecting at least 3 strategies from my calming charts to learn, practice and add to their "bag of tricks". 
  • The work: The bulk of the session is spent in play therapy or hypnotherapy with some CBT mixed in, to address the child's key needs and work on strategies for success. 
  • Share success: We end with a review of learning with mom or dad and suggestion of skills to practice at home. 

Benefits of therapy:  All of the modalities of treatment I use are powerful tools in helping your child to:
  • Strengthen ability to shift unproductive thoughts to positive thinking
  • Learn to regulate emotions
  • Find success in making positive and helpful choices with behavior
  • Improve confidence and self-esteem
  • Increase feelings of happiness about themselves and their lives
  • Find success in school, at home and in social situations

Testimonials:  Kind words from my clients.
"My son had Karen as a therapist for over a year. He has Asperger's Syndrome and was having a tough time with social situations. Through her use of play therapy, my son was able to understand social cues and deal with some of his anxiety issues that were part of his daily school life"- MG, Neptune 
"My daughter has had Karen for a therapist for over two years now. We came to Ms. Karen in the beginning for her to learn how to listen and follow directions in school. Since that time, my daughter has been diagnosed with impulsive ADHD. She was having a difficult time controlling her emotions and playing cooperatively with her friends. Through play therapy she has learned the tools to be successful in school and with her friends. Some days are a challenge but we are so happy that we have Ms. Karen to help when times are tough." -KE, Shark River Hills
My son has been coming to Miss Karen for two years. He has Asperger's Syndrome and needed some coping skills to handle situations that upset him. Through play therapy, Miss Karen has modeled so many social situations specific to his needs, from appropriate reactions to losing games to letting friends choose what to play. As an educator, I truly appreciate the fun way she has helped my son, and as a mom, I'm so proud of his growth!"- DM, Howell 
"My daughter was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease several years ago and suffered from low self esteem and anxiety. Adolescence brought destructive behaviors and feelings of low self-worth as well as troubled peer relationships. My daughter has seen Karen now for a couple of months for hypnotherapy. Karen got to know my daughter and came up with a very personalized treatment plan. She treats my daughter with warmth and respect. My daughter actually looks forward to therapy! She has become more aware of why and when bad behaviors are happening and she really wants to stop them. She has come farther in two months than in the last four years of treatment. Karen is a huge part of my daughter’s health and support team." – LW, Manasquan
"My son has been working with Karen for over a year now. We looked into play therapy for him because he was 3 years old and that is the best way to express yourself at that age. He had a terrible experience at a daycare that led to anxiety issues both physically and mentally. Additionally he had acquired some frustration, which he did not know how to deal with, along the way. My son is a completely different child compared to where he was the day we walked through Miss Karen’s door. He considers her a friend and we will continue to “play” with her as long as he likes. I cannot say enough about how grateful we are that she helped my little guy. Her work with him has not only improved his relationships at home and school, but he is learning skills that he can carry with him into adulthood."
-KC, Hazlet
"My daughter’s anxiety was interfering with her ability to socialize and succeed in school. Karen has given her strategies that work! Thanks to Calm4Kids, my daughter is developing the tools she needs to manage her anxiety and be able to enjoy her friends and her classes at school. We have seen an immediate improvement!" – EF, Avon
"I am so glad to have Calm4Kids Therapy in my son's life. It is a great place that is comforting and cozy. He is provided with techniques that help him get thought his anxiety. I have seen a big difference in his life since going to Calm4Kids. Thank you so much for the support and guidance you have given my child." JM, Ocean Twp
"Karen is so patient and kind. My daughter, now 13, has never liked any of her past therapists. She looks forward to her meetings with Karen and talks about her all the time. Karen is thoughtful, emails and texts on birthdays or before important events with words of encouragement. I highly recommend her." AD, Neptune
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