CUNY Brooklyn College

New York University, MSW

Training, Membership, & Certifications

  • Two years of post-masters training and 300+ hours of supervision in psychodynamic psychotherapy, specifically working with LGBTQ clients

  • Member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

  • Serves on the Executive Committee at ICP's Psychotherapy Center for Gender & Sexuality

  • University of Buffalo, Trauma Foundation certificate program (specific courses include Trauma-informed Treatment; Trauma and Shame; Trauma, PTSD and Traumatic Grief)

  • Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference (2010 - 2016); Mental Health Provider Track

  • PESI, Working with High-Conflict Couples (2015)

  • ICP, Creating Attunement in Our Relationships Through Awareness and Feedback Modalities: Integrating Bio-technology Techniques with Mental Health Counseling (2016)

  • Adjunct faculty, Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service (2015-present)

  • SIFI certified field instructor (2013)

  • Peer reviewer for state and federal grant programs (2015-present)

  • Candidate in ICP's Psychotherapy Center for Gender & Sexuality (3 year institute program)

  • Reservist for the New York City Mental Health Reserve Corps since 2012.

  • Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s 3-year Clinical Certificate Program in LGBTQ-Affirming Care

Book Editor

Jacobson, Niemira, & Violeta (2019) Sex, Sexuality and Trans Identities: Clinical Guidance for Psychotherapists and Counselors. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Philadelphia, PA


Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, 2017 – Mental Health Provider Track

Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy's 2016 Trans+Sexuality Symposium: Integration of Desire, Sexual Orientation, and Female Embodiment in a Transgender Woman Previously Diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder: A Case Report (conference paper)

New York State License Number: 087429

NPI: 1447581004


Karalyn Violeta, LCSW


“[T]he act of revealing oneself fully to another and still being accepted may be the major vehicle of therapeutic help.” —Irvin D. Yalom


  • Children and Adolescents

  • Immigration

  • Self-Esteem

  • Trauma

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relationships

  • Sex and Sexuality

I believe that therapy is for everyone, and that it should be a source of support, empowerment, and affirmation. I welcome each client into treatment with a warm and non-judgmental approach, and work with them to uncover their goals, strengths, and "stuck points." I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, personality disorders, ADD/ADHD in both adults and children, and providing LGBTQ-affirming and trauma-informed therapy. Other specialty areas include working with artists (many of my clients are self-employed and work in creative fields such as the visual or performing arts) and working with people living with chronic pain and chronic health conditions.

LGBTQ-Affirming and Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy

I have over 6 years of specialized training and expertise in working with transgender, gender-diverse, queer, lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth and adults. I have completed two years of post-masters training and 300+ hours of supervision in psychodynamic psychotherapy, specifically working with LGBTQ clients. I am a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and serve on the Executive Committee at ICP's Psychotherapy Center for Gender & Sexuality. In individual psychotherapy I work with LGBTQ/GNC people and members of poly and kink communities. I also specialize in working with LGBTQ people who have histories of trauma in their families of origin.

How I Help

My approach is holistic and humanistic, and I relate to clients as unique individuals with their own experiences, desires, and history. My style is relational and grounded in attachment and object-relational theories. I endeavor to seamlessly blend various therapeutic modalities to customize a treatment approach that works for each client.

My training is in both psychodynamic psychotherapy and evidence-based methods such as cognitive behavioral, cognitive processing and mindfulness-based therapies. Within my work with children, I also incorporate cognitive behavioral and dynamic play-oriented approaches to address difficulties with mood, behavior, and motivation. I support my clients in developing strategies to relieve anxiety and distress, discover more effective coping skills, and empower them to work towards greater satisfaction in their life and relationships.