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
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
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
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.