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Holistic Wellness Counseling

Karen Ristoff, LMHC
Syracuse, New York

Do you ever wish you had someone to talk to? 

And some time to spend on yourself? 

Or a safe space to heal from life experiences?  

All healing begins and ends with safety -

and so safety is where we will begin,

and where our work will ultimately take you. 


I know that therapy can be scary at first -

  and if you trust in your desire for change,

I believe we can discover your own unique path

towards self-compassion, peace, wellness, safety, and healing.   

It can be done.

It's possible to feel better.  

The work we do can change your life... 


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Who am I?

Karen Ristoff

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Nationally Certified Counselor

Certified Holistic Health Coach

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

Certified Level II EFT (Tapping) Practitioner

As a holistic and wellness-focused counseling professional located in the Central New York area, I combine mental health therapy with wellness modalities (nutrition, hydration, breath-work, grounding, EFT tapping, meditation, exercise)  as a way of supporting transformation. From there, the client and I can collaborate and create individualized goals.  This holistic approach can create an energy cascade that builds upon itself, supporting sustainable changes. 

If you are a NYS resident, and you are ready to help yourself heal,  then I truly want to help you.  I offer telehealth sessions via a HIPAA compliant platform at this time.  

While my work lends itself to all populations, I have a strong focus on working with those struggling with stress, childhood trauma, existential crises, empty nest, and self-care.  In giving you the safe space to explore your own unique healing journey, we can begin to find more of the pieces that lead you towards wholeness, hope, healing, and peace.    

While I often have a diverse caseload, I have a practice niche working with mid-life+ women helping them to create lives full of empowerment, self-love, self-compassion, and revitalization. 

I believe that when women thrive, we all thrive.  

It is my great honor and privilege to be doing this work, and I like to believe that I am a walking, talking example that it is never too late to reach for your life. 

Your healing awaits....

Reach out when you feel ready to begin our work together - I am licensed in New York State, I am located in Central New York, and I currently offer telehealth services throughout NYS.  

Call/email or submit the form and I'll get back to you as soon as possible to schedule a free, 20-minute consultation call.

I can't wait to meet you!

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I began weekly therapy with Karen a year and a half ago.  I will be honest in sharing that my ego did not think I needed therapy.  I was in pain and didn’t want to let anyone in. Karen began helping me to unpack past traumas and hurts and assisted me in understanding how true healing benefits us on a deep level. She has aided me in bringing clarity, kindness and love back into focus in my life.


Karen's profound intuition and positivity helped me to create healthy boundaries.  Thanks to her support, I became able to heal and be true to myself.  I now dare to do things that I didn't even allow myself to imagine in the past.  Working with Karen is a gift.


I am truly grateful and blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Karen for the past year and a half.  She has made me feel safe opening up about past traumas as well as teaching me techniques that I can use everyday.  She is a caring person with a huge heart, and is truly dedicated to her clients.


I can't say enough to show the true gratitude I have for for finding Karen when I did.  The tapping technique she has taught me changed my life in such a profound way.  Her insights and guidance have helped me work through deep rooted trauma that had me a prisoner for years.  It feels amazing to have a skill available to me in an instant when I get blindsided by life.  There's still work to do and as hard as it is to dig deep, I'm looking forward to continuing my journey to freedom with her help.


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