About Me

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) with over 10 years of experience treating clients with a wide range of diagnoses. Holding a Master of Social Work from Boston College, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Boston University in Health Care Management has provided me with a myriad of skills on which I draw to enhance the quality of people’s lives. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, International OCD Foundation, and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. I am also a professional member of the Multi Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA).

I specialize in treating adults (ages 18 and older) who are dealing with personal and professional stress. Many of my clients have difficulty managing their lives due to mental health issues. I also work with many college and graduate students who are struggling with issues related to college adjustment, academic and social stress, and homesickness.

Prior to opening my private practice, I worked in an outpatient clinic where I treated children, adults, and families with a history of trauma. I worked with clients with an array of diagnoses, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. Boston University School of Social Work Professional Education Program granted me a certificate in The Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Trauma.

My style is interactive, warm, and compassionate. Using the strengths of the therapeutic relationship, as well as specialized skills, I am able to optimize treatment for my clients. Seeing each client as an individual with a unique set of strengths and problem areas enables me to tailor my treatment plans to address each person’s individual needs.

A strong believer in mind/body connection, I incorporate mindfulness into my practice. Research has shown that empowering clients with stress management techniques and a regular mindfulness practice help decrease levels of stress and anxiety and improve quality of life.

Feedback from my clients has shown that my supportive and eclectic approach to therapy has helped them feel better, improve the quality of their relationships, enhance their communication skills, and overcome negative patterns of thinking and behavior. In addition to traditional psychotherapy, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) extensively in my practice. Helping clients change the way they think and feel will help alter dysfunctional thought patterns and behaviors, improve their mood, and ultimately enable them to lead more productive and enjoyable lives.

I received a certificate in CBT from Boston University. I enhanced my expertise in Cognitive Therapy by becoming a Certified Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a world-renowned association founded by leading clinicians, educators, and researchers in the field of cognitive therapy. I am also a graduate of the International OCD Foundation’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute.

In 2018 I went through the rigorous certification process of becoming a certified eating disorders specialist (CEDS) through the esteemed organization, The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP). As an eating disorders expert, I provide evidence-based treatment to individuals suffering from eating disorders.

In addition to working with my clients, I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with my colleagues and other professionals by conducting professional workshops on topics which include CBT, trauma, eating disorders, and OCD.

Karen Chinca, LICSW

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Wellness
1101 Beacon Street, Suite 8E
Brookline, MA 02446
(617)739-7190
Karen@karenchinca.com

Click here to read my recent interview in the Boston Voyager.

Slide I have worked with Karen for several years and it has changed my life in ways I could not imagine. Through her recognition of my alcohol misuse and encouragement to get sober, I have discovered an inner strength that I did not know I had. Her expertise in eating disorders and trauma recovery has distinguished her as an exceptional therapist. I am so grateful for Karen’s support, compassion, and guidance during my journey towards recovery.
Current Client
Slide I have known Karen for many years and have shared many cases with her. She is an excellent therapist, collaborator and colleague. Karen is trained in many clinical arena’s with specific expertise in CBT, DBT, OCD and eating disorders. She is a delightful person and therapist and you would be lucky to have an opportunity to work with her. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work with her.
Beth Mayer, LICSW, Executive Director, MEDA
Slide Karen is knowledgeable, professional and empathetic. Working with her has been immensely helpful and rewarding in countless ways. It is no exaggeration to say that Karen's help has contributed significantly to my developing a richer and happier life.
Current Client
Slide Karen has been a longtime trusted CBT colleague of mine. We share Diplomate status in the prestigious Academy of Cognitive Therapy. I have collaborated with Karen on numerous occasions and have valued her clinical expertise and professional demeanor. Karen is a compassionate and creative therapist, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a skilled CBT therapist.
Daniel Beck, LICSW and Founding Fellow and Diplomate of The Academy of Cognitive Therapy

Slide I have known Karen for many years and have shared many cases with her. She is an excellent therapist, collaborator and colleague. Karen is trained in many clinical arenas with specific expertise in CBT, DBT, OCD and eating disorders. She is a delightful person and therapist and you would be lucky to have an opportunity to work with her. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work with her.
Beth Mayer, LICSW, Executive Director, MEDA
Slide Karen is knowledgeable, professional and empathetic. Working with her has been immensely helpful and rewarding in countless ways. It is no exaggeration to say that Karen's help has contributed significantly to my developing a richer and happier life.
Current client
Slide Karen has been a longtime trusted CBT colleague of mine. We share Diplomate status in the prestigious Academy of Cognitive Therapy. I have collaborated with Karen on numerous occasions and have valued her clinical expertise and professional demeanor. Karen is a compassionate and creative therapist, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a skilled CBT therapist.
Daniel Beck, LICSW and Founding Fellow and Diplomate of The Academy of Cognitive Therapy
Slide I have worked with Karen for several years and it has changed my life in ways I could not imagine. Through her recognition of my alcohol misuse and encouragement to get sober, I have discovered an inner strength that I did not know I had. Her expertise in eating disorders and trauma recovery has distinguished her as an exceptional therapist. I am so grateful for Karen’s support, compassion, and guidance during my journey towards recovery.
Current Client