Please review my training and experience below.

My Thoughts on the Therapeutic Relationship

One of the most important elements in the therapy process is your relationship with your therapist. Finding a person who has the right combination of training, experience and interpersonal skills to connect with and guide you is essential. The clinical training involved to earn my doctorate, and the 21 years of private practice and consultant work I've done have fine tuned my skills.  


On the interpersonal level, I think the respect I convey to each client, my earnest efforts to understand the history that has led this person to my door, and the energy I bring to the collaboration process in therapy is what clients appreciate most. It's what solidifies the therapeutic relationships I create.


Therapy is such a personal, & unique process. The work I do with each client varies greatly, as does each client's personality, history, & goals. 21 years of practice has prepared me well to hand-tailor each therapeutic relationship to suit the needs of each client. 


Along with treating cases of depression, anxiety and general stress management, several areas of specialty focus have arisen for me over the years:

- couple therapy

- working with elders/seniors and those with chronic health stressors, adjusting to various life changes (ie., physical, cognitive, health, welcomed and unwelcome)

- adjustment to & coping through other life transitions & stressors (e.g., marriage, family, infidelity, divorce, singles/dating, retirement, grief & loss, etc.)

- perfectionism, the inner critic, procrastination and self doubt 

- difficulty with self compassion and self care

- caregiver stress


If your life needs a makeover or it's time for a relationship tune-up, we can work together to make those plans your new reality. Stop hoping change will come, as the months and years pass you by.


Consider the words of Lao-Tzu, a Chinese philosopher credited with founding Taoism:

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  - Lao-tzu


Take your first step today toward the life you want to create. Email me and let's get started: DrKarinSchlee@gmail.com



I received my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the State University of New York in Stony Brook (USB).  I received specialized training under the mentorship of Dr. K. D. O'Leary in the Stony Brook Marital Clinic (now called The Relationship & Forensic Assessment Clinic).


While at USB, I also trained in the following clinics:

- The Krasner Psychological Center

- Point of Woods Parenting Clinic



I completed my Internship training at the Medical University of SC in Charleston, MUSC.

While at MUSC, I trained at the following sites:

- National Crime Victims Center

- Medical University of SC - Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs

- Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center



Following internship, I continued to work at the VA Medical Center providing services through the:

- Marital and Family Clinic

- Primary Care Mental Health Clinic

- Substance Abuse Treatment Center (SATC)


In the SATC, I co-developed and co-led a Family Group for veterans with addiction problems with a colleague.



To verify Dr. Schlee's license go to the NYS Education Department's Office of the Professions here.


In 1990, I graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, from Clark University in Worcester, MA.


TRIVIA: Did you know Clark U is the only university in the US at which Sigmund Freud lectured? Check it out:

Transcript of Freud's 1909 lectures at Clark

Clark U's 2018 FB page post about Freud's lectures