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The Short Version: Since 1993, relationship specialist and therapist Dr. Karen Ruskin has helped thousands of singles and couples resolve conflicts, enhance partnerships and marriages, and make significant gains in their lives overall. With passion, professionalism, humor, and a strong team of experts, Karen uses her private counseling practice, blog posts, and workshops to show people how to develop real solutions to real-life problems.
For as far back as she can remember, helping others has been an integral component of life for Dr. Karen Ruskin. Even at a young age, she had a proficiency for delivering relationship advice and wisdom to friends and family members.
“As a kid, I always loved analyzing the relationship dynamics between people,” Karen said. “I always found other people’s challenges interesting, and I always had something to say.”
Her fascination with people and their interpersonal relationships led her to pursue a doctorate degree in psychology and a master’s in marriage and family therapy. This extensive academic background, coupled with her intuitive knowledge on human interactions and behavior, has resulted in a successful professional practice 25 years in the making.
Since 1993, Karen has helped men, women, couples, and families explore relationships in deeper, more meaningful ways and cultivate healthier, stronger bonds. Her intervention often helps people discover strengths they didn’t know they had.
“My greatest success stories are the ones who come in and feel that this is it for them. They can’t even imagine how they’re going to get to a better place,” Karen said.
Karen’s reputation as a tell-it-like-it-is therapist stretches far beyond her office doors in Massachusetts. She is sought after by a very diverse set of clients — from homemakers to high profile athletes. But these clients all share one thing in common — they feel right at home with her. No matter who you are or what you do, she never compromises being her genuine self.
“If somebody wants help, I’m interested in helping them,” Karen said.
Blogs, radio, television, workshops — Karen knows how to reach the masses. Weekly clients or first-timers can experience her depth, creativity, and knowledge to enrich their livelihood in a multitude of ways.
“There is a key for the right solution for each problem,” she said. “I help people help themselves to find that key and get to a better place.”
As a psychotherapist and coach, Karen uses a strategic approach to guide clients into expanding their awareness of what may be hindering them from wholesome connections.
“Sometimes people’s doors are locked, and they don’t know where the key is,” Karen explained. “We get into these patterns in our own ways, and what I do is help clients create new patterns. Couples, families, individuals… all it takes is one person in the room to create concrete changes.”
Studies have shown that relationships are vital to mental and emotional well-being. It’s cooked into our DNA. But a positive relationship doesn’t necessarily have to be a romantic one; it can be a bond shared between you and anyone who supports and encourages you.
Active listening, open communication, mutual trust and respect, consistency, and engagement create the core foundation for an unbreakable relationship — and Karen excels at helping her clients understand these principles and implement strategies that work toward accomplishing their goals.
Karen’s clients find that one of the biggest benefits of working with her is the access to her team of qualified health professionals. She connects people with some of the top experts in the counseling field to help them take the next best step in their life and relationships.
“The whole idea is to have a holistic practice that fits a variety of needs,” Karen said. “This allows for additional challenges outside of relationships to be addressed. I want to provide a safe environment for clients to talk about their feelings but also provide strategies for them to move forward in their lives.”
Safety and practicality are two keys that unlock the secrets of success in Karen’s practice. Whether you’re new to the counseling world or a seasoned veteran, her team is equipped to help you manage the areas of your life that matter most.
Karen has written numerous articles on her relationship blog that cover all the topics from her coaching sessions to give more people free and easy access to her advice.
Her relevant and relatable words are an ideal fit for any reader who wants to learn best practices about dating, fostering relationships, and communicating effectively. The blog delivers the same directness, compassion, and wisdom that couples and families receive from Karen in person or over the phone.
“I wanted to create a blog that posts informative and intriguing tips, articles, and opinions about timely news stories and hot topics,” she said.
Karen’s parenting philosophy revolves around treating children as equally valued members of the family. In her groundbreaking book “The 9 Key Techniques for Raising Respectful Children,” she delivers the tools necessary to help parents resolve behavior problems or reinforce good conduct. She describes the truth about parenting in plain English, avoiding technical jargon so her techniques are easy to understand and easy to put into practice at home.
Julie Higgins, a Special Education Assistant, shared a number of ways this book has transformed parenting principles in her own home.
“This book will grab your attention the moment you begin reading because of the author’s clear and concrete use of language with a great sense of humor,” Julie wrote. “Being a former kindergarten teacher and a parent of two young children, I am always eager to learn new techniques about parenting that could benefit my family on a daily basis.”
As have many other readers, Julie wrote that she finds Karen’s writing and coaching style to be very approachable and effective, and her parenting tips to be pragmatic, realistic, and straightforward.
This renowned author has even more successful books under her belt, including “Dr. Karen’s Marriage Manual” and “10 Seconds to Mental Health.” Her writing provides essential tools, tips, and techniques that give people practical steps to cultivate healthy minds and relationships.
Karen’s marriage manual highlights common challenges people face in choosing a mate and cuts through misconceptions about what it takes to have a successful partnership.
“Dr. Ruskin is a jewel of clarity and integrity,” relationship therapist Betty Matz wrote in a testimonial. “Through her no-nonsense and comforting guidance, she inspires attainable and transformative change.”
Karen said writing her books is a process that draws from her personal, academic, and professional backgrounds — and that all three come together to allow her to formulate realistic solutions to life’s everyday problems and the bigger issues that affect her clients. Her book on mental health is no exception.
“I started looking back on my old tips and creating new ones,” she said. “You read the tip and already you’re on the road toward mental health.”
With more than 200 inspirational and motivational messages, there’s a page practically anyone can turn to for extra support for their mental and emotional well-being.
Karen is on a mission to bring her wisdom to the world through a variety of platforms. She’s made appearances on FOX News, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” “The Dr. Oz Show,” and dozens of local stations throughout the Boston area. She regularly does interviews on radio programs and is the producer of her own show, aptly named “The Dr. Karen Show.”
“I enjoy touching people’s lives in the coziness of the office but also in the masses,” Karen said. “I’ve found television has provided me a vessel to do what I love. It’s a snapshot for people to take the ingredients for a new recipe to implement into their lives.”
In addition to television spots and coaching sessions, people can connect with Karen through relationship, parenting, or healthy aging workshops. These are tailor-made services she provides for schools, churches, libraries, and public service organizations nationwide.
As always, Karen’s goal is to show people that they never have to walk alone on their journeys of transformation.
“Making healthy shifts doesn’t have to take years if you have the right tools and the right lens to explore options of how to change your life,” Karen said.
If you’re interested in working directly with Karen and her team to improve your relationship-building or life skills, simply send her a message, and one of her care team specialists will respond within two business days. Residents local to the Boston area can choose from two convenient locations in Sharon, Massachusetts, to meet in person. If you live elsewhere, Karen is available to talk via phone or video chat.