Call Us At (646) 780-8278
All Days 9:00 to 5:00
116 West 23rd Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10011
Karl Smith
Social Worker, MSW

Verified by Therapy For Black Men
Primary Location
14 Wall Street
New York , New York
The United States

Accepting new clients?: Yes
Remote therapy available?: Yes
Can prescribe medication?: No

Office Hours: Mondays through Fridays 9 am until 10 pm

Last school: Rutgers University, MSW, 2022
License(s): 118265-New York
NPI Number: 1851745046

Cost per session: $225.00 to $300.00
Average cost per session: $225.00
Sliding scale pricing offered?: No
Free initial phone consultation?: Yes
Free initial face to face consultation?: Yes
Payment methods accepted:
  • American Express
  • Check
  • Discover
  • Health Savings Account
  • Mastercard
  • Paypal
  • Venmo
  • Visa
  • Fidelis
  • FSA

Insurance types accepted:
  • Aetna
  • Any/Out-of-network Insurance
  • Cigna
  • Optum
  • Oxford
  • United Healthcare
  • Fidelis,
  • Evernoth

Insurance Note: We have an in-house medical biller who will check your insurance eligibility, notify you of your copay, and provide you with a superbill if necessary.

  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Group

Age specialty:
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)

Faith Orientation: I offer special insight to clients of the Any faith.

Communities I am allied with or for which I have experience supporting clients:
  • Bisexual Allied
  • Body Positivity
  • Cancer
  • Gay Allied
  • HIV / AIDS Allied
  • Intersex Allied
  • Lesbian Allied
  • NBA
  • NFL
  • Non-Binary Allied
  • Open Relationships Non-Monogamy
  • Professional Athletes
  • Queer Allied
  • Racial Justice Allied
  • Sex-Positive, Kink Allied
  • Sex Worker Allied
  • Transgender Allied

I offer special insights for client's of the following ethnicity:
  • Asian
  • Black
  • Hispanic and Latino
  • Other Racial or Ethnic Background
  • Pacific Islander

Languages spoken:
  • English

Karl was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. He has lived across the water from his hometown in New York City for the past three years. Karl received both his BA degree in Psychology with a minor in Public Health and his Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University.

Prior to joining Refresh, Karl worked with adults, seniors, families, and transition-aged youth. Through this work, Karl developed a passion for varied human experiences. Karl works with clients experiencing depression, anxiety that comes with perfectionism, OCD, trauma, and other mental health conditions.

Karl works through the lens of a unique black male perspective. Like many Black Americans, he traces his heritage to the South and the transatlantic slave trade; though his family have been staples in the Jersey City and NYC communities for over 100 years. Karl likes working with the LGBTQIA+ communities, and those whose cultural and religious identities have been overlooked. He helps his clients connect past experiences to current behaviors, and supports them through behavior change. In addition to his clinical work, Karl researches cis and transgender Black masculinity in Millenials.

In his spare time, Karl enjoys playing board games, video games, and cycling. He is even working on designing his own competitive board game! Karl is an avid football fan and participates in fantasy leagues with his friends and family. Karl also loves sci-fi, fantasy and Anime.

Since moving to NYC, Karl has come to appreciate living in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, while also finding comfort and community in his own neighborhood. Karl's self-care routine includes meditation and a focused breathing practice. He enjoys long walks through the park with his partner and their dog, Professor.

Karl has become increasingly invested in doing his part to address the global climate crisis by joining a local CSA (community supported agriculture) and working towards a low-waste lifestyle. Karl also supports several Black founded and led organizations and nonprofits aimed at promoting physical and mental in Black communities and beyond.

  • ADHD
  • Adoption
  • Anger Management
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Career Counseling
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Compulsive Spending
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Gambling
  • Grief
  • Hoarding
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Internet Addiction
  • LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) Issues
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Men's Issues
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Racial Identity
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Video Game Addiction
  • Weight Loss
Treatment orientation:
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Adlerian
  • Attachment-Based
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Eclectic
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Existential
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Gestalt
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic
  • Imago
  • Integrative
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal
  • Jungian
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Multicultural
  • Narrative
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Person-Centered
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodynamic
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
  • Reality Therapy
  • Relational Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Somatic
  • Strength-Based
  • Structural Family Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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