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Karen Bendak

Karen Bendak


12 years of experience

Hello! My name is Karen Bendak and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I received my Diploma in Nursing at Aria Health School of Nursing. This extensive three-year program provided me with comprehensive medical and clinical knowledge to assist individuals with their psychiatric treatment as most are dealing with other health co-morbidities. I then received my bachelor’s degree in nursing at Pennsylvania State University. After several years serving the mental health population I obtained my master's degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Wilkes University. I am passionate about helping individuals take control of their mental health so they can lead an optimal quality of life.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric evaluations, supportive therapy and medication management within a safe space to foster a trusting therapeutic relationship. Our first meeting will provide me with insight as to who you are as an individual, your life and specific needs. This will allow for me to diagnose and develop a plan of action, thus providing individualized interventions that will promote positive changes.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

I have worked in various settings throughout my career in mental health. Such as, admissions/ triage, inpatient, structured residential, substance abuse, crisis centers, and SNF/AL facilities. My experience includes working with the Adult and Geriatric population. This experience has provided me with invaluable knowledge regarding working with diverse populations. I believe my strength lies within my patient care focus with the perceptive ability to listen and empathize. I am down to earth, relatable, and understanding of the challenges that we as individuals encounter on a daily basis.

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My treatment methods

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

I utilize different treatment methods to meet a clients' specific needs. I will personalize the treatment plan by evaluating clients' abilities along with their clinical presentations to reach therapeutic goals. Some methods include Emotionally Focused Therapy coupled with Compassion focused and cognitive behavioral patterns. The main goal is to help individuals remove obstacles and navigate their mental health so they can lead an optimal quality of life.