Dr. Beth M. Karassik has been with CNS since 1992. Her education, training and experience spanning over 30 years in clinical and forensic psychology and neuropsychology have made clear to her the interplay of emotional reactivity and cognitive functions – people do not do their best thinking when threatened, scared, or upset. She provides a nonjudgmental atmosphere of curiosity, connection, and creativity for people she sees.
In her Divorce and Separation practice, Dr. Karassik offers several services. Couples “on the brink”, in which one partner is considering divorce, are seen in Discernment Counseling. This 1- to 5-session process is designed for couples to get clear and confident about the direction for their relationship based on having a deeper understanding of what each brought to the relationship. They decide at each session whether or not to return for the next, and they choose Path 1 (the “status quo” in which things remain as they are), Path 2 (divorce), or Path 3 (a commitment to 6 months of couples’ therapy that will focus on an Agenda for Change they wrote for themselves during the Discernment sessions).
Dr. Karassik has been trained as a Family Specialist/Divorce Coach and Child Specialist in Collaborative Divorce, a process in which couples commit to stay out of court and work with their team of two lawyers, usually one neutral mental health professional, and a neutral financial professional to reach agreements for separating their lives. In her Collaborative Divorce practice, she brings a deep appreciation, based on personal experience, of the impact of divorce on families, couples, and children. She has been a partner with attorneys in Co-Mediation for couples who choose mediation for their divorce process. (Divorce and Separation services are not covered benefits in health insurance plans.)
Dr. Karassik also consults with physicians, attorneys, and educators regarding differential diagnosis, educational planning, and treatment recommendations for children and adults with a broad range of neuropsychological, learning, emotional, and behavioral disorders. She additionally provides outpatient psychological and neuropsychological services to both children and adults.
Dr. Karassik is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA), and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). She is also a Board Member and co-chair of the Professional Development Committee of the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce (CCND; www.gooddivorcect.com). Dr. Karassik is affiliated as both a Family Specialist/Divorce Coach and a Child Specialist with the Collaborative Divorce Team of Connecticut (CDTC; www.collaborativedivorceteamct.com), and she is Co-President of Divorce Solutions of Connecticut (DSC; www.mydivorcect.com).
Dr. Karassik received her B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Emory University in 1989.
Comprehensive Neuropsychological Services, P.C.
1095 South Main St.
Cheshire, CT 06410
Telephone: Local 203-271-3809, Toll-Free 877-788-7822