Karen Rothstein Pineda (she/her)

Accepting Clients

I am a queer Latinx biracial therapist. I founded Multicultural Counseling Associates, PC to provide therapy in a safe and affirming space.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Oak Park, IL

About My Clients

The focus and passion of our practice is multicultural counseling using a social justice lense. We work with people who are dealing with issues around their race and ethnicity as well as sexual orientation and gender identity. We support our clients in processing how being you in our society affects how you feel about yourself and ultimately your mental health. We want our clients to learn to appreciate the unique gifts that they bring as they process past experiences.

My Background and Approach

I opened my practice in 2016 after having worked for many years in various settings. My experience showed me that there is a very strong need for providers who are affirming to BIPOC communities as well as people from LGBTQ2+ communities. Therapists at MCA work using an integrative and flexible approach with a social justice lense. A unique part of our practice is an understanding of how experiencing oppression such as racism, homophobia and transphobia affect mental health. Making you feel safe and accepted is our main priority. In sessions, we build upon your skills, knowledge and coping patterns using our background and knowledge to help you achieve your therapeutic goals. We will be helping you learn to have tools that will help you manage difficult emotions, relationships and process past and current difficulties.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I began my career as a helping professional working with people who had experienced domestic violence and sexual assault. These experiences were very impactful to me as I saw that often oppression was the root cause of violence my clients were experiencing. I spearheaded a program at a rape crisis center that specialized in work with clients from the LGBTQ2+ communities who had experienced hate crimes, sexual assault and domestic violence. I later played a key role in outreach to BIPOC communities at an LGBTQ2+ community center. My work experiences led me to realize that there are very few places that really understand and celebrate how multiple levels of oppression affect an individual. As a Queer, Latinx, Jewish person I am unwilling to separate my identities. I believe strongly that we should not be expecting this from people in therapy. My hope is to provide a space where you can be you without having to justify any identy.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Optum
  • Blue Choice
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • United Healthcare
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Atheism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Judaism
  • The Satanic Temple
  • Wicca/Paganism
  • Interfaith
  • Multifaith

At A Glance

  • Experience: 21 years of practice
  • Languages: EspaƱol
  • Rate: $150 - 185/session


708-689-9814 Email Karen
137 N. Oak Park Avenue
Suite 402
Oak Park, IL 60301

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