Karen Manthey, MSW, LICSW

Geriatric Services

Individuals residing in care settings are often challenged with life altering losses. They retain needs for meaning and purpose, connection, independence and control, and want to be cared for respectfully and compassionately. As a residential therapist, I work with my clients on issues that hinder their ability to live more fully and to enjoy their lives. I train staff on approaches to address the mental health needs of their residents with special attention to behavioral approaches and minimizing the need for medication. My approaches include cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, solution focused, strength based, mindfulness, reminiscience, interactional and environmental strategies. I work to foster my clients finding peace and wellbeing as they adapt to life changes.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Assessment, counseling, treatment planning for adults
  • Training and consultation for staff
  • Minimum Effective Dose Committee, bioethics meetings
  • Behavioral Health services to individuals and support to families
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cognitive changes
  • Grief/loss
  • Adjustment issues
  • Perceptual disturbance
  • Behavioral difficulties
  • Relationship issues
  • Substance use issues


  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
  • Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
  • Mental Health Professional


  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - San Jose State, San Jose, CA
  • Bachelor of Arts, Spanish and Literature (BA) - University of MN, Minneapolis, MN
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