Karen R. Koenig

Karen R. Koenig, MEd, LCSW, is an expert on eating psychology—the how and why, not the what of eating. She is a psychotherapist, educator, blogger, and seven-book, international, award-winning author.

Her books are for lay and professional audiences and include The Rules of “Normal” Eating, The Food and Feelings Workbook, Outsmarting Overeating, Starting Monday, Nice Girls Finish Fat, What Every Therapist Needs to Know about Treating Eating and Weight Issues, and Helping Patients Outsmart Overeating. Her latest book, Helping Patients Outsmart Overeating, co-written with a physician, won two awards.

She has been published in The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Social Work Today, Social Work Focus, Eating Disorders Today, The Newsletter for the Society for Family Therapy and Research, has been interviewed on SNN, ABC, and Fox TV, and has been quoted in Ladies Home Journal, Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, In Touch, Self, Berner Zeitung, Women’s Health, Shape, Weight Watchers, and HuffPost Online.

She has been a workshop instructor at Simmons College School of Social Work, Boston University School of Social Work, and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology Professional educational programs.

She lives and practices in Sarasota, Florida.  

Book Reviews by Karen R. Koenig

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“you cannot be wise about the world around you if you cannot first know yourself.’

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“Clinicians who already use the book’s cutting-edge memory reconsolidation approach will deepen their knowledge of its principles and find myriad practices and applications to make certain

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"Mary Pipher dives in and upends the myths of female aging by detailing both the joyous and depressing truths of our sunset years."

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“Emotions are not positive or negative but must be used appropriately in situations—through neither under- nor overuse—to be effective.”

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“If the first mountain is about energy flowing from community to individual, the second is about energy moving from individual to community.”

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“Lori Gottlieb takes you not only inside the head of a therapist but welcomes you into her heart as well.”

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“If you’re looking for a read that spotlights exactly how to take control of your life, this book provides a tidy amalgamation of theory and practice that’ll get you up and running with the

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“The inspiring story of Tomlinson transforming his relationship with food may break your heart before it eventually lifts it.”

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“Greene rightly reminds us that in order to understand others we must first and foremost understand what makes ourselves tick.”

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“Sobering and frightening as his analysis of the president is, it is also a call to arms.”

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“Although this book might be painful to read for gaslighting victims and survivors, it will bring them out of the darkness and into the light, helping them heal . . .”

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Kara Richardson Whitely’s double-entendre of a title, The Weight of Being, wonderfully captures her physical and emotional life as a person of higher weight.