Karl Locher (he/him)

Accepting Clients

I am a clinical social worker practicing psychotherapy in Madison, Wisconsin. I offer in-person psychotherapy on the east side of Madison.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Madison, WI

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual
  • Couples

About My Clients

Individual lives are full of nuance and depth, contoured by personal experiences, social intersections, and complex histories. Importantly, people change and resist change in equal measure throughout life. While therapy can begin because of a symptom or problem – depression, substance use, or sexual dysfunction – symptoms are not the guiding stars of therapy. I practice therapy that is about making space for your whole self and making use of insight to understand your relationship to change.

My Background and Approach

My approach emphasizes the importance of our unconscious lives and the potential for transformation that comes from insight and expression of the unconscious. We can work to cultivate a deep sense of trust and awareness of in our relationship and use that as a way to experience and re-experience emotions in ways that can make way for change. I practice psychotherapy based on relational psychodynamic and harm reduction perspectives. Further, I have specialized training in sex therapy and particularly enjoy helping people develop awareness of their gender and sexuality. I have extensive experience practicing harm reduction psychotherapy with people struggling with alcohol and substance use concerns, especially people who have experienced recent and remote traumas in their life.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe in therapy of depth that can hold space for ambiguity and uncertainty. I believe that individual experiences are the starting point of therapy, and that social reality and historical relationships are crucial to understanding a life. I work to create a therapy relationship that is conscious of social oppression and marginalization so as to create possibilities for emancipation from those harms. I practice from harm reduction perspective and prioritize the dignity and autonomy of my clients. As a sex therapist, I am queer and trans affirming as well as supportive of kink and poly clients. I believe that sex work is work.

At A Glance

  • Experience: 4 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $50 - 150/session


608.292.2906 Email Karl
2002 Atwood Ave.
Suite 217
Madison, WI 53704

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