Welcome to New Leaf Psychotherapy!

Dr. Rhonda Karg is a clinical psychologist and owner of New Leaf Psychotherapy, a private practice in Asheville, NC. She specializes in brief, solution-focused treatment of emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal difficulties among adults and adolescents. Dr. Karg’s key areas of expertise include the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and substance abuse. She is also adept at helping others master skills for mindfulness (being in the moment), coping with stress and changes, interpersonal effectiveness and finding more meaning and joy in life. Dr. Karg creates an environment conducive to making and maintaining positive changes more quickly than might otherwise be expected in therapy. Toward that end, her style is active and directive, with significant time and energy devoted to learning new skills that can be practiced outside of therapy. Reasoning things out with someone else is a key benefit of psychotherapy, so Dr. Karg reserves time for reflection and gaining perspective, too. Her modalities of treatment include individual psychotherapy, family therapy, group therapy, and teletherapy.

As a scientist-practitioner, Dr. Karg is dedicated to providing evidence-based treatment and consultation services. She provides a warm, supportive, compassionate, and nurturing environment in therapy while encouraging personal responsibility in patients. Dr. Karg deeply respects the courage it takes to change, and is genuinely concerned about the patients she serves. Great care is taken for developing and maintaining a strong therapeutic relationship, which is the number one predictor of positive treatment outcomes. Dr. Karg approaches therapy with enthusiasm and is passionate about her work.

Dr. Karg’s professional experience spans two decades and encompasses a wide range of activities in clinical, academic, and research settings. In addition to her international private practice work, Dr. Karg continues to carve out 30% of her time be an active international research scientist. Currently, she is an expert consultant to Columbia University, which is an Ivy League university, and the U.S. Department of Defense (see “Research Scientist and Expert Consultant Positions” page). Over the past 20 years, she has been a consultant for the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Defense (DoD), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the National Institute of Health (NIH), to name a few (see the “Research Positions” page). Dr. Karg is a co-author of the prestigious Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM-5 (SCID-5), which is known world-wide as the field’s gold standard for psychiatric assessments (see the “Publications and Presentations” page). She has also authored numerous journal articles, scholarly papers, and book chapters on the assessment and treatment of mental disorders (see “Publications and Presentations” page). Results of her work have also been published in newspapers and magazines, and have been presented to professional audiences in technical reports, briefings, and conference presentations (see the “Publications and Presentations” page). She has also taught several academic courses at universities in the U.S. (see the “Academic Positions” page). Dr. Karg is the recipient of numerous awards honoring her outstanding contributions to psychology and for her service work in professional and public communities (see “Awards” and “Volunteer Work” pages).