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Certified Cuddlist

Session Rate: $80/hour + Travel Fee for Outcalls

Hunterdon County, NJ / Tri-State Area including Pennsylvania

About Karen

VIRTUAL SESSIONS NOW BEING OFFERED: $40/hour. I am responding to the current world situation by expanding our ways to connect. The therapeutic value of a session is not simply about the touch, it is about the intimacy that is created with healthy boundaries and a willingness to open up to one another. To see and be seen by another. I have a tool kit full of fun ways to do that and we can create our own confidential haven of time together however is best for both of us. Request a session today letting me know you want something virtual and we will begin!


Hello and welcome! I’m excited to be part of what I truly believe will be something special … a movement towards restoring and nurturing the acceptance of therapeutic touch and its importance to our mental and physical health. I provide an alternative, holistic, loving approach to overall well-being no matter your age, shape, size, orientation, gender, etc., all in an unconditional and non-judgmental atmosphere where your confidentiality and privacy are guaranteed.

I‘m empathetic, warm and easy going. I pride myself on being able to see the beauty within … for true beauty lives in the heart and soul. One of my favorite quotes is from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross … “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

I’ve had 30+ years experience caring for clients who have experienced life altering and/or catastrophic illnesses/injuries so taking care of my clients is ‘in my blood’. I have experience in a variety of areas of mental health including special needs, anxiety, depression, stress, cPTSD, etc. and love working with clients (as well as their therapists) to create a balanced triad of treatment. I myself am an HSP and a notorious introvert but this work has brought out the best in me and enhanced my ability to be sensitive to others experiencing similar situations.
I have a deep interest in alternative health care options and am pursuing many avenues in holistic wellness, educating myself in as many various practices including Reiki, meditation and mindfulness, stress/anxiety reduction, aromatherapy, etc. The journey has been life-altering and has had a profound effect on my outlook towards life.
I believe nature has the power to heal as well and am a practitioner of Shinrin-Yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing) and plan to be trained to be a Forest Therapy Guide in the future. In addition to indoor sessions, I’m planning on expanding current services to offer outdoor venues to include gentle walks/hikes in nature and cuddling lakeside.
You’re invited to find out more about me at http://www.cuddleinyourarms.com. My website in undergoing a refresh so check back often for new information on a variety of holistic wellness topics, services offered, etc.

Session information from Karen

Prior to a session, we will talk via phone and “break the ice.” This is the time we can discuss the intake process, share the general structure of a session (of course, we’ll work on the details together), as well as take some time to get to know one another. If we both feel there’s a ‘connection’ and both parties consent, we will move forward with booking a consultation and/or session!

At that time, I’ll e-mail you my Waiver Form for review prior to our session, and an original will be provided for signing upon your arrival.

Please note that I require a valid Photo I.D. Payment is requested at the beginning of the session.

I have a serene space designed to be warm and inviting, decorated in warm, earthy tones with a variety of lighting options to engage the senses and soothe the spirit. There’s even a private bathroom where you can change into your cuddle clothes and freshen up if you wish. The space is smoke- and pet-free, and can be scent-free on request but I also have a variety of aromatherapy options should you desire to add scent to your experience. In addition, I will have coffee/tea available, as well as complimentary snacks/chocolate to help ‘ground’ you after our time together.

Each session will be tailored to your needs, so whether you’re in the mood to chat or enjoy a quiet, contemplative cuddle; snuggle to the serene sounds of the ocean or forest; or get lost beneath a canopy of stars, you’ll be assured a wonderful experience that will engage your senses, soothe your soul, warm your heart and ease your worries. During your time with me, you will have my undivided attention. I will also follow up with you the next day with an ‘aftercare’ call/text to see how you’re feeling, answer any questions, etc.

My session space is conveniently located, accessible from several major highways, and offers plenty of free parking.

Out-calls will be available for established clients, or those who don’t have access to transportation and/or have issue with leaving their home.

Important Note: I am sensitive to second hand smoke. Even the residue of it on hair or clothing can aggravate my allergies. Please let me know if you are a smoker so we can discuss it.


“Karen: I want to express my appreciation for what you did for me. Before coming to you I wasn’t sure how much it would help but from the minute I walked into your door you greeted me with your nice smile making me feel at home. Growing up with a mother that didn’t provide any love and nurture, your session helped me do a lot of healing; with your warmth and compassion I was able to connect to my inner child, receive the necessary nurture for the little child in me, and heal old wounds. Thank you for everything.” B.C. -Social Worker


“I am a Marine veteran who currently lives a life almost completely void of touch. Karen has been a life saver. She’s slowly and carefully walking me through the steps I need to take to get to the life that I want. Her care touch and professionalism are beyond expectation and I’m grateful for her.” Justen T.


“Thanks to you, my body is smiling, my mind is at ease, and I feel an incredible sense of inner peace.” Chris D.


“…The best way I could describe the experience was that of receiving an emotional cuddling, and that of being welcomed and accepted with open arms, just to be held and enveloped in pure warmth, without any expectations and judgment.  Laying there in the simple act of being embraced, held, and feeling of being cared for – that which if we are lucky we received the minute we came into this world – is simple but yet so profound in the emotional and physical impact that it has to the soul.  Karen’s light, easy, caring, breezy spirit and disposition lowered my guard and for those unrushed 90 minutes, made me feel compassion, acceptance and pure joy from knowing people like her exist. A person that gets out of their comfort zone to sincerely care for and share their healing embrace and spirit with strangers.

After a long busy week of working non-stop, doing, and taking care of others in this mostly virtually connected world, three things I can count on to center me, help me meditate and heal my spirit – my yoga practice, morning running and cuddling in the presence of Karen. Thank heavens for Karen and her cuddling practice indeed. You are New Jersey treasure.” B.M


“I am alone and have gotten very lonely and depressed. I have been talking to a therapist for 6 years. I realized I had to be more proactive and take some different steps. I had to look inward and try to help myself.

I desperately need to touch and be touched. I don’t have that in my life at all. I did some research and found a Cuddlist online. I met Karen and we got settled and started to talk. We got comfortable with each other very quickly. I am an introvert and really don’t care for small talk. I would much prefer to talk about feelings. Karen and I started to do that, very quickly. I told her what I was looking for in life at this point. We talked about life experiences. She is very kind and a beautiful human being. She is always helping others in many subtle and some not so subtle ways. She has experienced much in life and is where she is because of it. I am at a point where I was feeling very lost. I was struggling finding peace. We talked about many holistic practices. Karen is studying Reiki and the discussion we had about it stirred up an interest that has been dormant for a while. After I left, I made a decision that I wanted to find a Reiki practitioner and see her. I did that and found it to be so much better than I could have hoped for.

After Reiki, I started to reread a book I had on self care and self love. In doing so, it made me want to see Karen for a second time and let the conversation go as deep and honest as it was meant to go. Quite frankly it was more beautiful than I could have hoped for. It is because of Karen that I started to take the necessary steps to move forward and work harder at self care. I only realized through Karen, Reiki, reading, the problem I am struggling with is self love. Karen’s energy is so positive and her view of life is so beautiful that it is helping me see things through a much different lens. She truly started me on the journey to a more peaceful and satisfying life.

In the weeks since we met last, many things had changed in my life. Most noticeably my attitude. For me she is very easy to share anything with that came up in conversation. We all struggle with things from our childhood. They expose themselves in very odd ways as an adult. Karen is a very good listener. Even though she is not a trained psychologist, conversation with her is quite similar. The main difference is that touch is not allowed with a therapist. It is human touch on the hand or arm, but touch nonetheless and is very important.

I will never forget the part Karen has played in the start of me finding myself again. I was on this path once before and got lost. I knew where to go, but needed some help in the way to get there. Karen is perfect for that. I feel so blessed to have met her.”  R.N.


Skills & Specialties

AASECT Member Healing Touch Professionals Member Natural Business Life Partnership Member INELDA trained End of Life Doula Reiki Practitioner Member of International Association of Reiki Professionals Ordained Minister Graduate of IPEC Coaching "Energy Leadership" Program Mindfulness Practice Meditation Journaling ASMR


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