Hello! My name is Carissa, and you are most welcome here. The beginning of a counseling journey can sometimes feel very daunting, so please take a moment to give yourself a figurative or literal “pat on the back” for taking this transformational initial step! A little bit about me: I was born and raised in Kentucky, but I have called Washington State home for over 6 years now. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, drawing, sometimes painting, listening to a variety of music genres, and concert-going. I have a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2018) and a Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling (2019) from the University of the Cumberlands, a CACREP-accredited institution located in Williamsburg, Kentucky. The bulk of my Counseling experience has been in the substance use field helping clients (individually and groups) who are maintaining their sobriety.
Therapy is not “one size fits all” – everyone is unique, and what is helpful for one client might prove to be unhelpful for another. I strive for a more integrative approach to counseling and primarily draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy models. From my perspective, you are the ultimate expert and author of your own life story. My role as your Counselor is to help you bring this story to life by giving you a safe and accepting space to explore your concerns and discover your personal strengths, values, and goals.
At this time, I am interested in working with adult clients who are experiencing challenges with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, and life transitions.
American Counseling Association, Seattle Counselors Association
Please call the Cedar Valley Counseling main line at (425) 338-7589 to discuss scheduling an intake appointment.