Deciding which stranger to confide in is no fun and reading someone’s resume isn’t going to help. So, I’ll get right to it – here’s a little about what I’m like as a person and how that translates to what I’m like as a therapist – because that’s what you really want to know.

Karissa the person

Typically, info about your therapist’s personal life is pretty off-limits, but I will tell you that in my personal life, I’ve been where you are (which could explain why after reading my homepage, you might be feeling like someone gave me a copy of your diary). If I can describe what you’re experiencing with freakish accuracy, it’s because I’ve experienced it too. Your path to clarity through the fog of dissatisfaction will be different than mine, and I can’t do your work for you, but I’m a solid companion to have along the way because I get it. 

Karissa the therapist

As far as what it’s like to spend an hour a week with me as your therapist, you should know that I do three things really well: listen calmly, explore curiously and respond compassionately. Below is a little about how I bring these things into our sessions. (P.S. if you’re interested in my resume – it’s at the bottom of the page.)

CALMNESS

Most people have to be in the right space, literally and figuratively, to talk about hard stuff and I provide a calm, soothing environment for my clients to sink into each week. On the literal end of things, I’ve thoughtfully arranged my physical space to be comforting and aesthetically pleasing. In the more figurative sense, I practice what I preach by prioritizing my own therapy (yes, the therapist goes to therapy) and self-care so that I’m able to be a calm, safe, and steady companion as we weather your storm together.

CURIOSITY

Curiosity might kill cats, but it can heal the human soul in the hands of someone with a beginner’s mind, free from pre-judgments. Respectfully exploring what my clients bring to our sessions with this type of curiosity allows them to experience the deep healing that comes from being wholly seen and fully understood.

CLARITY

When you’re struggling, you probably can’t see the forest for the trees. The beauty of compassion is that it allows me to enter into the forest with you and feel what you feel while still remaining separate enough to keep my bearings and start helping you find your footing again.

Now that you know a little about me, I also think it’s helpful to know what you can expect. First – here’s what you’re not going to get:

…advice

…quick fixes

…immediate or permanent warm fuzzies

…answers

…someone to tell you what to do or make decisions for you.

Instead, after they lean into the calmness, curiosity and compassion I offer, my clients begin to feel more calm, curious and compassionate towards themselves and then also begin to experience the following:

COURAGE

Regularly receiving and engaging in calm listening, curious exploration and compassionate understanding helps my clients find a courage they didn’t know they had to face hard things. And I don’t know anyone who says “More courage? Nah, think I’m all set in that department.”

CLARITY

Courageously facing the hard things in life often brings much-needed clarity. Being able to accurately identify feelings, interpret experiences and navigate their inner world releases my clients from the paralyzing indecision about what to do next.

CONFIDENCE

When you’re clear, you can be confident. The confidence my clients find manifests as a quiet steadiness; an inner reassurance in their feelings, decisions, abilities, and accomplishments.

CONNECTEDNESS

Ahhh – the all-evasive sense of connectedness. Because that’s the issue, isn’t it? You have a good life on paper but you don’t feel connected to it – and often by extension, others. My client’s sense of connectedness only grows as they begin to live with more courage, clarity and confidence.

CREATIVITY

In many ways, creativity is the crowning jewel of calmness, curiosity, compassion, courage, clarity, confidence and connectedness. Without any one of these, creativity is stifled. But when you’re in this space, man, can you be creative. You can see opportunities for change and ways through hard situations where before you only saw obstacles. You can feel the joy in your life.

 

So, if you’re ready to stop crying in the shower and you think we might be a good fit to work together, next step is to schedule a 20 minute call with me so we can chat.

*Resume-y Stuff*
Master’s in Mental Health Counseling | Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor in MO | Executive Director of Creve Coeur Counseling Associates