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Carissa Visser
Associate Practitioner 

Covering Challenges Related To:

Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Grief & Loss, Self-esteem/Self-worth, Identity, Stress, Life Transitions, LGBTQ+ concerns, Somatic Symptoms (e.g., chronic pain), Meaning & Purpose,

*Treatment is not limited to these challenges.

Services Offered:

Individual Counseling18+ 

Education & Certification: 

Professional Counselor Associate -Registration In Process
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art

About Me: 

I grew up in Michigan and have lived most of my adult life in Oregon. Outside of work, my passions include being in nature, art, good food, and spending time with loved ones. I love exploring, hiking, camping, making jewelry, drawing, painting, reading, farmers markets, and making meals with my long-time partner.
 

Working as a therapist brings together two of my greatest professional joys – helping relationships and learning. Working through my own challenges with therapists over the years has engendered deep healing and profound change. I am continually thrilled to be in a position to pay that forward. Being a therapist means a commitment to life-long learning, both about oneself, and the profession. This challenge invigorates and excites me.

 

Treatment Orientation & Philosophy: 

My attention is holistic – we are all thinking, feeling, behaving, social, cultural, physical, and spiritual beings. I primarily utilize client-centered therapy and internal family systems (IFS) therapy. When fitting, I weave in aspects of other orientations such as narrative therapy, existential therapy, solution-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing, DBT skills, and mindfulness practices. 

 

I believe that the capacity to heal, grow, change, and navigate challenges is inherent in each of us. I partner with individuals to help bring forward and foster that capacity, with the ultimate aim of living a meaningful, joyful, and fulfilled life.

 

My approach is person-centered, strength-based, and trauma-informed. I work to
understand your story, your world-view, and your unique set of strengths, skills, and values. I look at mental health symptomology from the perspective of - what life experiences caused this, rather than - what’s wrong with you? I believe that at our core, we are each fundamentally good.

 

My approach is warm and welcoming. I provide a safe and empathetic space for your journey, wherever it may take you. It is my great honor to walk with you on your path, and to support you in your process, as you move toward fulfillment of your goals.

*Specialty Training & Experience includes areas of focus and interest practitioners have obtained additional hours of training and experience in. Any specialties the practitioner has received certification in will appear under Education & Certification.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
– Carl Rogers

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