Karisa Yoshida, MSCP, MFT-I
Education: I have a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University with a focus in Marriage and Family. I also have a BA in Business Administration from Argosy University and have completed the Leeward Community College Certificate of Substance Abuse Counseling Program. I am currently working on my Ph.D. in Marriage and Family at Chaminade University.
Experience: My work experience includes supporting clients from the Sex Abuse Treatment Center, Family Peace Center for domestic violence, and Care Hawai'i for substance use. I have experience with individual therapy and group therapy. Other experience includes several years working as an instructor or martial arts for children and adults. I have specific experience to supporting clients who are in an abusive relationship, attempting to leave, going through a difficult or unsafe separation, and how to heal when trauma is present. Most importantly, I do not discriminate on a survivor's gender identity and/ or sexual orientation having worked with men who are survivors and survivors from same-sex relationships.
Approach: My framework considers a client's larger system (family/community), their personal identity, interaction with societal pressure, quality of relationship dynamics, and how trauma is present in their lives. I believe that it is okay to be unsure, confused, or not be on track to have it all figured out. I believe that healing is deeply personal and can require different needs across the life span. I am affirming and supportive of a client's gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. The approaches that I resonate with are emotion focused, acceptance and commitment therapy, system perspective, LGBTQIA+ affirming and I recognize and validate experiences of Complex PTSD (C-PTSD).
Clients: I am open to supporting clients from diverse personal and cultural backgrounds, clients who are in sexual and gender diverse partnership and clients as young as 13 years old. I personally identify as a cisgender woman with community roots as an Asian American.
Fees: $125/hour, sliding scale. At this time I do not accept insurance.
Adoption/Family of Origin
Difficulties with Self-Esteem
Neuro atypical children
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
College/Graduate School Issues
Gender Identity Support
Grief, Loss, or Bereavement