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Karisa Yoshida, MSCP, MFT-I

Pre-licensed Therapist - Supervised

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.

  • Depression

  • Adoption/Family of Origin

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Life Transitions

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Eating Issues

  • Parenting

  • Neuro atypical children

  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • College/Graduate School Issues

  • Stress Management

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Spirituality

  • Gender Identity Support

  • LGBT Counseling

  • Grief, Loss, or Bereavement

  • Other Issues 

    Fees: $125/hour, sliding scale. At this time I do not accept insurance.

Karisa Yoshida, MSCP, MFT-I
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