Karissa Martin, LSWAIC

Karissa Martin

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Therapy is a decision not taken lightly and there are so many reasons you may be courageously seeking someone who can be there for you during the ups and downs of your daily life. Whether you are experiencing depression, anxiety, transitions, grief and loss, or conflict in relationships, I am dedicated in providing you with a safe and non-judgmental space to support and guide you through these struggles and work towards your own personal growth.

I believe therapy is one of the greatest tools an individual, couple or family can seek in order to understand our own thoughts and behaviors, and to strengthen the relationship within ourselves and others. It can feel scary and overwhelming to begin this process, but through my own experiences, self-work, trainings and education, I am devoted in joining and supporting you through your process in self-discovery. I desire in building a healthy therapeutic relationship with each unique client, coming alongside your journey with a genuine concern and compassion in order to challenge and support healing and growth throughout your self-work. I use a person-centered approach, implementing elements of cognitive-behavioral, emotionally focused, mindfulness and family-systems therapy.

I earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Abilene Christian University, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma, with a concentration in Direct Practice emphasizing work with individuals, families and groups. I am a Licensed Associate Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of Washington.

In my free time I enjoy hiking, traveling, concerts, movies, and spending time with my family and friends. I’m looking forward to receiving my new Golden Retriever, Lexi, and training her as a Therapy dog!

If you find we could make a good match during your therapeutic process, please feel free to contact our office at Refresh Therapy to schedule your intake appointment!

Specialties and areas of focus

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief/Loss
  • Trauma
  • Self-esteem
  • Women’s Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Spiritual Concerns

Q&A with Karissa

1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?

I approach therapy as a whole. It is important to address the immediate concern, but it’s also essential at times in working to discover where certain patterns of behaviors, thoughts, and feelings have stemmed from in order to provide a greater path for growth and healing.

2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?

I take a person-centered approach allowing you to take more of a lead during each session in order to discover your whole self. However, I am adaptable and will step in to ask questions and lead with a client that may need more guidance and support in this process.

3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?

I am a genuine and active listener, compassionate, empathetic, welcoming, and humorous. I believe in providing my clients with the space where they can come as they are, but know when it’s necessary to offer an authentic perspective in order to help challenge and strengthen your self-work.

4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?

To be able to time travel. I’m intrigued by history, and would love to be able to go forward or backward to have a better understanding of why significant events happened.

5.) What makes you laugh?

Wittiness, Sarcasm, SNL, Will Ferrell type humor.

6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?

Too many to choose. I would like to meet with all the people I have genuinely connected with from all the places I have lived and moved from, and probably Oprah and Will Ferrell as well 🙂