"I wish I could show you
when you are lonely
or in darkness
the astonishing light
of your own being.
Growing up, Carissa knew she had gifts and magic to share with the world, but felt that the only way to do that was to present herself in a nice, pretty, little package and not take up too much space.
She was bitten by the acting bug at a young age and ran off to pursue a life in the theatre. Along the way she noticed that her perfectionism continued to hold her back, prohibiting her from true success. She tried her hand at many different types of acting rolls (including stunt fighting, puppeteering and even clowning!) and eventually worked her way into a highly physical performance gig where she became severely injured and was in constant pain.
This injury disrupted her professional acting journey, and she had to reevaluate her life. She decided to go back to school to become a psychotherapist. During the process of graduate school and her own therapy, she was supported and encouraged to unpack the critical and negative views she held about herself. She began to gain courage and confidence in her voice, her knowledge, and her magic.
In 2015, Carissa opened her private therapy practice, working with women who struggle with anxiety, perfectionism, trauma, negative body image, disordered eating, and eating disorders.
Carissa now offers her services as both a psychotherapist and an Women's Empowerment Coach. She is like a fairy godmother who can see the magic that you possess inside, and uses her own magic wand to help you unpack your unique and exquisite gifts. As a coach and therapist, she helps women give themselves permission to be powerful, to tap into their true purpose on the planet, and to allow their unique presence to shine in the world.
Carissa often uses the analogy of the golden Buddha with her clients. In the story there was a clay Buddha, that needed to be moved. Everyone believe it was a simple clay statue. But when it was moved, a crack was formed, and someone noticed that under all the clay, a solid golden Buddha statue was waiting. You are like that Buddha. It's like there is a beautiful solid golden inner being within you, but it might be covered with clay. It just takes a small movement to begin to peel away the layers to see the shining presence underneath waiting to radiate into the world.
Carissa empowers women to connect to their own inner wisdom, healing potential, and unique gifts. At the heart of it all, what she is most passionate about is inspiring women to connect to their inner power so they can impact the world with their magic.