Carissa is a heart-centred Somatic Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Stress & Trauma Therapist, and Self-Compassion Coach. She is also the Co-Founder & Director of Wide Bay Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Carissa holds qualifications in community services, and completed her Masters degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy. She is also a Somatic Experiencing and Therapeutic touch practitioner. All these methods are based deeply in neuroscience and the science of the nervous system to heal and move toward wellbeing.
Before entering private practice, Carissa spent over 12 years as a Counsellor and Community Educator serving a diverse range of people in community services. Of particular note, she played an instrumental role in helping her community recover from the trauma of successive floods through the development of workshops and the creation of a workbook for women to support their recovery process.
Carissa has become well-known under her own name for working with people who seek a deeper connection with themselves by helping them connect more deeply with their wisdom through her signature method the Somatic Awakening MethodTM. This is body- centred, relational psychotherapy, based on ancient wisdom, nervous system healing, intergenerational healing, mindfulness, and embodiment arts.
Carissa firmly believes in the healing power of warmth, deep connection, care and tender-hearted presence, which she freely offers to those who come into contact with her. Carissa lives by the ocean and can often be found sitting in one of her local coffee shops enjoying the simplicity of a small seaside life. She is a wife and busy mum of three gorgeous girls, practices yoga and meditation and enjoys reading all things healing and therapy.