Charis Pastor

(LMSW)

About Me

Hi, I'm Charis! (Pronounced like charis-matic without the "matic"), and I am a licensed clinical therapist. I believe we are stronger than we give ourselves credit for. I see this strength in my clients every day, and am honored to be able to partner with people to help them unearth their potential, overcome their obstacles and step into the healthy, happy life that is waiting to be claimed.

With about twelve of experience working in one capacity of counseling or another--and nine of those spent in private practice delivering individual therapy--I have honed an expertise particularly in the areas of anxiety, depression, and self-esteem. Especially in working with anxiety, I know how challenging it can be to reach out and get help, how terrifying the prospect of making a phone call or walking into an office might seem. I'm excited to offer help online, in a setting that is more comfortable and accessible for those already suffering.

I approach my practice from both a solutions-focused mindset as well as a cognitive behavioral standpoint. I believe strongly in restructuring our destructive beliefs, even when we're not sure what those are, and addressing the thought processes and mindsets that tend to hold us back from the progress and growth we long for. People are interconnected beings, and our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors all influence one other. If we can address one, we can effect change in all.

I also have experience working with DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), and generally like to incorporate mindfulness into my work with others. Mindfulness is a skill I practice myself and teach individually and in group settings. It has a whole host of benefits for mental health and well-being.

I look forward to connecting and working with you! I believe in approaching my work from a supportive, non-judgmental and warm space.

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Here are a few of the things my private practice clients have said about working with me:

“Charis has helped me immensely on my journey toward health and healing after discovering I suffer from depression. Her insight, incredible ability to listen, helpful tools and genuine care and concern are all evident with every session. My social, emotional, spiritual and relational lives have all benefited and grown as a result of her care. I feel blessed to have her on my “team”. I am a better wife and mom because of our time spent together.” -Daphne M

“I wanted to be done with the negative image of myself, be confident in social settings, and to be more assertive in expressing my feelings to my husband. I had never been to counseling for myself, and the counseling we had as a couple was a negative experience. Charis immediately was someone I knew I could trust and confide in. I am a much more confident person, and my relationship with my husband is phenomenal. The tools I learned from Charis I have also used with my children to ensure they have confidence and to be open with their feelings. Charis has truly given me my life back and I am forever grateful to her.” -Debra R.

“I decided to seek treatment after struggling with an anxiety disorder that was consuming my life and harming my health. Charis has successfully led me through talk therapy, journaling, mediation and affirming thoughts to manage the fear and worry. My anxiety is now well managed but when I do feel anxious, I have positive and helpful tools to help before my anxiety spins out of control.” -Carol G

“Charis is my person and there is nothing I don’t share with her. This is so important for me because typically I’m the complete opposite with everyone else in my life, but we’re working on that. We’re working on a lot of things, taking them as they come or based on how I feel and Charis is so receptive to that. Therapy is such an emotional and intricate process, but despite all of that there isn’t a day I don’t look forward to meeting with her.” -Ophelia F


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes

I also have experience in LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties

Years of Experience: 12

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

Licensing

LMSW #6801088035 (Expires: 2022-04-30)


Reviews

Written by N.I. on Jul 11, 2019 after counseling with Charis for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Very understanding with my work schedule which is huge for me in my line of work and she responds whether she's on vacation or not. I've never had to wait for a response, Charis gets back to me fast. I wouldn't recommend anyone other!!! Thank you Charis and look forward to keep working with you.

Written by M.A. on May 20, 2019 after counseling with Charis for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

I have worked with Charis for about three weeks now, and I must say I am very impressed. She takes her work seriously and respects all our appointments. She has also kept her promise of responding within 24 hours (and actually usually does it in a much shorter time).

She is quite professional, listens without judging, and is very empathetic. True, my journey has just started, but I am glad that I got to make a switch when I did and that I chose to work with Charis.

I strongly recommend her!

Written by K.Y. on Feb 25, 2018 after counseling with Charis for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, and self esteem

Great therapist really knows her stuff. Has helped me get through a lot and is working on more. Would totally recommend.

Written by T.O. on Feb 11, 2018 after counseling with Charis for 3 weeks

Charis listens very well and has good advice and guidance. She is fantastic and has been instrumental in helping me through the single most difficult time in my life.

Written by P.A. on Dec 24, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, self esteem, and career

Charis is a caring and understanding human being on top of a dedicated professional. I couldn't be where I am now without her help.

Written by J.A. on Nov 05, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 4 months on issues concerning lgbt, relationship, and grief

Charis has really helped me through some dark times. She is a great listener, but also helps you to take action and make real positive changes.

Written by K.M. on Oct 24, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, and career

Charis is lovely. She is patient and listens but also gives you practical ways to break the chains and cycles that may be present in your struggles to help you through

Written by J.O. on Aug 24, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and family

Very good. She is available for me on a crazy changing schedule due to work.

Written by J.E. on Jul 30, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and parenting

Charis is such an articulate and understanding person. She has helped me understand things about myself that I never knew, and I consider myself a self-help junkie...LOL. Talking with her over this past month has helped me get through very muddy waters in my life, and I am starting to see the light again. Through writing alone (because that is how I best communicate), she is able to pick out my main issues, even when I go on and on and on....and on, sometimes in a very convoluted way. She knows where the problems lie, pinpoints the issues, and that is half the battle. Thanks Charis!

Written by W.I. on Jul 26, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Charis takes the time to understand every last one of your concerns, in depth. Once you mention something to her, she will remember that specific concern and will make sure up to follow up about it down the line. She also makes you feel comfortable discussing anything with her, doesn't make you feel judged, and goes out of her way to ensure that you never feel ignored. You really get the sense that she's not helping out of a sense of duty, but that she actually cares. I would recommend Charis to anyone who's considering counseling.

Written by S.A. on Jul 15, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and intimacy-related

Very kind and gives good advice without making you feel stupid.

Written by J.A. on Jun 25, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

Charis has been a great help, she's nice and understanding.

Written by N.I. on Jun 21, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, sleeping, and self esteem

Awesome and professional- wish I would have started sooner.

Written by D.O. on Jun 15, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, and career

Charis has been a fantiastic help to me so far. She has been extremely professional and I feel that she has both understood my issues and offered both supportive advice and practical tips to help me with them. As a first time user of this service, I feel lucky to have been matched with her and can few the benefit in my life and the life of those around me already.

Written by E.D. on Jun 09, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 1 month on issues concerning relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Conscientious, careful, and open for talking. Charis was professional and opened up my thinking.

Written by M.O. on Jun 07, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, grief, and self esteem

Extremely caring, empathetic, and supportive. Really nice to have someone to talk to that's not one of my friends or family because I don't want to burden them or have them worry.

Written by P.O. on Jun 04, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping, and self esteem

Charis is very nice and supportive, even when I wasn't really using the site she still tried to keep contact with me and make sure that I was alright. She's been a great help. I now know someone is there and cares for me.

Written by T.I. on May 31, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and eating

Although Charis was extremely personable she was also extremely professional. The methods that she used made sense and allowed me to continue working on the issues that I needed to address.

Written by T.A. on May 18, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, and anger

I love Charis! She is sweet, easy to talk to, and gives great input and helpful tools

Written by A.N. on May 14, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Charis is a great counselor. Very friendly, and most importantly - asking the right questions.

Written by K.A. on May 05, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, sleeping, and self esteem

She is has a lot of patience, my issues range from tiny to huge. And is very understanding and kind :)

Great counselor!

Written by Z.O. on Apr 05, 2017 after counseling with Charis for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Charis is so understanding and the exercise she suggested helped me a lot.