Chisato Hotta

(LMFT, LPCC)

About Me

Hello! Thank you so much for reading my profile.
My name is Chisato, which means "a 1000 homelands." Just like my name, I try to be a "homeland" to people, where they can feel safe.
I obtained my Bachelor's Degree from University of California, Berkeley. While I was going to school, I decided that I wanted to branch outside my school to see what ways I can give back to the community, while also learning new skills. I found a passion and a love in rape crisis counseling. I volunteered as a rape crisis counselor for years, where I worked with children and adults, sexually exploited minors, police officers and hospital staff. I also helped train other rape crisis advocates too. :)
Afterward, I obtained my master's degree from Pepperdine University and became licensed as a marriage and family therapist and a licensed professional clinical counselor. I have a lot of experience with anyone ages 4 and up, as well as families and couples.
My passion is creating a safe place for you to explore your difficulties and to help you find new skills in dealing with them together.
I would love to speak with you more if you feel that we may be a good fit! :)


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

Languages

English

Japanese


Licensing

LMFT #98939 (Expires: 2022-12-21)

LPCC #4830 (Expires: 2021-12-01)


Reviews

Written by M.E. on Dec 26, 2020 after counseling with Chisato for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and adhd

I'm new with Chisato but so far I really adore her and her approach!

Written by S.A. on Sep 12, 2020 after counseling with Chisato for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

I think Chisato is a wonderful counselor who helped me through a very intense moment. She’s really listened and understood me. I highly recommend her

Written by S.H. on Aug 19, 2020 after counseling with Chisato for 2 weeks

Very thankful to work with such a great therapist

Written by C.H. on Jul 30, 2020 after counseling with Chisato for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and self esteem

She has been very attentive and I love that she checks in with me instead of me doing all the initiating. I feel she listens to my concerns and offers thoughtful advice that isn’t radical either. I like how a lot of her advice is also centered in changing yourself first because as we know, we can’t change others.

Written by M.N. on Feb 29, 2020 after counseling with Chisato for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

So far my communication with Chisato has been great. She has been very helpful for me personally in being more aware with myself. I look forward to connecting more with my inner self & be able to work on some heavy stuff that I’ve been carrying (whether I have been unconsciously and/or consciously carrying it).

Written by S.A. on Feb 04, 2020 after counseling with Chisato for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Chisato has been instrumental is helping to equip me with the tools I needed to better manage my anxiety and combat negative thoughts. She is so sweet, very supportive, and tells it like it is. She will be sure to encourage you to do with the work while making sure to celebrate your wins along the way. I am beyond grateful to Chisato for helping me come back from a dark place, and always appreciate her different perspective.

Written by K.A. on Jan 20, 2020 after counseling with Chisato for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Chisato is such an amazing and positive person. She is very open yet understanding, and she has helped me understand myself. I would highly recommend her as she has made my BetterHelp experience amazing. Thank you!

Written by J.E. on Oct 21, 2019 after counseling with Chisato for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

She is very responsive and informative.

Written by P.H. on Sep 16, 2019 after counseling with Chisato for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

From the first few minutes of chatting with Chisato, I knew I would be able to talk to her about anything. She doesn’t have the typical “therapist” voice and she’s very animated which helps with making me feel comfortable. I’m excited to continue working with her and I would 10/10 recommend her to anyone I know dealing with the same issues I am.

Written by J.. on Sep 14, 2019 after counseling with Chisato for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Chisato is very kind and listens more than offering advice, which is honestly what I need. When I do need advice, she’s there to offer it. Most times, what I need to know already comes from within.

Written by B.R. on Aug 27, 2019 after counseling with Chisato for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

She’s helped me a lot with worksheets to understand what my thoughts are.

Written by E.V. on Jul 29, 2019 after counseling with Chisato for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Honestly one of the best decisions I've ever made was to seek help. My counselor Chisato has been godsend, she has helped me tremendously in my growth as a person. She's always cheerful, ready to listen, positive, and just an awesome person all around! Very down to earth and relatable! I wouldn't trade my counselor for anyone in the world, super appreciate everything she's helped me through ❤️

Written by A.D. on Jul 12, 2019 after counseling with Chisato for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and anger management

Completely wonderful!

Written by Y.I. on Mar 12, 2019 after counseling with Chisato for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

For people suffering from anxiety and depression, it’s really helpful to have someone to talk to immediately when you have a thought that provokes overwhelming emotions, and it’s even more helpful when the listener is as professional as Chisato who is trained to point out cognitive distortions in your thought process while at the same time making you feel heard. She is very prompt in responding messages and the responses are all very carefully constructed.

Written by K.R. on Jan 18, 2019 after counseling with Chisato for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Thank you so much for being there for me in my time of need. I had no one to turn to until I connected with you and you are helping me make it through the days. You’re amazing!

Written by C.H. on Jan 14, 2019 after counseling with Chisato for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, and adhd

She is the first therapist in my history of therapy to be so involved and show so much compassion for my personal needs. Chisato follows up and messages to check in and is always asking how I am doing. She has been giving me tasks and worksheets that apply to my problems. Something I have never had from a therapist , and it’s helping me a lot. She is the first therapist , that I don’t feel like I am wasting my time or money. I never would of though an app like this would work. But BetterHelp has connected me with someone I feel excited to talk to and learn from. Besides her great knowledge as a therapist , her compassion and concern to help is amazing. She’s a keeper and I would recommend her to any of my friends if they chose to use better helps program. Thank you better help for Chisato.

Written by T.Y. on Nov 30, 2018 after counseling with Chisato for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Having someone to help me work through my problems has been of most use. I'm very happy with Chisato and how she's helping me understand myself and my interactions with others. She's become part of my support network.

Written by D.I. on Nov 28, 2018 after counseling with Chisato for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Chisato is an amazing counselor. She has been with me through some of my toughest time and I couldn’t have dealt with life situation without her. She is flexible, understanding and patient. All the tools she provided me were easy to do and effective. She really listens to you and wants to help you. I can’t thank her enough.

Written by J.U. on Nov 25, 2018 after counseling with Chisato for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Chisato-san is amazing. She is really in your corner and really truly listens. She offers real life advice and experience. Even if you need someone to just hear you out I would recommend her. I can always count on her when I'm having bad anxiety. She helps get me through that and my other issues too.

Written by K.E. on Nov 23, 2018 after counseling with Chisato for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Chisato is kind, on-time, helpful, and very accommodating. She is very supportive, and she checks-in with me often, even if we do not have a scheduled session which I really appreciate.

Written by C.Y. on Nov 20, 2018 after counseling with Chisato for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Chisato has been of great help for me. She is there for me when I need it. She listens to all my concerns. Has been available to talk on the phone. I feel that she actually cares about me and that she likes what she does. She is very knowledgeable and empathetic. I feel blessed that I got her as my counselor.

Written by C.L. on Nov 05, 2018 after counseling with Chisato for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Chisato goes above and beyond to be responsive to messages and session requests. I always feel like I have her as a reliable resource while dealing with my anxiety. However she also provides me with exercises and guidance for how to handle anxiety when she's not around. I've enjoyed working with her to make my anxiety less of an effect on my life.

Written by B.U. on Sep 28, 2018 after counseling with Chisato for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and career difficulties

Chisato has really helped me to begin to rebuild and cherish my relationships. I am still learning on how to trust myself in my personal relationships but I am more hopeful than I was before talking with my counselor.

Written by I.V. on Sep 27, 2018 after counseling with Chisato for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Chisato Hotta is an experienced professional who listens and offers well analyzed insight and constructive suggestions during times of need and stress. She’s caring and wonderful!