Dr. Karin Celosse

(PsyD, MS)

About Me

(I do schedule live phone sessions - NO VIDEO at this time - but we will discuss this together after we start therapy, and come up with a schedule that works for us both)

One of the hardest steps to take can simply be to ask for help. Many individuals feel that this makes them weak, especially if they have been accustomed to being told that they need to be tough or “keep it in the family”. But the simple fact that you have reached out for help speaks volumes about not only your resilience but also your strength. It is very common to feel overwhelmed, confused, and lost in an emotional place that feels like it has no way out. But we can work as a team to help you rise above this feeling, to be able to see what is at the other side of the “hill”, and help you visualize a path that you can follow. My goal is to facilitate the process of helping individuals become aware of and make choices toward living what they perceive to be a more fulfilled life and helping them to identify and address any barriers (actual and perceived) they may face. My approach is client-centered and strengths-based – you are the expert on what you want and what you need. I can help you when you feel stuck, overwhelmed, or lost. My goal is to facilitate, gently challenge at times, and guide your journey to wellness by helping you to change the things that are no longer working for you.

I am a licensed clinical psychologist, based in the Orange County Area of California, specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, and the psychological effects of living with chronic medical conditions. I specialize in working with individuals who struggle with substance use disorders, have a history of trauma, including work-related trauma such as that experienced in first responders, firefighters, law enforcement, and military, as well as individuals struggling with severe and persistent mental illness, as well as mood disorders. Additionally, individuals who are working on reintegrating with their community and adjusting to life after a period of incarceration are always welcome and encouraged to seek assistance in this process and this is something I am experienced in facilitating. I utilize a range of treatment methodologies including Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Object-Relations, Existential, Humanistic, Person-Centered, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), and Strength-Based approaches in my work with adult clients, and can offer Psychological Testing and Evaluation as well.

In terms of my therapy approach, I will always meet you with unconditional positive regard. My approach is always individualized and based on approaches that you are most comfortable with and can best benefit from. I provide a safe holding environment that includes empathetic listening, guidance, and support based on what your goals and objectives are. Together we can explore your cognitions, behaviors, and beliefs that seem to be standing in the way of what you want for yourself, to provide you insight on them, and to help you grow from them. Perhaps uniquely among clinicians who provide services in this setting, I have extensive experience working with individuals in the community mental health setting as well as in the forensic setting (state prison and probation), and with individuals struggling with substance abuse, severe and persistent mental illness, as well as homelessness. Some fun trivia (which also gives me a unique insight into trauma and health effects on mental health - prior to my work in the field of mental health, I was actually a medic and field training officer in the emergency medical services field for well over a decade, so I also have extensive experience in dealing with individuals who struggle with trauma especially as it relates to work.

**Please be aware that I check into the platform on the five days I work online (weekdays). Please leave me a detailed message and understand that I will get back to you within 24 hours (during reasonable business hours). It is important you are aware of this not being an emergency service. If you are experiencing a psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or go to the closest emergency room. **


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Attachment Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Avoidant Personality , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

Languages

English

Swedish


Licensing

Psychologist #29839 (Expires: 2022-01-25)


Reviews

Written by S.H. on Jan 18, 2021 after counseling with Karin for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Dr. Celosse is an exceptional therapist who really listens to one's issues. She is a great communicator, insightful with exercises and advice, and overall someone who shows they truly care for their patients.

Written by A.R. on Dec 14, 2020 after counseling with Karin for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Dr. Celosse is an exceptional therapist.

Written by D.A. on Jun 23, 2020 after counseling with Karin for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Dr. Celosse is so wonderful. She is a great listener, and addresses my concerns effectively by asking the right questions, and offering tools to help me manage difficult situations. Thank you ❤️

Written by J.E. on Apr 27, 2020 after counseling with Karin for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

Dr. Celosse is awesome! She's very accepting, positive, supportive, and has helped me process a lot of grief.

Written by B.R. on Apr 08, 2020 after counseling with Karin for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Dr. Celosse is an incredibly personable therapist. Her expertise lends itself to a wide range of issues. I love the way she partners with me to tackle challenges while being empathetic and truly understanding the roadblocks in my way of success. I would highly recommend her to anyone.

Written by A.A. on Aug 21, 2019 after counseling with Karin for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Dr. Celosse is everything that a therapist can potentially hope to be. She’s Plato’s form of a therapist. Before I started my sessions with BetterHelp and Dr. Celosse, my life and my psyche were in complete disarray. I was struggling immensely and I was getting so frustrated that I saw no hope in sight. I though people around me were trying to help, but it was only by talking with Dr. Celosse that I have finally been able to make some grounds on myself. With just a few weeks of interaction with her, I have been able to make progress from my childhood that I never even thought I could escape. It is only with her help and with her guidance that I feel I am at this point. She is patient, kind, compassionate, hyper intelligent, thoughtful, loving, has a profound ability to listen, lacks judgement, philosophically oriented, incredibly intuitive and provides a safe space for someone to be. I highly recommend Dr. Celosse to anyone because I think she is one of the best therapists that I have ever come across. You would be lucky to have her in your life.

Written by R.A. on Sep 01, 2018 after counseling with Karin for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and self esteem

I appreciate every word and finally feel listened to. Without judgement and without fear. I appreciate all her help.

Written by J.E. on Apr 16, 2018 after counseling with Karin for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, intimacy-related, and parenting

Dr. C is extremely helpful and compassionate with great insight. I never feel judged, she feels like a friend I have known for ages who I can tell all my secrets to, and legally, she can’t tell anyone haha. Very pleased with her!