I have been practicing for the last 7 years in West Virginia as a licensed counselor. Four of those have been spent working at Marshall University with college students and the three before that was spent at a foster care agency working with foster families and the community. I have a true passion for serving humans and meeting them where they are in order to work towards a greater future for themselves. I have worked with people who have experienced and are challenged with trauma, depression, anxiety, mood instability, relationship difficulty, parenting issues, and much more.
I believe the therapeutic relationship is so important and I want to always treat those with compassion and care. My approach pulls from client-centered, trauma focused CBT, CBT, strength based and psychodynamic. Congrats on making the first step to healing and a better you.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Eating disorders, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Life Purpose, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
WV LPC 2394
She has helped me more in one session than most people have helped me in several. She understood where I was coming from, and helps me cope with everything.
Written on Sep 17, 2023 after therapy with Karissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management
Dr Barr has been kind, patient, and supportive during my time with her. I like that I can text her anytime and don’t feel like I have to save up all my thoughts and try to remember them during a quick appointment. The format of BetterHelp really works for me and I feel like they did a great job of matching me with Dr Barr, she is exactly what I needed.
Written on Aug 31, 2023 after therapy with Karissa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and grief
Karissa is wonderful she is kind and I truly believe she has my best interest at heart. She is wonderful at reaching out and checking in and giving me kind reminders and encouraging words.
Written on Jun 20, 2023 after therapy with Karissa for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue