Carissa Stocco

Intern Counsellor, Play Therapist

About Carissa

Feeling heard and unconditionally accepted can help us feel safe while exploring the most vulnerable parts of ourselves. This is what I strive to provide you with as I help you summon your inner resources to build self-acceptance, empowerment, and inner peace. It is easy to believe that we do not deserve these things when feelings of guilt and shame prevent us from loving and forgiving ourselves. This can lead us to feel stuck in the past, making it hard to move forward. However, I believe that we are all capable of growing and achieving internal peace, hence why it is my honour and privilege to help you find yours.

I am currently studying my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. Upon completion, I intend to become designated as a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BCACC, with whom I currently hold a student membership. Prior to studying my Masters, I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Simon Fraser University. I chose this path because I loved learning about people. During this time, I also volunteered for several non-profit organizations where I worked with diverse people in socially and therapeutically supportive ways. These experiences evolved my love for learning about people into a love for listening to their stories. However, my previous volunteer work as a crisis line call-taker truly confirmed my passion for playing an active role in supporting people therapeutically. It now brings me joy to be able to work with you as a counselling intern to process your pain and help you achieve your goals. 

My approach to therapy is primarily humanistic and integrative. Typically, I utilize a person-centred framework while incorporating elements of Gestalt, Existential, and Solution-Focused therapies. However, I also integrate elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy where relevant. My integrative style is likewise collaborative, strengths-based, and unconditionally regarding of your perspective and experiences. Moreover, it allows me to tailor a unique therapeutic experience to you and your reasons for seeking counselling. This allows me to be flexible with how I continuously uphold your best interests.

Here are just some of the areas I can help you with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression 
  • Boundaries
  • LGBTQ+
  • Self-Esteem
  • Communication 
  • Life Transitions
  • Stress
  • Family and Relationship Conflict
  • Burnout
  • Suicide
  • Grief
  • Identity
  • Confidence
  • Guilt and Shame
  • Codependency
  • Women’s Issues

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