Mixed race identity development
Cultural and multicultural issues
Race based trauma
Trauma and PTSD
Grief and loss
Raising mixed race kids
Microaggressions in multicultural marriages
Marriage & relationship counseling
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ)
Carissa Kaufman, MA, LMFT
There is no greater joy in my work than helping individuals, couples, and families heal.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Online Video Sessions Only
There is no greater joy in my work than helping individuals, couples, and families heal. I have seen this happen in many different ways and I enjoy the courage, compassion, and creativity that therapy requires. If you’re experiencing internal turmoil or disconnection & conflict with loved ones, you have come to the right place. It’s an honor for me to get to know people & their important relationships and to support people in restoring mutual respect, rebuilding trust in one another, & experiencing the joy of shared love.
You may feel anxious while looking for a therapist to work with and that’s such an understandable feeling. You may also feel vulnerable, reaching out for support. Please know that you’re not alone. Most people feel these feelings too. The good news is that over the years I have heard from many people the positive impacts that working with a therapist has on self-awareness, relationships, and overall quality of life. So, the search is worth it. You deserve to feel seen and heard. You also deserve to know some things about me in order to make a decision about whether or not you think we’ll connect well with one another.
I come from a small nuclear family and a large extended family. I’m a woman with a Roman Catholic Mexican mother and a New England Jewish father. I’m also the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor. Therefore, I have grown up with required mental & emotional flexibility. I’m uniquely able to hold space for multiple truths, perspectives, ways of knowing, ways of feeling, and ways of being in the world.
My clinical experience is broad with expertise in these areas. I enjoy working with BIPOC people. Especially, around biracial/multiracial identity development, self-esteem, and belonging. I understand and have deep compassion for what it’s like to experience microaggressions, race based trauma, and the extra mental & emotional energy it takes to live in a white society when you’re not white. I also enjoy working with interracial couples, teens (14-19) & families, and adults struggling with issues related to adjustment, life transitions, grief & loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, and other concerns.
When I’m not in a therapy session, I enjoy dancing, swimming, and walking. I also enjoy cooking with my family, supporting local restaurants, and eating tasty & delicious food. I love to travel and explore new places (and new foods). I’m also committed to being a lifelong learner. “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats
I utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy & Experiential Therapy to help individuals, couples, and families connect with themselves & others. Sometimes we get stuck in negative communication cycles and we’re looking for new & different ways to relate well with one another. Sometimes we have forgotten tried and true ways to relate well with one another and we need a friendly reminder. These things happen over the life course and seeking support in bettering yourself and your relationships is a sign of mental health & wellness. I have no doubt that it would be my privilege and pleasure to support you and your loved ones.
I’m so looking forward to collaborating with you to raise your voice, build on your insights, enjoy strong, meaningful, & purpose-filled relationships, and find greater peace & solace in life’s chaos.