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"It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."

Sir Edmond Hillary

ABOUT

I have worked in the mental health field for over 9 years. I graduated from the University of Central Florida with my BA in Psychology and my MA in Counselor Education-Mental Health. I am currently licensed in the State of Mississippi as a Licensed Professional Counselor and am a Board Qualified Supervisor. I am also licensed in the State of Colorado as a Licensed Professional Counselor. I also hold a licnese in Utah as a Clinical Mental HEalth Counselor. I have completed all three levels of Gottman Couples Counseling training and am currently in the certification track. I am also a Board Qualified Telemental Health Provider. I'm also currently trained in EMDR and working on certification through consultation. I have previously worked in the state of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. My past experience has been in a variety of settings including outpatient and residential.

 

I utilize many different evidence based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to meet your needs. With couples I utilize Gottman Method Couples Counseling. Gottman has over 30 years of research that shows it can not only predict divorce but also improve relationship satisfaction.

 

Featured Interviews

Gaslighting in Relationships

“In Gottman Method couples therapy, the therapist will aim to seek out negative behaviors like contempt and defensiveness and work on using their antidotes of communicating your own feelings and needs, as well as accepting responsibility which would help someone who uses gaslighting in their relationship.”

 

See Kari's interview for AskMen here.

 

This Is Why You Always Cry When You Argue

“A few tears while you are speaking is pretty normal when you are having a conflict over something that is deeply meaningful to you but if it’s making you unable to even speak, and you’re gasping for air, you might want to look for ways you can alleviate that.”

 

See Kari's interview for Rewire here.

 

Phone:
228-860-3727
Fax:
228-533-2930
 
Email:
 Kari@KariRusnakCounseling.com
 
Address:
12320 Ashley Dr Suite D
Gulfport, MS 39503