Karina Hester, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Karina Hester

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As a Family Therapist, I like to approach client's challenges and victories from a systemic perspective, while facilitating self-growth, symptoms management and healthy connections.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Florida (MT 3746). I am tri-lingual in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Understanding my cultural privilege has helped me to connect with clients and their families under a non-judgement, strength-base and supportive lens.

My specialty is working with trauma survivors and trauma related symptoms such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive tendencies, guilt, shame, coping with substance misuse, self-esteem, inability to maintain healthy connections, co-dependency, anger management, flashbacks and self-harm, in both adults and children. I understand that the therapeutic process can be painful and it takes courage to take the first step therefore I utilize some humor and unconditional positive regard to encourage clients feeling safe and building a trusting therapeutic relationship. My goal is to facilitate all clients achieving their objectives and reaching their version of their best self, tranquility and healthy coping skills under a collaborative approach.

Since then I have been working with a variety of populations and different ages including, couples and relational struggles, strengthening the intimate relationship, adolescent’s conflicts, phases of life concerns, family dynamics, parenting and co-parenting skills, blended families, foster and adoptive families, occupational responsibilities and children's social and/or behavioral challenges.

As a clinician, I am well trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, play in therapy, Motivational Interviewing and EMDR. As a family therapist I utilize systemic and relational concepts to orient client's treatment and their sessions.

In my free time, I enjoy a self-care routine that includes taking time for myself by reading, exercising, practicing mindfulness and spending time with loved ones. Appreciating the importance of taking care of oneself is a crucial part of being able to be present for others. Self-awareness and considering the systems that we all participate in can bring out the most powerful motivation for growth!

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Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Betrayal Trauma
  • Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bullying
  • Career
  • Depression
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence
  • Family Conflict
  • Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs)
  • Law Enforcement/First Responders
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Life Coaching
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Personality Disorders
  • Pet Loss
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Race-Based Traumatic Stress (RBTS)
  • Relationships
  • School Performance
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Injury
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Suicide Loss
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Violence
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Community Specialties

  • Hispanic Or Latino
  • Immigrants
  • Trauma Survivors

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$60.00
Sliding Scale
Yes
Pay By
Credit Card, American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
Insurance Plans Accepted
Aetna
,
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
,
Cigna
,
Optum
,
United Healthcare
,

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
5
License(s)
License #
state
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
MT3746
Florida
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
Nova Southeastern University
Master Of Science
2017