Kari Ellingsen, Student Intern– Therapist in Houston
Substance Abuse, Anxiety, Depression Issues
Works with: Teens and Young Adults
Supervised by: Tammer Malaty
My passion for counseling began when I started peer-counseling work in 2017, focusing
on addiction. Since then, I have been driven to help teens and adults overcome anxiety,
addiction, and adjustment challenges. I believe in working collaboratively with my
clients to develop a personalized treatment plan that focuses on achievable goals and
taking things one step at a time.
Drawing on my background in art, I enjoy incorporating creative activities into therapy
sessions to help clients tap into their inner strengths and develop new coping skills. My
ultimate goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental space that empowers you to find joy,
serenity, and balance in everyday life.
I am currently pursuing a MS degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
With a BA degree in Studio Art and Psychology from the University of Houston, I
have developed a unique perspective that blends creative expression with evidence-
based therapeutic techniques.
When I am not in session, I love spending time with my family and my five dogs – Coco, Bailey,
Lyla, Harley, and Dixie. Whether it is painting or simply enjoying the outdoors, I believe in
living life to the fullest and finding moments of happiness in the everyday.