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Karissa Mercado, LMHC

Hi, I'm Karissa!

I have a 3-year old Frenchie named Mambo who I absolutely adore. I enjoy reading, especially historical fiction (preferably on a beach). My favorite way to decompress is by taking long drives.

Karissa is a dedicated and experienced therapist whose previous experience focused on the specialized care of people struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, and mood disorders.  She has experience in facilitating individual, family and group therapy sessions for adolescents and adults in one of the nation’s top residential eating disorder treatment facilities, where she also coordinated multidisciplinary care teams. Karissa also served as Senior Clinical Therapist for an intensive in-home program dedicated to providing Family Based Treatment for adolescents with Anorexia. 


Karissa focuses on a holistic approach to therapy, and continually challenges herself with learning new and innovative ways to approach treatment. She focuses on seeing the person, not the illness, and works to create an environment where individuals are comfortable and led to healing.

At a glance

I work with ​​

  • Teens

  • Children

  • Adults

  • Families

  • Couples

  • LGBTQ+

  • Parents

  • Groups


I help people with

  • ​Eating Disorders:

    • Binge Eating Disorder​

    • ARFID

    • Anorexia

    • Bulimia

    • Body Dysmorphia

    • Picky eating

    • Emotional eating

    • Exercise addiction

    • Eating Disorder prevention/early intervention

  • Trauma

  • PTSD

  • Parenting Issues

  • LGBTQ+

  • Self Esteem

  • Family conflict

  • Anxiety

  • Self-Harm

  • Relationship problems

  • Substance Abuse

  • Alcoholism

  • Depression

  • Emotional dysregulation

  • Perfectionism

  • Friendship/Peer Group Difficulties

  • Social Anxiety ​​

My therapeutic approach


  • Individualized, person-centered

  • Family Based Treatment/Maudsley (FBT)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

  • Trauma Informed

  • Parent guidance

  • Skills based

  • Body Positivity

  • Health at Every Size philosophy

  • Group therapy

  • Meal support

  • Collaborative

  • Eclectic

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