Kari A. Fisher, LCSW, MEd, PPSC
Kari Fisher is a caring and relatable therapist who specializes in working with children, teens and young adults. She is also an expert in special education and provides special education advocacy services for clients of the Curry Psychology Group.
Kari earned her Masters of Social Work degree from USC with a concentration in Families and Children, and a sub‑concentration in School Settings. She then completed a second Masters Degree in Education and Applied Behavior Analysis; furthering her expertise in child and adolescent behavior. Because of her exceptional talent and skill, she was the first and only master’s-level trainee to have been accepted into the Curry Psychology Group’s post-doctoral residency program– a two-year post-graduate training program which prepares doctors of psychology to obtain licensure as clinical psychologists. By completing this program, Kari fulfilled the advanced doctoral-level requirements expected for practice as a clinical psychologist, including competency in diagnostic formulation, case formulation, ethical case management, case conceptualization, and integrating scientific research into practice.
Today, Kari holds a license as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and is a credentialed Pupil Personnel Services Provider (PPSC). She has more than 10 years of experience in child therapy and special education, having previously worked as a Behavior Therapist and Special Education Instructional Assistant for the San Diego and Compton Unified School Districts, and Olive Crest Academy in Orange County.
Kari has also completed specialized professional training in military social work and veteran services, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and 504 and Individualized Education Planning.
Kari’s extensive training and expertise in childhood development, education, military services and mental health are matched by her dependability and personable nature. She is adored by her clients and has been referred to as “Mary Poppins” by more than one family for her ability to engage every child and teen she sees. Kari is also insightful and relatable in her therapy with young adults, and she particularly enjoys helping individuals in their twenties and thirties cope with issues related to life transitions, including heartbreak, dating, feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, and personal-identity. Kari is a dedicated and caring advocate for individuals and families—whether helping guide parents through the special education process, remembering a child’s birthday, sharing stories with a teen, or providing insight and support to young adults.