Kari Fisher, LCSW, MEd, PPSC
Kari Fisher, LSCW, MEd, PPSC is Associate Director of the Curry Psychology Group and a licensed therapist for adults, children, and families in Newport Beach.
Kari earned a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) 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 (MEd); furthering her expertise in child and adolescent behavior. In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and child therapist, Kari is a credentialed Pupil Personnel Services Provider (PPSC) and substitute teacher for the state of California. 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, as well as Olive Crest Academy in Orange County.
Kari’s exceptional talents made her the first and only master’s-level trainee to be accepted into the Curry Psychology Group’s 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 training requirements for independent psychological practice; including competency in complex diagnostic reasoning, research-based treatment planning, and ethical case management.
Kari has also completed specialized training in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy, military families, and trauma-based treatments for children; including Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Her extensive training and expertise are matched by her dependability and personable nature. Kari 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.
Kari is also insightful and relatable in her therapy with adults, and she particularly enjoys helping people cope with issues related to life transitions such as relationship and career uncertainty, stress, identity concerns, dating, heartbreak, and anxiety.
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.
Kari is licensed with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (LCSW #89601).