As a strategic leadership coach and licensed psychotherapist, I'm here to help you step into your most empowered, authentic leadership role.

My passion is to combine cutting edge psychology tools with proven leadership strategies to guide you in building assertive communication skills, your bold leadership presence, unshakable confidence, and influential speaking skills that get results.

When you have these skills, you will be unstoppable as you lead and empower those around you with true confidence.


An only child, I grew up in and around the forests of Yosemite National Park. My mom was a professional storyteller and my dad was a park ranger... and I was incredibly shy.

But I discovered acting as a way to come out of my shell, and I pursued a career in the theatre, where performed on hundreds of stages, big and small from Disneyland to Ringling Bros, to Universal Studios. 

But through it all I was still unbearably unsure of myself when I was off stage, I thought I had to be "perfect" in order to be good enough.

It was through thousands of hours training to become a licensed psychotherapist, certified coach, and advanced consultant, my own personal coaching and therapy, and tapping into the courage to become an experienced speaker that I was able to gain the confidence to show up and step out as an authentic, confident leader in my field.

Now I have packaged up my skills as an advanced psychotherapist, a consultant, a successful CEO and business owner, and a certified speaking coach to help you become a confident, empowered leader who knows how to speak, communicate, and lead with calm, confident authority that gets results. And because of my experience, you will have the tools to do it in a fraction of the time.


"Carissa Karner’s 'Leadership Accelerator' program is a powerful approach to helping people become great leaders and executives in the most direct and practical ways possible."

- Larry Freed, NuView Coaching


"Carissa is phenomenal. She is impactful, diligent, and fierce when it comes to helping clients achieve the confidence and skill necessary to not only achieve their goals, but achieve them abundantly." 

- M.S.