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DSW, LMFT, LPCC Chisato Hotta

Provides online counseling through BetterHelp

Mental health conditions are real, common and treatable.

And recovery is possible.

Chisato Hotta is an experienced, licensed Medical Health Professional who specializes in affordable online therapy.

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Licensing: DSW, LMFT, LPCC
Years in Practice: 6
State: CA

Hello! Thank you so much for reading my profile.

My name is Chisato, which means "a 1000 homelands." Just like my name, I try to be a "homeland" to people, where they can feel safe.

I obtained my Bachelor's Degree from University of California, Berkeley. While I was going to school, I decided that I wanted to branch outside my school to see what ways I can give back to the community, while also learning new skills. I found a passion and a love in rape crisis counseling. I volunteered as a rape crisis counselor for years, where I worked with children and adults, sexually exploited minors, police officers and hospital staff. I also helped train other rape crisis advocates too. :)

Afterward, I obtained my master's degree from Pepperdine University and became licensed as a marriage and family therapist and a licensed professional clinical counselor. I also obtained my Doctorate in social work from University of Southern California in May 2021. I have a lot of experience with anyone ages 4 and up, as well as families and couples.

My passion is creating a safe place for you to explore your difficulties and to help you find new skills in dealing with them together.

I would love to speak with you more if you feel that we may be a good fit! :)

About online counseling

Online counseling allows you to receive care from an online mental health practitioner via phone, video chat, or instant messaging. It is convenient for those who may have trouble getting to or would prefer not to have in-person therapy appointments. Ranging from $35 to $80 per week, online counseling is generally more affordable than in-person counseling. A study by researchers at University of California, Berkeley found that online counseling can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy while being more convenient, affordable, and accessible.

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Stress Anxiety Trauma and abuse Parenting issues Self esteem Relationship issues Family conflicts Grief Intimacy-related issues Anger management Career difficulties Bipolar disorder Depression
Languages Spoken
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27 Reviews
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I’ve never had a therapist that I’ve felt so much compassion from. You can really tell how much she cares and the amount she’s helped me is indescribable. Best therapist I’ve ever had :)

J.A.·Nov 26, 2021


Chisato is an amazing counselor and really understands me! She has given me so many actionable steps!

A.M.·Aug 10, 2021


Chisato is the best therapist I could have asked for. She has helped me grow in so many ways and offers unconditional support. I am so grateful to have her.

A.S.·Apr 21, 2021


I'm new with Chisato but so far I really adore her and her approach!

M.E.·Dec 26, 2020


I think Chisato is a wonderful counselor who helped me through a very intense moment. She’s really listened and understood me. I highly recommend her

S.A.·Sep 12, 2020


Very thankful to work with such a great therapist

S.H.·Aug 19, 2020


She has been very attentive and I love that she checks in with me instead of me doing all the initiating. I feel she listens to my concerns and offers thoughtful advice that isn’t radical either. I like how a lot of her advice is also centered in changing yourself first because as we know, we can’t change others.

C.H.·Jul 30, 2020


So far my communication with Chisato has been great. She has been very helpful for me personally in being more aware with myself. I look forward to connecting more with my inner self & be able to work on some heavy stuff that I’ve been carrying (whether I have been unconsciously and/or consciously carrying it).

M.N.·Feb 29, 2020


Chisato has been instrumental is helping to equip me with the tools I needed to better manage my anxiety and combat negative thoughts. She is so sweet, very supportive, and tells it like it is. She will be sure to encourage you to do with the work while making sure to celebrate your wins along the way. I am beyond grateful to Chisato for helping me come back from a dark place, and always appreciate her different perspective.

S.A.·Feb 04, 2020


Chisato is such an amazing and positive person. She is very open yet understanding, and she has helped me understand myself. I would highly recommend her as she has made my BetterHelp experience amazing. Thank you!

K.A.·Jan 20, 2020


She is very responsive and informative.

J.E.·Oct 21, 2019


From the first few minutes of chatting with Chisato, I knew I would be able to talk to her about anything. She doesn’t have the typical “therapist” voice and she’s very animated which helps with making me feel comfortable. I’m excited to continue working with her and I would 10/10 recommend her to anyone I know dealing with the same issues I am.

P.H.·Sep 16, 2019


Chisato is very kind and listens more than offering advice, which is honestly what I need. When I do need advice, she’s there to offer it. Most times, what I need to know already comes from within.

J..·Sep 14, 2019


She’s helped me a lot with worksheets to understand what my thoughts are.

B.R.·Aug 27, 2019


Honestly one of the best decisions I've ever made was to seek help. My counselor Chisato has been godsend, she has helped me tremendously in my growth as a person. She's always cheerful, ready to listen, positive, and just an awesome person all around! Very down to earth and relatable! I wouldn't trade my counselor for anyone in the world, super appreciate everything she's helped me through ❤️

E.V.·Jul 29, 2019


Completely wonderful!

A.D.·Jul 12, 2019


For people suffering from anxiety and depression, it’s really helpful to have someone to talk to immediately when you have a thought that provokes overwhelming emotions, and it’s even more helpful when the listener is as professional as Chisato who is trained to point out cognitive distortions in your thought process while at the same time making you feel heard. She is very prompt in responding messages and the responses are all very carefully constructed.

Y.I.·Mar 12, 2019


Thank you so much for being there for me in my time of need. I had no one to turn to until I connected with you and you are helping me make it through the days. You’re amazing!

K.R.·Jan 18, 2019


She is the first therapist in my history of therapy to be so involved and show so much compassion for my personal needs. Chisato follows up and messages to check in and is always asking how I am doing. She has been giving me tasks and worksheets that apply to my problems. Something I have never had from a therapist , and it’s helping me a lot. She is the first therapist , that I don’t feel like I am wasting my time or money. I never would of though an app like this would work. But BetterHelp has connected me with someone I feel excited to talk to and learn from. Besides her great knowledge as a therapist , her compassion and concern to help is amazing. She’s a keeper and I would recommend her to any of my friends if they chose to use better helps program. Thank you better help for Chisato.

C.H.·Jan 14, 2019


Having someone to help me work through my problems has been of most use. I'm very happy with Chisato and how she's helping me understand myself and my interactions with others. She's become part of my support network.

T.Y.·Nov 30, 2018


Chisato is an amazing counselor. She has been with me through some of my toughest time and I couldn’t have dealt with life situation without her. She is flexible, understanding and patient. All the tools she provided me were easy to do and effective. She really listens to you and wants to help you. I can’t thank her enough.

D.I.·Nov 28, 2018


Chisato-san is amazing. She is really in your corner and really truly listens. She offers real life advice and experience. Even if you need someone to just hear you out I would recommend her. I can always count on her when I'm having bad anxiety. She helps get me through that and my other issues too.

J.U.·Nov 25, 2018


Chisato is kind, on-time, helpful, and very accommodating. She is very supportive, and she checks-in with me often, even if we do not have a scheduled session which I really appreciate.

K.E.·Nov 23, 2018


Chisato has been of great help for me. She is there for me when I need it. She listens to all my concerns. Has been available to talk on the phone. I feel that she actually cares about me and that she likes what she does. She is very knowledgeable and empathetic. I feel blessed that I got her as my counselor.

C.Y.·Nov 20, 2018


Chisato goes above and beyond to be responsive to messages and session requests. I always feel like I have her as a reliable resource while dealing with my anxiety. However she also provides me with exercises and guidance for how to handle anxiety when she's not around. I've enjoyed working with her to make my anxiety less of an effect on my life.

C.L.·Nov 05, 2018


Chisato has really helped me to begin to rebuild and cherish my relationships. I am still learning on how to trust myself in my personal relationships but I am more hopeful than I was before talking with my counselor.

B.U.·Sep 28, 2018


Chisato Hotta is an experienced professional who listens and offers well analyzed insight and constructive suggestions during times of need and stress. She’s caring and wonderful!

I.V.·Sep 27, 2018


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