Ph.D. Counseling, Education and Supervision, Regent University, 2015
M.S. Mental Health Counseling, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2009
B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, Hodges University, 2003
Ukraine Law Academy, 1999
In 2015, Dr. Olesya Karakosta joined the faculty at Hodges University. She brings many years of experience and knowledge to the classroom, providing her students with an in-depth look at the world of psychology and mental health. Born in Ukraine and moving to the United States in 1999, she became a licensed mental health counselor in 2012. She has a private practice and years of experience treating trauma, depression and personality disorders, as well as working with children.
Her professional experience includes serving as a counselor for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples, member of the Naples Community Hospital Bioethics Committee, a licensed mental health counselor with Catholic Charities of Collier County and an adjunct professor at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Karakosta has a wide array of research interests, which include working with abused women and children; developing new treatment modalities for abused women and children; play therapy with children who have been physically and emotionally abused; working with juvenile sex offenders; and residential treatment versus outpatient treatments for juvenile sex offenders.
She is a member of the American Counseling Association and leads volunteer activities, such as running a psycho-educational group for children ages 8-12 years old and providing individual counseling.