Associate Marriage Family Therapist
Location Served: Morgan Hill
Accepting New Clients: No
Accepts Insurance: Yes
I have a passion for working with couples, but my specialty is working with first responders. First responder marriages can have some unique challenges. Depending on the damage done to the relationship and the baggage brought into the marriage, this will determine our course of action. Every relationship is different, as the people in that relationship bring their own special gift to the table. I appreciate the complexity of each person and each relationship and will do my best to tailor every session according to your needs. It's my job to help you get to where you want to go, it's your job to do the work. Hope you like homework :)
I specialize in working with couples struggling with infidelity, communication issues, emotional abuse, addictions, and trauma. Helping individuals take back ownership of their lives by teaching them somatic awareness. For a lot of first responders, the job can take a toll on their nervous system, disabling their awareness of physical sensations in their body. These physical sensations are actually emotions. We think with our brain but we feel emotions with our body. However, if one is disconnected from their own body, they may not be able to feel their "feelings". Not only are they disconnected from themselves they are probably disconnected from their loved ones as well. This ability to disconnect emotionally is like a superpower at work, but at home, it's like kryptonite. It's my job to help our heroes tap into their own bodies, so they can be heroes at home too. This new body awareness brings about authenticity allowing one to fully accept themselves and learn to be vulnerable with those they love.
Married to a LEO for 27 years, I know first-hand the unique challenges these types of relationships face. In our sessions I strive to create an environment where it's safe to be authentic and take off the mask. Without safety it's almost impossible to cultivate a trusting therapeutic relationship. One in which genuine transformation can take place.
The Gottman Method- is an approach to couples’ therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory.
EMDR- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), utilizes rapid eye movement (REM), so that the mind can naturally heal itself, in the same way as the body does during REM sleep. This technique has been used to successfully treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Trauma Sensitive Yoga- TSY uses yoga along with other healing modalities to help individuals with complex trauma achieve this connection. With foundations in trauma theory, attachment theory and neuroscience, TSY provides a supportive and deeply trauma-informed atmosphere in which participants are invited to observe physical sensations and make choices using yoga forms as the mechanism.
Image Transformation Therapy- IMTT is a trauma processing technique that releases emotional pain from the body. It is a gentle therapy that releases the pain, fear, guilt, and/or shame of trauma and other experiences without the person needing to intensely experience the feelings.
Life Coaching- Coaching is about helping people identify the obstacles that keep getting in their way, assisting them with finding motivation, and pinpointing any resistance to change.
Carol is certified in SYMBIS- Save Your Marriage Before It Starts and the Prepare/Enrich Program, which focuses on premarital and marital counseling. Through either program, couples are encouraged to talk over topics related to marriage, such as:
Identify strength and growth areas
Explore personality traits
Strengthen communication skills
Resolve conflicts and reduce stress
Compare family backgrounds
Comfortably discuss financial issues
Establish personal, couple, and family goals
Graduated from Liberty University with a B.A. in psychology with a focus in Christian Counseling. I went on to receive my M.A. from Western Seminary in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Professional Clinical Counseling (PCC).
Monday – Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM
I do accept insurance at this time