Meet Caroline

Caroline Smith, LPC-Associate

( Virtual appointments only )

Anxiety & Stress Management
Family of Origin Issues/Identity Work
Grief and Loss (including non-death loss)
Life Transitions
Shame and Self-Doubt
Substance Use
Trauma Processing and Recovery
Insurance: Aetna

Rate: $110 Hourly

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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR APPROACH TO THERAPY?

My approach to therapy is humanistic and person-centered, focused on the

unique human experience of each individual. I deeply value authenticity and prioritize cultivating genuine relationships with my clients. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy—I meet clients where they are and walk alongside them on their journey to wellness and to becoming the truest, most authentic version of themselves.

I work with adults who want to live more freely and fully, whether you are experiencing a diagnosable mental health condition such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD, or are simply ready to incite positive change or become unstuck from hard-wired, unconscious patterns in your life. I find value in exploring the past in therapy, but I also believe in the power of the present moment. I believe wholeheartedly in the mind/body connection and a holistic approach to healing, so I integrate evidence-based mindfulness practices into my work with clients whenever possible. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, family of origin/relationship issues, grief and loss, life transitions, low self-esteem, perfectionism, personality disorders, substance use, trauma, and general stress management. I also have experience treating acute mental health concerns in an intensive in-patient setting, giving me a broadened perspective of the full spectrum of mental healthcare and treatment.

 

WHAT LED YOU TO BECOME A COUNSELOR?

My own experience as a therapy client showed me how truly transformational this work can be. I believe that we heal in relationship and that there is immense power in simply holding space for one another. After working in non-profit, education, and the visual arts over the span of a decade, I discovered that helping people uncover their potential through compassionate mental healthcare was my soul’s true calling. I am truly humbled to have the opportunity to cultivate genuine, caring relationships with clients in my work and to witness the healing power of therapy everyday.

 

WHAT TRAININGS HAVE YOU COMPLETED AND HOW DO THEY RELATE TO YOUR IDEAL CLIENT?

I believe that we are shaped by our experiences and have received extensive training in trauma-informed care. In trauma-informed work, the question becomes what happened to me? instead of what’s wrong with me? Shifting this paradigm is essential to cultivating the necessary strength, compassion, and curiosity to heal from our earliest and innermost wounds. Additionally, I have completed training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a mindfulness-based therapeutic modality that utilizes the present moment to increase distress tolerance, improve emotional regulation, and build resilience.

 

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR CLIENTS TO KNOW?

I consider my humanness to be my superpower as a therapist. While I possess a set of tools and expertise to help clients succeed, I approach the therapy process with immense humility and will never pretend to have all the answers. Like you, I am a person with strengths, weaknesses, struggles, and successes, and I try my best to tap into this humanness to cultivate genuine empathy in my work with clients. I view the therapy process as a dynamic co-creation and will always emphasize your autonomy as the client. You already have the answers you seek within you—I am simply here to help you illuminate them in a safe, supportive environment.

 

PERSONAL NOTE - WHAT DO YOU LOVE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

In addition to all things therapy and wellness, a few of my greatest loves are yoga, cooking, live music, film, art history, travel, and spending quality time with my loved ones. I also love spending time with my overly opinionated Shih Tzu, Mary Poppins, who you might occasionally encounter on Zoom during virtual sessions.

Restored Family Counseling • 2023