As a trauma therapist and psychospiritual therapist, I offer Eastern and Western techniques for relieving depression, trauma, grief, and other anxieties. My training, experience and certification includes methods of Japanese psychology, Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) and spiritual counseling allows me to support my clients with transitions. For the past 18 years I have taken a client-cetnered approach to ensure clients have the healing experience that works for them. As a Certified Mindfulness Instructor and Addiction Specialist, I am able to share practical tools for managing the challenges of life. Having provided group and individaul Counseling to the incarcerated and the loved ones of the incarcerated, I am skilled at helping others walk through the walls of limitation and live life fully.
It is a joy to help people who want to improve themselves. It is so gratifying to watch my clients leave sessions eager to use tools for managing their trauma, anxiety, depression and fears effectively. It is gratifying for me to have the opportunity to learn from each client as I guide them on the healing journey. Even group sessions have filled me with joy. When a gang banger strode into the group and said, "OK. I did what you said....and, it worked! I didn't fight; I just watched the fight." That moment of sitting there grinning with her is a cherished memory.
For more info about the techniques I use, go to my website www.prajnahealingarts.com
Carol is has a unique and personal practice. She asks for specific goals for each meeting and provides concrete tools for a strong path forward.
A phone discussion often begins the process. We then meet face-to-face, if possible, to review their issues and get to know one another. We agree on one or more tools to address priority concerns. I test one or more techniques to demonstrate how I work. We end the first session by making a decision to proceed or not. If we decide to proceed, we confirm an hourly rate using a sliding scale.
BA in Psychology
M.Div. that includes graduate hours in counseling
Certification in Mindfulness Instruction
Certification in Methods of Japanese Psychology
Certified Addiction Specialist
Training in Applied Existential Psychotherapy, Group Therapy, CBT and Horticultural Therapy
Ordination as a Buddhist Priest by Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha and 13 years service as minister which involved leading support groups as well as spiritual counseling. Trained spiritual and mental health professionals in Japanese Methods of Psychology and mindfulness.
2 units of Clinical Pastoral Education as part of training and work as a Chaplain
My intereset began with my work in college with emotionally disturbed children. Later in life as a minister, I had so many coming to me for mental health services, I knew I needed more than spiritual training. In addition to completing an M.Div., I was trained and certified in several mental health practices. Watching the healing process in more depth as body, mind, and spirit in action, I made a commitment to offering practical therapy using a blend of Eastern and Western approaches.
Adults of various ages with European, American and Asian backgrounds. Current clients range in age from 26 to 97
A client came in stating that she was a serious alcoholic who caused accidents. After listening to her for some time, I said, "Excuse me, but I don't think you're an alcoholic." Asking her to humor me, we engagedin a full session where she relived and then restoryed a traumatic event in her childhood. It had been cause of the pain and guilt she was trying to extinguish with her drinking and other destrucive behaviors. After two sessions, she sat with head in hands laughing and crying as she said, "It's been 40 years of therapy. No one helped me see this." After her third session, she called to tell me she didn't need any more sessions. She described a situation that usually caused her intense anger and has always led to binge drink. She chuckled as she explained that not only did she not drink, she had no desire to and took actions to address the problem. I enjoyed the laughter with her.