M, LMHSC, CABCCH, ICRC-ADP, NC
Caroline is a Certified Addiction Professional and an Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICADC). Caroline is currently teaching new counselors in the addictions certification courses as an adjunct professor of psychology in the hope of helping to develop more qualified addictions counselors to meet client needs. She has also presented locally, statewide, and nationally, on related topics including how human traffickers use addiction to control victims of human trafficking.
Style and Philosophy of Counseling:
Caroline approaches therapy with faith in each person’s ability to invoke personal strengths to create change in her/his own life. She believes everyone has strengths, even when life circumstances inhibit people’s ability to recognize and utilize them. Human beings are often affected by circumstances of their life in ways that interfere with their ability to realize their fondest goals; whether they are consciously aware of these hurdles or not. These can manifest in many forms including addiction, low self-esteem, co-dependence, negative thought patterns, anxiety, depression, and even voice hearing (among others). We cannot change the events of the past; however, Caroline’s goal is to help you to rescue yourself from these influences by learning how to love and care for yourself as you are, and utilize your individual strengths to realize your goals. Caroline uses a variety of strengths based approaches, tailored to each person, which include aspects of DBT, CBT, inner child work, narrative therapy, psychoeducation, and Gestalt therapies.
Caroline works with adults (individuals and couples) with a focus on adult survivors of childhood abuse and other traumas; often with an addiction component. Caroline has experience working with PTSD and complex trauma, addiction, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, voice hearing (non-schizophrenic types), anger management, relationship issues, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, “co-dependence” and more.
Education and Experience:
Caroline has been working in the fields of addiction and co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance abuse) since 2009, with an emphasis on trauma response, PTSD and addiction. Caroline earned her Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Hodges University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin, and an Associate’s Degree in Pre-pharmacy at Austin Community College in Austin Texas. Her background in biochemistry has provided her with a biological perspective and understanding of the organic aspects of mental health and addiction treatment.