I was raised a country girl on a farm. Once I experienced the cultural diversity and the many forms of the arts in a large city, I have never longed to go back to the country. So I under stand both cultures.
I was a teacher first and then due to the many problems my students had I returned to school to become a psychologist. I have 31 years experience as a counseling psychologist. Clients find it easy to talk to me due to my compassionate and non-judgmental nature. I work as one human being with another human being, because but for the Grace of God, go I.
A large wall hanging of Footsteps in the Sand, author unknown, dominated my office. This is an excerpt from the poem, ‘ “So I said to the Lord, you promised me Lord that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there have been only one set of footprints in the sand. Why when I needed you most, have you not been there for me. The Lord replied, “The times when you see only one set of footprints, is when I carried you”.’
I was raised in a church going family and have been associated with a church community for much of my life. I have been praying on Monday evenings with the same group of ladies for 26 years and when there were church choirs sang in the church choir. That is my Monday and Wednesday evenings so I will be offering times for therapy on Tue. and Thurs. and maybe Wed. daytime. I have formed close and lasting relationship in Bible study and other church study groups. I am amazed at some of client's ability to cope with their issues without the support of a church family. All of my 4 siblngs are practicing Christians and I also draw and give solace and comfort from our mutualy suppportive relationships
My psycho-educational work is in defining the the client role and therapist role in therapy. I work very client centered. We collaborate on your goals and objectives that captures your issues that you have come to resolve or at least improve. I often give client’s verbal feedback on how they are progressing on the objectives between formal reviews of progress that we do together every 90 days.
I am a skills based therapist. I also work on the basis of, if you change your thoughts and perceptions you change your feelings and your life. You don’t have to know how, I will guide you and collaborate with you on therapy homework that will change your life. Clients who have seen many therapist and been in therapy for years, come to work with me and their hospitalizations stop. They become more functional and more happy within their families, communities, and employability. Yes, change is scary, But I support you throughout the change process and teach you how to build a support system outside of therapy which many of my client’s have lacked. That has been much tougher during these pandemic times.
Sexual and physical abuse victims
Family relationship issues and parenting issues,
Grief and Loss
Life change and aging issues
Geriatric clients in a variety of living environments
Play therapy and art therapy with children
Worked in conjunction with parents on parenting skills for children with difficult to manage and to live with behaviors.
Also Experienced In
I have co-facilitated groups for clients with personality disorders, and for teenage sexual abuse victims. I have taught many kinds of groups on Love and Logic Parenting. I have worked with Bi-Polar who often present to treatment with other issues such as addictions, eating disorders, family relationship problems, or workplace issues.
I use client centered therapy, Cognitive Based Therapy, Mindfulness based therapy, Commitment and Acceptance, Solution Focused, techniques specific to anxiety issues, and EMDR for trauma and PTSD issues, and Linahan's DBT skills based and containment program. I do some hypnotherapy, relaxation techniques, and body centered somatizationwork with abuse victims because all feelings and memories are stored in the body.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Parenting issues
- Self esteem
Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Impulsivity , Isolation/Loneliness , Mood Disorders , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Personality Disorders , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Women's Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
Psychologist #01088 (Expires: 2024-01-31)
These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Carolyn Schowengerdt. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with Faithful Counseling might be different.
Carolyn is the perfect therapist for me. She cuts right to the point and offers reasonable and practical advice that I can implement immediately into my life.
Exceptionally helpful. I came so stuck and scared of my own thoughts and Carolyn helped me to address what was really going on and showed me how to practically make changes. Each talk, exercise, assignment, and prayer has helped me to be in the place mentally and emotionally that I have wanted to be for a long time.