Caroline Guhde, LCSW
Who am I as a therapist? I believe that my clients have everything they need inside of themselves to create the healing and transformation they seek in their lives. I am a warm and supportive guide who accompanies my clients on their journey to growth and meaningful change. I develop a warm, empathic, trusting, and collaborative relationship with my clients. I create a therapeutic space that fosters acceptance and curiosity which open the door to self-compassion, understanding, and self-acceptance.
Who do I work with? I have interest and expertise in working with clients who have experienced trauma and/or loss. For example, I enjoy working with clients healing from sexual assault, sexual abuse, the loss of a loved one, or traumatic or painful break up and/or divorce. I believe people are resilient and that normal life transitions can result in feelings of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. I enjoy accompanying my clients through these hard times and providing them hope for healing and tools to better manage the challenges in their lives.
I am particularly interested in working with individuals interested in exploring gender and sexual identity. I also welcome the opportunity to work with women who would like to focus on self-esteem and cultivating a sense of empowerment.
I am drawn to working with creatives and artists. I have a background in theater, improv, and stand-up comedy. I value the arts as not only a cultural outlet but as one that enriches personal identity and self-expression.
How I practice. My priority is to offer a therapeutic space that welcomes joy, comfort, laughter, and understanding. I cherish the ability to laugh with my clients and know that there are many healing benefits of laughter and humor in the therapeutic relationship.
I incorporate mindfulness exercises and invite you to become aware of your bodily (somatic) experience. I have training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). In SP, I work collaboratively and facilitate experiential exercises to help clients move through challenges and create new ways to understand and interact in their world. I enjoy this experiential approach and view it as a way to increase non-judgmental self-understanding and create new ways of experiencing your world. EMDR can specifically target memories that are difficult or distressing, which diffuse the intensity and provides relief. EMDR can often lead to new ways of understanding yourself and your history.
I feel most alive as a therapist in the moments when clients realize they have made an important shift in their healing journey or have made an important new connection. I enjoy working in the present moment with my clients to assist them in renegotiating difficult memories or negative ways of viewing themselves. I provide hands on skills and exercises to encourage clients to practice outside of the therapeutic space to help them feel more grounded, contained, and resourced when you walk out of the therapy room.
Background. I received my Master’s of Social Work from The National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America. I was the Clinical Director of Senior Services for a non-profit that provided supportive low-income housing, a day program, emergency shelter and case management to senior citizens in the most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in the District of Columbia. I also served as a hotline supervisor for the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network where I trained new staff and volunteers on offering emotional support and resources to survivors of sexual assault and incest. As the Program Advocate for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, I trained staff, volunteers, law enforcement, and medical personnel on how to respond in a sensitive and supportive manner to survivors of sexual assault during their forensic medical examinations. Prior to joining CTC, I had an independent private practice in Washington, D.C. I have a background in theater, improv, and stand-up comedy, which is my personal form of self-care and artistic and creative expression.