Caroline (she/her/hers) works with individuals who are looking to create a deeper connection to themselves in order to make space for new ways to respond to the surrounding world.
I believe that everyone has the tools they need to live the life they desire inside of them. No one is “broken”. There is value in offering a non-judgmental space and understanding towards those parts of ourselves that adapted in challenging or threatening situations in order to survive.
When working with Caroline, clients find a collaborative guide who welcomes joy, comfort, compassion, laughter and understanding. Through her work with individuals, she creates the opportunity to develop a deeper connection to their own sense of agency.
Caroline has extensive experience working with survivors of sexual abuse and assault through various non-profit work including the D.C. Rape Crisis Center and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). She has a passion for working with survivors to restore a sense of safety within themselves.
As a new parent herself who experienced fertility struggles, she feels strongly about offering compassion, understanding, and support to others navigating these experiences.
Caroline has developed a therapeutic style that draws from somatic modalities as well as cognitive: EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, NARM, Mindful Self-Compassion, and CBT.
Education and Credentials
- Master of Social Work from The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C. in 2009
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Gender Studies from Marietta College, Ohio in 2001
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
- NARM Therapist
What specific modalities do you practice and are you certified?
I have received basic level training in EMDR. I have completed Level 1 and Level 2 of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. I recently completed my training in the NeuroAffective Relational Model and am a NARM Therapist.
What do you like to do when you are not working? What do you do for fun?
When I am not working, I like to spend time with my husband and daughter. My daughter is 3 years old and has special needs, so being able to spend time loving her and enjoying her is really important to me. I thoroughly enjoy podcasts: whether it be comedy, true crime, or just listening and learning from fascinating people. It reminds me of being read to as a kid, which was something that offered me a lot of comfort and enjoyment. Laughing on a regular basis is critical for my well-being, so seeking out the people in my life that make me laugh or finding that in comedians I adore like Tig Notaro and Aidy Bryant .
What are you excited about? What is your passion? What do you want to learn more about?
My passion is creating a world that is more compassionate, inclusive, and offers justice for all. A specific passion of mine is supporting the reproductive justice movement. I want to continue to hone my skills as a NARM Therapist as I find this style of therapy transformative. I also want to continue to grow my skills as a therapist to those experiencing pregnancy loss, pregnancy related mood disorders, and adjusting to parenthood.
What do you like about being a therapist?
Being a therapist aligns with my values to do my part to make the world a better place. To be able to offer supportive presence, objectivity, compassion, and to bear witness to someone else’s journey of self-discovery and healing is an incredible honor and gift.
What’s your “go to” creative or restorative outlet?
Comedy: listening/watching other comedians and developing my own jokes. Making my loved ones laugh is very restorative to me.
Cooking: trying new recipes and creating new challenges for myself. It allows me to express my creativity and to share something nourishing with people I care about.
I work with
- New mothers
- Individuals adjusting to parenthood and/or pregnancy loss
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM)
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Areas of Interest
- Anxiety/Panic Attacks
- Depression and Mood
- Grief and Loss
- LGBTQIA+ Affirming
- Parent Support
- New parents
- Sexual assault survivors/CSA survivors
- Adult children of alcoholic parents
What do you do for self-care?
- Connecting with friends
- Tell jokes/find humor as much as possible
- Play with my 3-year-old daughter
- Listen to true crime and comedy podcasts
Favorite podcasts, books or blogs
- My Favorite Murder
- Life Kit by NPR
- Fresh Air
- Good Inside with Dr. Becky
- True Story: A Documentary Podcast with Tig Notaro and Cheryl Hines
Individuals / Authors / Theorists who have influenced my work
- Janina Fisher
- Pat Ogden
- Brene Brown
- Glennon Doyle
- Emily Nagoski