Caroline Guhde

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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

  • Adults
  • New mothers
  • Individuals adjusting to parenthood and/or pregnancy loss

Therapeutic Modalities

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM)
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Relational
  • Feminist
  • CBT

Areas of Interest

  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Depression and Mood
  • Grief and Loss
  • LGBTQIA+ Affirming
  • Parent Support
  • Creatives
  • New parents
  • Fertility
  • 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
  • Cooking
  • Play with my 3-year-old daughter
  • Therapy
  • Reading
  • 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

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