Carrie is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Certified Trauma Practitioner, and Certified EMDR Therapist with a strong passion for helping individuals find peace and relief from their challenges and struggles in life. She has worked with a wide variety of adults, children and families in different settings and in different stages of need over the past 16 years. She is goal-driven and utilizes Family Systems Theory, Motivational Interviewing, EMDR, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, and Play Therapy/Expressive Arts interventions with both children and adults. Carrie often incorporates the use of a sand tray, Mandalas, and mindfulness exercises in her work, whether with a child, adult, family, or a couple. She has specialized training in the areas of trauma, attachment, mindfulness work, parenting, addiction, LGBTQIA (specifically gender expansive/transgender individuals/children and parents of gender fluid/transgender children) and the use of non-traditional expressive therapies. She has also been trained in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics by Dr. Bruce Perry and completed her certification as a Trauma Practitioner through the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. She has advanced training in Sand Tray therapy and is certified as an EMDR therapist by EMDRIA. She utilizes EMDR with individuals and couples and finds that it is a highly intentional and helpful modality for treating a variety of challenges, including complex trauma, anxiety, and addiction issues. Carrie has completed Levels 1, 2, and 3 of Gottman Method training for work with couples counseling and is on track to complete her certification as a Certified Gottman therapist. She is certified as an AcuDetox Specialist through NADA to perform auricular acupuncture which can be helpful to treat trauma, anxiety, addiction/cravings, and overall stress management. She has completed her Board Certification as a Transgender Care Therapist to support her experience and work with the transgender community. She has received specialized training in working with postpartum women and has a certificate from Postpartum Support International in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. Carrie loves her work and wholeheartedly believes in the healing power of a trusting, collaborative, therapeutic relationship. She maintains close working relationships with other professionals in the community and actively provides individuals and families with referrals for supplemental and complementary services when deemed appropriate. Carrie has been honored six times in the past 7 years with a Best in Bedside Manner Award from Our Health Magazine. She was also one of three finalists for the Altria Rising Star Award through the National Association of Women Business Owners. This award is given to women who have demonstrated the ability to overcome adversity on their journey to success and who have made a visible impact in their industry or community.
Carrie enjoys providing clinical supervision to individuals seeking licensure as a Professional Counselor or who are pursuing their registration as a Play Therapist with the Association for Play Therapy. With a fully stocked play therapy room, as well as several outpatient offices filled with therapeutic resources, Carrie enjoys engaging supervisees in "experiential" supervision to help enhance confidence/skills and improve self-awareness as a clinician. Carrie has a non-dogmatic approach to supervision and views the supervisory relationship as one of mutual growth and respect. She also participates in a biweekly peer-consultation group with other licensed helping professionals to maintain and enhance her skills and to promote ongoing accountability for her clinical work. Carrie provides APT and NBCC-approved trainings to clinicians on a variety of topics, namely play therapy, trauma, and working with gender and sexual diversity.
In addition to providing therapy and supervision, Carrie also spends her time as a mother, writer, artist, and companion to adorable 4-legged friends.
Master of Business Administration (class of '22)- The College of William & Mary
Master of Science (Rehabilitation Counseling)- Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Richmond, VA
Clinical Internship: University Counseling Center, VCU
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) - The University of the South, Sewanee, TN
Concentration: Women's Studies
License & Certifications:
Licensed Professional Counselor (VA)- #0701004199
Certified EMDR Therapist
Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (APT)- #S-1589
Certified Trauma Practitioner- National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children
Advanced Certificate in Integrative Therapies
Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (NADA)- #12239
Professional Activities and Memberships:
American Counseling Association
Virginia Association of Clinical Counselors
Association for Play Therapy
National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)