Carol loves to travel, to explore the history, culture and uniqueness of each country. Becoming a therapist has become much of the same adventure for her. The therapeutic journey, however, is one of exploring the internal terrain of the mind, heart and spirit of each client. In both situations there are many new discoveries, surprises, and insights that are uncovered, which become growth and learning experiences.
Life is about relationships. Carol believes we have been made for connection and relationship, and that healing begins with the therapeutic relationship. Once two people meet face to face in an emotionally intimate and honest way, they are never the same again. Therapy is about creating a safe place for a person’s story to unfold. It’s about dealing with what is real and essential in life. It’s about becoming “unstuck” and feeling movement once again, and even entering into the joyous “dance of life.” It’s about discovering who you are and finding your “sacred path.” It’s about expanding your capacity for self-awareness, self-acceptance, connectedness, and spiritual growth. It’s about making choices that promote “life” and letting go of choices that leave you in psychological “quicksand.”
Just as in the book of Genesis, when Jacob symbolically wrestled with God, each client struggles with conflicting sides of his or her own nature. This, too, is a part of therapy – the integration of all the denied, unwanted, conflicting parts of the self. To see clients go inside themselves and discover their own truth and wisdom, and to develop and strengthen their own internal resources, is truly a satisfying sojourn.