I have always been fascinated by how people work. As a child I loved learning about how the body works. As I got older my focus shifted to how minds work and how people function in this world. My education centered around mental health how to help people with their problems. I have an MS in Life Span Development and an Med in Counselor Education, both from Purdue University and am now a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Ohio.
My 30+ year career has found me working with people with anxiety and depression issues, as well as the incredible stresses due to life circumstances. I have been able to help clients who have found themselves with personality or impulse control issues. I enjoy gardening, traveling and learning new things. I am an optimist. My general way of relating to people is one of listing intently enough to be able to see things from their point of view, and to show respect, warmth, and humor.
I believe that establishing a strong, supportive relationship is of utmost importance in therapy. Respect and honesty are essential for effective therapy. Together we can solve problems and improve bad situations. I tend to favor Cognitive Behavioral approaches in therapy, but am quite capable of adjusting my therapeutic process to the method best suited for the problems at hand.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Avoidant Personality, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
OH LPCC E.0001139-SUPV
Carla has been amazing! Her knowledge and attentiveness in our sessions has really helped guide me towards my goals as well as support me along the way. I’m grateful I was able to connect with Carla on BetterHelp!
Written on Aug 03, 2023 after therapy with Carla for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes
Carla is able to build rapport with her clients quickly and asks really helpful questions. I appreciate her insight and calm manner.
Written on Apr 08, 2023 after therapy with Carla for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Carla is a very good therapist. She listens to me and urges me to push myself out of my comfort zone. She holds me accountable for things I say I am going to do. She sends helpful worksheets/assignments to help push myself. She is timely and professional, I enjoy her services!
Written on Mar 27, 2023 after therapy with Carla for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and coping with life changes
Ms. Carla Darnell helped me out a lot. She listened to me and gave me constructive feedback.
Written on Mar 15, 2023 after therapy with Carla for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem
Written on Mar 10, 2023 after therapy with Carla for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and adhd
Carla is an exceptional therapist!
Written on Feb 20, 2023 after therapy with Carla for 1 year on issues concerning stress, anxiety