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Carolyn Hollingshead, LISW, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Relationship issues Grief Depression
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About me

I have been a social worker for over 20 years and have worked with many people who are focusing on increasing their quality of life by focusing on healing those things which have been standing in their way.
I have experience treating people of all ages coping with depression, anxiety, PTSD, marital issues, blended families, divorce, death, chronic pain and eating disorders. My special areas of expertise are chronic pain, grief and eating disorders including weight management. I was a Registered Dietitian for over 30 years, have a PhD in Nutrition with an emphasis in communication and have been an LCSW for over 20 years. I have completed the Certified Grief Counseling Specialist (CAGCS). I also have completed Level One of the Gottman Institute. I enjoy focusing on process/insight-oriented modalities and feel the excitement as my client achieves an “aha” moment in the therapeutic process. I am comfortable looking into family of origin topics as well as end of life issues. Because of my health background I am also comfortable dealing with medical issues and take a more holistic approach to clients. I do believe that alternative therapies including somatic therapy can be helpful in the therapeutic process.
I have spent most of my career continually learning new techniques and theories to provide the best care of my clients. I have a tool box of helping techniques which are based on evidence based theories to include cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, solution focused therapy, Socratic Questioning, and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).
My education background includes a BS. In Foods and Nutrition ( which took 13 years to receive due to “life”), a Master’s degree in Health Education, a PhD in Nutrition and a Master’s in Social Work. I taught a Body Image and Eating Disorders class for over 15 years at the University of Utah. I also have training in gerontology and enjoy working with older adults who may be in transition and with families that are struggling with older adult issues. As a widow, I also was a single mother for over 5 years with 2 teenage sons and understand the complexity of singlehood and blended families.
I look forward to working with you.

Professional experience

22yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation/Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Women's Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy

License information

SC LISW 15501

UT LCSW 294863-3501


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Carolyn Hollingshead. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

I feel like she really understands me and has genuine concern for me & my issues.
I can feel her kindness. She makes it easy to open up, I feel her trust❣️

Written on Nov 12, 2022 after therapy with Carolyn for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, and coping with life changes

She listens and ask what my needs are, rather than telling me what she wants to say. Refreshing

Written on Sep 12, 2022 after therapy with Carolyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Carolyn is just a gem of a therapist who will support you through every phase of your life change and helps you identify the right tools for managing yourself and your emotions. She's truly changed my life in the way she's taught me how to be myself and manage everything in an even keeled way.

Written on May 10, 2022 after therapy with Carolyn for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Great, steady, and patient. Over time, seeing the changes happen. Very supportive

Written on May 06, 2022 after therapy with Carolyn for 1 year

Carolyn is definitely doing some sort of magic. She listens to me describe my issue, and never fails to hit the underlying issue right on the head. Not only do I feel better, but she leaves me with something to think about.

Written on Mar 28, 2022 after therapy with Carolyn for 2 months on issues concerning self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Carolyn is very easy to chat with and seems to be on point with the issues that I have dealing with. Her advice to date much appreciated.

Written on Jan 17, 2022 after therapy with Carolyn for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts