Hello! I applaud your decision to view my page. This first step may have been difficult for you, and it signals that you want resolution of an issue. Together we will work to alleviate pain/suffering so that you can have a full, rich, meaningful life.
I have a clinical doctoral degree (DSW) from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville as a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Alabama and an undergraduate degree in social work, sociology (minor-Psychology) earned at Huntingdon College. I love helping people!
As a clinical social worker, I meet people during times of duress—often the worst day of their life. I have a non-judgmental attitude regarding the issues that one has when seeking my help. As we work toward healing, I can promise that I will NOT dismiss the pain you are experiencing or make light of your situation. It is imperative that I not only HEAR you but UNDERSTAND you and this requires open communication and trust (both of us).
I have more than 30 years’ experience working with individuals and families with a variety of health/mental health concerns and life/career changes. I have mentored colleagues and provided supervision for them as well.
With multiple years of experience in health care (hospitals, nursing homes, home health, hospice) I have also developed a passion for working with older adults and their families. Caregivers experience types of stress and often need concrete assistance. However, I treat adults of all ages especially those with anxiety, depression, life changes, pre-retirement concerns, etc. Additionally, I enjoy assisting college students master concerns about class assignments, issues with professors, and so forth.
My approach is client centered and I use a range of treatment options: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness, Problem Solving Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Rogerian, Gestalt and others.
The best client for me is one who is MOTIVATED to make changes and do the work necessary to make those changes. That means keeping appointments and completing assignments when given.
I look forward to working with you to accomplish your goals! The next step is committing to therapy.
Wishing you all the best life has to offer.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Sleeping disorders, Career difficulties, Coaching, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Money and Financial Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
AL LICSW 1110C
I am a huge therapy ding-dong-ditcher, so I usually get nowhere. Except with Dr. Neiswender. With Dr. Neiswender I was able to get so many resources and made it to the most sessions within a timeframe. Regardless of my inability to stay with therapy for long periods of time, I feel enormously touched by her unwavering empathy, wise heart and unlimited kindness.
Thank you Dr. Neiswender. This world is a better place with you in it.
Written on Aug 02, 2022 after therapy with Carolyn for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and career difficulties