Carolyn Schowengerdt

Psychologist

About Me

About Me

I was raised a country girl on a farm. Once I experienced the cultural diversity and the many forms of the arts in a large city, I have never longed to move back to the country. But I do love to visit I believe Nature is very healing and now there is research to back that. So I under stand both cultures.

I have taken many online seminars on how our diet and our environment impact our mental and physical health.

I was a teacher first and then in response to the many problems my students had I went back to school to become a psychologist. I have had 31 years of experience as a therapist. Clients find it easy to talk to me due to my compassionate and non-judgmental nature. I work as one human being with another human being, because but for the Grace of God, go I.

A large wall hanging of Footsteps in the Sand, author unknown, dominated my office. This is an excerpt from the poem, ‘ “So I said to the Lord, you promised me Lord that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there have been only one set of footprints in the sand. Why when I needed you most, have you not been there for me. The Lord replied, “The times when you see only one set of footprints, is when I carried you”.’

I was raised in a church centered family. I have been associated with a church community for much of my life. I have been praying on Monday evenings with the same group of ladies for 26 years and when there were church choirs sang in the church choir. That is my Monday and Wednesday evenings so I will be offering times for therapy on Tue. and Thurs. and maybe Wed.daytime. I have formed close and lasting relationships in Bible study and other church study groups.

My first psycho-educational work is in defining the client role and therapist role in therapy. I work very client-centered. We collaborate on the goals and objectives that capture the issues you have come to resolve or at least improve. I give clients verbal feedback often on how they are progressing on their goals and objectives. Since changes on long term patterns of thinking and behavior come slowly it is often hard for clients to realize the progress they are making without this feedback.


I am a skills-based therapist. I also work on the basis of, if you change your thoughts and perceptions you change your feelings and your life. You don’t have to know how, I will guide you and collaborate with you on therapy experimental homework that will change your life. This is not like teacher-assigned homework. It is agreed upon by the client and therapist. Clients who have seen many therapists and been in therapy for years, come to work with me and their hospitalizations stop. They become more functional and more happy within their families, communities, and employability. Yes, change is scary, but I support you throughout the change process and teach you how to build a support system outside of therapy which many of my clients have lacked. That has been much tougher during these pandemic times.


Specialties:

Depression
Anxiety,
ADHD
Sexual and physical abuse victims
Crime Victims
PTSD
Family relationship issues and parenting issues,
Personality disorders
Workplace/career issues
Grief and Loss
Life change and aging issues
Geriatric clients in a variety of living environments
Play therapy and art therapy with children
Worked in conjunction with parents on parenting skills for children with difficult to manage and to live with behaviors.


Also Experienced In

I have co-facilitated groups for clients with personality disorders, and groups for teenage sexual abuse victims. I have taught many kinds of groups and classes on Love and Logic Parenting. I have worked with Bi-Polar who often present to treatment with other issues such as addictions, eating disorders, family relationship problems, or workplace issues.


Clinical Approaches

I practice client centered therapy. I use Cognitive Based Therapy, , Mindfulness based therapy, Commitment and Acceptance, Solution Focused Therapy, techniques specific to anxiety issues, and EMDR for trauma and PTSD issues, and Linahan's DBT skills based and containment skills. I do hypnotherpy, teach relaxation techniques, and somatic body work because all life events and feelings are stored in the body. I became trained in EMDR when I saw that old childhood traumas and other adult trauma issues were at the heart of limiting progress in therapy. I use guided imagery, progressive relaxation, and hypnotherapy.




Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 31

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

Psychologist #01088 (Expires: 2024-01-31)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Carolyn Schowengerdt. 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.

Written by S.H. on Aug 04, 2022 after therapy with Carolyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I think God sent her to me ......

Written by D.E. on Jun 02, 2022 after therapy with Carolyn for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

Carolyn was extremely helpful in helping me understand and navigate a personal problem. She was understanding, attentive, and gave me a unique perspective with solutions that I will definitely implement. I am thankful to have been paired with her.

Written by K.I. on May 26, 2022 after therapy with Carolyn for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and adhd

Carolyn is an amazing counselor , so easy to talk to . She was very knowledgeable on what I was experiencing and offer great insight . I felt better after every talk and am hopeful to improve the happiness in my life !

Written by J.E. on May 20, 2022 after therapy with Carolyn for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

Carolyn was exactly what I needed. She listened well, was helpful, and helped me identify what I needed to work on. Her techniques were spot on and helped me through a tough situation.

Written by E.L. on May 19, 2022 after therapy with Carolyn for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, and adhd

Carolyn is a beautiful, kind human being who genuinely cares about my feelings and wants to see me grow and learn even more than I do sometimes. She is patient, she is gentle and above all, she respects me and my boundaries and recognizes the lagging skills I have and helps me navigate them.

Written by A.B. on Nov 09, 2021 after therapy with Carolyn for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

It is amazing the amount of change that can happen in such a short amount of time! Carolyn is very perceptive and capable of assisting you in making real and meaningful change! I wish I would have started counseling sooner! I cannot recommend her enough!

Written by C.I. on Oct 14, 2021 after therapy with Carolyn for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts

I appreciate Carolyn's insight and ideas concerning my mother and her current situation

Work with me!