Carolyn Schowengerdt, Psychologist
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.
Deep Skill and Successful Experience with Senior Citizens: As an independently contracted counseling psychologist I worked for Dr. John Bopp in Kansas City, MO, to provide therapy to hundreds of senior citizens. Many of these elders lived in assisted living, in nursing homes, group homes, in independent living in Senior apartment complexes. Following assessments, I found so often that their concerns and issues were founded in forms of Grief: grief associated with their aging, grief related to loss of their homes, their familiar circumstances, their nearby family and friend contacts, grief due to loss of mobility and frequent occurrence of pain. Nearly all found renewed balance and purpose when they experienced my individual compassionate counsel and guidance. Knowing that physical movement and exercise reduces depression and anxiety, I also frequently encouraged them, when able, to take advantage of available physical therapy, recreational movement, exercise classes, and interactive events. During treatment, it was my pleasure to observe their uplifted vitality and greater joy in living.
Sexual and physical abuse victims
Family relationship issues and parenting 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.
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 depression, 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.
Additional areas of focus: 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, Impulsivity, Isolation/Loneliness, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Sexual Assault and Abuse, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues
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
MO Psychologist 01088
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Carolyn was very attentive and goal oriented which I loved. She helped me get my priorities straight and kept me on track towards the goals we set. She also worked on giving me long term tools for calming my mind and combating negative thoughts. Would highly recommend!
Written on Mar 29, 2023 after therapy with Carolyn for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
Carolyn is a great therapist. She respects and listens faithfully to her client. She also works around the availability of her client.
Written on Mar 03, 2023 after therapy with Carolyn for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and sleeping disorders
After only a few meetings, Carolyn truly started to help me understand and manage my anxiety. She is such a light and anyone would be lucky to have her!
Written on Sep 13, 2022 after therapy with Carolyn for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd
I think God sent her to me ......
Written 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
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 on Jun 02, 2022 after therapy with Carolyn for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts
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 on May 26, 2022 after therapy with Carolyn for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and adhd