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Training & Consultation

Training

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Bringing Body Awareness into Your Practice

  • Would you like to learn how to bring together mind, body, emotion and spirit for quicker and more profound change in your clients?
  • Do you want to bring more energy into your work and into your workplace?
  • Are you part of a therapists’ group that hosts training?

Your practice can grow by hosting a training in somatic psychotherapy. Practicing with a heightened sense of your clients’ bodily posture, breath and movement can foster change by expanding the “re-membering” work you already do. When you help individuals recover from trauma, couples renew their rapport and families repair their relationships, you are bringing together that which has been separated. Somatic psychotherapy brings together the body and mind as a whole in clinical practice.

With over 20 years of presenting to professional organizations, training programs and healthcare teams, I can help you integrate somatic psychotherapy into your practice. My coursework includes trainings for The Samaritan Center, The Seattle Counselors Association, The Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and Pacific Lutheran University Department of Marriage and Family Therapy. I also was faculty for the Swedish Hospital “Physicians Consultation Group for Challenging Patients”.

Are you ready to energize your practice?

Presentations vary in length from 2 to 6 hours. My fee varies accordingly.

Bringing Climate Resilience into Your Practice, Workplace or Organization

  • Have you noticed your clients, colleagues or members feeling more anxious or talking about climate concerns?
  • Would you like tools to relieve your own visceral reactions so that you can be more available to others, and to yourself?
  • Are you part of a therapist group or non-profit that hosts trainings?

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Strengthen your clinic, therapy group or organization by hosting resilience training. Having a safe container for climate grief keeps you from going numb, or being less available to your clients. For instance, taking a deep breath, and grounding to the earth allows the body and spirit to sense safety. Facing the climate crisis with greater internal and external resources builds capacity for presence within you, your colleagues, clients or members. Learn how to bounce forward by using your whole person – mind, body, emotion and spirit --- in resilient community.

With over 20 years of presenting to professional and non-profit organizations, I can help you integrate hardiness and flexibility into your practice, group or association. My coursework includes presentations for practicing psychotherapists and training programs, physicians and other healthcare providers, patient organizations, and environmental non-profits.

Are you ready to infuse climate resiliency and hope into your practice?

Presentations vary in length from 2 to 6 hours. My fee varies accordingly.

Cheryl L. Storm, PhD

Professor and Director of Clinical Training
Pacific Lutheran University Department of Marriage and Therapy

Carolyn has an engaging presentation style.  She was well organized, invited audience interaction and questions, and included helpful resources. Our therapists-in-training learned a great deal from her stimulating and highly practical presentation. They left with ideas and skills they could immediately put into practice.

Marvin Jay Hoffert, MD, FACPM

Carolyn has spoken formally in my recurring pain conference and also has supplemented talks given by others.  Carolyn has a lovely public speaking style. She uses a low key approach with interesting visual and textural aids to engage her audience in the presentation.  She is interesting and provides important and useful information in a way that an audience can understand.  

Matt Chamberlain, MA

I want to thank you for your excellent presentation for WAMFT on working with the medical establishment.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and I know those in attendance did as well. By all accounts, people were excited to learn that MDs and others in the medical field aren’t as intimidating as they appear.  I’ve even been in touch with a doctor’s office myself!

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Group and Individual Consultation

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Integrating Physical Health into Your Practice

  • Are you concerned about how your clients’ illnesses are affecting their mental and emotional state?
  • Have you asked yourself how your own medical issues may be shaping your work with physically ill clients?
  • Would you like to be able to talk confidently with physicians for referrals?

Learn how to help your clients adjust to a diagnosis, strengthen their relationships with doctors, and move through disease burn-out. Shift your experience with any physical challenges you may have to benefit your clients – and yourself. Develop confidence to initiate dialogue with physicians and other healthcare providers. Consulting with them can be a crucial element in your client’s health and well-being, and showing your care for a shared patient can lead to referrals and a relationship of mutual respect.

With over 25 years of working with physicians and other health care providers, I can help you answer these questions deeply and productively. My coursework has included years in a pain management clinic, a primary care practice, a physical therapy group, and a massage and acupuncture office. My progress notes show my caring presence with clients suffering from auto accident injuries, auto-immune diseases, birth defects, brain injury, cancer, diabetes, heart attack, irritable bowel syndrome, movement disorders and pain.

Are you ready to provide exceptional support to physically ill clients? Do you want to speak to physicians with confidence?

Details

The group meets the third Monday of each month, from 1:30 to 3 pm, with a minimum commitment of 6 months. The minimum group size is 3, with a maximum of 6. After the initial group is formed, additional members can join once a quarter. Cost is $75 per person at the beginning of each consultation session. Over 6 months, that is $450. If paid in advance, the total amount for 6 months is $330 which is non-refundable: a savings of $120.

Fostering Climate Resilience in Your Practice

  • Are you concerned about how the climate crisis and the political climate are affecting your clients?
  • Have your asked yourself how your own visceral reactions may be shaping your work?
  • Would you like to strengthen the trust and safety you foster in the therapy room so your clients (and you too) are more resilient?

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You can employ as much skill in conversing with clients about the climate crisis as you have in talking about other difficult issues.  Having reliable resources you can use builds resilience for you and your practice.  Consulting with colleagues can be a vital element in your client’s health and well-being.  Learn how to help your clients acknowledge climate changes, ground themselves through their bodies, strengthen neighborhood relationships, grieve and go-on -- or even grow.

With over 30 years of practice, and over 15 years of volunteering for the environment, I can help you answer these questions. My coursework has included training for building resilience in the face of climate change, founding a group of psychotherapists for social justice, and working with city government to protect trees.   My progress notes show my caring presence with clients suffering from fear because of their ethnicity, religion and travel plans, and those struggling with family dynamics around political issues.

Are you ready to offer more support for clients in the midst of climate change?

Details

The group meets the second Friday of each month, from 1:30 to 3 pm, with a minimum commitment of 6 months. The minimum group size is 3, with a maximum of 6. After the initial group is formed, additional members can join once a quarter. Cost is $75 per person at the beginning of each consultation session. If paid in advance, the total amount for 6 months is $330 which is non-refundable.

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Individual Consultation

  • Are you a therapist who wants more support in these challenging times?
  • Does deepening your work with clients resonate with you?
  • Or, are you a Certified Counselor needing to satisfy state requirements?

You can sustain your clients and grow your practice by grounding your work through your body. Expand your bodily awareness to ease stress and build depth and resilience in your work day. The wisdom of the body can be a vital element in your capacity to hold your clients’ stories with care.

With over 30 years of practice, I offer dynamic listening and practical suggestions. My coursework has included supervision training, professional ethics, and risk assessment. My progress notes show leading consult groups of licensed therapists, consulting with physicians and other healthcare providers, and providing consultation for certified counselors.

Are you ready for more support in your practice?

My fee is $150 per hour. If you choose to share your time with another person (for dual consultation) the fee is $75 per person.

Details

I am a Licensed Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (Pacific Lutheran University), who works with individuals using their mind-body relationship. I graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

I hold Certification in Clinical Hypnosis (CCH) through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and am a Clinical Member of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy. The following post-graduate training is also integral to my work:
• Trauma: Body, Mind and Science, JFK University.
• Spirituality and Healing in Medicine, Harvard Medical School.
• Transforming Healthcare: The Collaborative Solution, University of Washington.
• More than 25 years of consultation with physicians and other health care providers on medical conditions, especially chronic illness and pain management.

I am qualified under WAC 246-810-026 to serve as a consultant through holding licensure in good standing for five years or more, and having taken courses in Risk Assessment, Screening, Professional Ethics and Washington State Law. I also have completed 18 hours of training in Supervision.

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Dan Keusal M.S., LMFT

Carolyn and I consult with each other regularly. I value the ways that she shows respect and compassion for clients and their journeys, while providing me with perspectives that are open, insightful, and clear. She has a gift for helping to navigate the complexities of being a therapist with just the right balance of challenge and affirmation. I consistently come away from our consults feeling supported and renewed. Both I and my clients benefit from her experience, and from her gentle, grounded, warm-hearted wisdom.

Peter Rigby

Director of Therapy Services
Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

I worked with Carolyn for 9 years and found her services to be invaluable in helping my patients overcome the psychosocial barriers often associated with chronic pain syndromes. Carolyn is a caring, thoughtful and very skilled clinician.  Of special note is her ability to understand patient’s needs and implement effective strategies to support the rehabilitation process.

Chris A. Lawrence M.D.

I have worked with Carolyn for a number of years with several of my challenging chronic pain patients. She has proven to be of great assistance in helping them develop skills to cope with their chronic complaints with a more positive attitude. All the patients we have in common speak highly of her work.

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Laurie Marum, L.Ac.,M.Ac., M.S.W.

Reiki Master

Carolyn and I share clients most often when they are ready to quit smoking.  I can rely on our consults prior to seeing a patient because Carolyn gives me helpful insight about what to expect.  This is true both with smoking cessation patients and with other patients. It is a pleasure to work with a nearby colleague who shares common ideas and goals.

Betsy George, LMT

Sunstone Massage and Associates

Over the years, Carolyn and I have shared some of the same clients and she has solid insights into what is going on with them - in their bodies as well as their minds.  It has been a pleasure to share an office suite with her for more than 10 years.

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Karen E. Clark, Ph.D

Carolyn is truly a caring presence. When you're talking to her, you really feel her attention is completely with you. She has a depth of compassion that is calming and stirring. In consultation, she has been supportive of me and of my patients. She has helped me understand how to hold my clients' grief about the climate crisis in a way that comforts and empowers them.

Lynn Fitz-Hugh, MS

Carolyn started and facilitated a consult group for therapists wanting to look at social justice issues as they intersect with our therapy work.  She herself has a deep concern and care for these issues and it was very helpful to be part of the consult group. Not everyone makes these connections.  Carolyn truly does bring a caring presence and attention for those around her.

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