Cheryl Carp, MA, LMHC
I hold a B.A in Psychology from Seattle University (1989); and an M.A in Psychology from Antioch University, Seattle (1997)
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington, License number: LH 00004364 (2001)
My Therapeutic Approach
I believe that entering into therapy is a hopeful endeavor implying that change is possible, but change often requires work. One of my favorite quotes is: Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up. [David Orr]
My approach is to first explore with you what aspects of your life you are wanting to change. What are your goals for treatment? Why are you seeking therapy? We then take a look at what you’ve already done that’s worked in your pursuit of these goals and what has gotten in the way of pursuing these goals and these changes in the past.
If we want something to change, we have to change something, but as we are all complex beasts, the work we do together lies in unraveling that complexity together and figuring out what and how and even why to make those changes. In exploring this complexity, I believe it’s important to address all aspects of health as we are one body; sleep, exercise and nutrition all play a role in our mental health. I like to bring humor appropriately into the room whenever possible, not to be disrespectful of pain, but to maintain balance and keep perspective on our human condition.
Most of my post graduate training has been in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which provides the framework for the majority of my work, although flexibility is the reality. Using CBT techniques we work to identify thoughts that are driving feelings and behaviors and then play with a variety of tools to adjust those thoughts with the goal of adjusting feelings and behaviors as a result. While that may sound simplistic, the work can lead down paths of loss, emotional trauma, relationship issues, chronic illness and pain, addiction of all types and potentially into underlying mental disorders as we look at the origins of our thoughts.
I believe that the therapist's role is multifaceted: to be curious, open minded and flexible; to be a container for pain and overwhelming emotion; to be a mirror and a sounding board; to provide boundaries and challenging insights; to be a support and a resource, to name a few.
Being a therapist who becomes a trusted confidant and is responsible for holding your deepest emotion is a great honor and privilege. I will always respect that this is your work; you are the driver. I am a support and a witness with some tools in my bag, tricks up my sleeve and experience to draw from, but the outcomes and direction we take are ultimately up to you.