Cheryl Carp, MA, LMHC
My Therapeutic Approach
I believe that entering into therapy is a hopeful endeavor implying that change is possible, but change requires work. “Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up.” [David Orr]
If you are struggling with multiple complex issues and haven't been able to figure out where to start or which end is up, we can work together to figure out how it all connects and what you would like to address . I appreciate the interconnection between physical and mental health issues, relationship struggles and the complications of addictions and habits.
At our initial appointment, I will take some basic history, learn more about your current situation and your goals and then introduce the Cognitive Behavior Therapy TEAM model that I utilize to structure treatment.
While I have been trained in a variety of methods in my post graduate career, David Burns' Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TEAM approach is the one that I find to be the most effective in bringing about change. The focus in on changing the way you THINK to change the way you FEEL. Using a variety of techniques and methods we work to identify thoughts that are driving feelings and behaviors and then play with different 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 and to change them. You are actively engaged in this process and homework is an integral part of the work.
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.
Education: I hold a B.A in Psychology from Seattle University (1989); and an M.A in Psychology from Antioch University, Seattle (1997)
Credentials: I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington, License number: LH 00004364 (2001)