Hi, I’m Carolyn.

I specialize in helping strong, independent people learn how to get their needs met and create more satisfying connection in their lives.

My Experience

From a young age, I have been passionate about social justice and ending violence against women. I began volunteering on a domestic violence hotline and teaching women’s self-defense in college. Today I have over 20 years of experience as a social worker, program director, and counselor. I have a gift for listening, compassionate truth-telling, and helping my clients to find their voice and stand in their power. I got my clinical counseling over 10 years ago so that I could take a deeper dive with each of my clients to create lasting transformation.

I have led workshops on dating violence, mentored at-risk teens, supported sexual assault survivors, helped fat women love their bodies, guided introverts to find connection, and provided thousands of hours of counseling to diverse humans.

My Training

I have a Masters Degree and am licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in California (LCSW 26169).

My work is informed by ongoing study of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, a powerful form of counseling that amplifies the natural human drive towards healing.  Our work together undoes aloneness and creates a new experience- which then acts as a template for change in the rest of your life.  With your written consent, I may videotape sessions for my own supervision and training.

Body Positivity Podcast

Listen to my recent interview: “On Being a Fat Athlete”

My Story

After an unhealthy relationship in my 20’s, I swore off dating and was single for over a decade. I was angry at sexism and fat oppression, and I was lonely. I found myself giving too much in relationships and then feeling resentful.

I realized that I had some healing to do, and turned to counseling for help. I learned to love the body I’m in, and started exercising again from a place of self-love. Today, I am both fat and fit, and a competitive open water swimmer. I learned about attachment, and how early templates of self-sufficiency had me avoiding the intimacy I craved. I learned how to set better boundaries, make requests, and to receive. Today, I have deeply satisfying friendships, and I have been in a healthy romantic relationship for many years.

There was a time when I believed I could never find a partner, and that my marginalized identities meant I’d always live a truncated life. Today I am dedicated to helping my clients break through similar limiting beliefs.