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 license 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 folx make peace with 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 AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), which is a powerful form of counseling that amplifies the natural human drive towards healing.  Our work together undoes aloneness and harnesses the power of the therapy relationship as a template for change.  With your written consent, I may videotape sessions for my own supervision and training.

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 make peace with 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.


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