"These things will be hard, but you can do hard things." - Glennon Doyle
Caroline Fowler, LCSW-C
Making the decision to seek therapy is brave. Whether you have experienced direct trauma, secondary trauma, chronic stress, or caregiver burn-out, I know that healing is possible for everyone. I consider it a privilege to be a compassionate witness for you on your healing journey. I will hold a safe, non-judgmental space in which you feel heard and validated.
For anyone who has suffered trauma, secondary trauma, or chronic stress, there exists a version of yourself that was present before the point of impact. I like to think of this as who you were meant to be before life got messy. Tapping into your resilience - and yes, you have it - can get you back to this version of yourself.
Trauma is an actual or perceived threat to life or safety. Trauma shakes us. It changes us. Trauma may be an acute, life-threatening event, or a series of events that affect one’s sense of safety. My aim is to help you restore your sense of safety and well-being after experiencing trauma. You are not alone in your suffering, and healing is possible.
Secondary trauma, often referred to as vicarious trauma, is the result of repeatedly hearing about, or witnessing trauma, or the aftermath of trauma. Direct care providers, emergency responders, and many other professionals and lay people may be suffering from secondary trauma without even knowing it. If you have felt burnt out, lethargic, resentful, tense, “on edge”, or experienced difficulty sleeping, it may be due to the effects of secondary trauma.
Maybe you have not experienced a life threatening event, but you have lived through repeated, highly stressful scenarios, or relationships that impact your daily life. If this is the case, you likely suffer from the effects of chronic stress. Through honoring your experience, collaboratively identifying coping strategies, and prioritizing self care, we can work through this together.
My therapeutic style is warm and nurturing. Holding a therapeutic space, creating a lasting connection with you, and honoring your life experiences are my top priorities. My approach to therapy is to help you understand your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors through a new lens. Often, we know that we need to change a pattern. We may even know that a thought, feeling or behavior is a response to trauma, secondary trauma, or chronic stress. We cannot create lasting change with this realization alone. Through present moment awareness of both the mind and body, I help you identify the root cause of what is bothering you, and heal from it.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Coping Skill Development
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Randolph-Macon College - 2015 - Bachelors degree in Psychology
Salisbury University - 2017 - Masters of Social Work
Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) - Maryland Board of Social Work
Graduate of Level One of The Ferentz Institute
Graduate of Level One of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Graduate of Level One of The Theraplay Institute
ON A PERSONAL NOTE
I absolutely love dogs and the outdoors. One of my professional goals is to train a therapy dog in the future!
I was born and raised on Maryland's Eastern Shore and still live there. My favorite sound in the world is the sound of migratory geese making their way to the shore in the fall.
Some of my favorite hobbies are listening to music, (watching, not participating in) theater productions, and reading fiction novels.
I absolutely love summer time and the beach. The more hot and humid it is outside, the happier I am. I could sit in the sand all day long and be perfectly content.