Behavioral therapy with transparency and warmth
Congratulations on taking a step towards change. Deciding to work with a therapist means you want your life to look different in some way. Whether you're troubled by painful emotions, difficult thoughts, a loss, or simply want support as you navigate a transition or stressful event, I'm here. I'll focus on building a strong, authentic connection with you while using the science of modern psychology to help you meet your goals. Therapy is a collaboration - you don't have to do this alone!
My clients are vibrant, intelligent people who sometimes face challenges regulating their emotions, controlling their impulses, maintaining their relationships, and being compassionate toward themselves. I also see clients who struggle with overthinking, mood fluctuations, and low self-esteem. Often, people reach out after experiencing a loss or in the midst of a conflict or transition. I work frequently with members of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as parents of teens, and those whose loved ones have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). I treat adult populations of individuals, couples/partners, and families.
I'm a behavioral therapist, which means I use only evidence-based interventions (methods that have been scientifically proven to work) to treat mental health conditions. The backbone of my practice is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), supplemented with strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Both modalities are effective in helping people understand and change their behavior. I use additional approaches when clinically indicated and, of course, sometimes laughter is medicine! As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I assess and treat my clients in the context of their environment, and I practice with a nonjudgmental, anti-racist, sex-positive, and gender/identity/lifestyle-affirming stance.
I earned my Master of Science Degree in Social Work, Advanced Clinical Practice, at Columbia University in New York City. There, I was appointed to a fellowship in the DBT Training Program, which was developed with DBT founder Marsha Linehan. I served a CBT-focused clinical field placement at David Szuster Psychiatry in New York City, followed by a placement at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut, where I worked in the DBT Transitional Living Program and DBT Intensive Outpatient Program. I completed DBT Intensive Training through the Linehan Institute's training company, Behavioral Tech, and I was trained in CBT Essentials, CBT for Depression, and CBT for Anxiety by the Beck Institute, which was developed by CBT founder Aaron Beck. Before moving to Los Angeles, I worked as a CBT and DBT therapist at Behavioral Psych Studio in New York City. I currently practice part-time at Westside DBT in Los Angeles, where I deliver comprehensive DBT and specialize in treating suicidality, self-harm, and BPD.
If you're wondering if I'm the right fit for you, what you can expect from the types of therapy I practice, or whether you're ready to engage in the therapeutic process, please reach out for a complimentary phone consultation. Selecting a therapist is an important decision, and a brief chat may help you feel more confident in your choice. You can also take a look at my Instagram profile (@therapy.with.carrie) to get a sense of my style. I look forward to connecting!
Carrie Covell, LCSW