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 science 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 people who struggle with overthinking, mood fluctuations, and low self-esteem. Often, folks reach out after experiencing a loss, or in the midst of a conflict or transition. I work frequently with arts and entertainment professionals, corporate leaders, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as those whose loved ones have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
I'm a behavioral therapist, which means I use only evidence-based interventions (methods that have been 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 founded with DBT developer 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 the DBT Intensive Outpatient Program. I completed DBT Intensive Training through the Linehan Institute's training company, Behavioral Tech, and was trained in CBT Essentials, CBT for Depression, and CBT for Anxiety by the Beck Institute, which was founded by CBT developer Aaron Beck. I completed Intensive Training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) with CPT developer Kathleen Chard, and Fundamentals of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) through the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), which was founded by EFT developer Sue Johnson. Before opening my private practice, I worked as a CBT and DBT therapist at both Behavioral Psych Studio in New York City and Westside DBT in Los Angeles, where I specialized in treating suicidality, self-harm, and BPD. In addition to my work as a therapist, I provide consultation, supervision, and training to other clinicians, as well as expert comment in publications such as Newsweek and Everyday Health.
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