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Carolyn Flood, LPC

 People have often asked me why I chose to become a therapist.  Back when I was just starting a family, I became focused on what I was bringing to the table for my kids.  I knew I had issues I needed to work on and I knew the work would be hard.  Through a diffcult and often painful process, I worked through problems which had interfered with my life and relationships.  The work I did was hard, but invaluable to me.  I felt free and happier and wanted the opportunity to give back to people in a meaningful way.  Counseling was a natural fit.  

I am a native New Yorker and have lived in Pennsylvania for the past 22+ years. I earned my Masters Degree in counseling from Immaculata University and a BA in communications from Brooklyn College.  Working in this field and helping people make lasting and positive changes in their lives is an unbelievable experience. I have trained in relationship counseling, dual diagnosis, trauma treatment, crisis counseling, grief and loss, anxiety and depression treament.  I use Cognitive therapy, developed by Aaron Beck in the 1960s and long since proven effective in treating anxiety, depression, grief and loss and many other issues.  I also use reality therapy, family systems therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness techniques to help people reach their goals.   

Counseling is more than a job, it is a committment to helping.  I am humbled by the people who share their experiences and allow me a window into their lives.   As stories unfold, pain, strength, purpose and wants emerge. Together, we work through issues to identify any roadblocks to happiness.

We all come with a unique set of  experiences, needs, family backgrounds, cultures and genetics.  We all want to be heard and understood.  Unfortunately, there is not a one size fits all answer to happiness.  It is defined by each of us with personal goals and needs.  I help people examine their thinking, give honest feedback and perspective and guide them towards their goals.  Through this process, we uncover how thinking directs behavior and how choices are made based on what we think we deserve.  

Some of my interests are individual counseling, parenting skills, relationship counseling, brain injury and neuroscience. The professional organizations I am a member of are the Brain Injury Association of Pa, the Pennsylvania Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association. 

Throughout my years of work, I have found that I am always learning from the people who come to my office. Working in this field has been a gift.  I hope to always give back for the priviledge of working in a field I love .

Carolyn

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