Caroline Swindell

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I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After graduation, I worked with children in a group home who were victims of sexual assault. I have been a mental health advocate and qualified professional for mental health agencies and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 2018. I graduated in May 2022 with a Master of Arts in counseling with a dual concentration in school counseling and play therapy at University of North Carolina Charlotte. I have been a full-time school counselor since 2021 and specialize in working with children with social and behavioral challenges in Title I schools.

 

In my clinical practice I work with struggling children, teens, adults, and families. I specialize in working with trauma and PTSD, LGBTQIA+ identity and relationship issues, and life transitions. For all clients I use an anti-racist theoretical foundation to ensure equity in my practice. When establishing a therapeutic relationship with my clients, my goal is for clients to see themselves as the experts of their own lives. By following a child/person centered strategy, we work together to dig deep and develop tools to understand their needs and boundaries so my clients can be successful. Using play therapy with children (and even adults!!) helps my clients heal their inner child and work towards total self acceptance. Some of the tools I utilize in play therapy sessions include sandtray, expressive arts therapy, child-centered play therapy, and trauma focused play therapy. 

 

When I'm not working, I try to practice self-care and healing by spoiling my dog, gardening, hiking, roller-blading, practicing yoga, and being social with friends!!