CARRIE CALHOON, LCSW
Whether you are struggling with a life change (life-limiting diagnosis, divorce, a new phase of life), a loss (death, a relationship, job, sense of your own independence), feeling stuck (life isn't moving in the direction you had hoped, you want to feel different but just don't know where to start), or you are in pain (physical or emotional), I can be a non-biased sounding board and guide. I like to meet my clients "right where they are" and help you with tools to move in the direction you wish to be. I'm easy to talk to, not afraid to talk about hard things, and mix in my own "humanness" with a dose of humor in our sessions.
I have worked for over 20 years in a combination of mental health and medical settings. I work with children, teens, and adults and have specialties in working with grief, loss, and those facing life-limiting illnesses- as well as those struggling with depression, anxiety, and the effects of trauma.
Often we know we want things to be different but don't know where to start. We get in our own way and admitting we need a little help is tough. Being vulnerable enough to reach out and begin therapy takes a lot of courage but often is the catalyst to making a change. It will be a privilege to help you feel whole and healthy again.
"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
Martin Luther King
I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and minor in art at University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. After working with at-risk teenagers, I obtained my Masters in Social Work at University of Arkansas at in Little Rock in 2000.
I am Licensed Certified Social Worker and have spent my career working with kids and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, family conflict, grief and loss, and life-limiting illness.
I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to my toolbox of therapy techniques which I use for patients with trauma and chronic pain.
Outside of my practice I spend my time with family and my two Goldendoodles (Harper and Conner) traveling, adventuring, and napping in hammocks. I love photography and capturing the humanness of people. I have a tribe of friends made up of every color, religion, sexual preference, and culture. I have "soul nights" where I sit at my 8 foot farmhouse table with friends, barefooted with my out of control hair in a bun- eating and laughing and crying and just...being.
I'm human- just like you. I am skilled at sitting in the uncomfortable with people, hearing what you say-and what you don't have to- and walking with you as you move towards having more good days than bad days.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR VISIT
Going to therapy for the first time can be quite vulnerable. Let me put you a bit at ease. It's just us, talking, working together, to come up with tools and solutions to get you where you want to be. YOU are in charge of your growth and change and I'm there to be a partner to you, guiding you as we go along. I'm not afraid to talk about hard things, but we can do it in a way you feel safe with and with a sense of humor. Sometimes we will use more "talk therapy", other times I may be more directive and give you assignments, and other times we may use EMDR, which is a valuable type of therapy using eye movement to assist with trauma symptoms. We'll develop and shift your plan as needed and TOGETHER at a pace that feels comfortable. No surprises, I promise!
I offer individual, family, and couples counseling using a combination of evidence based therapy techniques (cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychotherapy, and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) with expressive arts, narrative and dignity therapy, and play. We will focus on increased coping, connection, quality of life, and overall emotional health and well-being. In a nutshell, we will work together to move towards feeling better than you are now.
PROFESSION CONSULTATION AND LECTURES
I provide consultation services to medical settings needing an outside look in establishing integrated mental and behavioral health services. I can help streamline best practices for assessment, solution focused intervention, and effective communication with a multidisciplinary team.
For medical teams dealing with ongoing end of life issues, I also provide strategies for the medical team to have more effective management for self care and compassion fatigue as well as debriefing for difficult cases.
Teaching students and professionals about quality of life and the integration of medical and mental health is an area I love. I am available to provide lectures on topics related to death and dying, living with a life limiting illness, ethics in end of life, non-pharmacological approaches to pain, and psychosocial aspects of cancer.
I am available to provide clinical supervision for social workers seeking to be eligible for LCSW.
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD
SELF PAY (CASH, CREDIT CARD, HSA CARD)
Navigating insurance can be confusing at times. Here are some commonly asked questions:
What is a deductible?
The deductible is an amount of money the client is responsible for meeting before their insurance begins to pay for a claim.
What is a copay?
A copay is a fixed amount of money that the client (beneficiary) is responsible for at each visit after meeting their deductible. This is in addition to the payment made by the insurer.
How do I know what my copay and deductible are?
You can contact your insurance provider to find this information out. Most insurances have a number on the back of the card that connects you to a case manager or website to provide you with this information.