Stephanie Carlin, LPC, LAC, NCC, ADS
Because going to therapy shouldn’t suck.
Get to know me.
Hails from the northeast. Loves exploring the mountains, desert, and big cities. Unabashed dog mom & cat mom.
Big fan of hot sauce and tacos. Passionate about social justice. Animal lover.
Chronic procrastinator. Unfortunate repeat killer of plants.
Introvert. Millennial. Human-being.
Now for the stuff that actually makes me qualified:
Licensed Professional Counselor #LPC.0015274
Licensed Addiction Counselor #ACD.0000889
Board Certified National Certified Counselor #1069210
Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist #15064
Master of Criminal Justice and Master of Public Administration from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (anticipated completion in 2020).
Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine (2015).
Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Health Science with Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling from State University of New York College at Brockport (2013).
Adhering to high ethical standards is important to me. For this reason, I am a member of the following professional entities:
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA)
Areas of experience.
I provided therapy and clinical case management to inmates at four county jails throughout my career. My focus was on giving them tools to break the cycle of incarceration and keep them from coming back. I also previously served as a treatment representative for a sobriety court.
Currently I am also employed full-time at a substance use disorder treatment facility in Estes Park, where I developed and now run the intensive outpatient (IOP) program. I have spent the past 7 years providing addiction counseling in various settings, including a methadone clinic in upstate New York.
I have worked at multiple community mental health centers throughout my career with adults who have severe and persistent mental illness. I am particularly adept at working with psychosis. I have also worked quite a deal with LGBTQ+ individuals struggling with shame and stigma.
Crisis & Disaster
I am trained in Psychological First Aid, and have volunteered throughout my career as a mental health professional in disaster situations. I have also worked in hospitals, an urgent care center, and as part of a mobile crisis team.
I am certified as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) and am trained in the NADA 5-point AcuDetox protocol, which is needling of the ear. This is an evidence-based, non-talk therapy way to help with anxiety, sleep, stress, depression, cravings, etc. I am not a licensed acupuncturist and cannot needle other areas of the face or body.
I completed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Basic Training with the Humanitarian Assistance Program. EMDR is an evidence-based trauma therapy which mimics REM sleep in order to work through painful memories and make them less distressing.
Authenticity & Transparency
Realness. In a world of Instagram filters and photoshop, we've lost real, genuine, vulnerable, raw connection, which we all need to thrive. Let's bring that back.
After all, therapy is your time. You should feel comfortable being as direct, crass, crude, sassy, or candid as you want to be. In fact, I encourage it. Filters have no place in the therapy room. I also commit to providing honest feedback, and strive to be as open and communicative as possible.
You. You want to be the best person you can be. I know that because you wouldn't be here if you didn't. You have things that you're passionate about, principles you believe in.
Me. I will hold you to your principles, whatever they are. I seek to create and maintain a space where you feel comfortable, allowed, welcomed, to not always put your best face forward. Where you're allowed to falter, stumble. I commit to provide and maintain this kind of space for you.
Uniqueness. Like a fingerprint, there's only one of you out there. Nobody gets to take that away from you, even though some may try. You are valuable and have so much to offer the world.
Fairness. Although it should be, society isn't always fair. I commit to helping empower you to advocate for yourself and/or your community, if and when you feel compelled to do so.