April Carlson, LCSW
Have you lost interest in what used to bring you joy? Maybe you feel numb with shame, worry or grief. Something is wrong and it is holding you back from a balanced life of contentment. Your very own inner critic has a hold of the microphone and will not be quiet! When your body is not at peace, sensitivity to the disrespect and cruelty of others can become unbearably painful. Social activities and relationships that used to matter begin to feel overwhelming. You have tried to be more positive, more active, more everything, but it is not getting better.
Increased confidence, relief from suffering, and stronger self-compassion are possible as we gently work to restore balance. Your inner critic can be replaced with a wise and kind observer offering nurture and encouragement. Maybe you have never had any balance in your life? You can begin now! Together we will look for opportunities to increase rest and play in your daily routine. As you gain skills to identify triggers and become curious about your mood and feelings you will see patterns of suffering and begin to identify sources of restorative energy.
For over a decade I have listened and walked a healing path with resilient individuals moving through grief and loss, role changes and identity challenges including faith transitions, relationships, body trauma, healing from emotional hurt and surviving serious illness as a patient or caregiver.
I have certifications in EMDR, Solution Focused Therapy, and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and enjoy using Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy or Psychodynamic techniques to build on your strengths and match your needs.
Masters of Social Work, MSW from the University of Southern California
B.A. in English Literature and B.A in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
April has shared strategies for helping children and families as a guest on the KCRW radio program Which Way L.A. and in television news features on Fox 11 Los Angeles and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles. She was also recognized by the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion at the University of Utah for Leadership in Inclusive Excellence.
PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS
April enjoys public speaking on topics such as Caring for the Caregiver, Sexual Health for Cancer Survivors, Assertiveness Skills for Women, and Protecting Children from Abuse.