February 2014: Finding Ways to End Emotional Suffering

Carol Knieriem is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. Who feels very fortunate to do my internship where the masters of Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strategic and Systemic Therapy and various Brief Therapies came to teach.

Carol went into this field because of a driving interest to know what caused human beings, her self included, emotional suffering and what were the ways to end that suffering.

She believes what was common to all these methods was the focus on clients’ strengths and their faith in their own ability to solve their problems. That is how she has structured her therapy.

Carol’s practice has focused mainly on adult, individuals and couples. She works people on depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, grief, she works on parenting issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Illness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, marital/couple issues, and medical issues. She uses all these methods listed above because people think and behave differently and one size doesn’t fit all people. Carol also uses Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). When she feels it would be helpful. EMDR is a technique for helping people who have experienced PTSD trauma; but it also has uses in other areas. Read more about EMDR in our recent blog article EMDR Helps Ease Traumatic Memories.

Carol has studied Buddhism which has been proven to be a very useful and exciting addition to therapy and her own life. She teaches mindfulness meditation in individual sessions and also leads a mindfulness meditation group on the 1st and 3rd Monday nights of each month.