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After a successful 20-year career in the corporate world, I obtained a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University, and entered private practice.
I have offices in Elkin and Sparta, North Carolina where I meet with clients face to face. I also provide therapy to clients on line via my iTherapy private video meeting room. This allows my clients to meet at times that are convenient for them via a safe and secure HIPAA compliant video service.
I work from a Cognitive Behavioral Perspective which is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things like people, situations and events.There are many things that can be done to help improve mood and resilience.
If you feel overwhelmed and under pressure. I have helped many individuals, couples and families overcome struggles with relationships, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, women’s issues, eating disorders, self-destructive behaviors, life stresses, transitions and other challenges.
My approach for all of my clients is to help them:
- Identify issues, concerns and areas for change
- Provide educational information regarding conditions and treatments
- Determine measurable and obtainable goals
- Jointly develop a treatment/action plan
- Create a reasonable timeline
- Review and adjust goals as appropriate
I look forward to working with you.
After a successful 20-year career in the corporate world, I obtained a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University, and entered private practice. I grew up in Chicago IL. and lived in Tampa FL. before moving to the mountains of North Carolina. I am married and have three wonderful step children and nine beautiful grandchildren. In my spare time enjoy traveling, reading, movies, and spending time with friends and family. I also enjoy being active and like to exercise, walk, do yoga.
I received my undergraduate degree in Business Management, from Eckerd College in St. Pete Fl. I then worked at Sprint Communications Company for 15 years in various management and account management positions. I then returned to school to pursue my dream of becoming a counselor. I earned a Masters in Clinical Psychology at Appalachian State University. Upon graduation, I entered into Private Practice and have been providing services to individuals, couples, families and groups since 2007. I am a Licensed Psychological Associate in North Carolina, License Number 3453 and work under the supervision of Dr. Denise Martz.
Specialties & Issues
I provide counseling for individuals and families with a focus on women’s issues. Women today face unique and sometimes challenging circumstances. We often have multiple roles and the stress involved in obtaining a balance between obligations to family and children, household chores, and paid work can be exhausting. Women are more likely to look after others before themselves. We often struggle with trying to be accepted for who we are, and yet also fit the mold of the “ideal woman”. Women can face challenges around body image, self-acceptance and self-esteem, including issues of ageing and other midlife concerns (such as empty nest syndrome, menopause, caring for elderly parents, widowhood). We can be affected by post-natal/partum depression and hormonal disorders. We are more likely than men to be raising children alone. Women are relational, and the most important relationship you can have is with yourself. There are many things that can be done to help improve mood and resilience. If you feel overwhelmed and under pressure, I can help you explore your needs as a woman and help empower you to deal effectively with your issues. I have helped many individuals, couples and families overcome struggles with relationships, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, women’s issues, eating disorders, self-destructive behaviors, life stresses, transitions and other challenges.
- Adult ADHD
- Alzheimer's & Dementia
- Anger Management
- Bipolar Depression
- Borderline Personalities
- Caregiver Support
- Cutting/Self Harm
- Eating Disorders
- Family Life
- Grief & Loss
- Mental Health
- Mood Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorders/Attacks
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Postpartum Depression
- Relationship Issues
- Self Esteem
- Stress Management
- Time Management
- Weight Management
- Women's Health
- Work/Life Balance
My training is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and this is my primary approach for therapy. I incorporate other approaches a appropriate. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a time-limited, empirically supported treatment for a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, worry, relationship conflicts, eating disorders and substance abuse. CBT is the only psychotherapy that is scientifically supported by more than thirty years of research demonstrating its effectiveness. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is based on the assumption that beliefs, behaviors, and emotions are interrelated. It is a collaborative, present-focused approach to problematic behaviors, thinking patterns, and emotions. Typical CBT Session CBT therapists take an active, in-session stance to teach clients skills that can be used to improve current functioning. Skills learned in session generalize to life outside of therapy, clients receive individualized reading, writing, or behavioral assignments to be completed during the week. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has repeatedly been shown to have a lasting effect in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. Research has demonstrated that CBT is superior to anti-depressant treatment and can be used as an alternative or in combination with pharmacological therapy. There are many different approaches to therapy and you have to find what works best for you and your personality and sometimes that will involve trial and error with finding a psychologist that you click with who is well-trained enough to be able to give you the tools that you need. I will work with you to find the right approach to assist you in achieving your goals.
Services & Rates
Please contact me to discuss rates.
I currently accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medcost, Cigna, Aetna and North Carolina Medicaid. I do not file claims, but will be happy to provide you the information that you need to file a claim. If you choose to pay for your session, I accept MC, VISA, American Express and Discover. You may schedule an appointment today, just access the scheduler below. You may also contact me via email or phone. 828.964.8790 or email@example.com. I look forward to talking with you.
Insurance Paneled In:
- North Carolina
Carol Pulley's Blogs
- Mar.18.2020 - COVID 19 – I know what I can’t do – What can I do?
Oct.11.2018 - Self Care
Oct.10.2018 - Mental Illness – End The Stigma
- Feb.22.2017 - Women and PTSD
- Feb.14.2017 - Online Therapy Growth and Efficacy White Paper
Dec.13.2016 - The First Therapy Appointment – Therapist’s Perspective
- Dec.5.2016 - What to Expect at your First Therapy Session as a Client
Aug.9.2014 - Aging Parents – Independence vs. Safety ?
Aug.9.2014 - The Twinkle in Her Eye…………..
Apr.9.2014 - Does My Insurance Cover Online Counseling?
Mar.31.2014 - Care Giving: The Side Effects…
Mar.30.2014 - What I Learned Watching my Parents Die
- Mar.29.2014 - Can my Aging Parents Live Alone ?
Mar.29.2014 - Caregiving a Gift or a Burden ?
- Feb.20.2014 - Does Insurance Cover Online Counseling ?
- Jan.30.2014 - My Online Counseling Experiences