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Carey McIntosh's style💙 Warm 😃 Humorous 🌎 Holistic 🤝 Collaborative
Why Carey McIntosh chose to be in the helping profession
The path that led me to the helping profession was an unexpected one. Initially uninterested in psychology, I found myself immersed in the world of international aid and development. However, a significant mental-health crisis upended my life plans and sparked a newfound curiosity within me. My therapist played a pivotal role in my recovery, igniting a deep desire to use my own experiences to assist others in their journeys to authenticity and healing. Witnessing the transformative and even life-saving power of therapy firsthand, I made the resolute decision to dedicate myself to the helping profession, driven by the sincere wish to offer empathy, support and guidance to those who are in pain.
As an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, I practice under the supervision of Dr. Avis Attaway, LMFT #34493.
Carey McIntosh's approach
As a highly collaborative therapist, I employ a diverse range of approaches tailored to the individual needs of my clients. While some may focus on present challenges, I have discovered that many individuals' difficulties stem from unresolved early attachment wounds. It is in these profound and transformative moments that I dedicate myself to facilitating healing, as it profoundly impacts how individuals perceive themselves, their capacity to experience and accept love, and their resilience in the face of adversity.
In my counseling practice, I prioritize the establishment of deep connections with my clients. I recognize the inherent worth and equality of each individual, and the divine spark within me recognizes its twin in those I work with. Creating a safe and supportive space for all is of paramount importance to me, where I honor and respect each client's unique journey through life. Together, we embark on a collaborative path toward growth, healing, and self-discovery.
What you can expect from sessions with Carey McIntosh
During our sessions, we will engage in a dynamic blend of techniques such as open dialogue, guided visualizations, and somatic work. Together, we will embark on a transformative journey, where I will encourage you to explore alternative perspectives, embrace new interpretations of the world, and fully experience the depth of your emotions. A significant aspect of our visualizations will involve addressing inner child parts that have been impacted by attachment wounds, allowing any unresolved emotions to be fully acknowledged and released. In addition, I draw from mindfulness and cognitive approaches and occasionally assign homework to deepen your growth outside of our sessions.
While our work may at times evoke discomfort, please remember that we are in this together, and I am here to support you every step of the way. We will also laugh! It is important for you to know that you are the navigator of your own journey, and I am your dedicated partner. The therapy process is uniquely yours, and I am committed to creating a safe and empowering space where your needs, choices, and preferences are respected and honored.
Carey McIntosh's experience working with the Jewish community
Within my counseling practice, I have particularly enjoyed the additional layers of resonance that come when working with individuals who identify as Jewish. As a member of a diverse synagogue community, I feel at ease embracing the varied political affiliations, observances, and beliefs that exist within our congregation. In fact, one of my most fulfilling roles is serving as the co-chair of the synagogue's diversity and inclusion committee, where I am dedicated to fostering an environment that is welcoming and affirming for all who approach with genuine intentions.
In all aspects of my work, my aim is to celebrate and honor the richness of Jewish identities, fostering an atmosphere of respect and understanding for the multiplicity of expressions within the community. It brings me great fulfillment to create spaces where individuals, irrespective of their Jewish background or level of observance, can find support, connection, and a sense of home.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Health at Every Size
- Inner child work
- Trauma Focused Therapy
Languages spokenEnglish Spanish French
People I work withAdolescents (13-18) Adults Elders (65+) Individuals Couples
Personal religious affiliationsConservative
Jewish community experienceSome
Licensed to work inCalifornia
Where people can see me in personRiverside
6235 River Crest Dr, Suite J, Riverside, California
2 years in practice
- Associate Professional Clinical Counselor by CA Board of Behavioral Sciences 2022. License number 12731
- MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling by Bellevue University 2022
- MA International Psychology by The Chicago School of Professional Psychology 2021
- EMDR by EMDR Education and Training Center 2022
- Comprehensive Resource Model by Life Source Affordable Counseling Services 2022