Carol works with adults and couples using a relational approach that emphasizes connection: being seen, heard, and valued for who you are and where you are in your journey. Carol’s goal is to create a welcoming, nurturing, non-judgmental space where you feel safe to share your needs and the challenges that are impacting your quality of life. As an immigrant, Carol is particularly sensitive to the many ways different people show vulnerability. Therefore, she strives to take multicultural, interpersonal, and contextual factors into account in order to get to know the multiple identities forming our whole selves. Carol believes in using the safety of the therapeutic relationship as a healing experience, and when appropriate, in taking advantage of skill-based approaches to support that powerful work.
Carol is currently working towards certification in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). She has extensive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and often incorporates mindfulness-based therapies in her practice. Carol is comfortable working with a variety of diagnoses and issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, identity shifts, and how those issues affect our relationships and wellbeing.
Carol was born and raised in a small town in Brazil, and immigrated on her own to the United States at the age of 18 with hopes of attaining higher education. After working full time and attending community college for 2 years, Carol transferred to the University of California, Berkeley where she completed her B.A. in Psychology. After graduating from her Master’s program in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College in New York, Carol went to work as a case manager, advocating for mentally ill offenders to receive treatment in lieu of jail time. Carol also volunteered for a suicide hotline, which fueled her passion for crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Since moving back to California to pursue her doctoral degree, Carol has gotten married and became a mother, two identities she constantly strives to balance with her professional life. Through her own work in therapy and through supervisory experiences, Carol has had a chance to explore her losses, identities, values; and broaden her capacity for emotional experience, empathy, and compassion — including self-compassion. It is from her own work and growth that Carol draws hope and belief in the therapeutic change process.
Carol is a registered psychological assistant (CA Registration # PSB94024195). She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology/Stanford University Psy.D. Consortium in Palo Alto, CA an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited program. Carol’s training included year-long rotations in the following settings: an outpatient mental health clinic at the Menlo Park VA Hospital, a substance use and treatment clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, and a counseling center at a small university in Belmont, CA. Carol completed an APA-accredited internship at UC Davis Student Health & Counseling Services, and is currently working on her post-doctoral residency here at Three Rivers under the primary supervision of Dr. Sean Cook.
Interests and Hobbies
Coming from a large family back in Brazil, Carol values spending time with friends and family, and spends most of her weekends with her young son and husband discovering new adventures around the Sacramento area. Carol enjoys nature and being near the water, so they often seek out coastal day trips or forest hikes. Since joining most of her friends in parenthood, Carol has made a priority of being a supportive ear to her friends experiencing the joys and perils of parenting little ones.