Carli Watson

Accepting Clients

Healing Your Mind Body & Spirit | Trauma & Recovery Specialist | Somatic Mind-Body Approach | Integrative Health | Finding Yourself Again

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Grand Rapids, MI

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual
  • Group

About My Clients

We all feel lost or disconnected at times - from our sense of self, bodies, needs, relationships, a sense of purpose, or God. Disconnection helps us cope temporarily, but it cannot provide long-term relief. I'll help you reconnect with your whole being (mind body & spirit) & a deep sense of meaning. With compassion, we gently listen to & guide lost parts of you back to self-love, acceptance, & integration. I'm also a good fit if you've tried talk therapy but wondered about a mind-body approach.

My Background and Approach

I've worked with anxiety, depression, mood issues, traumatic stress, & various addictions. Before starting my own practice, I was a therapist for 5years in community health centers helping adults with severe trauma (PTSD) & opioid or alcohol use. I study polyvagal theory, which informs how the body’s nervous system responds to safety or threat. Thus, I blend “top down” approaches (changing thoughts) with “bottom up” approaches (noticing body sensations to help manage or regulate feelings). With somatic (body) work, we can build new ways to relate to stress when it arises directly as sensations in the body. I'm trained extensively in addiction recovery, integrated care with other medical providers, & am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). I take into account the holistic connection of physical & mental health. I've heard that I am easy to talk to & meet you where you are without judgement. I'll guide you through trauma healing with practical tools.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that your whole person, mind body & spirit, is a resource for healing & growth. I offer a balance of empathy & honesty, understanding & feedback, compassion & encouragement. I see the potential in all people & the marginalized (especially those with addictions). I believe we are all capabale of healing, & you do not need me to do so, but rather I want to help you unlock your own resources within. I'm a practicing Christian, & this worldview informs my practice. I believe spirituality plays a big role in healing, but gladly respect it if you do not want this included for any reason. I found yoga & therapy instrumental in my own healing recovery from codependency & will not ask you to try anything that I'm not willing to do myself. For self-care, I enjoy playing tennis, volleyball, board games, doing yoga, & listening to any Latin pop music.

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Christianity

At A Glance

  • Experience: 6 years of practice
  • Languages: English, Español
  • Rate: $100 - 150/session

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