Carrie Holloran, MA, LPC, NCC
I am, among many things, a Pacific Northwesterner at heart, originally from Sammamish, Washington. I have been married for thirteen years, and love living in the city of Portland with my husband, 15 month old, and sweet dog. It is my own personal story of pain, anxiety, struggle and healing that inspires my work with my clients, and I am so deeply grateful to have been able to turn my passion into a job!
Therapy gives us an opportunity to create and experience those in-between spaces in life when your story is given a voice, and the therapy relationship begins.
It is in this space that something sacred occurs…something beautiful and risky and painful and wonderful all at the same time.
Some of these stories have words, while others are only felt. Some stories are filled with trauma, others, despair. Some stories tell the tale of hopelessness, anxiety, or depression, and others speak of damaged relationships. In all of these stories there are themes of brokenness but also of hope. Each story tells of the moment, if even for a split second, of light shining into the darkness.
One of my favorite quotes is from the movie Girl Interrupted, when a nurse says to one of her patients in deep distress, "Do not drop anchor here." So to you I say: if you currently find yourself in a place of darkness and despair, do not drop anchor. There is hope.
I have my Master of Arts in Counseling from Multnomah University, and I have spent a number of years in the helping profession working with women, adolescents and young adults in community mental health settings who have experienced trauma. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (#C4482) with the State of Oregon.
In addition to receiving extensive training in the area of trauma recovery and the use of EMDR, I have also received specialized training in the area of eating disorders during my graduate level internship and through continuing education. I am committed to staying up to date on the latest research related to my areas of practice, and frequently seek additional training to enhance my work with clients.
My areas of interest and experience include:
Professional Trainings & Courses:
- 2016- ISST-D 33rd Annual Conference: Hand in Hand: Trauma/Dissociation/Attachment (http://www.isst-d.org)
- Advanced EMDR course/training for working with early trauma and dissociation: Sandra Paulsen, PhD
- 2015: Columbia River Eating Disorder Network Conference (http://www.credn.org)
- 2014- EMDR Training Weekend 1 & 2, Certificate of Completion: EMDR Institute
- 2013- Practical Approaches to Treating Eating Disorders: A Monte Nido & Affiliates Continuing Education Presentation
- 2012- Treating Trauma & Dissociation: ISSTD 29th Annual Conference
Education & License:
- Master’s of Arts in Counseling: Multnomah University, Portland, OR
- BA in Sociology/Anthropology & Religious Studies: St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
- License No. and State: C4482 Oregon, Licensed Professional Counselor
- National Certified Counselor (NCC)
- EMDR Certificate of Completion: Basic Training Weekend 1 & 2
- American Counseling Association (ACA - http://www.counseling.org/)
- Columbia River Eating Disorder Network (www.credn.org)