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Carol O’Dowd offers a safe, sacred space for clients to reconnect with their inner wisdom and strength. By using techniques like reflection, listening, and placing attention, clients can learn to be present with themselves, others, and nature. Carol has provided counseling and training in prisons in the United States and Indonesia and has seen how often people imprison themselves. Her goal is to help clients realign with their strength and wisdom, so they can walk free of destructive behaviors.

Carol strives to help clients find peace of mind using practices that work for them. With her diverse training and education, she can apply the therapy that is most appropriate for each client. For example, she uses the practice of reflecting inward (Naikan Therapy) for transforming loss, trauma, and unhealthy relationships into stepping stones for success. Other tools she uses include Applied Existential Psychotherapy and somatic therapies. Listening carefully, she selects her clients’ tools that support their ability to produce the results they desire.

Carol’s current book project will share the lessons learned from getting a loved one out of an Indonesian prison, including how to build support systems during difficult times.

Therapy|Career Counseling

Therapy Tailored To Your Needs

Prajna Partnerships can help with:

  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Spirituality
  • Self Esteem
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Career Counseling
  • Abuse
  • Life Coaching
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Stress
  • Aging Issues

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) – MBCT is designed to help clients who suffer repeated bouts of depression and chronic unhappiness. It combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness.

Morita Therapy – Morita Therapy is a purpose-centered, response-oriented therapy that supports life changes one small step at a time.  Accepting life as is or arugamama is key to this therapy. Such accepting means recognizing that change is always happening, including a person’s emotions. By accepting these feelings as a natural response to life circumstances, the person does not need to “fix” or “change” them. Nor does he need to be led around by them.

Naikan Therapy – Naikan is a Japanese word that means “inward-looking” or “introspection”. A more poetic translation is “seeing oneself with the mind’s eye”. It is a structured method of self-reflection that helps to understand oneself, relationships, and the fundamental nature of human existence. Using the practice of gratitude, this therapy helps clients become aware of ways to consciously engage with the world and with peace of mind.

Applied Existential Psychotherapy

Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) – AEP is used to help clients deal effectively with difficulties that they find limiting their potential. Carol does this by exploring clients’ challenges arising from family-of-origin issues, romantic relationship difficulties, work problems, low self-esteem, depression/anxiety as well as trauma. With AEP, clients are given the tools to ‘re-story’ events and re-discover their inner strengths and beauty, as well as wisdom in the world.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on solutions, encouraging clients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior. Carol’s approach is to support her clients by developing specific plans for modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts.

Motivational Interviewing – Motivational Interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities by developing to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. By sharing the difficulties of making changes, clients are able to discover the specific steps they can take to adjust or amend their behaviors. Clients learn how they have the power to modify the behaviors that are preventing them from making healthier choices.

Sensorimotor – Sensorimotor psychotherapy uses the body, rather than cognition or emotion, as the primary entry point for treating trauma.

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