HST Counseling

The Therapist

Meet the therapist

Hi!  My name is Caroline Velasquez.  You might be wondering if we will be able to relate to each other or if I will understand what you are going through.  To help you make that decision, I want to let you know a little bit about me and my background.

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is why I chose to specialize in treating trauma and anxiety?

I have been there.  I get the struggle because I have lived it which helps me to truly understand what it takes to move through those issues.  You are unique and have lived a different life journey than me so what it takes for you to move through your struggles will be different than my path to healing.  I will work hard to help you discover the path that moves you along your journey.  I believe that you can heal and move forward in your life.  

About my training and experience:

I love to learn and I am always seeking new opportunities to develop my skills.  While in school, I completed specialties in treating children with trauma and treating addiction.  Following my school studies, I participated in several trainings to develop skills in treating adults who have experienced trauma and a wide variety of other issues.  

I have been providing services to children and adults who deal with concerns such as trauma, anxiety, depression, gender identity issues, schizophrenia, and addiction.  I spent 5 years doing this work in a community mental health. I have been providing counseling services in private practice since 2017.  I have found that I am passionate about working with persons who are dealing with anxiety and trauma and frequently seek out additional training in treating these issues.

Completed Trainings & Certifications:   

  • Treating Trauma:

    • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Part 1 & Part 2 training

    • WMU's TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Training) program & internship

    • EMDR - Child Specialist - Level 1 Intensive Program - training provided by Ana Gomez

    • EMDR - Child Specialist - Level 2 Intensive Program - training provided by Ana Gomez

    • "The Body Keeps the Score" two day training

    • Several 1 and 2 day trainings on how trauma affects a person and effective treatment methods

    • EMDR Recent Traumatic Event Protocol (R-TEP) and Group Traumatic Event Protocol (G-TEP)

    • EMDR Conference - Parnell institute (trainings by Laurel Parnell, Joan Lovett, Julie Probus-Schad and other attachment-focused EMDR consultants)

    • EMDRIA Conference 2018

    • EMDR Flash Technique Training - Provided by Philip Mansfield

    • EMDR: Creative Protocols - training provided by Esly Carvalho, PhD

    • EMDR & Sandtray Intensive Training - training provided by Ana Gomez

  • Treating Addiction:

    • WMU's SPADA (Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse) certificate program

    • Completed CAADC (Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor) certificate with MCBAP

    • Basic and advanced Motivational Interviewing

    • EMDR DeTUR protocol training provided by A.J. Popky

    • Treating addiction with EMDR - 2 day training by Julie Miller

    • Several 1 and 2 day trainings on treating addiction

  • Other Trainings:

    • Trainings in treating persons with anxiety

    • Best Techniques for treating Anxiety provided by Margaret Wehrenberg

    • Play Therapy training

    • Trainings on working with persons with suicidal ideation

    • DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) training

    • NASW Core Supervision Certificate training to enable me to supervise LLMSWs who are pursuing licensure

    • NASW certificate training to treat persons dealing with gender identity issues

Educational Background:

  • Western Michigan University:

    • Master of Social Work

    • TF-CBT Program & Internship

    • SPADA Certificate & Internship

  • Grand Valley State University:

    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

    • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Additional Information:

If you have any questions, please call me at (231) 487-2446 or email me at caroline@hstcounseling.com.  

I look forward to hearing from you!  

Have a great day!

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