Name: Anne K. Carlsen
Licensing Info: Provisional Clinical Social Worker – Wyoming, License # 655
Amount of time working for CCH: December 2016. Currently providing therapy for child and adolescent clients
at the Kid Clinic.
Time working as a Therapist: more than 1 year
Credentials and/or specializations:
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Therapy
- Anger Management
- Emotional Regulation
- Social Skills
Why are you working in therapy/mental health?
In December of 2012 my husband fell off the roof of our home and had to
be rushed to the ER in Utah. At that time I was responsible for making
sure treatments and follow-up appointments were scheduled for his release.
I felt overwhelmed and was having difficulties scheduling his outpatient
appointments and a retired social worker of the family helped me through
the process. From then on I knew that helping people through difficult
times was what I wanted to do.
Why is being a Therapist/Counselor important to you?
“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a
fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” –
Thich Nhat Hanh
I love this quote because I understand asking for help is intimidating
and hard, but it’s always a great step forward to wanting change
to happen. I have always believed that work within the family is the base
of a great foundation. Though my clients may be focused on individual
work within themselves there is always room for improvement within the
family unit. It is not solely the work of the client that needs to be
done, hence why parents that are involved in their child’s treatment
and open to making changes will benefit from the efforts put forth.
Why did you choose to work for CCH?
I really wanted to put my therapeutic skills to the test and CCH was a
place that was offering what I needed to support my family and conduct
therapy for my clients. The atmosphere is professional but friendly and
laid back. This helped me to bring out my personality to best explore
and help my clients on a daily basis.
What has made you feel the most pride in your work at CCH?
Experiencing the comradery of the company and the positive atmosphere from
my very first day here has always been a pinnacle piece of the pride I
feel working for a great company.
Who is your mental health hero and why?
Throughout my studies of different mental health professional’s views
and philosophies as well as those around me, I can truly say that I learn
new techniques and ideals on a daily basis. I don’t have one hero
that sticks out to me that drives me forward because I enjoy the views
of many and want my work to be as flexible as can possibly be.
If you had one piece of advice for a therapy-seeker, what would it be?
Make sure the therapist is a right fit for you, your child, and your family.
If there is little to no connection between therapist and client the treatment
is going to become stagnant. Be involved in your child’s treatment,
be open to change within yourself and your child, and be truthful. These
are all vital pieces to a productive therapeutic experience.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy spending time with my husband and children; they are the center
of my life. I enjoy watching movies, crocheting, make and find new freezer/crockpot
meals, bake all kinds of goodies, watch many shows on Netflix, play games
(board, cards, video), and hand sew. I am a Pinterest fanatic and find
many projects and inspirations to do for personal and professional life.