Carolina Gaviria, LMHC, NCC, CEDS:
Helping children, teens, and adults find freedom and inner peace
I’m a committed to helping and supporting children, teens, and adults find freedom and inner peace from their eating disorder, depression, anxiety, and trauma. I understand the concern about a loved one’s well-being when they are restricting, binging, and purging, and know how difficult it is for that person to just stop, especially when they are consumed by eating disorder thoughts and trapped in eating disorder behaviors. Eating disorders can become as a very unhealthy coping mechanism to deal with inner pain.
Poor stress management, anxiety and depression can also isolate individuals and prevent them from making positive changes and healing. This leads to them feeling stuck and alone, and interfering with their relationships and daily functioning. I want to help you transform your struggles into resilience by helping you learn how to deal with life in life’s terms and challenge negative self-talk and feelings that say that you are not good enough.
Individual Therapy for Adults
Therapy can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. It also helps to increase understanding of your internal world: thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are connected to your current experience. Everyone goes through difficult situations in life and it is important to know when to seek additional support. Therapy can help you decrease overwhelming emotions while enhancing peace and balance to achieve your goals and a sense of well-being.
Therapy for Kids and Teens
Through art, hands on activities, and experiential exercises, children and adolescents can start to think differently about situations they are experiencing, such as the loss of a friend, dealing with a medical condition, academic stress, bullying, difficult family dynamics, and overwhelming emotions.
Counseling can help teens feel better and understand themselves better! It also helps teens know how their actions, feelings, and thoughts affect their lives and learn ways to cope with difficult emotions. Therapy can help teens be more assertive and make better decisions, develop their own identity and feel more confident and empowered.
Parenting sessions will help you gain a better understanding of your child's behaviors and will provide you with the skills you need to parent your child in a more effective, authentic, and connected way. We will address the current concerns that led you to seek therapy for your child and you will feel more confident to manage your child's feelings and behaviors at home.
When a painful or upsetting experience happens to you, the memory of the experience sometimes stays “stuck” in your body and in your brain causing upsetting emotions and making you re-experience that painful situation every time it comes to mind. Over time, the event may manifest in disturbing and invasive ways such as intrusive thoughts and memories or overwhelming anxiety, flashbacks, and for some people even through chronic pain and fatigue.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed and stored in a different way in the brain, so following a successful EMDR session, you no longer relive the images, sounds, and feelings associated to the traumatic event. You still remember the event, but it is less upsetting, giving you a sense of relief and hope.
I became a therapist 18 years ago when I followed my curiosity about human behavior and the way our thoughts and feelings shape our decisions and relationships. I graduated from a psychology program in Colombia and immigrated to the U.S in 2000. I had to face the struggles of being an immigrant and start from scratch, learn a new culture, and set new personal and professional goals. I worked treatment centers for eating disorders and substance abuse, and have been in private practice for the past 8 years but have over 18 years of experience in the mental health field.
I advocate for positive mental health and growth, and I strongly believe in full recovery from eating disorders and addictions. I’m a certified eating disorders professional and have extensive training in trauma, especially EMDR for children and adults. I have been featured on The Renfrew Center Connections newsletter, and on Gente Today, Latina Magazine, Recovery Guide, and Discovery Mujer discussing the struggles behind eating disorders and emotional eating as well as on the process of addictions and recovery. I also enjoy writing occasional blog posts, and have been featured on WBWP-LD television and MundoFox raising awareness on eating disorders and the importance of early intervention and multidisciplinary treatment.
Since March, 2016 I have been sitting on the board at the International Association for Eating Disorder professionals (Iaedp) South Florida Chapter, helping to empower eating disorder professionals and provide the highest quality training and education in our field.
I love what I do and strongly believe in “walking the talk”. I practice meditation and mindfulness, and enjoy doing yoga and spending time with family and friends.
I love traveling, being in nature, and going to the beach, this is why I am one of the facilitators of the therapeutic walks at Morikami which in partnership with the Astellas USA Foundation, hosts a full year of visits to the gardens for participants to leisurely stroll the garden and enjoy its peace and serenity.
The therapeutic walking program at Morikami is intended to provide a peaceful experience in a nurturing environment that promotes well-being and resilience in the face of adversity. This is a FREE resource in our community for anyone wanting to heal, grow, and practice mindfulness and self-reflection. These are some of the grounding practices that I teach my clients in session.
In my private practice I hold sessions in both, English and Spanish, and offer flexible hours. I’m very approachable and provide a safe and comfortable environment for clients to be themselves, while fully exploring the concerns that bring them to counseling. I’m also aware that every individual is different and offer a unique approach to counseling to help you achieve your goals.
Give me a call today for a FREE 20 minute consult at 561.305.2497, I’d be happy to provide more information about my services and discuss setting up a session! For more information about my services, visit my website. I look forward to speaking with you!
“You have helped me heal, taught me new ways to look at things and new ways to solve problems. Thank you for your devotion to excellence in your profession.”
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the guidance, compassion and professional assistance you have given my family".
“I just have to tell you that everyone that comes to you LOVES YOU! A young boy’s mom is who I heard from most recently!”
“Thank you so much for being you. You are an amazing person and a phenomenal professional. I am so grateful to have found you. I cannot imagine where my daughter would be without the support you’ve provided. Thank you!”