Carol McLaughlin

Originally from Fairfax, VA, I moved to Richmond in 2005 to pursue my Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees at Virginia Commonwealth University. I have worked in the mental health field in the Greater Richmond area since 2006. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in various practice settings. My background includes work in advocacy, program creation and management, hospice care, public schools, intensive in-home services, mental health skill-building services, corrections, elder care and individual and group therapy. In 2018 I left my position as Director of Behavioral Health at Pamunkey Regional Jail to pursue full-time private practice. 


As a practitioner, I believe restoration is achieved by observing, processing and correcting imbalances in your life. I utilize multiple evidence based theoretical frameworks in my collaboration with clients to help guide them through the healing process. My most routinely used approaches are strengths perspective, solution focused, problem solving, cognitive behavioral, motivational interviewing, psychodynamic and supportive therapeutic models. I also incorporate various spiritual and relaxation techniques into my practice as appropriate. My specialties include working with individuals with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse issues, and those struggling through life transitions. I also enjoy working with individuals looking to find meaning and a sense of connection in their lives. I offer short and long term therapy to clients depending on what their needs and interests are in therapy. 


My personal interests include a strong sense of social justice and political activism. I am LGBTQ friendly and an advocate for the fair and respectful treatment of all humans regardless of race, nationality, sex, age, gender, religion, culture or political affiliation. I enjoy nature and love to take my dog hiking and camping. I also practice yoga and walking regularly as forms of meditation and relaxation.