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. My background includes work in advocacy, program creation and management, hospice care, public schools, community mental health and case management, 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. 


My purpose as a therapist is to assist you in identifying imbalances in your life and support you in achieving restoration. I use multiple evidence based interventions in my collaboration with clients to help guide them through the healing process. My most routinely used theoretical approaches are strengths perspective, solution focused, problem solving, psychodynamic and supportive therapeutic models. My treatment is based on a strong general CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) framework and I am an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) certified therapist. I am trained in and use facets of Acceptance and Commitment, Cognitive Processing, Prolonged Exposure, Exposure and Response Prevention, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Motivational Interviewing therapies in my practice with clients as well. I also incorporate various spiritual and relaxation techniques as appropriate with clients. My specialties include working with individuals with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma and PTSD, 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.