Sharon Volpe Carroll, LPC-Supervisor, MA, MBA, Owner
I find that we live in a world that can make thriving difficult. We experience and have to maneuver through cultural norms, expectations and biases. The majority of these norms and expectations aren't for the faint of heart and they are impossible ideals to live up to. You may find that you cannot be both your authentic self and fit into the culture, so you either live in fear that others will figure out who you are under the many facades you wear and not really like who you are underneath, or you decide to fit in and completely give up parts of yourself. The striving to always measure up can be exhausting and create emotional experiences that are difficult to deal with.
In addition, as humans, we all need connection. Thus, the people in your life have a strong influence on you, just as you have an influence on each of them. They affect your beliefs and values, how you see yourself and others, choices you make, emotional experiences you notice, and more. And, it's not just the current people in your life who are influential. Sometimes past relational experiences continue to have an impact. If you have supportive family members and friends, you are ahead of the game. Even then, sometimes your supporters can't be available to you in the ways in which you need them and when you need them.
I believe that we are each unique individuals with varied paths in life, and the within each of us is the desire to live the full and enriched lives we were created to have and with connections that are healthy and interdependent. So, when you come to my office, I don't have any preconceived notions of whom you should be or how you should show up in your life. What I strive for with each of my clients, including couples, is to create a caring and safe space where she, he or they can begin to feel seen, heard, understood and accepted without the fear of being judged. It is from this cared for, safe, visible and accepted place that self-acceptance, discovery and change can begin to occur.
Like many of you, I have had a number of major transitions in my life. They have included residential moves, family changes, various losses and professional shifts. I am a California native who has called Houston home for over half of my life. Counseling became my passion after a 15-year career in business in a variety of positions.
Having had the experience of reengineering my life on a number of levels, I have an affinity for working with others, both male and female, and of a variety of ages, who desire to do the same with theirs.
Sharon has twelve years of experience working with adults (both male and female), couples, and older adolescents. In working with couples she draws from training both in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and the Gottman Method. She is a Daring Way™ Certified Facilitator and offers both Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ groups. In the past, she has facilitated or co-facilitated both grief and careers-in-transition support groups. She is also a Birkman Method Certified Consultant and a Certified Life Coach.
Areas of Expertise
- Relationship counseling, including increasing connectedness, conflict management, overcoming infidelity, premarital, divorce
- Depression and anxiety
- Grief and loss
- Low self-esteem
- Life transitions (moves, job loss or changes, marriage/divorce and other family changes)
- Supervision of LPC interns
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Externship & Advanced Training
- Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Level 1 & 2 training
- Daring Way™ Certified Facilitator – The Daring Way™ is based on the work of Brene Brown, PhD, in the areas of wholehearted living, vulnerability and shame resilience
- Graduate of the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) - a course in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), for treating individuals struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related disorders
- Birkman Method Certified Consultant - the Birkman Method Questionnaire is a multifaceted personality assessment that provides a unique and in-depth look into either the individual or relationships among two or more persons. It is especially helpful for marriage and premarital counseling (suitable for adults and older teens), and life coaching. It can be used inconjunction with counseling interventions or on its own to determine career focus or enchance self-understanding.
- Certified Life Coach
- MA in Psychology from Houston Baptist University
- MBA from Rice University (where she was recognized by the faculty as a Jones Scholar)
- BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
- American Counseling Association
- International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Houston Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (HCEFT)
- Birkman User Group (Houston)