Carolyn McNulty

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Carolyn McNulty

Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Guardian Ad Litem

More About Me

I am often asked how do you do what you do, and my answer is simple:  I’m motivated and passionate about helping others.  I am blessed to guide and help others navigate through life’s challenges.  Counseling clients in their most vulnerable time is comparable to artwork; my clients are the masterpieces…a perfect piece of art ….a completed puzzle!   When clients arrive in my office,  their puzzle is scattered and sometimes missing a piece or two and taking a fresh perspective can help place that final piece into place.  

Your mental health is determined not only by the number of great moments and milestones we experience but also how we manage through the more difficult ones.  I directly equip my clients with practical strategies for coping, healing, and creating balance.   My goal for my clients is to be the best version of themselves and create life-giving moments.   I typically combine CBT with holistic psychology as an approach to therapy.  Cultivating mindfulness, expressing gratitude, and changing the negative thought-habit loop all while encouraging lifestyle changes and healing past hurts are just a few ways to re-balance your life.  Because I am so active and I enjoy being in nature, I also offer my clients Therapy in Motion or Walk and Talk therapy. It’s a great way to get a daily workout while receiving the powerful benefits of therapy and nature.  Clients report an elevated mood and sense of well being when we take our therapeutic session outside and walk!!

So,  when I’m asked, “Why do you do what you do?  How do you maintain your energy?”, it’s because I get to change lives.  I have an opportunity to inspire hope again, and in doing so, I  get to create a new masterpiece!

My Personal Journey

My early life brought frequent feelings of anxiety. Worrisome thoughts that became so paralyzing, that at times, impacted every area of my personal life. My anxiety would invoke panic attacks, sleepless nights and feelings of frustration. Fast forward to today. My anxiety is manageable because I’ve recognized that anxiety is a lifestyle change and that with the proper skill set you can reduce and manage anxiety and change your brain. I love treating anxiety!! I’m constantly researching the latest techniques to assist my clients in the treatment of anxiety and most recently, I have become a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP). Because I have experienced anxiety firsthand, I provide my clients with various strategies for coping and breaking the cycle of negative thoughts, intrusive thoughts and rumination. (You know, those worrisome thoughts that trap us and interfere with our capacity to enjoy life!)

In addition, I’m equally passionate about treating clients who have experienced relationship loss. Grief can be debilitating. Everyone experiences grief differently and the way you grieve is completely unique to you. I’ve personally experienced loss, with the death of my parents when I was young. Because of that loss, I understand pain, which I realized prepared me to be a better therapist to help others in their pain and navigate them in their journey towards healing. What I’ve come to realize is that often set backs in life are sometimes set ups for greater things. I’ve also recognized that grief also takes on many forms and can also be experienced in the loss of any kind of a relationship. With that being said, I also specialize in working with women and men experiencing grief over the loss of a relationship due to divorce or separation. I provide clients with a proper skill-set to cope with the complex emotions associated with divorce while focusing on rebuilding their lives after the loss of a relationship.

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Some fun things about me

  • I own a teal saxophone (gift from my oldest son Travis) and I’m going to learn how to actually play it one day. It’s been on my bucket list! I have no clue how to play it yet and in fact, I have no clue how to even put it together, but I know that I want to be able to play it eventually.
  • I love laughing – my husband and my sons provide me with ample opportunities to belly laugh frequently. When I go to work, I listen to Joel Osteen on the radio for a spiritual boost and on the way home after a long day I listen to Comedy Central. My favorite comedians are Jim Gaffigan, Steven Wright, Will Farrell (who can forget the “little Debbie SNL skit”? and Mitch Hedberg.
  • I love to travel with family and friends. Recent travels took us to Ireland, Spain, and Iceland, where my husband and I celebrated 30 years of marriage and then renewed our vows. My younger son, Ryan, surprised me on another trip and flew me first class ( first time in my life riding first class, might be the last time) to NYC and booked us for an array of Broadway shows. He even flew Travis up to surprise me. Unforgettable and so appreciated. Locally, one of my most favorite places to go is Longboat Key/St. Armand’s circle!
  • I love to play games with friends and family! Heads Up, Sequence, Cards Against Humanity (still don’t understand 1/2 of the deck), Apples to Apples. My favorite game is the lighted golf ball contests we play Christmas Eve!
  • I LOVE food!! Seriously, it’s my favorite thing. I love enjoying food for all it has to offer. That said, I’m not a good cook, my husband is. I am good at making reservations. And by the way, I’m not a fan of vegetables!!

Carolyn’s Education and Training: 

I’m a graduate from USF, where I received both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. I’ve been serving my clients and students for 25 years. Initially, I was a Certified Guidance Counselor for the state of Florida, grades K-12, and served over 18 years as a Guidance Counselor in both the public and private schools in Pinellas County.  I was a lead member of the County Crisis Team, where I utilized crisis counseling techniques in dealing with trauma, sudden deaths, and suicides and still serve as an active Crisis Counselor.  Currently, I volunteer as a court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem for the 6th Judicial Circuit Court system where I advocate for the best interest of abused, abandoned, and neglected children. I am a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the American Psychological Association. I have served in various capacities at The Alpha House, and passionately support the Children’s Dream Fund, St. Vincent De Paul, and Hospice. I attend workshops and conferences, read professional journals, and stay up to date with research on the latest approaches to manage anxiety, grief, and trauma. 

Identifying the right therapist is life-changing and I’m confident that I can assist you in viewing life’s transitions as an opportunity for growth and personal development.  Together, let’s place the right pieces, together.

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