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About Carolyn Showell

Updated: May 17, 2023

As a child, growing up in rural Snow Hill, Maryland, I always knew I wanted to give back by helping others. Unable to attend college after high school, I joined the U.S. Army and received a GI bill. After an honorable discharge from the active-duty Army, while still serving my country as a member of the National Guards in Delaware, I decided to use my GI bill to pursue a degree in Human Services at Delaware Technical and Community College and later a Social Work and graduate degree from Delaware State University.

I became interested in mind-body energy therapies like hypnosis and emotional freedom technique after working for years in the traditional behavioral healthcare setting where I witnessed little to no changes in those receiving mental health and substance use disorders services. I found that conventional therapy modalities either did not work or they were very ineffective as the techniques kept clients dependent on medications and psychotherapy for years.

After talking with several people about the effectiveness of hypnosis to treat tobacco use disorder and food addictions, I became intrigued about the possibility of using hypnosis to treat those with substance use disorders. My journey into mind-body energy therapies began when I enrolled in the Washington DC Hypnosis Center and the John Maxwell University for coaching.

When I started my training to become a hypnotherapist and coach I was 100 lbs overweight, with foot and back pains. I could barely walk when I woke up in the morning, and I was addicted to chocolate. While in training, one day I reluctantly volunteered to work on my chocolate addiction by using a technique called emotional freedom technique (EFT or Tapping). Less than a half-hour of working with the instructor, I realized why I was emotionally attached to chocolate, and I instantly changed my relationship with food and was able to take the pounds off and keep them off.

I was able to use another technique called Energy Spinning to heal my foot and back pain immediately. Since my training, I have been able to help many clients recover in just a few sessions from symptoms related to depression, anxiety, physical pain, diseases illnesses, weight loss, and alcohol and drug addictions.

My career as a therapist spans more than 20 years. I have worked with children, families, and individuals experiencing trauma-related issues such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and parent/child conflict issues. I have also worked with those diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses, homelessness, alcohol, gambling substance use disorders, and serious illnesses like cancer.

I am a licensed clinical social worker, a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor, a certified gambling addictions counselor, a certified hypnotherapist, a certified emotional freedom techniques practitioner, a certified thought field therapy practitioner, a certified humanistic neurolinguistics psychology practitioner, a certified neurolinguistics programmer, and a certified ho' oponopono practitioner. For more information about the techniques that I offer, schedule your free consultation today.

Carolyn C. Showell, LCSW, CAADC, C.HT

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