Carolyn Stokes Walker, PsyD, LMHC
Meet Dr. Carolyn Stokes Walker
I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at PVD Psychological Associates where I offer online and in person therapy for adolescents, college students, and adults of all ages. My areas of specialization include: anxiety, depression, trauma-informed care, eating disorders and body image concern, adult autism spectrum disorders (ASD), stress management, life transitions, and identity issues. I am also an ally and an affirming provider for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from William James College (formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology). I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Roger Williams University’s Center for Counseling and Student Development. I previously received my master’s degree and certificate of advanced graduate study (CAGS) in Clinical Mental Health with a concentration in Holistic Counseling from Salve Regina University. I practiced as a LMHC before deciding to return to school to complete my doctoral studies in psychology. I have clinical experience in a variety of settings, including Butler Hospital, Lynn Community Health, and SouthCoast Educational Collaborative.
My Approach & Philosophy
My primary goal as a therapist is help facilitate movement or resolution within a person’s own journey. I take a very individualized and personally tailored approach to my work, drawing from many types of therapy. I utilize skills, strategies, and techniques curated over my years of experience utilizing evidence-based models (ie CBT and DBT) as well as interpersonal, and humanistic theories. I work with clients to help them re-invest in themselves so that they may discover their intrinsic value and voice.
It is often said that we are the sum of our experiences, yet I believe the true power is discovering that while we might be informed and impacted by what has transpired in the past, we have agency and choice as to where we go from this point forward. The past does not have to dictate the future and I endeavor to help clients find a path that is best suited to their circumstances and aligns with their goals and desired outcomes. I aim to help my clients feel and become empowered to improve relationships, functioning, and personal satisfaction in life.
In addition, I have extensive experience working as a community-based therapist with a wide range of clients and am highly attuned to clients’ personal circumstances and intersecting identities.
I look forward to meeting you! Please reach out with any questions you may have.