Individual Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Bethesda, MD
Clinical Degree: Marymount University, Community Counseling
Expertise: Eating Disorders, Depression and Anxiety, Adolescent Mental Health
Available: Monday and Thursday evenings
Prepare/Enrich Certified: No
Discernment Counseling: No
About Colleen McCarron
It can feel overwhelming to commit to making a change in your life – even a positive one. In psychotherapy, we can work together to embrace challenges that come with creating positive life transformations. I seek to create a safe, supportive environment to help clients explore their emotions and facilitate change. I am passionate about empowering clients with the skills to improve their sense of self-awareness and embrace self-compassion, while aiming to build a supportive therapeutic relationship.
I have extensive experience treating adolescents and adults with eating disorders, emotional eating and exercise, and body image issues. I use an emotion-focused and cognitive-behavioral approach to treat the underlying components that contribute to the development of these disorders, and help co-create alternative adaptive behaviors using DBT, CBT, and mindfulness skills. I have a specialized interest in focusing on how one experiences shame and worthiness in combination with body image and food. I use shame-reduction techniques to improve one’s sense of self- worth as this relates to the relationship with food and self-image.
I have expertise in helping adults struggling with life’s challenges, including personal and relationship issues, depression, and anxiety disorders. Treatment often includes psychoeducation and skill-building on communication, boundary setting, self-esteem, and self-care. For adolescents and their families, I have expertise helping to strengthen strong family connections, and improve communication and understanding among family members.
I also have experience and interest in treating grief, loss, and life transitions. I provide counseling for people who have lost a love one, recently separated or divorced, have relocated, begun new careers, or are experiencing any other difficult transition. I help clients create meaning of their losses, and experience the intense emotions grief presents in a secure, adaptive way.
What Clients Say About Colleen McCarron
From Individuals with Eating Disorders
“Your constant support and encouragement inspires me to make positive changes. Everyone deserves a positive support like you in their recovery process.”
Endorsement by Practice Owner, Dr. Emily Cook
Colleen’s clients describe her as caring, compassionate, and loyal. Although we hold different mental health licenses, Colleen thinks about therapy from the same perspective as I do: that challenges must be considered within a person’s greater context. When she works with individuals, she helps them repair and enrich their most important relationships — with food and exercise, with past experiences, with body image, with others, and with self. She always brings her real, authentic self to the therapy work so that her clients feel comfortable with their own real, authentic selves. I trust Colleen’s work and I wholeheartedly recommend her to individuals seeking eating disorder support from therapy.
Colleen McCarron is available Mondays and Thursdays from 5 PM onwards.
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MA, Community Counseling, Marymount University
BA, Communications Studies; Media Arts & Design, James Madison University
Maryland Professional Counselor License #LC6743, licensed since 2013