Welcome! I hope that the information you find here will help you decide whether Open Path Psychology is a good fit for your needs. At this time due to COVID-19, I am currently offering primarily telehealth appointments. In-person appointments will be offered under special circumstances and with a signed agreement about COVID precautions. If you still have questions, please feel free to reach out by phone or email.
Open Path Psychology, LLC is owned and operated by Carrie McMullin, Psy.D.
How I work: Even when it feels like your life is not working and there is something you want to change, there is also some way in which your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors make some sense. Fundamentally, you are not broken. I start with the assumption that your unwanted experiences are part of some natural process or adaptation to a challenging situation. Holding this framework means I create a non-judging atmosphere for you to freely explore what has happened in your life, your identities, and where you would like your life to go in the future.
We will examine what gives your life a sense of meaning, and use this to make plans for practicing new behaviors and gaining new experiences. While I do give suggestions for experiments you can try in your life that might help you shift perspectives, generally my focus is on listening and understanding you. I see myself as a collaborator for your self-guided change and as such I do not tend to give advice, focusing instead on helping you better understand your values and motivations. I would be honored to help you in getting re-acquainted with your strengths and with creating your own sense of meaning.
I work with a broad range of clients. I value my work with people who have experienced oppression in some capacity, including women, trans* people, gay/lesbian/bi people, people of color, bi-cultural people, and those living with disabilities.
Education, Licensure, and Experience: I am licensed as a psychologist in both Oregon (2963) and Washington (PY00003106). I completed my Doctor of Psychology degree at Nova Southeastern University (APA-accredited) in Florida in 2003. I have over 15 years of experience providing individual psychotherapy, group counseling, couple counseling, and crisis response with clients ranging in age from 18 to 60+ and from highly varied backgrounds, mainly in university counseling center settings as well as private practice. In addition, I have provided clinical supervision to many psychology trainees. I have helped clients with many kinds of concerns, including but not limited to depressive and anxiety disorders, traumatic and/or oppressive experiences, people with relationship concerns, and identity exploration. My work as a generalist means I have a broad knowledge base and am highly adaptable.
Individual Psychotherapy (for clients 18 and older):
At this time due to COVID, services are offered primarily via telehealth. Ultimately I plan to offer both telehealth and in-person services in order to flexibly respond to client needs. Working with people one-on-one to understand their concerns and collaborate on change is my passion. While I am a generalist in my work and am interested in working with a wide variety of individuals, I also have some special areas of interest which include: working with depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, women’s issues and gender diversity, sexual diversity, fertility and pregnancy loss, body image, healing from sexual trauma and other forms of power-based personal violence, social justice issues, and university student success and mental health.
Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration Services (for clients 18 and older):
For clients considering use of psychedelic substances (such as psilocybin, LSD, etc.) in their healing journey, I can provide sessions geared toward understanding and mitigating potential risks. Integration sessions are for people who have experience with psychedelics and who would like support in understanding those experiences and with examining meaning-making.
Please note that I do NOT facilitate access to illegal psychedelic substances or experiences in any way.
In November 2020, Oregonians passed ballot Measure 109 which will eventually allow for psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy. However, legal use of psilocybin for mental health support is not anticipated until January 2023 at the earliest. I will not offer psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy unless/until it is legally allowed and I am properly licensed to do so.
Walk-and-Talk Counseling (for clients 18 and older):
For clients interested in incorporating nature, movement, or just being outdoors due to COVID during in-person counseling, I can assist you in considering the pros and cons of meeting outside and can conduct sessions while walking. These sessions often incorporate mindfulness of responses to the natural world or physical movement as a resource for well-being in the struggle with depression or anxiety.
I completed my Psy.D. in 2003 from an APA-accredited program. I have supervised a post-doctoral psychology resident, several pre-doctoral psychology interns and practicum students, and have experience doing so at an APA-accredited training site. I am open to supervising interns or residents, as well as providing consultation for early career therapists.
I am currently in-network for Moda, Regence/BCBS, and PacificSource commercial plans for generalist individual psychotherapy (in-office or telehealth). For other insurance companies I can provide documentation to submit for out-of-network benefit coverage.
I am open to making some limited adjustments to my fees based on financial need. Please ask if you would like information about my fees or fee adjustments.
phone: +1 (971) 273-1224
practice location: 388 State Street, Suite 708, Salem, OR 97301 (Note that sessions are being conducted primarily via telehealth during the COVID pandemic.)
You have two main options for parking: you can park on the free parking floors of the Liberty Square Parkade which has a foot bridge to my building, or you can park in one of the many free on-street parking spaces. For more information about free parking in downtown Salem, click here.
Accessibility/other information: if you enter from the ground floor on State Street, there are two elevators in addition to stairs to reach the 7th floor. If you enter from the Liberty Square Parkade foot bridge, please be aware there is a small flight of stairs as you enter the building. Restrooms in the building are single occupant spaces.