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 a decade 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 disordered eating or substance use concerns, people with relationship difficulties, and identity exploration. My work as a generalist means I have a broad knowledge base and am highly adaptable.