Hello and Welcome to my page! My name is Carolyn Vorhes-Reed. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) who has been working in the field of mental health for over 18 years. After graduating from Avella High School in 1994, I attended Wheeling Jesuit University where I received Bachelors’ Degrees in Theology (1998) and Psychology (1999). From there I was accepted into an accelerated Master’s in Psychology program at Duquesne University that focuses on the area of Existential-Phenomenology, graduating from there in 2000. After working in the field for a number of years, I then returned to school to pursue a second Masters’ Degree that would ultimately lead to me earning my state licensure in counseling. This is when I attended the Counseling Psychology program offered by Waynesburg University where I graduated from in 2010. In 2013, I then earned my licensure as a Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania.
I worked in the community mental health setting for over 17 years and then began working in private practice at Counseling and Trauma Services in October 2019. During my time in community mental health, I not only worked in an office setting, but also provided mental health services to students in local school districts in Washington County. This provided me with a unique opportunity to offer individual and family counseling to students in need of mental health services, but also to engage in direct collaboration with school personnel to promote positive student mental health and wellness.
Over the course of my career, I have assisted those with a wide variety of hardships, including behavioral and school related issues, ADHD management, attachment problems, autism spectrum struggles, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Working in these settings also provided me with the opportunity to work with a variety of populations, including the child/adolescents age group and adult population, as well as those specifically in the transgender community, those who engage in self-harming behaviors with and without suicidal thoughts, those with addiction issues, and those who deal with domestic violence.
I pride myself in learning who my patients truly are so that I can establish a meaningful and authentic therapeutic alliance with each of them. My goal as a therapist is to find ways to empower my clients so that they can learn the necessary skills to deal with the problems in their lives that are causing them negativity and pain, because these struggles can undoubtedly lead to poor outcomes. I am here to help them work toward healing and identifying healthy paths to follow in order to address their individual issues.
In closing, please know that I am here to assist you, as my client, in learning how to feel better and to become more empowered to deal with issues that life has thrown at you. No matter what age we are, we all have obstacles to overcome. I invite you to allow me to travel with you along the pathway of life’s hardships so that, together, we can work toward you conquering them as you move forward toward inner peace and healing. Finally, I would like to give credit to the writer and poet Maya Angelou who once stated so eloquently, “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” I believe that this speaks very clearly to the therapeutic process, as difficult as it may be to go through, but leading to the positive transformation you can achieve.