I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Texas, USA and have lived in Shanghai since 2008. I also lived in Beijing for a couple of years prior to that. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Baylor University and have worked in a broad range of settings including a family counseling center, a substance abuse program, a nursing home, several public schools in Texas, and an international school here in Shanghai. Since 2010, I have worked at Community Center Shanghai as the Director of Counseling.
I specialize in working with children and adolescents, but also enjoy working with adults on a variety of issues including cultural adjustment/transition, family and relationship issues, grief and loss, substance abuse, anxiety, stress, depression, and mental illness. I have experience in working with both adults and adolescents struggling with eating disorders, and am a firm believer in family-based therapy. I also am dedicated to helping couples improve their relationships, and have experience in marriage and couples counseling. In addition to individual and family counseling, I also have experience in leading support groups, crisis and trauma intervention.
I am rather eclectic in my use of counseling modalities depending on the need of the client, but tend toward cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Regardless of what particular counseling style is used, I firmly believe that the most important factor in determining the progress a client makes is the relationship between the client and the therapist. In general, I am able to work with clients from diverse backgrounds, but if for any reason, a client does not feel comfortable with me or my counseling style, I am more than happy to help him or her locate a counselor who is a better fit.
Carrie Jones, LCSW