She graduated from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in 2005 with a Bachelors in Social Work. For two years she worked with children and adults who have special educational needs, and then continued her education at Texas State University. Carey graduated in 2008 with a Masters in Social Work, Direct Practice. A portion of that time was studied abroad in Cambodia and Thailand. After graduate school, Carey was recruited to work with youth and families in Essex County, England. Regardless of which country, she found people struggling and wanting connection in similar ways.
Carey provides therapy to clients living with chronic illness. She specializes in treating adolescents, adults and caregivers living with diabetes, asthma, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, chronic pain, lupus and other ailments. The diagnosis and aftermath of chronic illness often leaves people feeling disconnected and isolated. Carey helps clients construct meaningful and enriching lives. Her therapeutic focus includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and various mindfulness practices. These counseling techniques have overwhelming success with chronic medical conditions. Carey has found that depression, anxiety, shame, and lonliness are common struggles with chronic illness. Whatever circumstance, illness, or condition that brings a person to therapy doesn’t have to be their full story. There is hope for each individual person, and she enjoys working along side her clients to find fulfillment.
Carey was a Special Olympics basketball coach for three years, and she volunteered as a church youth leader during her time in England. She enjoys yoga and training for endurance bike rides. Her family reside mostly in Texas and Ireland, and she enjoys any opportunity to visit with them.
“The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humor and style.” Maya Angelou