Many of you may remember Carolyn from her time as a student in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, and her work as a graduate worker who managed our continuing education newsletter. Carolyn is returning to STM after six years of exceptional service at Recovery Café. If you are not familiar with Recovery Cafe, it is a Seattle non-profit that offers a supportive, therapeutic community and school for women and men recovering from homelessness, addiction, and other mental health challenges.
Carolyn’s graduate work in the Pastoral Counseling program began after a 35-year hiatus from higher education. During those three and a half decades, she was engaged in “a variety of adventures” including work in the non-profit sector, graphic design, marketing, and higher education. Carolyn is a native Kentuckian and enjoys hiking, gardening and short-distance running.
“I can count the really pivotal decisions I have made in my life on one hand. Coming to STM as a student in the Pastoral Counseling program is one of those transformational decisions. It is with gratitude and humility that I return as Associate Director of Admissions and Student Services. Please stop by my office, HUNT 227, and introduce yourself. I want to hear about your experience here. You will be welcomed with an open door, open heart, and chocolate!”
Carolyn’s professional interests include somatic experiencing, addiction recovery, and the power of self-compassion in the healing and transformation process. She is delighted to return to STM and to engage with an environment where all present are drawn to their growing edge. She said she also looks forward to contributing to the future of our work, as we continue “to expand and transform toward a deeper realization of the vow ‘to create a more just and humane world.'”
Please welcome Carolyn when you get a chance.