Carol Polzin, M.S., LPCC

Carol PolzinAbout Me

I have lived in various areas of Minnesota throughout my life and currently reside in Gaylord, MN, with my husband and three children. I enjoy traveling and all the experiences that go along with it. I have had the pleasure of providing mental health and other related services to individuals and families in various settings for the past 12 years and find my truest passion lies in providing direct counseling services to those in need.

Education

I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Luther College, Decorah, IA. I taught for 10 years and then chose a different career path. I completed my graduate studies at Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, obtaining a master’s degree in counseling.

Work Experience

I have experience providing therapy services to children and their families in community mental health settings and, most recently, as a mental health therapist for youth and their families in a residential setting, of which I am owner and director. I have worked with older children, adolescents and adults primarily who struggle with mental illness, developmental disorders, chemical dependency, behavioral problems, trauma, self-harm, fetal alcohol syndrome and attachment issues.

Therapeutic Philosophy

I use cognitive-behavioral-based therapy, which is helping one understand how their thoughts and feelings are connected to their actions. Reasons for seeking therapy are different for everyone; providing a caring, supportive and trusting therapeutic relationship is essential no matter what the circumstance. I also use art therapy with many clients. Art therapy uses art media, the creative process and the resulting artwork to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, increase self esteem and help clients discover themselves, their circumstances and the relationship between the two.

Carol Polzin, M.S., LPCC is located in our Gaylord office and provides services for ages 10 and up.