Carly Bueltel, PsyD
Deeply rooted shame often blocks humans from opening up to others about our suffering. Silent suffering is isolating and agonizing. Therapy is an invitation to experience attunement during the healing process. Curiosity, extending nonjudgement, and cultivating understanding are at the center of my work. I am deeply committed to promoting your sense of agency. I welcome your input in establishing treatment goals, and we will routinely assess the direction of our work together. I believe therapy works best when sessions are approachable, and somewhat predictable, so that the conditions of the therapeutic relationship foster desired change.
I have extensive experience in the treatment of eating disorders, body image, and disembodiment concerns. This experience includes targeting trauma narratives, body betrayal, internalized phobic messaging, body shame, and gender dysphoria. We all live in a body, yet our experience within that body is complex and unique. The best therapy incorporates a personalized, empathic approach that respects and serves your particular experience and identity. Together, we will explore your relationship to the body and the multifaceted experiences that have imprinted onto your sense of self. We will identify ways to sift through them with safety and intention.
Whether you are seeking therapy specific to body related concerns or not, we may explore how your brain and body respond to anxiety, intimacy, grief, and other powerful emotions. Through this growing awareness, therapy can help foster your ability to attune to, and then attend to, your physical, emotional, and relational needs to achieve a more empowered state of living.
My additional clinical scopes include:
- relational & attachment patterns
- identity exploration
- size diversity & fat liberation
- sexuality & sex positivity
- interpersonal struggles & communication styles
- life transitions
- value based living
I have experience in working with LGBTQ+ identified folks and couples. I situate my technique in emotion regulation skill learning, feminist-relational therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and strengths-based practice. In recognition of the evolving landscape of psychological research and practice, I am committed to continued professional development. This includes furthering my understanding of oppressive systems harming a client’s agency and safety. I will be pursuing ongoing specialized training/credentialing that offers inclusive and comprehensive care for individuals who hold marginalized identities.
Eager to understand human resourcefulness, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience at Drake University. I then obtained my Master’s degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Selected training and affiliation
Transformative Storytelling Training
Centering Trans & Nonbinary Experience in Body Positive Movements & Eating Disorder Treatment Training
Trauma Informed Care Training
Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) Training
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Training
Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) Training
Wildflowers teach us about survivorship and hope; seeds lay dormant until nature’s perfect conditions reveal themselves.
Vulnerability is uncomfy. It is messy. It can feel awkward, all of which are okay.
Relationships that promote our desired growth can simultaneously feel uncomfortable and safe.
Family is created in many ways. There is choice in determining our own familial unit.
Our brains and bodies resort to protecting us. This is amazing and at times exhausting.
More about me
Art and poetry are my forms of personal exploration and expression.
Nature simultaneously awes me and stills me.
Music on repeat connects me to my body and emotions.