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Carley Waddell

M.A.-Level Counseling Intern

Carley Cooper Affordable Christian Counseling


  •  adoptees/Foster Care

  • children/adolescents

  • art therapy

  • addiction

  • premarital counseling

  • eating disorders

  • grief/loss

  • life transitions

  • depression/anxiety

Client focus


  • toddlers/preschoolers 
  • children
  • preteens/tweens
  • teenagers
  • adults (18+)
  • seniors (65+)

counseling type

  • individuals 
  • premarital 
  • couples
  • family
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach

It is important to slow down, recognize what we are feeling, why we are feeling it, and to use those noticings to move forward in healing. Whether you are here to find counseling for yourself, your child, or another loved one, I want to be a space where you can laugh, cry, feel angry, celebrate–and always know that you are accepted and valued just as you are. You get to bring your full, true self into the room, and I could not be more thankful that you have decided to trust me with your story. 

Therapy is about connection, empathy, reflection, hope, and restoration.  My hope is that I provide a safe space where you have the freedom to truly be truly who you are. I believe in the healing power of God and evidence-based psychology, and that deep, restorative and transformational healing is possible.  

What to Expect in Therapy

Therapy can seem intimidating and overwhelming at first, whether you’re in the room or on the screen. As humans, we carry many emotions without even realizing it.  During our sessions, I will help you see your emotions clearly and beautifully. I will hold hope for you when you feel hopeless, and I will rejoice with you when you rejoice. It is my honor to sit with you and I will do this presently and empathically.

I believe that everyone is unique, so I do not have just one approach that I apply to every person. I use Attachment-Based Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Art Therapy, Existential Therapy, Dialectical Therapy, and more. I believe it is important to look at one’s childhood and recognize coping mechanisms, attachments, and wounds so that we can look forward to using what we have learned to lead a life to the fullest. 

For both children and adults, it takes time to build trust, so most importantly I use Person-Centered Therapy–this focuses on empathy to build the therapeutic relationship and help you feel safe and comfortable. Therapy is not a straight line, we move forward, we take steps back, but we are always walking in the direction of healing.

Personal Qualifications and Experience

Throughout my life, I have always had big passions and dreams. I wanted to be an engineer, a doctor, a creative artist… and more. Through all of these passions and interests, I always came back to wanting to be with people, wanting to hear people’s stories, and wanting to listen. I have a huge heart for all people, especially those who have never felt seen, heard, or known. This is ultimately what led me to pursue my Masters’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Denver Seminary. 

I also have an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Sciences, with a certificate in Nonprofits and Social Entrepreneurship from The University of Texas at Austin.  I find joy working with people in various life stages and circumstances.

Personal Interests

I deeply enjoy anything in the mountains (hiking, skiing, backpacking, etc.) and I love pottery. Pottery is where my love for art therapy came to be, and I love everything about making things with my hands. I am engaged to my fiance Ryan, who I met as a backpacking guide, and we enjoy being outside, playing tennis, drinking coffee, and being with friends as much as possible.

To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. – Mary Oliver

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