Carol  Hodson
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Carol Hodson

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy, MA-EXTH Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Missouri, Massachusetts Accepting Online
St.Louis Not Accepting In-person
Updated February 6, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Artists' mental health
  • Bipolar disorder
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Life transitions
  • Childhood trauma
  • Life purpose & meaning

Professional statement

Carol Hodson is a Mental Health Counselor working by Telehealth in Massachusetts and Missouri. She has current availability for teens and adults 13-65 y.o. Many of Carol’s clients describe symptoms of overwhelm, shut down, or being stuck. Carol specializes in serving college students of all ages and has a special affinity with creatives such as artists, dancers, writers, actors, etc.

Carol's highest priority is establishing (relative) safety for each client. Treatment options engage all of the clients’ senses and integrate mind and body. Trained in Expressive Arts Therapy, Somatic ExperiencingTM, Polyvagal Theory, & IFS (Parts Work), Carol offers far more than talk therapy. Carol naturally blends therapeutic techniques to suit each client's comfort zone and personality. She empowers clients to take specific (and often creative) action towards new goals.

Carol style is inventive and perceptive. She intently listens to what a client has to say while equally attending to each subtle shift in client’s body and the therapeutic relationship. Clients describe sessions with Carol as disarmingly effective and often playful.

Carol received an MA in Counseling with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University. Overlapping a career as an art professor, Carol interned an as Expressive Arts Therapist at Webster University's Counseling and Life Development Center. In 2023, Carol launched a private practice so that she could focus exclusively on individuals who are struggling with Mental Health and ready to do the work. Carol also volunteers as a Crisis Stabilization Specialist during Hurricane Season. When not working, Carol might be making art in her studio, meditating in her garden, or playing Chinese checkers with her daughter.


Message to clients

You have begun the search for a therapist, but you are probably a bit worried by the process. Reaching out to a stranger when you are feeling vulnerable is a difficult and brave thing to do. Why not pause for a minute and check in with your body? You have survived and gravity is holding you on this earth. Yes, you are in pain, and that's make sense in a today's world.

As you focus inward, you may also notice emotions that you identify as exhaustion, frustration, isolation, or even desperation. We each experience life differently but under all emotions, even the most uncomfortable, is something that all humans share. The primary human drive to survive... and thrive. When that drive to survive feels threatened, we fight, fly, freeze, fawn, or just plain freak out.

I promise to help you feel more safe. When you are ready, I will work with you to gently release stuck pain. As you do, you will notice a greater capacity for the present and excitement about the future. Please reach out, I look forward to connecting with you soon.


Specialties

Artists' mental health - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life

Bipolar disorder - Developing coping and preventive strategies to stabilize extreme mood swings, including manic and depressive episodes; increasing effective strategies to regulate emotions and maintain a healthy daily routine

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Childhood trauma - Learning how traumatic events in childhood can translate into adulthood; processing through difficult memories with the goal of moving past the experience and lingering symptoms

Life purpose & meaning - Exploring one’s beliefs and values around life purpose, meaning, and spirituality; addressing the barriers to living a life that feels fulfilling, including instigating change or developing new habits




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Boston College Student Health Insurance (UnitedHealthcare)
  • Cigna
  • Evernorth
  • Optum
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $175 (55min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $175

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Missouri)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am-4pm
  • Tue 9am-1pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 9am-4pm
  • Fri 9am-3pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am-4pm
  • Tue 9am-1pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 9am-4pm
  • Fri 9am-3pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

St.Louis practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 6 years

Webster University, Therapist and Professor, 1990 - 2024

Somatic Experiencing International, SEP, 2022
Lesley University, MA-EXTH, 2018
Tyler School of Art, MFA, 1988
School of Visual Art, BFA, 1984


Licensure

Missouri: 2023018725

Massachusetts: LMHC13005


Languages

English