Dr. Dietrich is a licensed Psychotherapist and Registered Drama Therapist, whose life’s work has been guiding and supporting people wanting to make changes in their lives. Her approach is dynamic and eclectic, incorporating a variety of experiential methods into traditional talk therapy in order to design the most effectual therapeutic strategy for each individual. It's important to note that experiential means that you and Dr. Dietrich will have experiences together. The experiences you'll share will be exciting, sometimes terrifying and personally illuminating, and will open the gateway to personal change and growth.
Years of experience have shown, this approach is effective for people who suffer from acute eating disorders, chemical dependencies, depression and anxiety. In addition, these methods have also enhanced the lives of individuals pursuing personal happiness, greater achievement and genuine relationships, both personally and professionally.
Carol's creative and thought-provoking work is featured in the documentary, Expressing Disorder: Journey to Recovery. Her newest video, Unveiling the Hidden Self: Hope and Healing through Drama Therapy, outlines her Five Step process of using masks to assist individuals in recovery.
Carol's education includes a BA in Theatre Arts and a MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She also holds a certification as Eating Disorder Specialist from JFK University.
Why Mind Therapy clients love Drama Therapy?
With a compassionate and empathic presence, Dr. Dietrich uses drama and theater exercises to facilitate psychological and spiritual growth and change. By using experiential techniques from Drama Therapy, client's gain insight into what’s holding them back, and what it will take to find happiness and excel in life.
Some of the other methods used in sessions may include:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Mindfulness Practices
- Compassion-focused interventions
- Guided imagery and embodiment
Carol's treatment philosophy stems from her belief that optimal healing and recovery is achieved through the integration of body, mind and spirit.
What her clients and experts say.
Carol grasps therapeutic moments that most therapists don't even see.
“... Because of her exquisite sensitivity, she is able to provide the kind of safe space that is necessary to allow her clients to risk moving into spaces that promise the hope of wholeness.”
— Susan Kleinman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CEDS | Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist | Certified Eating Disorder Specialist
I have seen clients change and transform just by witnessing Carol working with them!
“I have worked beside Carol in eating disorder treatment programs, collaborated with her on clinical consultations, and witnessed her work in groups as well as presenting at national conferences. I hold the highest regard for her work and don't hesitate to consult with her as a colleague and/or send clients to work with her. Carol holds a compassionate presence, capacity to witness, and creates a space for clients to go deeply into their emotional and psychological work. ... Her mask work is deeply transformative and her capacity as an individual therapist is stellar. .”
— Linda Shanti McCabe, PsyD | Psychotherapy & Expressive Arts for Recovery & Motherhood
At first I was skeptical... It was truly remarkable how effective, challenging, and frightening...
“I was fortunate to work with Carol Dietrich while I was an out-patient for anorexia. At first I was skeptical to the idea of drama therapy, but went along with the program and created my masks of my own eating disorder and mask of compassion. It was truly remarkable how effective, how challenging, how frightening that experience was. Facing your own demons physically and being able to work out some of your most deepest emotions is no simple task. I am grateful for the experience that Carol challenged me with and helped me conquer. I would highly recommend drama therapy to anyone in need.”
— Ami, former client
Carol Dietrich's work is nothing short of extraordinary!
"With compassion, creativity, grace, and an open heart, she expertly guides those seeking hope and healing. I highly recommend her to anyone on a journey towards freedom and wholeness."
— Anita Johnston, Ph.D., author of Eating in the Light of the Moon
I was deeply touched and inspired by her work.
"While a trainee, I had the honor and privilege of witnessing Carol Dietrich in action leading drama therapy groups at El Camino Hospital’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Services Unit. It was inspiring to see how Carol held the severely mentally ill clients with the utmost respect and compassion, while also challenging them to look deeply at their lives and the choices they have made, encouraging them to courageously create changes in their lives. Always creative and insightful, Carol utilized drama therapy methods and traditional talk therapy to support her clients in their struggles and enhance their well being."
— Nadin Mayblum-Boaz, MA, MFTi
...individuals heal in a very empowered and soulful fashion that fosters insight and growth.
"I have had the honor of collaborating and working with Carol Dietrich, LMFT for the past ten years. Her expertise in the field both as a psychiatric nurse and psychotherapist allows Carol to treat individuals in a multifaceted manner. Carol is passionate and compassionate to supporting individuals heal in a very empowered and soulful fashion that fosters insight and growth."
— Christine Pappas, MA, Psy.D., CEDS