Carmen K. Jimenez is a, Substance Abuse Professional, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Carolina and Georgia. She is also a Licensed Independent Social Worker in South Carolina. Carmen is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor credentialed by the Association of Play Therapy. Carmen earned a bachelor in Social Work with a certificate in Child Protective Services from Benedict College in 2004. Carmen was accepted into the advance standing program at the University of South Carolina earning a Masters of Social Work in 2005 with a focus on communities and organizations.

Carmen has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. Carmen has spent 8 years focused on protecting children and assisting families in crisis as a senior social worker with Youth and Family Services in Charlotte North Carolina. Carmen has shared her expertise and dedication with Youth and Family Services managing Family Intervention cases, conducting family assessments, conducting forensic investigations. Carmen transitioned to Youth and Family services specialty sex abuse and conflict of interest unit prior to leaving the agency in 2014.

Since 2010 Carmen has utilized her skills within the clinical field by providing outpatient therapy and intensive in home services to children, adolescents and adults in Mecklenburg County. In 2011 Carmen created Outspoken Counseling and Consulting to provide therapy, life coaching and business consulting in Fort Mill, South Carolina. In 2014 Carmen transitioned the practice to Columbia South Carolina. In 2015 Carmen created Together We’ll Grow a non-profit organization focused on strengthen individuals and families by providing mentoring and therapeutic services. In 2016 Carmen created FreedOM Yoga Inc. an organization focused on provided yoga therapy services to individuals who normally would not have access to the practice of yoga. With a focus on children and play therapy Carmen is the founded of Play Therapy with Carmen Inc. an organization educating the community on play therapy and providing play therapy to children who have experienced trauma.

Carmen is a past member of the North Carolina National Association of Social Work board of directors and North Carolina Association for Play Therapy board of directors. Carmen is a current and active member of the South Carolina Association of Play Therapy board of directors.

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