Pastoral and clinical counseling is offered by appointment. As an independent practice, we can easily and openly address spiritual needs. However, we are open to all: the believer, the unbeliever, the seeker, the undecided, and the unaffiliated:there is no hidden agenda. We welcome all from any religious practice and no religious practice or belief. Our goal is to assist those in need with the means, motivation and tools they need to transform their lives. While Pastor Carol’s specialty is addictions counselings, general mental health counseling is also provided. In 2011 Pastor received the Massachusetts Counselor of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Association of Alcohol and Drub Counselors. In 2012 she received the National Counselor of the Year Award from the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.
Please call us at 617-650-6497 for an appointment, to make a referral or contact us through OpenDoorCapeCod@aol.com.
Referrals are confidential and are accepted from individuals, programs, churches etc. These services are clinical and / or pastoral, out-patient and non-residential.
Our services are billed on an affordable “sliding fee scale“ At this time, Massachusetts does not allow for 3rd party insurance billing for services rendered by an LADC I. The recommended donation is $30, more if you can, less if you can’t. Anyone with an inability to pay will not be turned away.
We work with individuals and families and closed groups, as the need arises. All of our work is tailored to individual needs.
Our practice builds a foundation on the strengths that people already possess and seeks to use internal motivation for recovery and transformations. A core component of our practice is based in mindfulness meditation that uses walking, movement, and creative forms of this proven meditative practice that heals those areas of our brains that are most affected by alcohol and other drug use, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
Carol W. Bolstad is a licensed alcohol and addictions counselor I (LADC I), meaning in addition to providing counseling, she can supervise other addictions counselors and interns. Carol holds both a Master of Arts in Counseling and Student Development, specializing in the 17 – 25 year age group , from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies specializing in Pastoral Care from the Episcopal Divinity School. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Gannon University, specializing in criminal justice and geriatric care.
At the 2010 Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, Carol presented a workshop on” Spiritual Awakenings” and was privileged to be interviewed by Chris Shroeder on his internet radio program the “Afflicted and Affected”. Carol has provided addictions counseling in college and social service settings for nearly 30 years. Her specialties are working with those who are affective by substance use, have been incarcerated, homeless, are living with HIV and AIDS, women and men who have experienced trauma, and with those who identify as GLBTQ.