Carol C. Mills, PsyD
“I believe that a different therapy must be constructed for each patient because each has a unique story.” — Irvin D. Yalom
Carol Mills grew up in Lancaster County as the daughter of a country doctor. She did various jobs around the office, including “helping” dad do house calls. A helping profession was a natural career choice. During college, she majored in sociology, anthropology and theatre. After working in the theatre for a few years, she made the decision to pursue a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Her first job was program development for a residential rehabilitation program in Lancaster for chronically mentally ill adults who had spent years in the state hospitals, and had then been released during the “deinstitutionalization” movement of the early 1980s. She later returned to graduate school and completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Mills has worked in private practice since 2001. Since 1986, she has provided psychological services in various mental health and medical settings, both inpatient and outpatient. She has worked as a psychologist and neuropsychologist in medical hospitals, psychiatric units, brain injury units, rehabilitation facilities, outpatient clinics, and elder care facilities. Because of her background, Dr. Mills has experience and expertise in helping adults to cope with health problems, brain injury, stroke, and issues of aging.
Providing quality therapeutic services for adults, couples and seniors is a central professional goal for Dr. Mills. Areas of interest and expertise include treatment of depression and anxiety, relationship issues, and challenges of adult development. Her therapeutic orientation is known as systematic eclecticism. This means that she customizes her approach to the individual client and to the particular problem which the client presents. She also uses elements of several theoretical orientations, including insight-oriented psychodynamic and object relations, interpersonal/family systems, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. Dr. Mills also believes that a collaborative spirit within the therapeutic relationship is quite important.
She enjoys oil painting, photography, reading fiction and art books, trips to the beach, and flea market treasures.
- B.A. (Sociology/Anthropology and Theatre), Lycoming College, 1977
- M.S. (Clinical Psychology), Millersville University of Pennsylvania, 1986
- Psy.D. (Clinical Psychology, APA accredited), Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1993
- Doctoral Internship, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh PA, 1992-1993
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, Clinical Neuropsychology, Bancroft Rehabilitation Services, Haddonfield NJ 1993-1994
- Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist, 1995
- Hospital-based Clinical Psychologist/ Neuropsychologist at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem, PA and HealthSouth Rehab, Mechanicsburg, PA 1994-2001
- Private practice 2001-2016