Carmen Jimenez-Pride, is the creative mind behind Focus on Feelings®, an emotional literacy curriculum, she is a licensed clinical social worker, registered play therapist supervisor, certified AutPlay® therapy provider, certified EMDR Therapist, registered children’s yoga teacher, certified IFS therapist, and a certified LEGO® Serious PLAY® facilitator.
Carmen is a trauma therapist experienced in the clinical treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with culturally diverse backgrounds addressing a wide range of concerns. Carmen’s career in the mental health field spans more than 15 years.
She is an international speaker, award-winning best-selling author, and business consultant. Carmen is a visionary in the therapeutic community, working to create and develop a wide range of educational tools to assist the clinician, and the client to reach optimum goals. With a focus on cultural humility and cultural diversity, Carmen educates clinical professionals to address racial and cultural trauma within their clinical practices.
Carmen serves as the South Carolina Association for Play Therapy President and is the recipient of the 2021 Association for Play Therapy Emerging Leader Award. She also serves as the diversity and inclusion director of the Internal Sandtray Therapy Association.
Carmen is the developer of Diversity in Play Therapy Inc.; and the Diversity in Play Therapy Summit. She is also the developer and publisher of Focus on Feelings®.
Financial: Carmen Jimenez-Pride is the founder and Executive Director of Outspoken Counseling and Consulting. She is a published author and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Carmen Jimenez-Pride is the president of the South Carolina Association for Play Therapy. She is a member of the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina, the National Association for Addiction Professionals, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Association for Play Therapy.