Carmen K. Jimenez MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP, SAP, RYT-200, RPTS
Carmen K. Jimenez-Pride is a Master Level Social Worker, 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. She earned a bachelor in Social Work with a certificate in Child Protective Services from Benedict College in 2004. She 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 17 years of experience in the mental health field. In 2011, She created Outspoken Counseling and Consulting to provide therapy, life coaching and business consulting in Fort Mill, South Carolina. In 2014, She transitioned the practice to Columbia South Carolina. In 2015 Carmen created Together We’ll Grow a non-profit organization focused on strengthening individuals and families by providing mentoring and therapeutic services. In 2016 she became a Registered Yoga Teacher and created freedOM Yoga Inc. an organization focused on providing yoga therapy services to individuals who normally would not have access to the practice of yoga. In 2018 Carmen became a Registered Children Yoga Teacher. With a focus on children and play therapy Carmen is the founder of Play Therapy with Carmen Inc. an organization dedicated to educating the mental health community on play therapy and providing supervision, training and resources for licensed professionals.
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. She is a current, and active member of the South Carolina Association of Play Therapy board of directors and the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Carmen is an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina School of Social Work.
July 2017, Carmen published, No, No Elizabeth her first publication and first book in the Elizabeth the Adventure series.
Carmen is the creator of Focus on Feeling© a play therapy curriculum focused on social and emotional development.
In addition, she has created and published a collection entitled "The Paper Personal Assistant", a collection of resources and guides for professionals.