Carol lives Scottsdale, Arizona in the beautiful Sonoran Desert with her husband, Weldon, and their feisty miniature dachshund, Lil’ Minnie Mae. She has 2 sons by her first marriage and 4 amazing grandchildren.
She attended the University of Michigan for two years, married at 20 and survived a 13 year marriage of both verbal and physical violence. In 1970, she graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in Interior Design.
She had a high end residential interior design career in the Phoenix area for forty years before retiring in 2008. Since retirement, she has been actively involved in the formation of a committee within her church, which creates and installs large scale art installations.
For many years, she has taught a six week, two hour course, at one of the largest Domestic Violence shelters in the country.She created the workbook used in the class, which is the basis for her book: REMODEL YOURSELF: A Blueprint for Healing from Domestic Violence.
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Carol Minchew’s trailblazing, exquisitely illustrated workbook provides a much needed blueprint for victims of domestic violence to find healing for the Spirit part of the Mind, Body, and Spirit Wholeness we strive for. As a renowned interior designer and a survivor herself, Carol uses the “house” as a metaphor for a victim’s “whole self.” Using basic principles of design, the victim is gently guided to mine her internal resources to become co-creator of her own destiny, in cooperation with her “Higher Power.” While volunteering at one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the country, Carol developed and tested her manual with hundreds of victims, which has proven an overwhelming success. Domestic violence is a world-wide epidemic! This eminently practical, gem of a book needs to go viral!
Judith C. Engleman, M.D., Psychiatrist, Researcher, Author, and Faculty at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona – Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
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“Carol’s innovative work with domestic violence brings to light the need for addressing the often overlooked damage sustained by the person’s soul. Carol’s well-known expertise in the area of interior design has contributed to her understanding that success is an inside job. In her beautifully illustrated workbook, the victim emerges as survivor as she is gently guided to find within herself, the divine blueprint to remodel her personal interior from the soul crushing experience of domestic violence.”
Ralph H. Earle, M. Div., Clinical Psychologist, Minister, Author, Past President, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy