Cara is a warm and compassionate therapist who strives to create a healthy, collaborative relationship with her clients. She believes that the mind, like the body, is wired for healing and since many of our ‘injuries’ have occurred in relationships with others, they must also be healed through relationships. Cara’s natural curiosity and calm energy help create a comfortable, safe space that holds the potential for her clients to have corrective experiences.
Through an attachment based and trauma informed approach, Cara is aware that folks tend to seek out therapy to address behaviors and thought patterns that frustrate them in the present such as a tendency to shut down, try to control, have a drink, or lash out. Usually these maladaptive coping strategies were needed at some point in our lives and started out as something helpful. Cara seeks to help clients unwind these patterns and gently guide clients along their natural path toward healing.
Cara’s interests and skills as a therapist have evolved from workplace stress and substance use to attachment and developmental trauma, issues related to parenthood and the experiences of pregnant and postpartum individuals, as well as chronic pain and Mind Body Syndrome or TMS. She has additional training in Complex Trauma, Mind Body Syndrome, Anti-Racism, and is trained to provide EMDR therapy.
Cara completed her undergraduate degree at APSU in Clarksville, TN and her graduate studies at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Additionally, she provides supervision to graduate level counseling interns. When not being a therapist, she is doing her best at parenting two small children, listening to podcasts, or watching BBC procedurals. She would be honored to listen to your story, hear about the things that are and aren’t working, and help you make the adjustments you need to live a healthier, more connected life.