About me

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

I have experience counseling people of all ages in both individual and group settings. I have ties to the military community and have been an advocate for veteran suicide awareness. I have my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and have completed courses in Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM), Psychological First Aid (PFA), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and am a QPR Gatekeeper for education in suicide prevention.

I believe counseling provides a safe, warm, supportive relationship where you can openly share your thoughts and feelings and learn new strategies for coping with situations and emotions. My desire is to work with you to develop new patterns in your life that can lead to healthier coping skills, increased confidence, and a greater sense of purpose and meaning in your life. I believe my role is to help you utilize what you already know and your strengths to help you overcome barriers in order to grow more fully into who you want to become. I believe in the strength of human resiliency, but sometimes we become stuck and need help to move forward. I believe that one must take a holistic approach to overall health. The mind, body and spirit are so intimately connected that one most certainly influences the others.

As far as human nature is concerned, I believe you have a desire to do what is right, but often find you do the very things that might not be in your best interests. That desire to do what is right is what gives me hope for everyone. I believe you can never fall too far to benefit from counseling. I believe everyone can change – if they really want to. I want to be the person that helps you on your journey of hope. I think so many people keep everything bottled up and do not share their feelings and fears with anyone. This can lead them to believe they are the only one feeling this way and that can be a very dark place. I want you to know you are not alone and that there is hope!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Career difficulties , ADHD , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Body Image , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

IA LMHC 095624


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Cara Kelley. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Oct 26, 2022 after therapy with Cara for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, and relationship issues

Cara has changed my life! I have a better relationship with myself and see the world in a healthier perspective. She has been around through a lot of stressful situations this past year and I couldn’t have done it without her. So grateful to have her as my therapist!

Written on Oct 14, 2022 after therapy with Cara for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

I would recommend Cara Kelley to anyone who grow up in dysfunctional family. I felt connected and understood right away. I feel heard and guided how to change my behavior by understanding it’s roots and implementing simple yet powerful techniques. Cara is not just skilled therapist she is also very warm person.

Written on Oct 06, 2022 after therapy with Cara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

She's given me some good advice and tools that have been helpful so far

Written on Jul 30, 2022 after therapy with Cara for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I appreciate her listening and providing feedback.

Written on Jun 28, 2022 after therapy with Cara for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes

Cara is engaged, sensitive to me issues and charming.

Written on May 03, 2022 after therapy with Cara for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

After only a month or 2 of working with Cara, she's helped me to have more confidence in myself by empowering me to trust my thoughts and feelings rather than suppress them. When my thoughts and actions aren't healthy, she suggests more productive ways to cope. Just knowing that she's "in my corner" makes a huge difference for me.

Written on Feb 25, 2022 after therapy with Cara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Cara is amazing! She is so kind, compassionate, and understanding. She makes me feel heard and provides the right balance of listening and advice. Sessions with her are the best part of my week!

Written on Feb 11, 2022 after therapy with Cara for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

She is very sweet and kind. She has helped me already. I would recommend her.

Written on Jan 20, 2022 after therapy with Cara for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Cara listens intently and is easy to talk to. I appreciate that she always responds in a timely manner and follows up each session with a summary. Cara helped me see connections I hadn’t considered before.

Written on Jan 19, 2022 after therapy with Cara for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

She very good at listening and helping me understand my experiences.

Written on Dec 29, 2021 after therapy with Cara for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Cara is an excellent Therapist who you can form a trusting relationship with quickly. She’s a good listener and gets to the root of the problem. She offers sound advice but wants to know how you feel about it.

Written on Dec 11, 2021 after therapy with Cara for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Cara Kelley is the best! She listens intently. She makes great suggestions and her messages show that she really understands my feelings.

Written on Nov 05, 2021 after therapy with Cara for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and adhd

It has been truly amazing meeting with Cara. I was able to voice things I never really was able to. She helped me reach my goals. I was scared of therapy before but no longer feel that way. I wondered before why people thought therapy was so helpful and now I understand. Super grateful for her!

Written on Oct 26, 2021 after therapy with Cara for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and grief

Cara has been very easy to speak with. She listens well and give feedback and suggestions for coping with issues I am having to try. She helps me to be okay with my feelings without making feel like she is patronizing me. She doesn’t pretend to understand my feelings but validates the normalcy which helps me to know that even though I don’t personally know people that has been in my position , I am not alone. After both sessions I have had with Cara I seem to come out of it feeling a little better each time motivating me to keep going and to allow my feelings but don’t live in them. Some does are and will be bad and for now that’s okay.

Written on Oct 15, 2021 after therapy with Cara for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and adhd

Cara has been wonderful. Her energy is open and caring, without pandering. I appreciate her for that. Glad she is part of your team. Thank you Better Help.

Written on Sep 25, 2021 after therapy with Cara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Cara is so easy to talk to. She’s friendly and listens. She makes you feel comfortable and makes it easy to open up to her. My mental health has improved after she became my counselor and I look forward to our meetings.

Written on Sep 03, 2021 after therapy with Cara for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Cara is simply the best!

Written on Aug 11, 2021 after therapy with Cara for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and anger management

Cara has truly been great. I feel rejuvenated after our sessions and a lot happier. She listens, offers various coping methods and always ends the session with positive reinforcement. I couldn’t be happier.

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