“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!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IA LMHC 095624
Cara has been helped me so much. I am indebted to her. She is kind and wise, and suggests really helpful insight. I am so pleased.
Written on May 20, 2023 after therapy with Cara for 3 months on issues concerning depression, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Cara is the BEST. I’ve been seeing her for about a year and a half and she is truly an amazing therapist, she is kind, attentive, and thoughtful. I can’t say enough great things about her. I’ve made so much progress and I owe it all to her!
Written on Apr 14, 2023 after therapy with Cara for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
She is the best hands down, and has gotten me through the most difficult times. Wonderful listener and advice
Written on Apr 12, 2023 after therapy with Cara for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
My therapist Cara Kelly helped me in short period of time to become calm and emotionally balanced instead of feeling anxious and worried. Most important I learned to appreciate my husband and feel safe and happy in my marriage. Cara helped me to see my own passive aggressive behavior and learn how to communicate in non violent way. I have never felt so good about myself and world around me. Thanks to Cara.
Written on Feb 19, 2023 after therapy with Cara for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd
Cara has been amazing to talk to! She offers great advice, makes me laugh, and helps with my stress & anxiety. I highly recommend her!
Written on Feb 07, 2023 after therapy with Cara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
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 26, 2022 after therapy with Cara for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, and relationship issues