Cara Kelley

(MS, NCC, LMHC)
Therapist Cara Kelley Photo

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
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , 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

LMHC #095624 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Reviews

Written by A.L. 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 by K.R. 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 by M.I. 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 by T.I. 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 by J.A. 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 by C.A. 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.