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Carla Rivera, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Intimacy Coping with life changes ADHD
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About me

Everyone crawls, walks, runs, or stumbles on their own path of their lives. I am a US Army Veteran who decided to follow my dreams to help others reach theirs. I earned a BS in Psychology, a MSW, and am a LCSW. I am also a Certified Dementia Practitioner. From addiction and trauma therapy, to geriatrics, to child, couples, and family therapy with much more in between, I can help you find a solution to live your best life and manage the path you want to be on. I will always ensure my clients feel safe and secure when speaking with me. You are the expert of your own life, and I will always respect you as such. There is never any issue too small or too big to bring to the table. I will do my best to assist you in identifying your goals and finding the best solutions to reach them. I work with clients from a nonjudgmental standpoint. It is so important to trust the person you are processing your life story with, and I will always ensure you feel safe with me. I always try to think “outside of the box” because I know every individual is different and solutions are not “one size fits all.” I enjoy using a strength-based solution-focused approach. I believe Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be useful in many ways.

Professional experience

8yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Intimacy Coping with life changes ADHD

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver issues and stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and separation, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Infidelity, Isolation / loneliness, Jealousy, Life purpose, Midlife crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy and childbirth, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social anxiety and phobia, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

NC LCSW C015035


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Carla Rivera. 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.

Carla is the absolute BEST!! I feel so comfortable talking to her and that was a huge concern of mine before starting. She is so reassuring and listens carefully. Just adore her as a person and therapist!

Written on Jun 04, 2023 after therapy with Carla for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Love Carla so much she has helped me a lot in just the short time I've been working with her!

Written on Feb 02, 2023 after therapy with Carla for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

Carla is a caring and thoughtful therapist who “listens” well and stay focused. She is talented at what she does and I would recommend her for other clients as well.

Written on Jan 30, 2023 after therapy with Carla for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Very attentive, analytical, and empathetic. If you have started to look towards your needs she will be ready to help you fulfill them. If you have trouble finding your wants/needs she is happy to help you find them. Very professional but not at all cold, very warm person. Makes sure to let you feel in control of your healing, and takes notes well so she can be effective for venting without feeling lost. I don’t always feel calm with new people but she is an excellent presence to have in a vulnerable place.

Written on Jan 26, 2023 after therapy with Carla for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue