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About Me

Hello, and welcome! My name is Kara Denahan and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Rhode Island. I have been providing therapy to individuals and couples for over 20 years. Currently, I am only providing therapy for individuals.

I want to share a little of my development as a therapist as I think this will give you a better sense of who I am, both professionally and personally. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Design, specialty Photography. In my mid-thirties I decided to return to school and entered a master’s level program to study Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Rhode Island. I graduated with a Master of Science Degree from URI in 1997. After a few years of working as a therapist for other people, I opened up my own private practice.

In 1999 I felt some dimension was lacking in both my professional and personal life and I joined a meditation group dedicated to the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist who I found to be compelling. I learned about the concept of interbeing and the benefits of mindfulness, meditation, acceptance, and cultivating inner peace. The wisdom transmitted in the teachings and the meditation practice deepened and expanded my capacity to connect and engage with my clients at a more satisfying level.

In 2009 I pursued training in Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), developed by Richard Schwartz, Ph.D. I had been intrigued by this model of therapy for many years. IFS regards each person as a collection of parts ("a part of me wants to exercise, a part of me doesn’t") that interact continuously. The intention is to accept our inner world through connection with our True Self, which is wise and kind and non-judgmental. When we truly accept ourselves, even the parts of ourselves we might consider "flawed’", we are also able to accept others and their flaws more easily. We experience more ease within ourselves as well as outside of ourselves. Completing Level I (2010) and Level II (2012) of the intense IFS trainings had a profoundly positive effect on me. I am glad to be able to share these teachings with my clients. Truly accepting who we are is the best gift we can give ourselves.

There have been many other influential teachers in my life. Most recently, I am intrigued by Polyvagal Theory developed by Stephen Porges, Ph.D, and its practical applications as presented by Deb Dana, LCSW. Polyvagal Theory explains the underlying cause of most physical and mental disorders is a chronically dysregulated nervous system in a state of threat. I am also in awe of Daniel Siegel, M.D., a neuropsychiatrist who has developed Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), a therapy that beautifully integrates neuroscience, attachment theory and meditation practice. Rick Hanson, Ph.D, also blends neuroscience with ancient wisdom traditions and offers practical, simple, and effective techniques for increased personal well-being. Martha Beck is another source of inspiration who masterfully weaves humor with wisdom and has the gift of making the metaphysical credible. I am forever grateful to the teachings of Brene Brown for so clearly delineating the difference between shame and guilt, and for being an advocate for vulnerability, under the right conditions. I pass on to my clients the knowledge I have integrated from these wise and kind masters.

What I know is that there is not a one size fits all form of therapy. What works for you may not work for your friend. There are many doors to move through in life, and I make it my mission to help you find the best door for you to step through to a more fulfilling life. I know if you follow that which inspires and uplifts you then you will find your way. It is my joy and honor to be with you as you discover and uncover the unlimited potential that is you at your essence. What I have to offer you is years of accumulated wisdom and the ability to be fully present, expertise gained through following my heart to that which inspires and uplifts me. I hope to inspire you.

Please be aware that I only work mornings, Monday through Friday, and I prefer scheduled live chat/phone/video sessions.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 22

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #MFT00080 (Expires: 2022-07-01)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Kara Denahan. 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 by J.A. on Jan 23, 2022 after therapy with Kara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and anger management

Kara has been extremely helpful as I go through some very difficult situations involving leaving my verbally and emotionally abusive partner. She was available to message with me when I left and helped talk me through what to say to our children and how to move forward with communicating with my now estranged husband. I am forever grateful for her help in this process.

Written by E.L. on Jan 04, 2022 after therapy with Kara for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and anger management

Wonderful therapist. Listens, offers a multitude of strategies and asks thoughtful questions.

Written by A.N. on Nov 26, 2021 after therapy with Kara for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Kara is great.

Written by T.O. on Sep 09, 2021 after therapy with Kara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and adhd

I've only had a few sessions with Kara (via live chat) so far, but I can confidently say she's the easiest therapist I've ever talked to--and the option of live chat rather than voice/video is incredibly helpful as well. She provides worksheets to go through when helpful, helps to reinforce more positive thoughts/behaviors, and follows up after sessions / at the beginning of the week to check in. I was hesitant to try BetterHelp over traditional therapy at first, but Kara has definitely changed my view towards it :)

Written by E.M. on Mar 08, 2021 after therapy with Kara for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

She is helping me understand myself and discover who I am. She's helping me navigate my inner thoughts and untangle my trauma piece by piece

Written by A.R. on Jan 11, 2021 after therapy with Kara for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Kara is amazing! She has made such a difference in my life and I am so grateful for her

Written by J.A. on Dec 24, 2020 after therapy with Kara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Kara is excellent. Her approach is supportive and calming. She is helping me better understand myself and what I need to do to live a happier life.

Written by G.I. on Nov 21, 2020 after therapy with Kara for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

Kara is such a great energy to be around and is present for each moment I'm with her. She really does her best to bring insight that would positively benefit me in one way or another and I deeply appreciate her!

Written by C.R. on Jul 23, 2020 after therapy with Kara for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and adhd

Great counselor understand all my concerns

Written by A.M. on Jul 21, 2020 after therapy with Kara for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Kara is great. She really listens, asks good questions, and provides great ideas and resources for addressing my problems.

Written by K.E. on Jun 27, 2020 after therapy with Kara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Kara takes the time to really read what I am saying and gives a detailed response back and helps me in so many ways!

Written by C.H. on Apr 22, 2020 after therapy with Kara for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Kara is very responsive and sensible in her communication style. She provides additional resources to help focus on the areas I am working on. I have enjoyed our discussions and found them very insightful and easy to understand.

Written by G.O. on Mar 25, 2020 after therapy with Kara for 1 month

My sessions with Kara have been immensely helpful. She is an engaging, responsive, and warm person. By the end of each of our sessions, she always managed to help me resolve some internal conflict or distress. Speaking to her has allowed me to feel more positive and confident in situations that earlier made me feel uncomfortable. She is an outstanding counselor whom I can't recommend highly enough.

Written by A.N. on Mar 17, 2020 after therapy with Kara for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, and self esteem

Thank you for helping me during these strange times

Written by K.A. on Jan 08, 2020 after therapy with Kara for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Kara and I have only been talking for a short time now, but I feel very grateful for her multi-layered/integrated approach - she tunes into and speaks to the nuanced dynamics that are contributing to what is going on and asks questions that have helped me process and find clarity.