My name is Kara and I am so excited for the opportunity to work with you! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Tennessee. I have 7 years of experience working with a variety of individuals experiencing concerns such as substance abuse, depression, anxiety, self esteem, life changes and transitions, and relationship challenges. I have also worked with many people who have experienced domestic violence, trauma, and acute crisis.
I use a wide variety of approaches with clients, all of which come down to being client centered. I tailor my approach to each person I work with, using primarily a combination of elements of EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I am always growing, learning, and adapting my approaches to be the best therapist that I can be.
It has taken so much courage to even get to this point in your journey of self improvement and discovery, applaud yourself for that! The idea of going to therapy can be scary and it keeps a lot of people away. I like to think of going to therapy as a scheduled time in your week to invest in yourself - it doesn't mean that something is wrong with you. Rather, coming to therapy means something is RIGHT with you. You are taking control of your life, admitting that things could be going better, and making steps to achieve your goals. It's okay if you don't know where to start - we can figure it out together. I hope to walk with you and empower you on your new journey.
I am looking forward to getting to know you!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Career difficulties, Depression, Compassion fatigue, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Control Issues, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
TN LCSW 8000
Kara is wonderful. She listens to my needs and concerns and helps me find useful and effective ways for me to navigate those needs. She is detailed and organized for our session, each time.
Written on Sep 21, 2023 after therapy with Kara for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Kara is an amazing listener and has brought me so much validation in my thinking. After every session she gives me achievable goals to reach towards for the next session. I appreciate her time & kindness. Therapy with her has been one of the best decision i have made for myself. Thank you Kara.
Written on Jul 29, 2023 after therapy with Kara for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
Kara was an amazing therapist! She understood I had limited time to work with her before I moved out of state and still wanted to see me! We had several sessions where we set some short term and long term goals that will help me whenever I end up finding a new therapist where I’m moving. She was so kind and supportive, and I would recommend her to anyone at any stage of their therapy journey.
Written on May 14, 2023 after therapy with Kara for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
I have been working with Kara for months now and have really enjoyed it. I was very nervous about starting therapy and she helped ease my concerns and made me feel comfortable and heard.
Written on Jan 19, 2023 after therapy with Kara for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and coping with life changes
Kara is a fantastic therapist from every angle. She's a great listener and provides excellent feedback. She helps me brainstorm new ways to take care of myself and is always open and non-judgmental. My experience with Kara has been so amazing that I often recommend betterhelp to friends and colleagues.
Written on Dec 06, 2022 after therapy with Kara for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety
I’ve never had a ‘therapist’ before and I was a bit nervous that I wouldn’t match up with anyone. It’s amazing that we crossed paths. So far so great.
Written on Oct 03, 2022 after therapy with Kara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes