Lara Ashbaugh

(MS, LPC, NCC)

About Me

I am professional counselor licensed in Missouri with over 12 years of experience working as therapist, supervisor, and teacher. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. One of my specialties is DBT - Dialectical Behavior Therapy to help clients with their emotions, coping skills and relationships.

My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral and acceptance and commitment therapy. I also pull a lot from positive psychology, I want to know what is going right that we can build on. I believe everyone has unique strengths and something special to contribute. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.

I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Trauma and abuse , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Adoption and Foster Care , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #2007035135 (Expires: 2023-06-30)


Reviews

Written by C.H. on Jun 10, 2021 after counseling with Lara for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Lara is a solid counselor who has helped me identify and address priority issues that have benefited my emotional health. I'm glad to be working with her.

Written by E.R. on May 11, 2021 after counseling with Lara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and adhd

Lara is great and understanding. Very easy to talk to and allows me to shift my view point in a positive manner.

Written by B.R. on May 07, 2021 after counseling with Lara for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Lara has been very helpful, dedicated, professional, and thorough with her work. Even in a short amount of time, I felt she'd be a therapist that could really help me over time.

Written by J.E. on Mar 30, 2021 after counseling with Lara for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Lara is amazing. I actually look forward to therapy.

Written by K.I. on Mar 20, 2021 after counseling with Lara for 7 months on issues concerning depression, grief, and coping with life changes

It has been life changing to have someone to talk to someone about my biggest fears and weaknesses. Someone to help me sort them out and see through it all. So thankful.

Written by M.I. on Mar 05, 2021 after counseling with Lara for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I've only met with Lara 3x but I feel 1000lbs off my shoulders. I feel supported, not judged. She is curious, not clinical and literally is helping me be the best version of myself. So happy to have met Lara and looking forward to working with her !

Written by L.A. on Feb 13, 2021 after counseling with Lara for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

She listens and does not rush you.

Written by M.I. on Jan 27, 2021 after counseling with Lara for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and adhd

I’ve only had a few sessions with Lara, but she has helped me tremendously already. We cover a lot in one session and it makes me feel motivated to keep working on myself! Very empowering

Written by T.R. on Nov 30, 2020 after counseling with Lara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life

Lara has been so professional and understanding, and I feel like just a perfect match for me and my personality.

Written by S.H. on Oct 28, 2020 after counseling with Lara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

She is caring and kind her professional. I appreciate her understanding of my life and advice.

Written by L.E. on Oct 06, 2020 after counseling with Lara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Although this would be our 3rd session, I’m growing comfortable with each log in and am excited for this progressive journey

Written by H.A. on Sep 30, 2020 after counseling with Lara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

I love Lara! She’s a friend that knows how to make me feel better, no matter how I feel on my worst days

Written by T.Y. on Sep 01, 2020 after counseling with Lara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

The best things about her, is she's super smart, great at listening and understanding, and can quickly give actionable advice and strategies! She focuses on the good and tries to have me face the bad with reason and self experimentation and self reflection. Everything I need in a therapist!

Written by C.A. on Jul 14, 2020 after counseling with Lara for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, and anger management

Very sweet, Very kind, And I always feel heard