Kara began her career with a focus on early childhood trauma and attachment after graduating from California State University, Sacramento with a Master’s degree in Social Work. With a background of working in Child Protective Services, Kara entered community mental health with an appreciation for how early life experiences, systemic supports, and relationships can lead to challenges in adulthood.  As a service coordinator for individuals with severe mental illness for several years, Kara gained experience in a variety of modalities, as well as empathy for individuals living in “extreme states”. During this time, Kara attained her a certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling (CADC) and her license to practice clinical social work (LCSW). After moving into management in 2014, Kara worked heavily on grants and programs related to housing and homelessness. Today, Kara sits on the Washington County Homeless Plan Advisory Committee and has a passion for advocating for basic human rights and equality.

A Washington native, Kara has lived in Oregon for the past 7 years. She now calls the Hillsboro community her home and lives with her two children, rambunctious border collie, and an undetermined number of chickens. In her free time, music, cooking for others, being outdoors, and being around animals replenishes her stores.

As a therapist, Kara is fairly eclectic and pulls from a variety of approaches, including EMDR, DBT, attachment theory, somatic experiencing, and CBT. Her  therapeutic style includes humor, bluntness where appropriate, and a healthy level of swearing. What drives her is the moment that a client remembers , regains, or finds their power or sense of self.

Kara also offers license supervision to Oregon CSWAs with a heavy focus on exploring areas of counter-transference and developing each individual clinicians’ therapeutic lens.