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  • About Cara, Student Intern

    I’m Cara, a former social worker/healthcare administrator/interior stylist who always dreamed of becoming a counselor after graduating from Texas A&M. Still, life seemed to have a different path. Then COVID happened, and God opened the door and removed all the barriers. 

    Now in my 50s, I am a master’s level counseling student at Lamar University and currently completing my practicum and internship under the supervision and guidance of Christy Birgen. My goal is to become a licensed marriage and family therapist, and my passion is relationships, both with yourself and others. 

    I am proof positive that it is never too late to achieve your dreams when you are willing to put in the hard work and have God working through you.

    Education

    I earned by B.S. in Psychology at Texas A&M University, College Station, and I am a M.Ed. candidate in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling at Lamar University.

    I am a member of these professional organizations:

    • Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • American Counseling Association
    • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Lamar University Chapter

    Are you ready to take the first step?

    Three Facts About Me

    Change is possible

    As I begin this next chapter in my life, I am filled with hope, knowledge, and a deep belief that we can achieve a life filled with love, acceptance, and peace. I know from personal experience that change is possible when you are willing to work. It is not easy, but therapy is transformational.

    I've been a helper my whole life

    For as long as I can remember, people have always felt comfortable and safe sharing their problems with me. It is a privilege to connect with others more profoundly and genuinely. I have a natural ability to see the bigger picture, uncover hidden patterns, and find creative and personalized approaches to concerns. I am excited and passionate about helping clients explore what might be getting in their way and helping them find their path forward.

    Married for almost 27 years

    I have been blessed with a wonderful husband and partner. I have two stepchildren and four grandchildren. I am also a dedicated dog mom, animal lover, and knowledge seeker who finds serenity at the beach.