Who We Are

Kara Luger, MSW

Kara Luger, LSW

she/her/hers

Just as there’s usually no “quick fix” in therapy, there’s no one path to healing – each person’s story needs to be recognized, strengthened, and honored. I believe that we are the experts of our own experiences, and I am here to help you navigate through your healing journey. I’ll strive to provide you with a nonjudgemental space that is not only collaborative and compassionate but also invites creativity, curiosity, and humor. I want to make our time together a safe, inviting space for you, where we explore your struggles and celebrate your wins.

 

I believe that our experiences have roots in our personal and cultural histories, which form our current patterns of thinking, feeling, and relating to one another. I’ve worked with adults struggling with a variety of issues including depression and anxiety, trauma, negative self-talk, perfectionism, and life transitions. As a queer and biracial (Native American/white) woman, it is my honor to provide care for the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities. My eclectic approach includes a blend of person-centered, strengths-based, mindfulness, and trauma-informed methods. Together we can explore your feelings and thoughts, connect the dots, and recognize and challenge those patterns.

 

I’m a Licensed Social Worker, and hold a Master of Social Work degree with a focus on mental health from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In my free time, I am an avid reader and love crafting, traveling, tending to my pandemic-purchased plants, watching true crime documentaries, and receiving head-butts (lovingly) from my cats Starsky and Pudge.

 

Examples of my experience and clinical interests:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Stress and perfectionism
  • Family and relationship issues
  • Boundary setting
  • Life transitions
  • Mindfulness
  • Trauma-informed practice
  • ADHD
  • Anti-oppression, intersectional, and feminist practice
  • LGBTQIA+ affirming care
    • I identify as queer
  • BIPOC clients
    • I am biracial (Native American/white)