Kara Poland, LMHC
Psychotherapist – Andover, MA
Kara is a licensed mental health counselor specializing in individual and family therapy with children, and adults. Her counseling approach focuses on building a trusting connection, and establishing a warm and judgment free environment. Kara utilizes an eclectic style of treatment, primarily practicing psychodynamic theory while also incorporating other therapeutic modalities including trauma informed care, play therapy, attachment work, mindfulness practices, Person-Centered theory, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory. Kara’s work has primarily focused on trauma (including early childhood trauma), parenting support, healthy family and intimate partner relationships, addiction, self-esteem, depression and anxiety (including postpartum depression and anxiety), and challenging childhood behaviors. She also has experience working with families involved with the Department of Children and Families, and grandparents raising grandchildren.
Kara received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from The University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College. She also has a certificate in Child and Family Mental Health and Wellness from Boston College. Kara interned at the Academy of Physical and Social Development in Newton, Massachusetts, where she ran social skills groups with elementary through high school aged kids.
She has experience working in community mental health, and early intervention, supporting high need populations with a variety of presenting concerns. Kara is skilled at developing and maintaining therapeutic relationships and helping clients progress toward planned outcomes.