Lara was born and raised in South Africa but has for the last several years made Atlanta her home. Lara obtained her Undergraduate degree in Psychology, Media & Writing, and English from the University of Cape Town and received an Honors degree in Psychology from the University of South Africa. She travelled extensively through her early career, including spending several years living in London, England, and worked in a variety of fields including non-profits, public relations and as a features writer for various magazine publications.
Following her move to the United States, she pursued and earned a Masters’ in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University and has spent the last few years working with a diverse range of clients in a number of clinical settings. Lara is Nationally Board Certified as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor.
Lara works with individuals and couples on a variety of needs including:
Major life transitions: navigating young adulthood; career & vocation concerns; parenting; midlife and empty nest challenges; relocation adjustment; questions of spirituality and faith.
Relationship difficulties: peer & friendship conflict; navigating dating; pre-marital & marital counseling; marital enrichment; intimacy; communication; codependency; boundaries; family of origin & attachment issues.
Grief and loss: Trauma; emotional dysregulation; resiliency following loss.
Anxiety: perfectionism; self-esteem/worth; stress management; sleep disturbances; mind-body connections.
Lara uses an integrative approach to therapy, including elements of psychodynamic theory, existentialism and person – centered counseling. She is passionate about working alongside her clients as they make sense of their life changes and challenges. Her training and varied life experience have prepared her well to help clients navigate their lives to thrive and find meaning and purpose. Lara has also pursued training through Prepare/Enrich and the Gottman Institute to facilitate her work with couples.
Lara enjoys spending time at home and outdoors with her husband, two young children and their chocolate Labrador Retriever.