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CARA OPPEGARD, CLINICIAN 
LSWAIC

SEEING WASHINGTON CLIENTS

I have been working in the mental health field since 2008. I have specialized experience working with clients with eating disorders, addiction concerns, and chronic illnesses.  I enjoy working with adolescents and adults. (Ages 13+)

My personal experiences and educational background have led to my passion in working with people who have body image and self-esteem concerns, disordered eating and/or exercise patterns, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. My other distinct interest is addressing and treating the mental health aspects of living with Type 1 Diabetes.

I have been fortunate to see many clients make major mental shifts during their journey that sparks a new pathway to a life they never saw possible before. I truly believe in the power of working with a professional on addressing your unique experience, what has brought you to therapy, and working together to foster growth and create lasting change. Therapy works bests when a therapist and client are a compatible fit and share a good connection. I offer free consultations, so we may see if we are likely to be a good fit for one another.

 

Identity disclosures: she/her pronouns, cisgender, white, able-bodied, lives with chronic illness

 

THERAPY MODALITIES I WORK FROM INCLUDE:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)

  • Humanistic Therapy Approach

  • Attachment theory

  • Intuitive Eating

  • Health At Every Size

  •  

    Integrative Therapy

 

LICENSE AND EDUCATION

 

LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER ASSOCIATE & INDEPENDENT CLINICAL (LSWAIC)

License number: SC61175218

MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

An education from the social work perspective has taught me about the importance of considering all of our identities as well as all of the systems we function within. Each of these things impact an individual in unique ways and play a role in who we are as a whole human being. I know that approaching therapy from a client-centered and strengths based model will truly make a difference to the experience a client has during our work together. 

BACHELOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

I first went to community college where I completed most of my general undergraduate course credits and then transferred. My interest in human behavior and psychology has always been there. I learned some of the most long standing theories on human development, individual psychology, and what impacts society and others outside ourselves can really have on us.

CONCERNS I WORK WITH:
  • Eating disorders

  • Negative body image

  • Chronic illness

  • Type I diabetes

  • Depression

  • Anxiety


 

  • Teens

  • Substance abuse

  • Grief

  • Psychosis

  • Self-harm

  • Suicidal ideation