Cara Marion, MA

Cara
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

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** Clinicians are Independent Contracted Providers**

 

After 20+ years as a Special Operations aviator in the U.S. Air Force, Cara completed her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Liberty University. Cara focuses on the mind, body and spirit wellness model, and she uses various treatment modalities as instruments to empower individuals and families to overcome personal and professional difficulties.

Cara works with individuals experiencing issues ranging from addiction, to  adjustment disorders, mood disorders, anxiety complications, attention and focus issues, individually or within family situations. With her many years of experience in the military, Cara has as special affinity for military families including the service member, spouse, children and extended family.

Her success at the Friary of Lakeview Center demonstrates Cara’s commitment to addiction recovery. Additionally, she is a certified PREPARE/ENRICH premarital, marital and blended family professional and has specialized training in trauma recovery (EMDR) to treat trauma and other stress-related disorders. Cara’s most rewarding education and training is the use of Biblical integration with treatment modalities when individuals are seeking to address spiritual aspects of wellness.

In her free time, Cara enjoys spending time with her husband and their three teenagers, traveling and taking in sports and outdoor activities such as boating, deep-sea fishing, snow skiing and hiking.  As ardent Chicago Cubs fans, Cara and her family delight in traveling to different venues throughout the country each season to cheer on their beloved Cubbies!

Patient Age Ranges:  Elders (65+), Adults (20-64), Teens (14-19), Pre-teens / Tweens (11-13), Children (5-12)

Click to see Cara’s Specialties
Emotional Abuse
Abuse / Survivors of Abuse
Physical Abuse
Post Traumatic Stress
Sexual Assault / Abuse
Helplessness / Victimhood
Domestic Violence
First Responder Issues
Exercise Addiction
Compulsive Spending / Shopping
Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Dual Diagnosis
Gambling Addiction
Sex / Pornography Addiction
Addiction and Compulsions
Substance Use Concerns
Smoking Cessation
Eating and Food Issues
Fear
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Separation Anxiety
Panic and Panic Attacks
Generalized Anxiety
Agoraphobia
Anxiety
Phobias
Social Anxiety
Worry
Eating and Food Issues
Children and Adolescents Issues
Academic Concerns
Attachment Issues
ODD / Oppositional and Defiant Behavior
ADHD / Inattention, Impulsivity and Hyperactivity
Young Adult Issues
Bullying
Depression
Cyclothymia
Mood Swings
Grief, Loss and Bereavement
Irritability
Bipolar
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Aggression and Violence
Anger
Self-Harm
Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
Aging and Geriatric Issues
Midlife Crisis
Money and Financial Issues
Workplace Issues
Stress
Health / Illness / Medical Issues
HIV / AIDS
Cognitive Impairment
Chronic Illness / Disability
Chronic Pain
Cancer
Somatization
Terminal Illness
Military and Veterans Issues
Military Career Progression
Military Deployments
Military Expiration of Term of Service (ETS)
Military Permanent Change of Station (PCS)
Military Readjustment Concerns
Military Related Difficulties/Stressors
Communication Problems
Commitment Issues
Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
Parenting
Relationships and Marriage
Family Problems
Marriage / Couples Issues
Jealousy
Infidelity / Affair Recovery
Codependency
Caregiver Issues / Stress
Breakup
Blended Family Issues
Polyamory / Non-monogamous Relationships
Trust Issues
Adoption / Foster Care Issues
Family of Origin Issues
Fertility Issues
Pregnancy and Childbirth
Forgiveness
Borderline Personality
Multicultural Concerns
Prejudice / Discrimination
Sensitivity to Criticism
Body Image
Life Purpose
Guilt
Inadequacy
Individuation
Identity Issues
Worthlessness
Shame
Values Clarification
Abandonment
Control Issues
Helplessness
Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Overwhelm
Emptiness
Isolation
Perfectionism
Power
Rejection
Self-Actualization
Self-Care
Self-Compassion
Self-Criticism
Self-Doubt
Self-Esteem
Self-Love
Forgiveness
LGBTQ issues
Sexuality
Christian Counseling
Religious Issues
Spirituality
Suicide
Suicidal Thoughts
Self-Harm
Postpartum Depression
Abortion Issues
Women’s Issues
Men’s Issues and Problems
Pregnancy and Childbirth
Fertility Issues
Career Counseling
Workplace Issues

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