lara Adams, lpc intern
supervised by jill praisner, lpc-s
Are you struggling to feel happy, fulfilled, authentic and/or connected? Do you feel caught in repeating cycles and patterns you would like to move on from? I hear you and I get it. Life can be hard, let’s be honest. We could all use some support from time to time. As a therapist, my passion is for creating a safe, non-judgmental space in which you are able to stop, rest, be present in the here and now, listen and give voice to your deeper truths. All parts of you are welcome in our session, and nothing is “too much.” I am here to accept you completely as is. I believe it is essential to work with the whole being in therapy, engaging the mind, body and spirit in the process of change. Inspired by Buddhism and Yoga philosophy, I incorporate a variety of mindfulness-based approaches to therapy, offering my clients skills and coping techniques for managing life’s stresses.
What do I mean by mindfulness? Being mindful can mean being aware of your state of mind, your feelings, your body, and your actions and reactions in the present moment. It can also mean practicing an openhearted and warm compassion, with acceptance and appreciation for the moment’s imperfections and graces. Mindfulness-based psychotherapy invites this vulnerable awareness into the therapy room and into daily life, recognizing that these simple shifts can transform our lives.
All this lingo aside, each person has a unique story, style, and way of working through the messy stuff in life and in therapy. I will collaborate with you and meet you where you are. Together, we’ll find what speaks to you and what doesn’t. I strive to honor and support the individuality of each of my clients. No philosophy or therapeutic approach is more important than listening in the here and now to what is true for the human being I am with.
When away from my work, I am a mother of two small children and spend as much time as possible out in nature. I grew up in the Northeast, where I attended Green Meadow Waldorf School, followed by Wesleyan University. My education grounded me in a creative, independent and conscious approach to living. My path has had many twists and turns, leading me through a colorful landscape of vocational and personal experiences. Prior to training as a counselor at St. Edwards University here in Austin, I worked in the film and television industry in various roles. I have been fortunate to have traveled and lived in a number of states and countries worldwide, opening my heart to people from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Throughout my encounters with adventure, challenge, relationships and growth, my interest in the spiritual dimension of life has always been the compass directing my course. My own experiences of pain, darkness, therapy and holistic healing inform my approach to this work. I also highly value a sense of humor, even in the darkest of moments, and believe that the best therapy involves a good laugh. You may contact me at 512/201-4501, ext. 141, or request an appointment with me to get started. I look forward to speaking with you.