Lara Adams, MA, LPC-Intern

Supervised by Jill Praisner, LPC-S

ABOUT LARA

     I am a counselor in Austin, TX.  I practice holistic psychotherapy, meaning that I value the connection between the mind, body and spirit, and am interested in the "whole being" of my clients. Inspired by mindfulness-based approaches to therapy, I offer tools to find peace of mind and self-compassion through mindfulness practices and inner work, with the belief that healing and well-being come from within.  I work with a broad range of issues, including depression, anxiety, stress management, life transitions, work/life balance, parenting, marital conflict, spirituality, and grief and loss, to name a few.  My passion is for helping my clients find their own inner strengths and resources, with which to heal wounds and unhealthy patterns, while also creating a more healthy, fulfilling and joyful life. While external challenges and emotional triggers are inevitable, how we respond to difficult events, thoughts and feelings can make all the difference in our quality of life.  I work mainly with individual adults and couples, and am available to help adolescents and families as well.  

     I am also a daughter, sister, wife, friend and the lucky mother of two young children.  I grew up in Spring Valley, NY, where I attended the Green Meadow Waldorf School.  My Waldorf education grounded me in a creative, independent, spiritual and conscious approach to living. I have been passionate about holistic approaches to personal growth and wellbeing since young adulthood.  My path has led me through a colorful landscape of vocational and personal experiences.  Prior to my training as a counselor, I worked in the film and television business, in various roles.  I have also been fortunate enough to have traveled and lived in a number of states and countries worldwide.  My experiences abroad and around the U.S. have opened my eyes and heart to people of 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.

Experience

     I hold a Master of Arts in Counseling degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wesleyan University, CT.  I completed my pre-graduate counseling internship at Capital Area Counseling in east Austin.  I have participated in professional trainings on mindfulness-based approaches to therapy, and am continually striving to add more tools to my therapeutic toolbox.  I studied Hatha Yoga with “Yoga Mother” (Daya Vyas) in India in 2001, which greatly inspired my holistic understanding of wellbeing.  I have volunteered as a mentor with Young Women Empowered (Y-WE), a mentorship program for underprivileged adolescent girls, in Seattle, WA.  I have also participated in the personal growth program "Evolve", with positive parenting coach Carrie Contey, PhD.

     Currently, I provide counseling services at the Austin Counseling Center and the Oak Hill Wellness Clinic.

Professional Affiliations

Texas Counseling Association

Austin Group Psychotherapy Society

 

Ego says, "Once everything falls into place, I'll feel peace." Spirit says, "Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place."  Marianne Williamson