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Cara Goldsmith

Associate Therapist

Limited Permit in Mental Health Counseling

Permit No: P117743

Supervised by: Claire Cornelio, Licensed Mental Health Counselor 

Education:  

Queens College of the City of New York  - B.A. in Psychology

Touro College School of Health Sciences - M.S. in Mental Health Counseling

Email:    cara@calmcollectivetherapy.net

Phone:  330-356-8315

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About Me

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Pre-licensed State: New York

What was your path to becoming a therapist?

Acceptance is a word that is extremely important when reflecting on the reason I chose to become a Mental Health Counselor. I believe that throughout life, all of us as individuals travel on our own individual journeys of self-exploration and creating balance in our lives. While it can at times be challenging, accepting the unique circumstances that come our way, and coming to terms with the difficult choices that we may have to make along the way, will help lead us through our personal journeys.

 

 I have learned that surrounding ourselves with people who listen, provide us with support, and contribute to creating a positive environment, will allow us to grow and become stronger and healthier version of ourselves. By learning from my own journey, I have taken the time to educate myself to help support others to create a life of self-acceptance, strength within, and to overcome struggles within their personal and present lives. I feel privileged to support my clients during the difficult times in their lives, addressing their needs, and helping them reach their personal goals.

 

It is important for individuals to recognize the importance of establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries. I strive to support each client in creating a safe environment to explore the different areas within their lives and provide   positive reinforcement when sharing their achievements.

What should I know about working with you?

Creating a safe space is extremely important when working with my clients. I encourage them to take their time exploring the different areas within their lives that allow them to express themselves, helping to support them along the way, as they work towards accepting their own thoughts and beliefs.  I do feel that many times we do not all have a safe space where we can feel accepted without any judgement.  When working with clients, I incorporate Whole Person Theory. This therapeutic tool allows the client to start to develop self-acceptance and start to create a healthy relationship within themselves, allowing my clients to feel safe and heard in session.

 

Within the safe and healthy environment that my clients and I cultivate together, clients are more likely to feel comfortable and open about the different issues and emotions that they may find especially challenging in their present lives. To support my clients during our dialogue, I incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  While working with clients, this helps them start to comprehend many of the negative schemas and cognitive distortions from their past, that is affecting them negatively in their present lives.  By creating a healthy dialogue and allowing them to comprehend their unconscious thoughts, based upon past experiences, this will help the client to start to comprehend the reasoning of their behaviors and thoughts based upon their past. 

 

I always acknowledge that each client is an individual, and that every client has their own path of healing. I understand that it is my responsibility to provide each client with their own unique set of tools, to help enhance their lives, so that they can become the healthiest and happiest version of themselves. 


What is your approach to therapy?
Unhelpful thinking patterns greatly impact feelings about what we experience. I can help identify these patterns, while offering practical coping skills and a personable approach. I often implement techniques from Cognitive Behavioral, Solution-Focused and Person Center therapies during sessions. I enjoy providing support to my clients to encourage their growth and manage challenges they face. I have been told that I approach clients with compassion, understanding and dedication to walk with them to reach solutions.

How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?

I believe that many times your struggles can become your superpower. While it can be challenging to be open and honest, once you start to break free and accept yourself, that is when you will begin to heal and strengthen your inner self to become the person you know you can be. Patience, honesty, and acceptance will always guide you throughout your journey to success. 

Specialties

Theoretical Orientation:

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  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Person-Centered Therapy

  • Positive Therapy

  • REBT Therapy

Concerns:

  • Adjustment Disorder​

  • Anxiety

  • Codependency

  • Coping Skills

  • Depression

  • Grief

  • Mood Disorders

  • Peer Relationships

  • Relationship Issues

  • Self-Esteem

  • Self-Harm

  • Stress Management

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Women's Issues

Client Focus:

  • Adolescents (13 - 17)

  • Adults (18 - 65)

  • Seniors (66+)

Modality:

  • Individual

  • Family

Languages:

  • English

Connect

It would be our honor to join you in your mental health journey.

Email: info@calmcollectivetherapy.net

Phone: 330-356-8315