Licensed Therapist

Lara Peter, LCPC

Columbia
Lara Peter, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Finding the right fit with a counselor matters, just like any other healthy relationship. It is of the utmost importance to feel supported and understood by your therapist; that you feel you can talk about everything and anything that you need or want to without fear of judgment. It may be helpful for you to know that I have also been the client in the therapeutic relationship and I understand the courage it takes to be vulnerable with another person. We will go at your pace in our work together so that the process is just as impactful as the destination.

My name is Lara Peter and I am a licensed therapist (LCPC), a Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor in Professional Counseling. I have both a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology. All of that alphabet soup aside, I have 15 years of experience in the field of mental health; 10 of those years as a therapist providing individual, family, and group therapy. I have had clients as young as 4 and through the lifespan; however, I specialize in providing individual therapy to adults. I have worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, in-home, residential, public school and universities.

I believe my role as a therapist to be like that of a sponge and a mirror. I soak in what you share with me during our conversations together and reflect back to you your disclosures to foster greater self-awareness and insight into the root of the concern. My theoretical orientation is foundationally person-centered and solution-focused; however, I am eclectic in my interventions and draw from an array of theoretical approaches to best meet your needs. What this means is that I take an empowering non-judgmental stance to my work and will not only listen but also provide you with feedback, tools, and resources to help you actively achieve your goals.

I believe there is no one-size-fits-all approach to counseling and I creatively partner with you to help bring about the changes you seek. I find building therapeutic relationships with my clients to be very fulfilling and genuinely appreciate the trust placed in me with the intimate details of your life. Thanks for taking the time to read a bit about me and I look forward to hearing more from you!

SPECIALTIES

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum disorders
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Sleeping disorders
  • New Mothers- Perinatal and Postnatal
  • Emotional eating/ body image
  • Holistic health coaching (mind/body/spirit)
  • Nutritional and Integrative medicine
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Career difficulties
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes and transitions
  • Compassion fatigue for healthcare professionals

Client population: Ages 16 years and older

Licensed Since 8/9/13

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