Kara received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from Westmont College, in Santa Barbara, California. She graduated with honors and was given the esteemed award of Top Psychology Senior of the Year (Willard F. Harley Award).
Kara received her Masters of Arts (MA) degree in counseling from Colorado Chrsitian University. She has extensive research experience, and presented her Master’s research at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association in Idaho. Kara also completed an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) certification program at UC Denver.
Kara is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the state of Colorado and also a nationally certified Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Kara has been with Legacy Center since the spring of 2010 providing behavioral and cognitive behavioral services to a variety of clientele.
Kara’s current specialty is providing and supervising ABA services to children and teens. Kara provides ABA services for children ages two through adolescence who are seeking behavioral modification. Kara serves a variety of individuals with a variety of diagnosis, inlcuding but not limited to, Autism, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS, ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, and Behavioral Disorder, NOS. Kara’s services aim at helping individuals decrease negative, unwanted behaviors as well as increasing positive, socially appropriate behaviors. Depending on individul need, Kara provides services in the office setting as well as the client’s natural environments such as the home and school, depending on individual need. Kara also specializes in providing PECS communication training to individuals that are either non verbal or that have limited functional communication skills.
In addition to ABA services, Kara also focuses on providing and supervising social skills groups for children. Kara also specializes in teaching appropriate coping skills and impulse control strategies to children in an individual and/or group setting. Kara has an additional specialty in parent-training with an aim in helping parents implement an individualized parenting plan; Kara is trained in providing Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to caregivers.
Kara’s counseling experience began while living in Santa Barbara, California. Kara worked at the Devereux Foundation, a residential treatment facility for adults, teens and children. At Devereux, Kara worked with adults who were dually diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, autism, and other diagnosis such as anxiety and depression.
Kara lives in Castle Rock with her husband, son, daughter and golden retriever.