Hello! I’m Cara Loraw, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
Because I deeply respect my clients, therapy involves change, openness, and willingness and is a personal investment. For these reasons, the treatment you receive should be effective, and I use a blend of established research and your personal goals to ensure that it is. I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which means I am interested in how you perceive the world through your thoughts, emotions, and senses. This method also ensures that treatment is tailored to you, as we will work together to establish mutual goals. Ultimately, I want to help you improve your life, teach you skills to cope with difficulties you may face, and put myself out of a job! You will become an expert in coping and resilience through our work together.
CBT and its mindfulness-based offspring (Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) are excellent options for struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, confidence, or grief. In addition, CBT has been adapted over the years to specifically treat PTSD and eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating disorder. If you have been experiencing these problems, I would love to meet with you and discuss your treatment options.
Starting therapy may feel nerve-wracking, intimidating, exciting, and sometimes confusing! Whether you are apprehensive or eager to start, I look forward to joining you on this journey.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy throwing my knowledge of behaviorism away by spoiling my dogs and rewarding their bad (but oh so very cute) behavior with treats, playtime, and snuggles. I enjoy exercising and exploring local cuisine with my partner, a Lancaster chef.
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Cara Loraw can provide telehealth sessions to anyone living in the state of Pennsylvania.
Whether you are suffering from panic attacks, obsessive – compulsive disorder, or generalized anxiety we have therapists who use evidenced-based treatments, such as cognitive-bahavioral therapy, to help you.
Many individuals feel like they are at war with their bodies. Whether it’s feeling shame, guilt, or giving ourselves critical comments about our bodies, we can be our own worst enemy. Our therapists can help you feel at peace with your body and learn to be kind to yourself.
Depression, one of the most common mental health disorders, is very treatable. Our therapists are specially trained to help individuals with depression get back to feeling like themselves again.
Move Forward Counseling is an inclusive practice where we want the LGBTQIA+ community to feel welcome and supported. Whether you are unsure how to embrace your identity, are having relationship issues, or need extra support from a non-judgmental person, we have therapists who can help.
Life transitions encompass many things, including starting or ending a romantic relationship, changes with work or school or making any big life change, such as a move. Often we underestimate how these changes will affect us emotionally until we find ourselves struggling with the ups and downs of the life transition.
While we don’t provide couples counseling at Move Forward, many individuals seek counseling to discuss how they can have healthier relationships. Our therapists can help you learn new ways of communicating, setting boundaries, and other ways to have more positive relationships with others.
Trauma symptoms and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be debilitating for many who experience it. Recovery from trauma is possible and we have therapists who can help.
Moving into adulthood brings its own set of challenges. You may feel pressure to have a “career” or find your life partner. You may be unsure of making these big life decisions and may feel lost because you no longer have school or other adults in your life telling you what you should choose.
The period of adolescence can be exciting, but also challenging for many teens. Difficulties with friends, school, anxiety, depression, cutting, and substance abuse are all common issues for this group. Due to a lack of life experience, teens may not know how to manage these problems which is why therapy can be especially helpful.
Reach out today to get started. Our supportive staff will help guide you through the scheduling process, discuss special requests and consult your insurance needs.