Cara Solness, B.Sc.

Psychology Intern

Doctoral Candidate – Counseling Psychology, University of Iowa

Clinical/Counseling Interests:

My clinical practice is grounded in the belief that the relationship between the client and therapist is the most important aspect of therapy. It is from the base of a strong relationship that clients can feel safe to explore the more vulnerable aspects of their experience. I approach therapy from an Emotion Focused Therapy lens, which mean that I see emotions as the compass that both provides us with valuable information about what we are experiencing, as well as helps guide our choices and actions. I aim to be responsive to clients unique needs by incorporating aspects of other evidence-based approaches such as ACT, CBT, dynamic, and interpersonal approaches.

My clinical interests include LGB, transgender, and non-binary populations, depression, perinatal mental health, trauma, interpersonal concerns and relationship counseling, and identity development. My research focuses on group therapy with trans and non-binary persons, and therapeutic alliance in internet-delivered treatments for depression.

Multicultural Interests:

My work incorporates multicultural, feminist, and queer perspectives as the foundations for exploring and challenging my own privileged identities and blind spots. I work to advocate and raise awareness for queer individuals as well as challenge the power structures that impact experiences for those who hold any marginalized identity. My outreach interests include mental health care and support for LGBTQ+ individuals, non-traditional students, and pregnant students/student parents.

Professional Affiliations:

American Psychological Association - Student Affiliate
Division 17 – Society of Counseling Psychologist
Division 44 – Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
Division 49 – Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy
Division 56 – Trauma Psychology
Iowa Psychological Association - Student Member
Diversity and Social Justice Committee
Co-facilitator of Crucial Conversations