Cara Morales, Therapist in Irvine, California — Zencare
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Cara Morales

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Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, MA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Idaho, California Accepting Online
California, Idaho Not Accepting In-person
Updated June 2, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Adolescent mental health
  • Anxiety
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Couples counseling
  • Family issues
  • Parenting

Professional statement

Cara Morales is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and Parenting Coach. She works with adults, young adults, adolescents, parents, and couples.

Cara is trained in CBT, DBT, Attachment Theory, EMDR, Gottman Couples Therapy, Bereavement Therapy, Mindfulness, Parent Coaching, and the integration of faith and spirituality with psychology. She uses a variety of techniques from these approaches to help clients improve the relationships in their lives, find greater peace and joy in life, feel empowered and confident in parenting, and make decisions more aligned with their values. Cara's style is empathetic, encouraging, and goal-oriented, so that her clients can get the most out of the therapeutic experience.

Cara received an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. In addition to private practice she has worked for decades in the high school setting with adolescents and parents. Outside of the office, Cara enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids, traveling, and drinking coffee.

Cara offers virtual therapy sessions for clients located in California and Idaho, and parent coaching sessions for parents of adolescents located anywhere in the US.


Message to clients

Life has many seasons. Some are full of joy and excitement, while others are challenging, difficult, and full of storms. I believe having someone to walk alongside us during these times, guiding our steps and encouraging us, is an invaluable gift. Therapy can help us get through the tough times, prepare for big transitions in our lives, and help us live the abundant life we desire.

As a therapist I believe therapy is a collaborative experience: while I bring my expertise to the table, you bring yours as well ... you are the expert in your life. I work with my clients to identify what they want most out of therapy, and help them achieve these goals as quickly as possible.

I know starting the therapeutic process can be scary and overwhelming, and I applaud your courage to wonder what could be different in your life. I would love to walk alongside you as you improve your mental health and relationships, parenting skills, and build a life in alignment with your values that brings you joy.

Please feel free to reach out to me via email, or schedule a free phone consultation to ask any questions you have and plan next steps.


Specialties

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Cara Morales is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $85 - $150
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $175 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $175 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Idaho)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Sun Closed

California practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00 am-6 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am-8 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am-8 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am-6 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am-6 pm
  • Sat 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Idaho practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 12 years

JSerra High School, School Therapist, 2010 - Present
Abundant Life Therapy, CEO, Founder, Therapist, 2014 - Present
Powerfully Connected Parenting Tweens/Teens, CEO, Founder, Parenting Coach, 2020 - Present

Azusa Pacific University, M.A. Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, 2010


Licensure

Idaho: 8031

California: 84336

California: 5521


Languages

English