Shara  Carter
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Shara Carter

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Virginia Accepting Online
Franklin Accepting In-person

Once a potential new client emails me, I will be in touch via email or phone to coordinate a 10-15 minute free consultation and then schedule a session.

Updated September 29, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Body image
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues

Professional statement

Shara Carter is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) with a private practice in Franklin, Tennessee. Shara received her M.A.Ed in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Virginia Tech University, and her B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University in Special Education and Elementary Education. She is licensed in both TN and VA.

Shara welcomes teens, couples and individual men and women who are seeking and needing change in their lives. Shara knows both professionally and personally how life can get "Tangled", "Overloaded", and confusing. After a time, making decisions becomes too much to bear, and not only the individual suffers, but relationships suffer as well. Shara understands how difficult it is to wade through the masses of counselors to find the right one. She also understands the hard work it takes to create change in one's life.

Having worked as an educator for many years, Shara knows the process of learning, and the challenges students, educators, and parents face in our present culture. She is also keenly tuned into those that are single and divorced working through transition and grief. Because of this she works with an "Unconditional Positive Regard" approach. She listens, learns, and helps her clients unearth patterns, the past, and the present issues that are converging to cause pain and problems. Together she will join with clients to help them understand what they are facing, why they are dealing with it in their way, grieve losses, find peace, and build tools to face the future.

With her background in the Arts and Athletics, she also brings special awareness to tuning into the body-mind connection and how health and wellness can impact one's mental health. She is enthusiastic about the creative process and welcomes using creativity and Expressive Arts in her sessions.

Message to clients

Hi. So many times people work so hard at keeping their life "together" on their own that they have lost their joy, peace, and overall sense of wellbeing. It takes a lot of time and energy to find help. I hope now that energy can be put into feeling better. I am so glad you have decided to reach out. I hope we can join together to help you find what your spirit and heart are longing for and needing.

My name is Shara. Pronounced like "Share A"... my business is "Shara Smile" (My last name is Carter). I would like to "share" my smile with you after we have worked together. I hope we can partner together to get you to the other side of where you are now.


Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

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

Body image - Development of skills for handling negative thoughts about physical appearance; building habits of more positive self-talk and self-perception.

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Shara Carter 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: $160 (55min)
  • Initial session: $185 (55min)
  • Couples sessions: $175 (55min)
  • Family sessions: $175 (55min)

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
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

Group, workshop and speaker fees will and can be discussed/ advertised at the time of these events.


Franklin practice
256 Seaboard Ln, Suite E102, Franklin, Tennessee 37067
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Telehealth only 10-4
  • Tue In person 9-4
  • Wed In person 9-4
  • Thu In person 9-4
  • Fri Fridays are used for rescheduling sessions
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Virginia)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9-4
  • Tue 9-4
  • Wed 9-4
  • Thu 9-4
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 9 years

Shara Smile, Self-Employed, Owner, Private Practice LPC, 2019 - Present
Fairfax County Public Schools, High School Counselor, 2015 - 2021
The Women's Center, Mental Health Counselor, LPC, 2013 - 2021
Fairfax County Public Schools, 5th Grade Teacher, Special Education, Advanced Placement, General Education, 2004 - 2014
Rutherford County Public Schools, Special Education Teacher- K-4th Grades, 1994 - 1998

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, M.A.Ed, Counseling, 2014
Middle Tennessee State University, B.A., Special Education/ Elementary Education, 1993


Virginia: 0701008541

Tennessee: LPC0000005239


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