She/Her/HersMaster of Arts (MA) - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Vera McGrath is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in Carlsbad, CA. She enjoys working with young adults and adults, including parents. Many of Vera’s clients maintain busy lives made busier by their people pleasing tendencies and perfectionism. They feel like they’re constantly juggling competing priorities, though they never prioritize themselves. These tendencies may be a result of trauma or of major life events like infertility, pregnancy, and postpartum, and lead to excessive worry, frustration, and overwhelm.
Vera’s approach to therapy combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Clients learn more about their thought patterns, including the patterns that reinforce self-criticism. They also establish ways to ground themselves as they process through painful memories from their past. Vera creates an open space that feels safe to talk about relationships, stress, physical well-being, and anything else that’s happening in her clients’ lives.
Vera earned a Master’s degree from National University. She has extensive experience working in maternal mental health and with parents, teaching clients how to control their emotional reactions to establish safety and a sense of calm. Her style is down-to-earth and authentic, and she seeks to support clients as they find healing and restoration in their lives.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Infertility counseling - Understanding infertility interventions and solutions; support during decision-making processes; coping with fertility problems and pregnancy loss
Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
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Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
Years of Experience: 6 years
Marine Corps Civilian Careers, Clinical Specialist (Community Counseling Center), 2021 - 2023
Vista Hill Foundation, Mental Health Provider (Public Schools), 2018 - 2021
National University, Master in Counseling Psychology, 2018
University of Muenster (Germany), Diplom in Psychology , 2009