Kara Luger (she, her) is a graduate student seeking her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on mental health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before following her passion for helping others, she worked in software and realized her passion was focusing on the people and not the product. This career change gave her first-hand experience in how a major life transition can help foster a positive future.
Kara believes in creating a relationship with the client that is collaborative, compassionate, and non judgemental. Her therapeutic services for adults include topics such as depression and anxiety, trauma, body positivity, shame, and issues facing women and the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities. While it’s important to her to concentrate on the individual, as a biracial woman (white/Lakota Sioux), she understands how larger issues such as systemic and intergenerational trauma, economics, and gender structures can affect a person in the present. Kara’s clinical alliance is informed by (but not limited to) cognitive and behavioral strengths-based, solutions-focused, and person-centered interventions that focus on empathy, empowerment, and self-compassion.
In addition to her clinical studies, Kara has volunteered with The American Indian Center Chicago, an organization that provides services and community events to local Native Americans; Sarah’s Circle, a homeless shelter providing services to those who identify as women; and Chicago Books to Women in Prison, an organization that provides books to incarcerated women nationwide.
In her free time, Kara is a voracious reader and loves crafting, exploring the city, traveling, tending to her pandemic-purchased plants, watching true crime documentaries, and receiving headbutts (lovingly) from her cats Starsky and Pudge.