Cara Guziak earned her Master of Science in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of North Texas and now provides individual counseling, group counseling, and couples counseling. Cara completed her Level 2 Clinical Training in couple counseling from the Gottman Institute; she also holds workshops that are focused on the recovery for trauma. In addition to standard therapy, Cara has completed training and education in women’s emotional health, wellness, mindfulness, and expressive arts therapy.
While actively practicing at PCA, Cara has obtained her Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) training through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). Cara believes in helping patients who have had negative addiction recovery, offering them a unique type of support to help them overcome fear, trauma, betrayal, unworthiness, imagined brokenness, and perceived failures. In order to help her patients realize that they do not have to struggle alone, she provides them with a safe and calm space in which they can get relief from the pain that they experience.
Prior to taking a position at PCA, Cara gained experience working at a residential addiction rehabilitation treatment center where she saw clients heal best through a combination of counseling styles, and she saw, first-hand, the benefits of biofeedback. While completing her Master’s degree, Cara completed an additional practicum in the UNT Neurotherapy Lab where she was trained in neurofeedback and heart-rate variability (HRV) biofeedback and earned certification from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. Receiving this training means that she is one of just a few providers who are trained on how to properly use HRV and neurofeedback equipment, and provide patients with effective feedback and training.
Cara employs HRV biofeedback and neurofeedback alongside counseling to help her clients find self regulation; demonstrating how they are in control of their own mental healing. With biofeedback, Cara works with each one of her patients to discover their bodily experiences and how those correspond to their psychological state of mind. Though not all patients choose biofeedback, Cara’s training allows her to help people understand how their brains and bodies are connected to what they’re experiencing and how to effectively change responses for a more well balanced and happy life and lasting change.
This self-awareness and non-judgmental approach enable Cara’s counseling technique to help a variety of patients who have had a hard time finding a treatment that works. Through her work, Cara hopes to provide a different perspective and a means to help clients help themselves find peace, wholeness, and wellness in their lives.