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About Dr. Cara Fenster PSY.D. PLLC

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Licensed Clinical Psychologist
With over 10 Years of Experience

I am a fully Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in Metropolitan Detroit. I studied at Loyola University in Chicago, and received my Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. 


Upon graduating I began my career at Havenwyck Hospital as a Residential Clinician, where I provided long-term psychotherapy to children and adolescents with persistent mental illness including severe trauma, anxiety disorders, major affective disorders, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, pervasive developmental disorders, and organic impairment. I also performed cognitive, academic, and emotional psycho-diagnostic intake assessments, in order to determine each patients individual challenges and help develop specialized care plans to facilitate proper treatment and healing.

In 2013 I went into Private Practice and continued my work with children, adolescents, adults and families in a variety of settings including outpatient, hospital and academic. My goal is to create a space where patients can build a sense of empowerment, increase awareness, and provide a knowledge of skills that can be used to persevere through current challenges, as well as future stress. Area’s of focus include:

  • Mood and anxiety disorders

  • Grief and loss

  • Disordered eating

  • Transitional life events

  • Disorders of childhood

  • Trauma 

  • Medical intervention and Illness


An area of particular focus throughout my career is in the experience of trauma. I have worked extensively with adult and child survivors of traumatic exposure, and have facilitated the process of decreasing one's stress reaction and increasing his or her sense of control over the emotional and physical response.

Trauma is often understood to come from a single life event that significantly disturbs one's sense of safety; however, trauma may also come in the form of subtle, repeated events that are not as easily identified but cause similar stress reactions. When these events occur it is helpful to understand and process the experience and then identify more positive methods of coping.

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