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About Dr. Kara

I love the idea of everyone doing what they can, with what they have, where they are. It takes some of the pressure off, honestly. We don’t have to be everything to everybody – small impacts still have ripple effects. We all have built-in spheres of influence in our families and communities, and we have a responsibility to pump good things into those systems.

From engaged couples workshops to university classrooms, I’ve spent years teaching people about healthy relationships (typically barefoot with a cookie in hand). Often, people let me peek behind the curtain into their relationship dynamics, conflicts, and quirks. I’d see couples doing a lot really well, but they wanted tips and tools to stay the course, or level up, as they worked through big transitions, and juggled the hectic schedules and demands of life.

In a sea of “relationship experts,” I want to be a trusted source for research-based content in a fun format with practical applications to real life. I love to laugh and tell stories. My husband knows that means I’ll share some of our triumphs and fumbles with you (It was in the fine print of our vows. No take backs.). 

I want to immerse myself daily in things that make me a more engaged partner and parent, a better friend, a kinder human being. Maybe you do too? Whatever relationships matter most to you, I hope the content, products, and community here help keep you grounded in good.

I’m in your corner, and I’m so glad you’re here.

-Kara

Qualifications:

Education:

  • Ph.D. Family Studies, ​Texas Woman’s University
  • M.A. Dispute Resolution, Southern Methodist University
  • B.A. Corporate Communications-Public Affairs and Psychology, Southern Methodist University​

Professional Certifications:

  • Certified Family Life Educator
  • Gottman Seven Principles Program Leader
  • PREP Certified Facilitator
  • Certified SYMBIS Assessment Facilitator
  • Gottman Bringing Baby Home Program Educator
  • Prepare-Enrich Facilitator
  • 42-Hour Domestic Relations & Dispute Resolution Certification
  • 40-Hour Mediation & Dispute Resolution Certification

Current Professional Affiliations:

  • National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education (NARME)
  • National Council on Family Relations​​
  • ​Texas Council on Family Relations (Past Board Member) ​

Recognitions & Media Mentions:

  • The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” Hall of Fame (2017-2020)
  • Featured on Thriving Musician Podcast Episode 25: June 2019
  • Honors Student Recognition (National Council on Family Relations, 2018)
  • Featured in Voyage Dallas: May 2018
  • Article in The Gottman Blog: January 2018
  • Interviewed for Brides Aug/Sept 2017 issue (p. 245)
  • Featured in December 2016 issue of Frisco Style (p. 18)

Listen to Kara on the Thriving Musician Podcast: