Welcome to my practice. I am a licensed psychologist, specializing in anxiety, addiction, and eating disorders, while also treating a broad range of problematic issues such as depression, low self-esteem, trauma, self-injurious behaviors, and relationship distress.
One of the questions I commonly encounter in my work with clients is, “how is talking about my problems going to fix anything?” This is such an unfortunate misperception, as brain science now provides scientific evidence to support what was once just experienced by those in therapy, that is, the relationship matters and heals! A meaningful therapeutic connection accomplishes this through a concept called neuroplasticity, which is the brains’ ability to reorganize itself and form new connections in response to new learning and experience. A therapeutic relationship that encompasses attributes such as attunement and resonance helps cultivate the development of integrative fibers in the brain that promote self-regulation, meaning that you can handle life’s ups and downs with more balance. This process also reduces cortisol, the stress hormone, as well as other inflammatory markers in the body, which have been associated with depression and anxiety. In addition, talk therapy helps to integrate and process feelings and experiences that are unresolved and likely causing one distress.
If you are considering therapy, are suffering, or are not satisfied with your life, important questions to ask yourself include “do you find yourself held back in life by your depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorder, low self-esteem, etc? Are you waiting until you’re ‘better’ to begin certain goals, be more social, be a more loving partner/mother/friend, or start that exercise program you know would be good for you? Are you confused by behaviors that you keep engaging in that you are not good for you, but you can’t seem to stop? Have you been able to give up an unhealthy coping mechanism, only to have it replaced by another unhealthy one?”
If the answer is “yes”, to any of the above then starting therapy is absolutely the first step in the right direction.
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"If you want to have a better understanding of who you are, Dr. McGarr is the person to see! She has amazing insight and seemed to know what was going on for me, before I did. She seamlessly guided me through self-discovery and I felt more empowered after we worked together."
"Adina is wonderful to work with. She shows great caring and respect for you wherever you are at in your life". I felt comfortable sharing with her and she challenged me in ways that made my life better. To this day, I think about our sessions and the lessons she has taught me. She is consistent, reliable, and offers great tools for you take with you in your daily life."
"I thought telehealth would be awkward, but it is surprisingly effective and I'm so grateful we have the chance to keep working together during this pandemic."
"My experience with Dr. McGarr as my therapist has truly been one of the best things that has happened to me. Her Mindfulness approach and compassion has provided me with so many helpful tools that I continue to use to this day. Dr. McGarr truly listens- not just to the words that came out of the mouth but she notices the hidden emotions behind them and is able to bring that to attention with some serious "ah-ha!" moments. If you're looking to face and heal some conflict within yourself, I highly HIGHLY recommend getting in touch with Dr. McGarr. I know that because of her help, I'll be able to get through some of my darkest days."
"I found Dr. Adina McGarr-Knabke about five years ago. I can honestly say, I have no idea where I would be without her. Her understanding and helpfulness has taught me a lot about myself and has helped me overcome some really tough times in my life. She is warm, caring, compassionate, and supportive in her approach. Her insight and compassion combined with her clinical expertise make her an outstanding therapist."