Dr. Kara Londergan, PhD, LMFT


About Me

Hi, I’m Kara (or Kari) Londergan, and I’m glad you’ve made it here. I know what it’s like to feel lost, directionless, and out of tune with what you really want—stifling tough emotions and smiling through pain. I know what it’s like to raise kids with amazing talent and athleticism, learning disabilities, wicked intelligence, attitude, sibling rivalry, puberty, sleepless nights from ER visits, and those long talks before bed processing life, love, and loss. I look at them in adoration—wondering how in the world could they cause so much stress while also being in awe of what a blessing it is to be their mom. I also know what it’s like to experience layered betrayal, trauma, loss and surrendering to this process by remaining open and learning to love again. It's all part of the labyrinth of this incredible thing called life. I am a trauma specialist because I’ve lived it. I study it. I teach it—to my kids, clients, and supervisees. Helping others figure out how to turn adversity into opportunity and pain into purpose is my life’s calling. And I would be honored to walk alongside you on your healing journey.

Education & Experience

Before becoming a therapist, I had a career in the pharmaceutical industry and the privilege of raising three wonderful kids. However, throughout that time, I ignored the many signals I was receiving from my body to slow down, pay attention, and listen to what it was trying to tell me. It wasn’t until I started my own therapeutic journey that I actually learned how to interpret my body’s messages. Through this, I not only discovered my truth but the truth for so many struggling and in pain: when trauma is left unprocessed, it can send us into a dark, lonely abyss. Once I began digging deeper into the models affecting my relationships and self-understanding, I decided to go back to school, pursue my PhD, and specialize in intergenerational attachment trauma. Before coming into my private practice, I worked at two other group practices, a therapy school, and in a social justice capacity through Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). These experiences combined to help me develop a systems-based, client-centered, and compassionate therapeutic approach oriented towards communal healing and shared humanity. I have my MA & PhD in Couple & Family Therapy from Adler University.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

I am also a supervisor at Northwestern University. I provide group supervision at various private practices in the Chicagoland area. website: www.hohmpsychotherapy.com

Specialty Area

  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Depression
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Moral Injury
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Families
  • First Responders
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors
  • Underserved