MS, LPCI, Clinical team
Carrie Kraft, MS, LPCI grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has called Bend home for the past decade since moving to Central Oregon to complete her BS in Adventure Leadership and Education. While obtaining her undergraduate degree, she began guiding for a wilderness therapy program in S.E. Alaska where she would ultimately spend 5 years working with struggling adolescents from a wide variety of backgrounds and demographics. This work solidified her profound appreciation for wild places and strong belief in the therapeutic power of wilderness. Inspired by her work in Alaska, Carrie went on to obtain her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health from Oregon State University in 2017.
During her graduate studies her focus in working with complex developmental trauma, the impact of early childhood experiences on behavior and beliefs, and utilizing somatic work, experiential play therapy and strengths-based approaches in intervention. After completing her Masters degree, Carrie went on to spend 2 more years working in wilderness therapy with young adults where she was able to integrate her experience in Alaska with a deep clinical understanding of how unresolved experiences create barriers to growth and success. In her work, Carrie aims to help emerging adults transition into effective independence with the mindset that all humans possess the desire and capability to experience success and live a fulfilling life. She is dedicated to offering individualized care to her clients and their families and utilizes a variety of clinical modalities which compliment her belief that significant challenges are best worked through along-side the development of self-efficacy, self-worth, core values and a strong sense of community and connection.
In her free time, Carrie can be found skiing, hiking, backpacking or floating down rivers with friends, family and her unreasonably adorable dog Eddy.