Individual counseling services are available at WRAC. Counseling is provided by advanced doctoral students who are doing their practicum at WRAC as part of their PhD program in Counseling Psychology. Counseling services are confidential, and offered at no cost, to UI students, employees, and the public.

To request counseling services, please call 319-335-1486 or email You will be asked for some basic information, including how the counselor can contact you directly to set up your initial appointment.  All information you provide will be kept confidential.  


Cara Solness



Clinical/Counseling Interests

My approach to counseling is grounded in the belief that individuals are resilient and have the capacity for growth and that my role is to facilitate by providing a safe affirming environment. I approach therapy from an Emotion-Focused Framework, infusing aspects of ACT and Dynamic perspectives. My work is guided by a feminist orientation in that I aim to work collaboratively and meet my clients with what they find most meaningful. My clinical interests include gender, sexuality, identity, grief, depression, trauma, and shame resilience. My research interests include process and outcome in therapy for gender non-conforming individuals including training practices for doctoral level therapists working with these populations. Regardless of what bring you to therapy I look forward to working along side as you explore and work toward growth and positive coping.

Multicultural Interests

I am interested in issues of social justice for marginalized populations, specifically LGBTQIA individuals. I am committed to working in support of equal rights for everyone who experiences oppression and marginalization due to race, ethnicity, SES, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other marginalized identities.

Outreach Interests

I provided outreach events for women who have experienced domestic. On campus I am interested in providing outreach education concerning gender non-conforming identity, sexual identity, and I facilitate with the University Safe Zone Project.

Professional Memberships

Iowa Psychological Association

            Diversity and Social Justice Committee Member

American Psychological Association

Division 17 (Counseling Psychology)

Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women)

Division 44 (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues)

Association for Contextual and Behavioral Sciences (ACBS)