Carley Foster


University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, MSE Professional Counseling: Clinical Mental Health

Not accepting new clients but offering a waitlist

What’s therapy with me like? I focus most on anxiety and stress, self-esteem, and boundary work/codependency concerns using psychodramatic role-play, body-based mindfulness, and positive psychology. 

With all we know today about the connection between the brain and body, it feels important to include both in the experience of therapy. We are not brains on a stick, but many of us live that way: disconnected from our physical experience and focused on what’s happening in the mind. Most talk-focused modalities target only certain areas of the human brain and rarely acknowledge what happens physically when we recall a memory or describe emotions. The goal of the modalities I practice is to engage multiple areas of the brain to reconnect us to our lived experience. This added dimension can help people explore what is bringing them to therapy in greater depth and from different perspectives. 

How I’ve kept learning…I am involved with Laurel Psychodrama Training Institute (LPTI) as a Trained Auxiliary Ego (TAE) and a member of the training cohort. I am also a board member of the Mid Atlantic Collective (MAC), a psychodrama focused professional organization. I am always occupied with multiple books. 

Who do I work with? I enjoy working with young adults (18-25), particularly college students. I also enjoy working with people new to therapy and personal growth. 

My impacting identities are…I am an only child and was raised in a rural mountain community in North Carolina. I have also lived in the Midwest and visited countries in Europe and Asia. 

I feel allied/aware/informed/knowledgeable about…Neurodiversity (knowledgeable, allied), LGBTQIA+ (informed, allied), and Substance Abuse Recovery (knowledgeable). 

I am the best fit for a client who…is ready to bring more creativity and spontaneity into their life!

I am not a good fit for a client who…wants a traditional talk therapy experience or is looking for a “quick fix.” 

What makes me unique? The modalities I practice are non-traditional and I am super passionate about them! I have a lot of flexibility and sensitivity in how I show up with people–some folks need gentleness, and some folks need extra accountability. Continuing to learn and staying current with the research in my modalities is very important to me.

The Practical Stuff

What insurances do I accept? I am in-network with Carefirst BCBS and Cigna.

Do I offer telehealth or in person sessions? I am offering teletherapy sessions during the pandemic, but prefer in person. Experiential methods are most impactful when in a shared space. 


The Fun Stuff

Did you know…I LOVE public speaking! Few things give me greater joy than facilitating or assisting a workshop. My upbringing gave me a reverence for nature that I enjoy sharing with my husband and my dog, whether we are working on a yard project or exploring a trail. On Saturday night, you will most likely find me haunting my local arcade. 

Any pets? We share our house with Simba the cat and Penny the dog. Both were rescues who now enjoy many naps and snacks. 

How to Give me A Buzz

The best way to contact me is…Email at, or you can schedule an appointment below!