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Meet the Owner

Kara Tolman, MSW, LCSW

I am Kara Tolman and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Wilmington, North Carolina area.

I work with adults who are searching to be more authentic and intentional in their daily lives. The majority of my practice focuses on our bodies somatic response to trauma while facilitating clients through some of life's toughest transitions. I teach skills in session to help with dysregulation and inform clients on how our body keeps the score. 

Therapeutic Expertise

  • Anxiety, Trauma & PTSD

  • Military and Special Operation Community transitions 

  • Healthcare Professionals

  • Military Spouse Support

  • Authentic Living

  • Women's Issues

  • Couples Therapy

Consultation Expertise

  • Social Work Licensure Navigation

  • Therapy Consultation 

  • Agency Briefing 

  • Mindfulness Workshops

  • Social Media Management 


Accepting Most Insurances

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Name Origin 

Winds and storms create waves at sea and can cause hazardous sailing conditions. Throughout history, sailors have been known to use the term 'making waves', which means to cause a significant impression. 

At Making Waves Counseling & Wellness, we believe that life can cause unexpected storms or rough conditions for sailing. When navigating our waypoint we often have a hard time finding a sense of direction or lose ourselves when seeking safety. We take pride in creating a significant impression within the Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach areas. We want our clients to possess the skills to take on life's stormy sea's while continuing to create a lasting impression. We will not be labeled as average. 

Lauren Duffy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP

“Kara is a compassionate and caring individual who provides exceptional care."
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