Cara Hagmann-Smith


Within every young person is the potential to be an extraordinary young person.
Together we´ll help them to unlock it.

Every parent needs a helping hand sometime

Are you one of those people who seems to be constantly on the go and never gets time to relax? There are so many demands on you and your time – job, family, house, social commitments. And are you conscientious and always give your best? And do you sometimes wonder if there is another way? And do you sometimes get to the point where you think “something´s got to give”? And are you worried about what it is that might give? Might it be that your work suffers, might it be that you disappoint people around you, family? friends? work colleagues? Just when you are stretched to the absolute limit do you find yourself faced with a teenager in the full swing of puberty and all that that entails?

Parenting a teen has to be one of the most difficult jobs you´ll ever do.

And the challenges always seem to come at the most inopportune time. And as parents we all question ourselves and what we are doing and sometimes just wish that we could turn back the clock to when our child thought we were the best mum in the world. I know I did. I had a phase where, as my teenage son would walk into the room and grunt something at me, I would often think “Who are you and what have you done with my son?”

An outsider´s perspective can help to shed light on what the parties involved can´t see.
  • Certified Counsellor – Paracelsus Heilpraktikerschule
  • PGCE teaching qualification – Oxford Brookes University
  • Many years of teaching experience in a variety of settings
  • Voluntary work with the Samaritans since 2021

Trained in

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Person-centred counselling
  • Gestalt therapy – ongoing, expected completion in July 2025
  • Nonviolent communication
english speaking counsellor Augsburg

My path


from teaching to counselling young people…..

Until 2017 I enjoyed teaching languages to 11-18 year-olds in the UK. After moving to Germany I found myself in a very different environment and the path into teaching not as straightforward as I had expected. I had a choice to make – would I pursue the path of having my teaching qualification recognised, with all that that would entail, or would I pursue a different path? I realized that what I most loved about teaching was the pastoral side. Yes I enjoyed my subject, but what I enjoyed even more was helping young people to unlock their potential, helping them to learn to believe in themselves, giving them the tools to continue on their own, showing them that they already possess all that they need to become an extraordinary young person – if they can just access it.

If you don’t want to struggle on alone, take the next step!

1. telephone consultation

We decide whether and how I can help you and your child

3. Counselling

Weekly or fortnightly sessions without the parent

2. Initial consultation

Consultation in person where we can get to know each other

4. Regular review of the process

What is currently most pressing, quick wins, reevaluation of aims, including parent sessions

1. telephone consultation

We decide whether and how I can help you and your child

2. Initial consultation

Consultation in person where we can get to know each other

3. Counselling

Weekly or fortnightly sessions without the parent

4. Regular review of the process

What is currently most pressing, quick wins, reevaluation of aims, including parent sessions