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Live the good life

Welcome to Courage to Be.

It is our mission to provide a warm and therapeutic space for you to engage in your life more fully. We have experience helping clients from all walks of life in navigating transitions and concerns of family, personal growth, addictions, and mental health. 

It is critically important to us to create an inclusive and safe environment for all of our clients. As such, we are allies to those in the LGBTQ+ community, and support clients of all faiths or spiritual beliefs. 

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Why Counseling?

We all experience times in life where things become overwhelming, and we may respond with frustration, sadness, anxiety, or even a complete loss of hope. The counselors at Courage to Be aim to assist clients who are facing these challenges, and help them find a new balance. We believe strongly in the human potential for growth and change, and have been privileged to assist clients who work hard to make this manifest in their own lives. We counsel clients who struggle with issues including addictions, relationships, depression/anxiety, grief and loss, work-life balance, and many other concerns that make life overwhelming and challenging.

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Counseling Services and Providers

Individual Counseling

Relationship Counseling


Addiction Counseling

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Chris Carver, PhD., LPC


2015 - PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Arkansas

2010 - MS in Community Counseling from Missouri State University 

License: 2010033344 (MO)

My approach to counseling


There is an art and science to effective therapy. As such, I use evidence based treatment approaches combined with creativity to create a map to address your unique concerns. I use a strengths-based, growth-oriented framework to help clients understand and change the emotional experiences and cognitive patterns that negatively impact healthy functioning.

I truly understand how difficult it can be to reach out and seek help when we are needing it. Taking that first step is hard. It is critical that you find someone you connect with and feel will support you on your journey. If you feel I might be that person for you, contact me. I offer free phone or email consultations to help start that healing journey.

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This process of the good life is not, I am convinced, a life for the faint-hearted. It involves the stretching and growing of becoming more and more of one's potentialities. It involves the courage to be. It means launching oneself fully into the stream of life.

Carl Rogers

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Plaza Towers - Courage to Be LLC

1736 E Sunshine St #517
Springfield, MO. 65804


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