Hello! My name is Tahna. Welcome to BetterHelp! I am a psychotherapist licensed in the state of Maryland where I have been working with individuals and families for over 11 years. I hold an MA in Counseling Psychology as well as national certifications in hypnosis and life coaching. I currently work in private practice and a college counseling center. I have had the honor of working with a diverse client population, assisting them with a number of issues including life transitional challenges, relationship struggles, anxiety, depression, health challenges and career concerns.
I am a person-centered therapist which means that everything we do will be a collaborative effort and my services will be tailored specifically to your needs and goals. My style of therapy is very relaxed and informal almost like speaking with an old friend. I am very integrative in my approach and utilize many therapeutic tools such as journal writing, challenging old and ineffective beliefs, affirmations, reviewing personal history and analyzing current relationships.
My areas of expertise include but are not limited to multicultural trauma, chronic pain, relationship counseling, coping with stress, and women's issues. I love my job and enjoy watching as my clients develop richer insight and employ new and more productive practices to reach their goals.
I am so excited and look forward to collaborating with you. Let's start building the life you want and deserve!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Intimacy-related issues
- Self esteem
- Coping with life changes
LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Codependency , Communication Problems , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , First Responder Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Immigration Issues , Life Purpose , Midlife Crisis , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Postpartum Depression , Prejudice and Discrimination , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Love , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues Read more...
Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Therapy
LCPC #LC5640 (Expires: 2022-01-31)
Tahna is extremely supportive. She helps put things in perspective and moves at a pace that is comfortable for me. She also ends every session ensuring that I'm okay. I trust her and her capabilities and am so fortunate to have found her.
She seems to take the time and read what I send her and then sends a helpful response.
Tahna is amazing!!
My sessions with Tahna Purnell continues to be a successful collaboration. I have successfully utilized the strategies we have discussed to navigate & assess challenging situations that can cause me stress. Our discussions are straightforward and bold. I am very thankful and appreciative of her guidance, feedback and encouragement. I know that I am stronger and wiser.
Ms. Purnell has been a joy and a saving grace to work with. I have never felt judged and I've always felt listened too. Her personal approach has helped me through the darkest of days and I will forever be greatful for her heart.
Purnell has been my first counselor in me exploring online therapy! She has been nothing but supportive and amazing. She has made me feel understood and has validated a lot for me. She’s the best help i’ve received in a long time searching for the right therapist.
Tahna has a very calming energy that comes through in our video sessions. Marital counseling is hard work but she has created a safe, comfortable place for us to work through our issues. Tahna, also, makes sure that we both feel heard during our sessions. I have not yet felt dismissed or underrepresented in our sessions because she allows for both of us to speak completely. Highly recommend. 10/10
Tahna is one of the best therapists I have ever had. She listens and she provides practical and grounded advice. She meets me where I am and doesn’t judge me or make me feel like I’m just complaining. She validates me whole pushing me to be the best version of myself.
Tahna has been a true gift as my counselor. Her resources are carefully curated to meet my busy needs. I travel often for work and don't always have time to schedule sessions but she gives me plenty of books to read, activities to try and goals to reach. I love feeling like I'm constantly improving even though we may not connect frequently. When we do connect she meets me where I am, is extremely thoughtful and is SO encouraging. I can't recommend her enough.
She is very understanding and responds in a timely manner. She helps you to look at things from a different perspective and is willing to explain why that perspective should be looked at.
Tahna is awesome!
I’m very impressed with the questions Tahna asks to get me thinking about my needs and narrowing down my most important issues.
Tahna is COMPLETELY AWESOME!
I’ve appreciated my sessions with Ms. Purnell thus far. She is empathetic and nonjudgmental which is greatly appreciated bc I am not comfortable speaking about things I think or feel. She responds in a timely manner and I like being able to converse in writing, again because I am not very comfortable talking about this stuff.
Thank you so much for your time Tahna! You were so kind, patience, helpful and understanding! Thank you for being so down to earth and able to connect with me!
Tahna is a great listener and has insights into things I would have never considered or thought about!
I have working with Tahna for a little while now and I love her advice. She listened and was really nice about giving options on how I can fix my problems. She's funny and really and personal and felt like a friend.
Thank you for listening and giving advice. It is definitely helping me cope with my problems!
I love how understanding and supporting she is.
Always kind and listens very well. I never had an issue with scheduling a time that works. She gives good advice and uses herself and marriage as examples. I like that she is fair and listens attentively.
Tahna is not only very profession but she is a great listener with an open mind.
I've already recommended BetterHelp to everyone I know, this has been the best counseling experience I've ever had. There is only some confusion sometimes because I don't always understand my own problems.
It felt sooo comfortable speaking with Ms Purnell. I’ve been in therapy for over 5 years but this was my first online session, and I was truly impressed...the best decision I’ve ever made!!! The anonymity of online sessions just works for me and my personality. I look forward to future sessions.
Thanks so much
She is very understanding and provides me with useful activities to deal with your situations.
She’s an amazing therapist. I’ve been her patient for a few months now and I’ve learned two things. Help is good. Help is needed. I’ve never used a therapist before and feel lucky that I found one who understands me and my issues. I talk a lot and Tahna always listens to me. I particularly like the app as sometimes when I’m down or sad I can text her and express my emotions and she gets back to me when she can via text prior to our scheduled calls. This gives me a sense of comfort that I have someone I can reach out to. It also makes me feel connected in that I feel like I have someone who understands me and can help guide me without biases and judgment. I strongly recommend using this app and finding a therapist who matches what you are looking for.
She’s a pleasant spirit who makes you feel at home. I appreciate the way she listens but most importantly provides sound perspective.
Tahna has been a great help from the get go. She always has good advice and respects my wishes regarding which topic to discuss or not. I really appreciate that.
Tahna really helped me come to terms with a lot of things that I been struggling to acknowledge since I kept being subconsciously in denial over it. She helped me accept things and move on, and even offered many practical ways to cope. Even though I consulted her for a month, I feel immensely better than I did without counseling for most of my life.
Do this. If you’re here and looking, then take this step. You are worth it.
Tahna is very easy to talk to and extremely helpful. I just recently started seeing an online and in person counselor and I don’t have much experience prior to this, but I have been comparing my experience with regular in person therapy and online therapy and I find it easier to be myself with her because I’m not pressured internally to come off a certain way or anything. All her reactions and their effects on me are minimized due to the screen. It takes a lot of pressure away and makes it easier for us to come up with solutions together. I also have the liberty to be more descriptive and not feel the rush to confine my problems to an hour, like I do with my regular therapist. I think everyone should try this, because It might work for you and if it does, it will take your self improvement to a new level.
A great listener and offered wonderful insight on some things I hadn’t considered. I look forward to more sessions with her.
Tahna is very calm and easy to speak with. She responds in a timely fashion and works with your schedule. She is positive and truly wants you to be the best you.
Tahna gave me quick clarity on a topic I had no idea how to begin addressing! Such relief!
Tahna is so easy to talk with! She is very personable and insightful and asks thought provoking questions that help me learn and grow. She shares encouraging words and new viewpoints to help me develop better ways of thinking and evaluating circumstances. I am grateful!