My name is "Ms. Tam" or "Ms. Hicks" and I am here to help. I am a licensed mental health professional and I will be able to partner with you on this journey. I am pleased you have selected me, Tamara Hicks as your therapist. This disclosure will inform you about my background and counseling practice to ensure that you understand our professional relationship. I graduated from North Carolina Central University in May 1996 with dual degrees, a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. I obtained my Master’s in Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in September 2014. In 2015, I tested and passed the NBCC National Board of Counselors Certification exam. I also have met and continue to engage in the required CEU’s – continuing education units required to maintain full licensure in NC and Oregon. I am dedicated to helping individuals overcome obstacles that prevent them from enjoying healthy lives. My motto is: Therapy is a journey, and you are in the drivers’ seat, and I am in the passenger seat (shotgun!).
My counseling approach is a very eclectic style and encompasses person-centered therapy, family systems, cognitive-behavioral therapy and as of recent, training in EMDR- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. I may pull from other theories and incorporate various techniques depending on the specific needs of the client. On occasion, I may suggest that you read books, take some tests, or interact with some worksheet assignments and journaling. Change is seldom quick and easy; therefore, your consistent and ongoing effort will be necessary.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Communication Problems, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hoarding, Immigration Issues, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
NC LCMHC 12067
OR LPC C6955
Ms. Tam is great and has a beautiful, approachable energy! I think she cares a lot and has a good sense of humor.
Written on Feb 26, 2023 after therapy with Tamara for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse
I’ve only had one session, but I felt I could open up & that has not always been the case when I’ve been in in-person therapy previously.
Written on Feb 06, 2023 after therapy with Tamara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse
She’s an absolute legend. Has helped me find a good balance in myself and allowed me to have good communication with her. Super great listener, really approachable, and respectful in all forms.
Written on Jan 09, 2023 after therapy with Tamara for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Thank you for hearing me and listening to my concerns
Written on Jan 09, 2023 after therapy with Tamara for 1 month on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, anger management, and adhd
I love my sessions with Tamara. She listens well and asks reflective questions . I always feel better when I finish a session
Written on Dec 28, 2022 after therapy with Tamara for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, anger management, and coping with life changes
I really enjoy our time
Written on Dec 10, 2022 after therapy with Tamara for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and addictions