Dr. Robert Schuller once said, “tough times don’t last, but tough people do.” These days are indeed tough, and I believe we all have within ourselves the ability to rise above our struggles, but sometimes we might just need a little help or BetterHelp. Having traveled a painful journey myself, I understand the lonely road and want to share my skills and understanding.
I’ve been helping adults and children on their journey for over 13 years, having received my Bachelor of Science in psychology from Brigham Young University-Idaho, with an Emphasis in Communication and Art, and my Master of Science in Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University, with an emphasis in Play Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and school counseling.
I love being a creative counselor, and I'm always looking for ways to think outside the box to help bring insight and healing. I am a positive-focused counselor; I believe in having core values and working towards those values while acknowledging barriers that might get in the way. I also love teaching from John Gottman in relationships and Love and Logic in parenting.
I am a fierce mama of two boys and a devoted daughter of great parents on earth and in heaven. I love religion in all its forms and take particular joy in the study of world religions. I am, however, only a specialist in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I also love nature and the woods, rocks (I’m a rock-hounder), cats and dogs, and the spicy food of the world. I also kinda speak french.
I practice self-care by responding to messages during work hours (weekdays).
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Self-Love, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
ID LPC LPC-8215
She’s always so great with listening and providing constructive feedback and advice.
Written on Aug 04, 2023 after therapy with Tara for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
I have only had a couple sessions so far. But Tara is providing with very useful and very doable assignments. So far it has been a great experience
Written on Nov 22, 2022 after therapy with Tara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues