Tara Cook

(MSW, LCSW)

About Me

Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Oregon, and I have over 12 years of experience working with individuals dealing with mental illness. I have worked both in private practice and in an acute care psychiatric hospital providing individual, group, and family therapy. I am comfortable treating all mental health issues, including helping those in crisis, and I have extensive experience working with individuals dealing with self-injury, anxiety/depression, pre and postpartum depression, and PTSD, and abuse issues.

My philosophy in working with all clients is to provide the best well-rounded care while focusing and building upon the strengths of the individual so that healthy coping patterns can be developed. As a therapist, I strive to cultivate trusting and meaningful relationships in which my clients find the comfort they need to explore difficult issues and emotions. I am passionate about empowering my clients and leading them through a journey of self-discovery to assist them in arriving at new insights and realizations. My approach is warm and supportive and I combine cognitive-behavioral, person centered, and dialectal behavioral counseling into my sessions. I will always make sure to tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

Reaching out for help takes a lot of courage, and I would be honored to work with you. I look forward to connecting with you and supporting you in reaching your goals.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 12

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #L4704 (Expires: 2020-11-01)


Reviews

Written by M.I. on Oct 16, 2020 after counseling with Tara for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Tara is the best councilor I’ve ever had. I strongly recommend her to anyone.

Written by B.A. on Sep 28, 2020 after counseling with Tara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Very understanding, very flexible, very good listener. Willing to work with you in what way you feel would be most helpful. Explains why she takes the approach she does or why she feels a certain therapeutical approach would be helpful and the science behind it. Willing to go the distance to help you.

Written by M.E. on Sep 12, 2020 after counseling with Tara for 3 months

Tara is awesome. She always responds so quickly and has so much good information. The last few months have been the hardest of my life, but she has been helping me through everything with great resources and a caring approach. She really has a heart of gold and I'm grateful she is my counselor. :)

Written by N.I. on Aug 27, 2020 after counseling with Tara for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Tara always listens and supports me on my bad days and encourages my progress.

Written by A.S. on Aug 21, 2020 after counseling with Tara for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Tara takes the time to read and understand what I have written her. Her responses are long and thoughtful. She tries to touch on all of my concerns and asks questions to get me thinking and to better understand the issues. She offers helpful advice and checks in with me if I have not responded in a while. I would recommend Tara Cook as a councilor.

Written by G.E. on Aug 13, 2020 after counseling with Tara for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

This was my very first time seeking therapy and I was ready to look for any excuse to say it doesn’t work but I tried. From my very first session with Tara, in the very first minutes, she gave me a glimpse to all the benefits surely to come. I was ready to end my subscription ASAP, especially with the financially difficulties we are all facing, but she has provided a safe space for me to finally deal with my issues in a healthy manner.

Written by D.O. on Jul 29, 2020 after counseling with Tara for 2 months on issues concerning depression

Tara is both thoughtful and kind and also amazingly intuitive in her manner of counseling. Trust was of utmost importance at the start and that formed quickly as a result of Tara's honest and open approach. I could not have been linked with a better counselor and I thank you most sincerely for making this happen!

Written by B.R. on Apr 21, 2020 after counseling with Tara for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

Tara is a fantastic counselor. She's been my counselor for about 2 years now, and has helped me more than I could have ever imagined. I never thought I would be someone that would ever see a counselor, but now I actually look forward to our sessions. Tara helped me learn to deal with my depression, my divorce, and learning how to deal with my two teenage daughters. If feel like she really listens to me and gives helpful, appropriate advice. She's always there for me, has inspired me to take care of myself, and challenges me to grow as an individual and a father. I can't thank Tara enough for helping me through some of the most challenging times I've ever experienced.

Written by G.R. on Apr 19, 2020 after counseling with Tara for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Tara is wonderful and has helped me so much.

Written by J.O. on Apr 07, 2020 after counseling with Tara for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Tara is an excellent listener and I feel that she supports me completely. It’s so nice to have someone in my corner helping me sort out the complexities of life. I never got it when people would joke about wanting to be friends with their therapists until I began working with Tara.

Written by J.A. on Feb 25, 2020 after counseling with Tara for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Tara is amazing!! She has helped me through a slew of issues and I always look forward to our sessions every week.

Written by P.A. on Feb 03, 2020 after counseling with Tara for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues

Very timely replies and great to chat with

Written by M.I. on Jan 16, 2020 after counseling with Tara for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and career difficulties

Tara seems like a professional. I've heard her share some good ideas.

Written by J.O. on Dec 09, 2019 after counseling with Tara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and adhd

Tara has been an amazing comfort. As a less than social person having someone to message at any time in my life is a relief I can’t adequately explain. Tara is an amazing counselor to any seeking help.

Written by S.A. on Dec 04, 2019 after counseling with Tara for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Tara is a great person to talk to. She is open and listens well. Her response time is fantastic and I have appreciated her expertise thus far.

Written by C.A. on Oct 18, 2019 after counseling with Tara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

In the time that Tara has been working with and helping me through my personal battles, I have felt instantly comfortable opening up to her. After sharing my struggles with Tara, she has not only listened, but has touched on deeper emotions that I didn't know how to acknowledge on my own. She has made me feel as though my goals are realistic and achievable. I am excited to continue counseling with Tara and see what kind of results Im capable of achieving with her help.

Written by K.A. on Oct 08, 2019 after counseling with Tara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Tara helps me develope coping skills to navigate problems I have had for years with anxiety and PTSD. She is supportive and patient and helps me to feel safe when talking about issues that I have felt uncomfortable talking about in the past.

Written by F.R. on Aug 07, 2019 after counseling with Tara for 2 weeks on issues concerning anger management, and coping with life changes

Tara is an amazing counselor. I feel like she helped me solve my personal issues in a timely and efficient manner and helped me learn how to tackle the problem head on which is not something I had before. I would strongly recommend her to anyone looking into therapy for personal growth goals.

Written by B.R. on Feb 26, 2019 after counseling with Tara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

In the short time I've been working with Tara, I can already tell she is very caring, supportive, and has my best interest at heart. I look forward to continuing to work with her. She is very responsive and offers plenty of feedback and mental health strategies.

Written by A.M. on Feb 22, 2019 after counseling with Tara for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Tara is very compassionate and understanding. She always responds in a timely manner and really understands what kind of help is needed from day to day.

Written by D.E. on Jan 22, 2019 after counseling with Tara for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, eating disorders, and self esteem

Tara is my partner on my mental and emotional wellness journey. I appreciate that she is there when I need her and patiently checks in when I get too busy to respond.

Written by M.A. on Dec 30, 2018 after counseling with Tara for 2 weeks

Tara is the best, in less than a month we uncovered issues and I was able to move past things that were holding me back for almost a decade. I look forward to our interactions and have received far more value from her sessions than I could have ever imagined.

Written by C.H. on Dec 17, 2018 after counseling with Tara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Extremely understanding and willing to seek out information that is really applicable to my varied requests/inquiries. I feel really supported!

Written by K.O. on Oct 05, 2018 after counseling with Tara for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and anger management

In the short time I have worked with Tara, I feel she has genuinely shown me wonderful coping skills. I am working toward a more confident self, and when I speak with Tara I feel like I’m speaking with an old friend. She has a very warm and nurturing personality, she is a wonderful listener, and she doesn’t make you feel like she’s judging you when in a session. I am so appreciative of Tara and all her support in my journey!

Written by K.R. on Oct 02, 2018 after counseling with Tara for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, anger management, and career difficulties

I find Tara Cook to be extremely approachable. I was pleasantly surprised with how much information she had ready for me after talking over the phone. I can be the type of person who believes they have already thought of everything but Tara had some ways of looking at what I said that made so much sense but I honestly hadn't thought about it. I very much look forward to continuing working with her. She makes me glad I took a chance on BetterHelp.

Written by T.R. on Apr 12, 2018 after counseling with Tara for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

You have always been so supportive and encouraging and ask the right questions and help me figure out what I’m actually figuring out.

Written by D.E. on Feb 05, 2018 after counseling with Tara for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

Tara provided some very helpful insight and suggestions as I worked through my relationship challenges; she is kind and observant, very much like talking to a friend who has known me for a long time.

Written by K.I. on Jan 25, 2018 after counseling with Tara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Tara is excellent at being supportive and helpful, understanding what my primary concerns are and taking the time to listen and offer helpful techniques. I am incredibly happy with the support I have received. Tara is professional, kind and consistent.