Dr. Tara Eastcott

(PsyD)
Therapist Dr. Tara Eastcott Photo

About Me

I decided to become a psychotherapist because I wanted to work towards human liberation.

This might surprise you. Revolutionary leaders, activists, sometimes even politicians deal in human liberation. But therapists? How can liberation take place on a therapy couch?

In our relationships with other people, our ability to do work that dignifies us, our sense of purpose, freedom, and connection to the world, and in our overall sense of contentment and fulfillment with ourselves and our lives, we experience limitations and suffering as a result of factors both outside and inside of ourselves. Externally, forces such as poverty, natural disasters and violence certainly cause visible suffering and limitations in people's lives. Internally, we may find ourselves battling our own painful thoughts, emotions, and memories. We suffer sometimes long- lasting effects of painful experiences. We battle thought demons that have been with us sometimes for as long as we can remember. Not only can these internal struggles derail us, but since they take place in the privacy of our own minds, they can be that much harder for others to recognize, understand, and empathize with. Struggling internally with ourselves can be an intensely lonely and confusing experience.

Sometimes the source of our painful thoughts and feelings is obvious, as when we relive the memory of an upsetting or traumatic experience. At other times, we just cannot understand why we are the way we are or why our thoughts, emotions or behaviors seem so resistant to our efforts to change them. Ultimately, I want my clients to not need me, not just because their wellness has improved, but because they have become experts in understanding and working with themselves. This means that I work hard to make sure that my clients not only learn skills and interventions that benefit them, but also understand the how, why and when of applying these tools, within a comprehensive overall self awareness.

I join people as a passenger on the road trip of living. My second set of eyes can help to make sense of the terrain they are driving, as well as identify blind spots and hazards. I can help people decide on what direction they want to go, and help to create a map for getting there. Sometimes the focus is external, on navigating a tricky set of turns or pushing the car through deep snow. At other times the focus is more internal, on getting the vehicle running more efficiently or on cleaning out or organizing the inside of the car to make for a clearer view or a more comfortable ride. I share my knowledge, my skills, my hard work, and my presence.

My deepest wish is that every person be able to live safely and peacefully inside their own skin. As I see it, the world outside of our skin is so often difficult, painful, and outside our control. And, each of us will be with ourselves, every minute of our lives; it serves us to tend to this single relationship we can never escape and which affects so much of how we experience life. To not have to hide from ourselves, to be able to have peace within the home of ourselves, is the kind of liberation I seek.

My clients describe me as genuine, practical, warm, funny, direct, excellent at putting feelings into words, and energetically enthusiastic about truly getting to know them and work on their behalf.

I completed a doctoral degree in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) at the University of Denver and am licensed in Colorado. I have been in private practice since 2009. My primary approach to understanding and working with people is radical behaviorism. While I work with a variety of issues, I specialize in providing evidence based treatment of anxiety disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobias (feel free to ask me about how I self-cured my not insignificant fear of heights in order to pursue my love of rock climbing!). "Evidence based" means that the treatments have been found effective for most people when tested in multiple research studies. I also have extensive experience working with clients struggling with severe symptoms of disordered eating and body image, and exercise addiction.

I like radical behaviorism because unlike some other approaches to therapy, it provides a set of principles for understanding and changing human behavior, rather than a set of rules about how people are and a finite set of treatment strategies to use. I love getting to the bottom of things, and figuring out how to break things down so that the most important details surface. I am fascinated by how endlessly variable and nuanced our human lives are, so I use an approach to therapy that inherently encompasses and accounts for all of our complexities. Because radical behaviorism focuses on how our interactions with our unique environments have shaped us into who we are today, application of it is necessarily individualized. In terms of treatment technologies, I get to work with my clients to tailor interventions that are specific to the ever changing landscapes of their lives.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Sleeping disorders
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered


  • Messaging

Licensing

LPC #5454 (Expires: 2023-08-31)


Reviews

Written by K.E. on Mar 17, 2020 after therapy with Tara for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Eastcott is amazing. She's so caring, she listens well, and she's really insightful. I've so enjoyed having her as my therapist. She's helped me so much.

Written by E.M. on Sep 29, 2019 after therapy with Tara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse

She seems to have extensive knowledge in the areas that I need the most help in, and unlike most therapists that I've talked to, she's gotten right down to the core of what I need to work on, and that's really what I've been looking for. I feel like I really have a level of support that I haven't been able to find in a long time.

Written by K.A. on Jun 01, 2019 after therapy with Tara for 2 weeks on issues concerning sleeping disorders

Dr Eastcott is kind, knowledgeable and very invested in my well-being. I appreciate the timely responses and the inspiring support. Thank you.