Welcome My name is Tara Kesling and I am glad you decided to talk with someone to get help. I have vast experience as a social worker, therapist, program coordinator and social service worker for the past, 30 years. I have worked with students and families in special education, the elderly and children, advocating and providing , resources, support and family and individual therapy to all populations. I have worked with disabled adults, children and people with severe psychiatric disorders as well. I use all of the clinical evidence based approaches, to help my clients meet their needs and reach their goals.
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Focus Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
I have experience working with these disorders:
Stress and Anxiety
Coping with addictions
Trauma and abuse
Coping with grief and loss
Intimacy related issues
Motivation, self esteem, and confidence
Coping with life changes
Executive and professional coaching
Concentration, memory and focus (ADHD)
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
Addictions , Relationship issues , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Antisocial Personality , Attachment Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Avoidant Personality , BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Chronic Pain Illness and Disability , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Dependent Personality , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Dissociation , Divorce and Separation , Domestic Violence , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , Fertility Issues , First Responder Issues , Forgiveness , Gender Dysphoria , Guilt and Shame , HIV / AIDS , Hoarding , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Immigration Issues , Impulsivity , Infidelity , Intellectual Disability , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Men's Issues , Midlife Crisis , Military and Veterans Issues , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Multicultural Concerns , Narcissism , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Paranoia , Personality Disorders , Phobias , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Postpartum Depression , Post-traumatic Stress , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Prejudice and Discrimination , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sex Addiction , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Sexual Dysfunction , Sexuality , Smoking/Vaping Cessation , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Somatization , Traumatic Brain Injury , Trichotillomania , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCSW #20810 (Expires: 2023-12-31)
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When I joined BetterHelp I was burned out, my anxiety was the worst it had ever been and my OCD like tendencies were starting to affect my everyday life and relationships. I was matched with Tara. Ever since then she has been guiding me to reach a place where I can accept myself as I am and that I deserve to take time off and relax when I am tired. Tara always validated my feelings and was an attentive listener. She emphasized that she is available to talk/text outside of our weekly video session if I needed it. I recommend her as a therapist.
Tara has really helped me to take time for myself. Also helped not to be afraid to make choices and not to blame myself for everything.
I really appreciate Tara’s ability to hold safe space, and to generously and thoughtful offer helpful reflections of myself and what I am bringing to each session.
Tara was amazing at validating my experience and helping me trust myself again. She also made time for me in her schedule whenever I was very busy which I really appreciated.
Picks up the smallest details affect my life! Super attentive and helps me take a breath
When signing up for BetterHelp, I didn’t really know what to expect- finding therapy on an app seemed like it could be an amazing, but also scary experience. After being paired with Tara Kesling, I realized that I had nothing further to worry about. I would always look forward to my weekly session with Tara, not only because she’d always been a great listener, but also because she would give me great advice and tools to work through my obstacles. Even during the weeks that I felt I didn’t have much to talk about, Tara always kept the conversation going and helped me to pick out valuable lessons for me to take from those situations. Over the time I’ve spent with Tara, I’ve gained an appreciation for this form of self-care and a new, yet positive, outlook on the way I view myself in the world. I really don’t know what mindset I’d be in if I hadn’t come on this app, but I am most certainly glad that I did. All it took was that one, skeptical step, which ultimately allowed me to meet my amazing therapist and manifest my newly-found self confidence and worth. I most certainly do not regret one moment or one penny of it. Thank you Tara and BetterHelp!
Tara is a caring, competent therapist who puts her clients first. Her calm, supportive demeanor promotes a relaxed atmosphere in which it is easy to share with her and discuss difficult things. I highly recommend Tara as a therapist.
Tara was great to work with. She was able to identify my issues and empathize with me. She made it comfortable for me to open up about my feelings and my thoughts. I was able to easily share with her. I spent the last few months working on various issues with her. She is responsive, friendly, understanding, and focused. She guided me in the process of self reflection and learning. Thank you Tara!
Tara has been incredibly helpful going above and beyond what I expected. Thank you Tara!
Tara has helped me so much in just one session. I couldnt believe one video call with a new therapist would leave me feeling so much peace. This woman came to me with compassion and experience. I was misdiagnosed with ADD since I was 5. I'm now a 30 year old female combat veteran and I was recently diagnosed by the VA with complex BPD, Bipolar II, MST, PTSD. I was a mess when I came to Tara. I was going through a break up with my now ex fiance, and our blended family... She gave me words that I wrote and use now as my mantra when I feel shameful, wounded, and ruined. This woman has some serious wisdom y'all. I've been going to VA therapists, Vet Center Therapists, and Kaiser Permanente Therapists... Tara puts thought into you, and is a very supportive sounding board! She created a space where I felt comfortable to talk about things that happened when I was 5... I'm just greatful I found someone I can trust.