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About Me

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.
Clinical approaches:
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:
Depression
Stress and Anxiety
Coping with addictions
Relationship issues
Family conflicts
Trauma and abuse
Coping with grief and loss
Intimacy related issues
Eating disorders
Sleeping disorders
Parenting issues
Motivation, self esteem, and confidence
Anger management
Career difficulties
Bipolar disorder
Coping with life changes
Executive and professional coaching
Compassion fatigue
Concentration, memory and focus (ADHD)


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
  • ADHD
Also experienced in:
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 , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
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

Years of Experience: 30

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #20810 (Expires: 2023-12-31)


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Tara Kesling . We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by A.N. on May 09, 2021 after therapy with Tara for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and eating disorders

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.

Written by P.A. on Apr 20, 2021 after therapy with Tara for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

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.

Written by R.Y. on Apr 02, 2021 after therapy with Tara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching

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.

Written by T.U. on Mar 19, 2021 after therapy with Tara for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

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.

Written by J.A. on Mar 10, 2021 after therapy with Tara for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Picks up the smallest details affect my life! Super attentive and helps me take a breath

Written by J.U. on Feb 19, 2021 after therapy with Tara for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

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!

Written by G.I. on Feb 18, 2021 after therapy with Tara for 3 months on issues concerning adhd

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.

Written by K.I. on Feb 09, 2021 after therapy with Tara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, anger management, and career difficulties

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!

Written by S.A. on Dec 26, 2020 after therapy with Tara for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Tara has been incredibly helpful going above and beyond what I expected. Thank you Tara!

Written by A.L. on Dec 14, 2020 after therapy with Tara for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

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.