Hello! If you are exploring Better Help, it is likely you are going through something really challenging and I am proud of you for taking the brave step of seeking help. When looking for a therapist, it's important to find one whose style and experience feels right for you. The relationship and comfort level between the client and therapist can make or break your therapy experience. I want this to be a comforting and safe space for you to share your feelings. I would like to share a little about myself to help you decide if I might be a good match for you.
My name is Tianna and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I received my undergraduate degree in Human Development/Family Studies and Master's degree in Social Work from Indiana University in 2009. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings including: home-based, schools, youth shelters, residential programs, and inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. I have years of experience working with individuals of all ages and a wide array of challenges. Some of these challenges include depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, substance abuse, divorce, parenting struggles and crisis stabilization. Growing up in an impoverished area of northern Indiana, I experienced or witnessed many of these issues first hand, which helps me have a greater sense of understanding and empathy for my clients and this is also what lead me down my career path.
My style is warm, compassionate and nonjudgmental but I am also honest and direct with my clients. I believe my clients are the experts on their lives and determine the direction and depth of therapy. Using strength-based and solution focused approaches, I hope to draw out a deeper understanding of the challenges my clients face while guiding them to find the solutions by building on the skills, knowledge and abilities they often don't know they have. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to assist clients in learning how their thoughts influence their feelings and behaviors often keeping them from achieving the progress they hope for. I also believe in the benefits of mindfulness and breathing exercises to help with regulating emotions. I value the feedback from my clients and encourage them to let me know if something we are doing is not working for them.
On a personal level, I have taken several years off to stay home with my twins and also raise my teenage niece. We have moved frequently due to my husband's career who also works in mental health. In addition to Indiana we have lived in Texas and now Tennessee where I enjoy outdoor adventures, yoga and interior design in my free time. We also have a cat and a dog who keep us very busy!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Grief, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
TN LCSW 7246
IN LCSW 34006307A
Tianna has been absolutely wonderful. I’ve been with her for over a year and she has been a crucial part of helping me get through all the things life has thrown my way. She listens actively and always has great sound advice and doesn’t just tell me what I would want to hear. I feel like she’s become a sounding board for me and a safe place to share. Very thankful for BetterHelp and for Tianna and all the help and guidance she’s given me.
Written on Jul 13, 2022 after therapy with Tianna for 1 year and 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and self esteem
I feel blessed to have been placed in the care of Tianna. I’ve struggled with therapists in the past. If they use fancy language or come across as gimmicky, I don’t connect and therefore don’t heal and grow. Tianna always comes at me at my level. She listens more than she talks. And I know, not think, that she cares for me.
Written on Feb 08, 2022 after therapy with Tianna for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, and adhd
She is a great counselor!
Written on Jan 24, 2022 after therapy with Tianna for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes
Tianna is amazing, very empathetic and listens well. She is also very good at challenging my thought processes and introducing new ways to view the situation.
Written on May 16, 2021 after therapy with Tianna for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and coping with life changes