Tara specializes in working with clients with trauma/PTSD, mood disorders, LGBT related issues, grief/loss, addiction related issues, relationship issues, life transitions, and spiritual/religious concerns. She is an EMDR trained and Psychodynamic therapist, regarding past experiences as integral to resolving present-day concerns, and using EMDR to resolve trauma symptoms. She also incorporates meditation and mindfulness techniques into therapy for grounding, safety, increased awareness, and intuitive insight.
Tara feels the most gratifying aspect of her work is building a connection with her clients and empowering them to grow and to find new ways of approaching life. Life will always have it's ups and downs, and while we most certainly cant control life, Tara believes in the healing power of finding acceptance and ways of growing through even the most difficult of times.
With an eclectic spiritual path of her own, Tara is comfortable discussing a range of spiritual and religious views and supports her clients based on their beliefs and preferences from a non-judgmental attitude. Tara is also open to incorporating her client's spirituality into their work if they desire to do so.
Tara received her Master's of Divinity through Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and her Master's of Science in Clinical Counseling from Carlow University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Board Certified Counselor as well as an EMDRIA trained EMDR therapist. She has also completed 7 units of Clinical Pastoral Education both as an intern and as a Mental Health Chaplain Resident. Tara is ordained in the United Church of Christ.