Who goes to counseling? Only weak, crazy, stupid people go to counseling, right?

Most people who go to counseling are regular people who need a safe place to sift through what is on their minds.  Some people are unable to get rid of problems like anxiety, depression, grief and trauma, and other people want to talk about new ideas in a place where they won’t be judged.  Counseling needs to be flexible and find creative answers, since we all think, feel and learn differently.

Over her 25 years in practice, Dr. Tara has worked with all kinds of clients, especially those who don’t fit in the usual “box,” such as military families, racial/ethnic minorities, people who were foreign-born, religious minorities, and gay/lesbian clients and families. Many clients are artists or musicians, which can be incorporated into therapy.

Her office is near a major intersection, but has a relaxed, peaceful feeling. The waiting room is private and not shared with other offices. Some 8am and 6pm appointments are available.

What theories do you use?

Most therapists use one treatment theory for everything.  Dr. Tara’s background as a college professor gives her a strong background in several theories.  She believes that the theory depends on the problem and uses a range of theories such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Modification, and Brief Solutions Focused Treatment.  Dr. Tara is happy to discuss theories and methods she is using when working with you.

I had a bad experience with a therapist before.

Sometimes people don’t find the right therapist the first time.  Research even shows how important is it to have the “click,” the connection, between the therapist and the client.  Try one session and see how it goes.  If it feels OK, try another.  If you are not “clicking” with your therapist, try a different person until you find a good match.