LPC, NBCC, M.Div., M.S.
Tara completed her Master’s of Divinity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and her Master’s of Science in Clinical Counseling at Carlow University. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ and has worked as a Chaplain in the Allegheny County Jail, in a private hospital setting, and in the Veterans Administration as a Mental Health Chaplain Resident. Her experience includes spiritual and clinical counseling with clients in drug and alcohol recovery, PTSD, homelessness, grief and loss, LGBT issues, anxiety and depression, personality and psychotic disorders, and religious/spiritual issues. Tara also enjoys working with other religious leaders of all faiths as they grow and develop into their roles as spiritual guides in our society.
Tara believes that her client’s know what is best for themselves and takes an approach that encourages autonomy and trust in the therapeutic relationship. Tara’s background as a martial artist and a guitarist have taught her the importance of incorporating creative elements into individual growth and she enjoys working with her clients to find their own outlets for expression that will enhance the ability to enjoy and learn from life. She believes that overcoming struggles in life, whatever they may be, should be done from a holistic approach – regarding every aspect of the human experience as important.
You can always expect to be greeted with respect, openness, and honesty with Tara and a willingness to walk with you through your particular life struggles. Tara regards safety in the therapeutic relationship as one of the most important aspects of counseling and always seeks to work with clients to establish this. Tara works from a psychodynamic approach and caters therapy to client’s needs according to best evidence-based practices.
- Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute (Shadyside)
- Clinical Staff
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Addiction/Substance Abuse