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Tara Ellestad, LPC

In practice since: 2002

Degree: MS Counseling

License: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Sees: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples, and Families

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Types of Clients

Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples, and Families

Treatment Specialties

Tara specializes in a variety of areas including life transitions, depression, anxiety, relationships, grief and loss, trauma, low self-esteem, communication techniques, and stress management for children, adolescents, and adults.

Training and Experience

Tara is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her Bachelors in Social Work degree from Winona State University and her Masters of Science degree in Counselor Education from University of Wisconsin-Platteville. In 2000, she began her career as a Medical Social Worker in a hospital setting where she worked with patients with acute illness, grief and loss, advanced care planning and end of life issues. Since 2002, Tara has practiced as an outpatient and in-home psychotherapist in a county agency and outpatient mental health clinics. She has worked with individuals and families encountering a variety of challenges, including trauma, depression, anxiety, childhood disorders, family system issues, relationship issues, personality disorders and addiction issues. She has experience in crisis intervention, peer collaboration and consultation as well.


Tara utilizes a variety of techniques tailored to the needs of her clients. She provides compassion and support to build a strong, interactive relationship with her clients. She will challenge her clients to grow in their self-awareness of their thoughts and strengths. She utilizes Supportive therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Systems Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Play Therapy in her work with clients.