Types of Clients
Children (4-12yrs), Adolescents (13-18yrs), Adults, Families
Tara has experience working with children and families, adolescents, and adults in a variety of environments. She specializes in working with children who are on the Autism Spectrum or have experienced trauma due to abuse or being placed outside of their home. Tara also works with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD, body-image issues/body-based traumas, and anger-management issues.
Training and Experience
Tara received a Master of Arts in Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. During her graduate program she conducted a literature-based study which reviewed research literature concerning the effects of sexual abuse on children and subsequent treatment. The outcome of this study was the creation of a comprehensive DMT clinical model for therapy with school aged children, approximately 6-11 years old, who are victims of sexual abuse.
After graduating, Tara went on to use dance/movement therapy (DMT) in a variety of environments with children, adolescents, and adults. She gained experience working with school aged children in the classroom and in small group therapy sessions using an anti-bullying movement based program, adolescent boys in a residential treatment facility, providing in-home individual therapy for children with Autism, and leading dance/movement classes for adults with physical and cognitive/developmental disabilities. From March 2013 to August 2016 Tara worked with children ages 3-18 as well as adults as a dance/movement therapist at a non-profit organization which is an alternative school and an outpatient clinic. In May 2015 Tara made the transition to private practice and has been seeing children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of mental health concerns using verbal and movement based techniques to provide holistic treatment for her clients.
Tara’s work is based on the belief that all individuals have strengths that can be used to overcome life’s challenges. Tara is a licensed professional counselor and a board-certified dance/movement therapist. Dance/movement therapy (DMT) integrates the creative process, movement, and verbal processing to help strengthen the body-mind connection and explore ways to express a client’s experiences in a unique and safe way to move toward healing and growth. She utilizes DMT and other creative and expressive modalities as well as mindfulness, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients process their life experiences.