Animal Assisted Therapy
Internal Family Systems
Recovery from Trauma
Hi! My name is Tarah and this is my therapy dog, Ruxin.
Together, we help people heal.
I can't believe that with everything you've got going on in your life that you're spending time learning about me. I'm honored and super grateful for your time though, so I'll try not to let you down.
About 13 years ago, I felt completely and utterly alone, frustrated, and severely depressed.
I was horrible at coping with the curveballs life threw at me. Trust me when I say I was thrown A LOT of curveballs. I was surviving, but not actually living. And the curveballs kept on coming.
I did the best I could with what I had, but reached a breaking point. I eventually hit the infamous rock bottom. There's no other way to say it.
For some reason, I thought I was supposed to be able to handle things on my own. I thought I was supposed to be stronger, and that needing help somehow made me weak. But deep down I knew I couldn't do it on my own. I just didn't have the coping skills.
I remember feeling defeated and so ashamed. I needed help.
Eventually, I couldn't take the suffering for another minute. I was SO miserable. I knew I needed help...badly. I reached out to several therapists. It took a while for me to find the right fit. But when I did, that's when I discovered how amazingly important therapy and that relationship could be.
I worked with someone who understood me and challenged me in ways I'd never been challenged before. It was a VERY long road, but eventually I healed.
I no longer struggle with depression and can honestly say I'm happy. I experience true joy on a daily basis and have better and more meaningful relationships than I ever imagined possible. I wouldn't be where I am today without therapy, and quite honestly I don't even know if I'd still be alive. Yep. I was THAT unhappy.
Therapy truly made me a better person.
I valued the therapeutic process so much that I decided I wanted to help other women, like you, on their journey.
I decided to go back to school to become a therapist, but not just any therapist. I became an art therapist. Ever since I was a child, I found that creating art was deeply healing and provided me with an outlet to express my feelings. I truly believe that through the act of creation, we gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and the things we do that keep us stuck.
I've worked at a variety of different settings including community mental health, non-profit agencies, and a residential hospital treatment setting. You name it, I've pretty much worked there.
But even though I've been trained to work with pretty much anyone (with limitations of course), I feel the most energized when working with women who are struggling with a past filled with traumas.
I feel such a sense of purpose when I can help another person who is struggling in the same ways I once was.
I experience significant joy in helping people discover their greatest self.
It's always in there, we just have to brush away the sediment and recover that part of self that was buried by past injuries.
If I've learned anything over the past 7 years as a therapist, it's that no one is ever broken beyond repair. And let’s face it, no one is ever really broken because we’re not machines that need to be fixed. We are beautifully imperfect beings of light that were meant for SO much more.
My work with clients is incredibly transparent and authentic. I believe in being equals. My focus is always on our relationship. We can't do deep and meaningful work without that trust.
The key to profound personal growth is trusting in the person who is guiding you. I hope you'll give me the honor of guiding you on the healing path so you can be the kick ass woman you're meant to be.
I believe you're worth it, even if you don't yet believe it yourself. Let me help you recognize your potential, heal, and move on with your life in ways you've never imagined!