Tara is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia, and a National Certified Counselor. She graduated from Marymount University with a Master of Arts in Community Counseling and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology. Prior, Tara graduated from Saint Francis University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
During her undergraduate career, Tara completed an internship at the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institute in Cresson, Pennsylvania, where she counseled inmates who were struggling with substance use disorders and mental illnesses. In addition, she participated in a psycho-educational group that focused on sexual offenders.
While in graduate school, Tara worked at a group home for individuals diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome, where she provided case management and direct client care. In addition, she completed a semester-long internship with the Fairfax County Alcohol Safety Action Program, where she conducted substance use assessments, counseled clients facing substance related charges, and assisted with case management. Next, she completed an internship with a local private practice that specialized in providing therapeutic services to individuals with substance use disorders. In this role, Tara conducted assessments, provided individual and group therapy, and documented treatment progress and submitted reports to local courts, as requested. At the conclusion of the internship, she was asked to join the practice. In addition to the private practice, Tara worked for a non-profit agency in Northern Virginia that provided counseling and interventions to families navigating the foster care system. In 2010, Tara joined the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia, where she worked as a substance abuse counselor for individuals participating in a Drug Court program.
After becoming a mother in 2013, Tara decided to return to private practice to obtain more balance between her family life and career. As part of the Insight into Action Therapy team, Tara provides individual, group, couples, and family counseling. She specializes in working with individuals who are suffering from addiction, coping with gender and sexual identity questions, struggling with anxiety and/or depression, and women who are adjusting to the role of “mother.” Tara enjoys helping clients identify their strengths, and building upon those positive attributes to create a more harmonious and peaceful life.
When she is not working, Tara enjoys spending quality time with her family, which usually involves traveling, good food, and lots of laughs.