Tara is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with experience treating children, teens, and adults. Tara’s clients experience her as professional, personable, and non-judgmental. Tara creates a comfortable and safe therapeutic environment for clients. She has several years of experience utilizing evidence-based therapies and emphasizes a balance of talk therapy with skill building practices to support emotional regulation, mindfulness, and acceptance. She recognizes that not every person will fit with just one therapeutic approach and works with her clients to collaboratively develop a treatment approach to fit their needs. Her theoretical approach includes a blend of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy-informed techniques, Gestalt Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy. With children and teens, Tara incorporates play and art activities shown to facilitate the counseling process.
Tara also brings four years of prior experience as a behavior aide for children on the autism spectrum and their families and as a full-charge nanny. In home, school, and counseling center settings, Tara provided individual and group therapy to preschool aged children through young adults, and parent coaching. As a consultant, Tara helped parents, teachers and administrators understand the underlying issues of challenging behaviors and provided recommendations regarding best practices to improve a child’s functioning at school and at home, and for fostering a positive parent/teacher, parent/child, and teacher/student relationships. As a therapist at a counseling center and university clinic, Tara helped young adults move to a place of greater clarity, freedom, and courage to make positive changes in their lives. Tara has special knowledge of emotion regulation skills, coping skills, emotion-focused therapy, play therapy, parenting concerns, positive discipline techniques for children, complex trauma in children, and mindfulness techniques. In addition to her New York license, she is a Nationally Certified Counselor, having met standards for education, training, and experience set by the professional counseling community nationwide.
Why Tara Kreider Psychotherapy?
There are many issues Tara can help with, including:
- Personal Growth and Development
- Difficult Life Decisions
- Problems of adjustment (due to parental divorce, parent getting remarried, birth of a sibling, starting a new school or daycare, blended families, moving)
- Defiance and Anger Issues (temper tantrums, refusing to follow the rules, cursing)
- Grief (death of a parent, grandparent, sibling, pet or close family member or friend
- Loss (loss of a parent due to military deployment, divorce or incarceration)
- Parenting Skills (effective discipline, consistent consequences, household rules
- Impact of Chronic Illness or Injury
- Impact of Natural Disasters and/or Acts of Terrorism
- Physical, Emotional, Psychological or Sexual Abuse
- School problems (behavioral problems, poor grades, attention problems, social skills, bullies)
- Physical Aggression (biting, hitting, kicking, property destruction)
- Low Self Esteem
- Problems with Attention and Impulsivity
- Behavior Problems
- Relationship Problems
- Difficult family dynamics
Tara’s beliefs and intentions about therapy and our relationship influence our work together. Some of my guiding principles are:
- All people have a natural impulse toward health and healing that strengthens when it is supported and nurtured.
- Therapy is collaborative, not forceful.
- Our therapy relationship is a place where you can use me to track your response to another person and to try out new behaviors and ways of being.
- When we step out of auto-pilot we gain more freedom, choice, and often relief; we also gain the ability to make more informed decisions about our lives.
- We get stuck in old ideas about ourselves that may no longer be true. Updating these beliefs enables new behaviors and a new sense of self.
- Using the body to connect with the present moment is one way to step out of auto-pilot.
- Working deeply on ourselves creates room for lasting change.
- Therapy, like life, does not happen in a bubble. Our cultural factors are inseparable from our experiences in the world.
- All people deserve the same safe, accepting, and compassionate therapy experiences, regardless of race, sexual orientation, age, religion, size,gender identification, and physical ability.
Tara is accountable to the American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, New York Mental Health Counselors Association, and the Association for Play Therapy. Tara is also a Nationally Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Tara’s Park Slope office is conveniently located near psychiatrists, pediatricians, speech and language service providers, and massage therapists. It is easily accessible by car, train, and subway.