Taryn earned a masters degree in Counselor Education, emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelors degree in Psychology both from Eastern Washington University. She is licensed in the state of Washington as a Mental Health counselor and has earned designation as a National Board Certified Counselor.
Taryn has specialized in children and adolescents and has worked in community mental health and school settings. She uses a combined cognitive-humanistic approach which identifies and amplifies the strengths of her clients as a means to improve and implement more effective coping strategies, restructure negative or unhelpful thinking and improve relationships with friends, family and school staff.
Taryn's areas of specialty are:
- Mood disorders/bipolar disorders
- Generalized anxiety
- Panic Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Behavioral Disorders
- Adjustment Disorders, divorce or separation
- Eating disorders
She has received advanced training and experience in the following areas:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Theraplay for attachment disorders
- Circle of Security
- Yoga Calm
A Message from Taryn
What gets you going in the morning? What brings you happiness and joy? If you are taking time to think about these questions, you are already enacting change. Life is tough. There are many obstacles to overcome each day. Especially when feeling lonely, exhausted, angry, or like there is no time to manage your own thoughts and feelings or child’s difficult behaviors. I believe a healthy support system is an integral part of change. As humans, I also believe we are hardwired for connection, when someone experiences significant life disruptions, it can be difficult to continue and form healthy, fulfilling relationships and I am dedicated to being with you while you navigate your way through recovery. It is hard when it feels like there is no one who can understand what you’re going through, or better yet, just offer up ideas to “fix”, instead of being with and listening. While everyone’s experiences are different, and one cannot truly understand the pain another is feeling, It is my priority to be with you and listen to you as you process your thoughts and feelings.
I work hard to build a comfortable, supportive and empathetic environment where clients feel empowered to express their thoughts and feelings. Working with you, we identify goals and skills to practice outside of the therapy session to help cultivate positive changes.
Real change can require a lot of effort, work and dedication. Unhealthy tendencies or unwelcome thoughts don’t happen overnight. They are typically created and manifested over time. The same goes for change, unfortunately it doesn’t happen overnight either. It is my hope that I can help clients find their internal factors that determine their lives and help them feel empowered to enact positive change in their lives, both personally and professionally. You may notice change begging to take place when you start to take more time thinking before acting or when you catch yourself redirecting a negative thought and realize your are becoming your own biggest motivator. For children, you may notice their “melt downs” are fewer and further between and they are taking charge of their own feelings and using healthy strategies to manage behaviors.
For children and teens:
My focus is to help children and families who have experienced trauma, are experiencing significant behavior disruptions, and/or have attachment concerns. I use a holistic approach working with family units, school staff and other significant figures in people’s lives to help children and families implement life skills and make positive behavior changes.
My focus is to help those who are experiencing depression, anxiety, symptoms from trauma, or life transitions to react and adapt in a healthy way. We will work together to alleviate symptoms by looking inwards, at how our ways of thinking, behaving, and feeling may be getting in the way of achieving and maintaining, healthy and fulfilling relationships with ourselves and others.