Tara Farrell

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Tara Farrell

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

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Not Accepting New Clients
Telehealth Available
Professions: Mental Health Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professionsl Clinical Counselor - 11768
Secondary Credential: Mental Health Counselor - LH 60611750
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Lyra Health
  • Wellspring Family Services EAP
Fees: Sliding scale: $25-$300
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

Sebastopol, California 95472

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My Approach to Helping

Acceptance. Compassion. Regard. Transformation.

What I bring into the space is curiosity, deep regard, and loving-kindness. I believe that when folks are truly seen and accepted, ease can be found, change can happen, and life can become enriched. I approach each interaction with an open mind and heart. I view the therapeutic relationship as one in which I set a container for you to explore within. I understand that some things are extremely difficult to explore and we may never touch on them, but I am determined to create as safe a container as I can, allowing you to choose how deeply we delve and explore. I strive to employ a trauma-informed lens with a dedication to anti-racist and anti-oppression practices.

I am dedicated to supporting folks in developing a healthy relationship with consent and boundaries, empowering folks to step fully into living a life in which they can identify their desires, and have them met. I deeply value the exploration of self-identity and self-acceptance as a means of creating a fuller, richer life.

I received my master's in Mental Health Counseling in 2013 after a 20-year career as a theatre & opera stage manager (which is astoundingly like being a therapist). In addition to supporting folks in identity exploration, I have specialized in working with folks who are LGBTQIA+, kinky, andor non-monogamous. I have work extensively with trauma survivors, especially folks with diagnoses of PTSD and Personality Disorders, and I have worked in crisis-intervention with older adults in vulnerable situations.

More Info About My Practice

I have in-person openings on Mondays and Thursdays in my office in Sebastopol, CA. I can also see both California and Washington residents via telehealth. I work Sunday - Thursday with some evening availability.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

One of my core beliefs about humans is that we are all intrinsically whole and valuable. However, in our early years, many of us have had to developed ways of being in the world to keep us safe. And those mechanisms did keep us safe, they were necessary for us to survive and become adults. But now when we encounter difficulties in our lives, we often solve those difficulties using our old ways. Which often doesn't work or even intensifies the difficulties. This behavior may be confusing or frustrating, "Why am I acting this way?" or "Why do I always do this?" are common questions. I believe that through exploring our patterns andor our maladaptive coping skills we can gain an understanding and compassion for ourselves. Though that understanding and compassion for who we are in the world healing can begin.

My Role as a Therapist

I am a dedicated lifelong learner; there is no point where I will feel I have completed my education about the human experience. This attitude of perpetual curiosity is a large part of what I bring into the space when I engage with you. I will not know who you are until I talk with you, and I will never know you as well as you know yourself; therefore, I bring a deep curiosity to my work. I cannot help you, or help you help yourself, without getting to know a bit about you first.

If you come into therapy wanting me to have the answers, I am not the therapist for you. I don't have your answers, but I deeply believe that you do have your answers, and it is my intent to help you find them. We will explore together and I will be there to support you and help create a container for you to explore within.

Consent is vitally important to me. Since this will be your therapy I want you to know that you have choice and if I ever suggest something that you do not want to do, I want you to let me know. My suggestions will be just that - suggestions, not mandates. I love when people say no to my suggestions, it allows me to trust that when they say yes, it's a true yes. So I encourage and welcome you to share any reservations with me.

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    LGBTQIA+
    Transgender, Non-Binary, Gender Expansive
    Consensual Non-Monogamy
    Kink
    Older Adults

Industries & Communities Served

  • Entertainment Industry
  • LGBTQ+
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Borderline
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Psychosynthesis

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