Tarah is a seasoned clinical social worker with twenty years of experience as a therapist, supervisor, and senior clinical manager, working with adults and adolescents affected by trauma and addiction. She is licensed as an LCSW-C in Maryland and an LICSW in Washington, DC. She obtained her Master’s degree at Columbia University and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Tarah has considerable training in the impacts of trauma on the developing brain and how body-based, sensory interventions facilitate healing. As a clinician, Tarah utilizes trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and components of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Tarah has spent her career helping individuals who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, anxiety and depression. Tarah is keenly aware of the importance of supportive, individualized, trauma informed treatment. She believes that therapy should have a lasting impact and be a catalyst for creating meaningful, long-term change.
“Not all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the center of all addictive behaviors. It is present in the gambler, the Internet addict, the compulsive shopper and the workaholic. The wound may not be as deep and the ache not as excruciating, and it may even be entirely hidden-but it’s there. As we’ll see, the effects of early stress or adverse experiences directly shape both the psychology and the neurobiology of addiction in the brain.”
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Tarah grew up in Tokyo, Japan.