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For women who are ready to heal from their past and be empowered to create the future they have always dreamed about.

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INDIVIDUAL THERAPY SERVICES

Hi, I'm Tara

I work with adult women (18+) who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and other issues resulting from trauma and are ready to begin the process of healing.

My primary goal is to help you experience a shift from feeling broken, stuck, or insignificant to building a secure and positive sense of self, cultivating trust in others and authenticity in relationships, and finding the confidence and motivation to work towards the life you want.

licensed therapist in Colorado and Georgia

Can you relate?

Are you tired of feeling stuck? Worried that you’re too “broken” to ever have the life you really want?

Does it feel like things from your past are holding you back? Keeping you from reaching your full potential?

Specialty Areas

No matter how you’re feeling right now, therapy can help.

 Anxiety and Depression

For those who are always feeling stressed or on edge, getting panic attacks, avoiding social situations… or those who feel down, hopeless, have no energy or motivation… or a combination of both.

Singles (Not by Choice)

For those heartbroken from a breakup or divorce, striking out in the online dating scene, or who can’t figure out how to make a relationship last - but want to have a successful long-term partnership.

Perinatal

For those experiencing prenatal or postpartum depression/anxiety, infertility, pregnancy/infant loss, or generally trying to adjust to being a parent and its impact on your identity & your relationship with your partner.

 “Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” - Peter Levine | “Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” - Peter Levine | “Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” - Peter Levine | “Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” - Peter Levine | “Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” - Peter Levine | “Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” - Peter Levine | “Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.” - Peter Levine |

I am a firm believer that therapy isn't just where you learn how to “deal with” mental health problems, but that for those who are ready, therapy can provide real healing. The key is determining the root cause of your current mental, or relational struggles.

Most unwanted behaviors, thoughts, emotions, and psychosomatic symptoms are driven by underlying (and sometimes unconscious) “emotional learnings” that define the way we view ourselves, others, and the world in general. Negative emotional learnings are common when we experience trauma, but they can also happen from experiences that don’t seem like that big of a deal.

Whether they are from a major trauma or not, therapy can help you to “overwrite” these negative emotional learnings, allowing you to experience transformational and lasting change.

Getting to the Root of Your Current Struggles

I'm a naturally intuitive and empathetic person, so part of who I am as a therapist is genuinely enjoying listening to people talk about their lives. My main goal is to create a safe space for you to explore your feelings - snarkiness, self-deprecating humor, cursing, etc. is all welcome and accepted. Over time, I'll help you make sense of your experiences and start to see and understand yourself with more compassion.

I'm also a neuroscience nerd, so another part of who I am as a therapist is helping you understand how your brain works and the how and why of what we’re doing in therapy. We'll talk about subpersonalities, neuroplasticity, memory networks, and more...but don't worry: I have an extensive library of articles, videos, and memes to help explain things. 

The most important part of who I am as a therapist is believing that therapy isn't just where you learn how to “deal with” mental health problems, but that for those who are ready, therapy can provide real healing. Using IFS-Informed EMDR, I help clients “reconsolidate” trauma memories, allowing you to experience transformational and lasting change.

Who I Am As A Therapist

Learn About My Approach

WHO I AM AS A THERAPIST

My Approach

Getting to the root

1. Collaborative:
I’m the expert in the neuroscience stuff and the psychotherapy techniques, but you are the expert on you. So I’m not going to tell you what you need to work on or how to live your life, but I will help you figure that out. As far as reaching your goals, I will be there to guide you and support you, but ultimately you have to be ready and willing to put in the work.


2.
Strengths-based:
Whatever problems you’re having, you have strengths too and I won’t let you ignore them - I will help you use them throughout this process of healing and growth.  

3.
Solution-focused:
I believe that the solution to your problems isn’t more “coping strategies” - that’s like attacking a garden overgrown with weeds with a weedwacker. Will they help you feel better? Sure. Will you have to keep using those tools over and over? Yep. So let’s pull that sh*t out at the root. 


My Approach

WHO I AM AS A THERAPIST

My Approach

Getting to the root

Already know exactly which trauma(s) you want to work on, such as a recent car accident which is making you too anxious to drive or a previous sexual assault which is impacting intimacy with your current partner.

Aren’t sure where exactly your current issues are stemming from, but you know there are traumas from your past that you have never really dealt with, such as your parents’ divorce, or being bullied during your teen years.

Feel like “trauma” is too strong of a word, but you know that certain things you experienced growing up have had a lasting impact on you, such as moving several times as a kid or having parents that weren’t emotionally available. 

Maybe you...

You deserve to experience healing from your past so that you can find power in your present and a renewed hope for your future!

If you’re ready, then I am confident that together we can heal the root of your current struggles. Using IFS-Informed EMDR, I will help you to rewire the parts of your brain that are stuck - “overwriting” any negative emotional learnings and “reconsolidating” trauma memories - allowing you to experience transformational and lasting change.

What is IFS-Informed EMDR?

Both EMDR and IFS are therapies that are evidence-based practices for treating trauma. IFS-Informed EMDR integrates the two, respectfully and efficiently changing the underlying negative core beliefs that are causing emotional and relational problems.

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. IFS stands for Internal Family Systems.

EMDR and IFS can be used independently and involve different techniques for memory reconsolidation. IFS-Informed EMDR integrates the two: it uses the standard EMDR treatment protocol for reprocessing memories by desensitizing the old experience and installing new, positive perspectives, and incorporates the IFS perspective of the multiplicity of the individual psyche to maximize Self-energy and collaborate with our natural psychological defenses rather than trying to push past them. In my experience, this combination creates the most efficient process and is especially effective when working with developmental trauma and attachment injuries.

What is IFS-Informed EMDR?

What to Expect

Before scheduling an initial appointment with a new client, I always have a free consultation call first. Done over the phone or Zoom, this call helps me learn a little bit about what is bringing you to therapy and answer any questions you have so that we can make sure I’m a good fit for what you’re looking for! Then if you decide to move forward, we’ll schedule our session and I’ll send you the paperwork you’ll need to fill out and electronically sign beforehand. 

Free Consultation Call

An initial therapy appointment is known as an “intake session.” I will have you complete a few brief questionnaires before the session, and then when we meet I’ll ask you a lot of open-ended questions to better understand your current concerns and a wide variety of factors that may be contributing to or impacted by your current situation. I’ll also ask you about your goals and we’ll start talking about how we can accomplish those together. Note: if one of your goals is healing from past traumas, I’ll ask some surface level questions to get a general idea of what you want to work on, but we definitely won’t do a deep dive into any of that during the initial session. 

For the first few sessions, we focus on improving day-to-day functioning by developing coping strategies to manage any symptoms of depression, anxiety, or PTSD. In this phase I use techniques from CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Resourcing.

As things begin to feel more manageable, we transition to identifying and working to heal the root cause(s) of your mental health challenges. Most unwanted behaviors, thoughts, emotions, and psychosomatic symptoms are driven by underlying (and sometimes unconscious) emotional learnings that define the way we view ourselves, others, and the world in general. Emotional learnings often first develop in childhood but can grow stronger when we experience traumatic events later in life. These negative emotional learnings can be transformed through memory reconsolidation, which I help my clients accomplish through IFS-Informed EMDR. 

Ready to invest in your wellness?

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Intake Session

Individual Psychotherapy

$200

Individual Diagnostic Assessment

50-minute session

$160

80-minute session

$255

100-minute session

$320

PAYMENTS & INSURANCE

I accept payment from Health Savings/Flexible Spending Accounts and all major credit/debit cards. 

If you have insurance, you may be able to get reimbursed a portion of your session costs if you have Out-of-Network benefits. I will provide a monthly Superbill for you to submit to your insurance. Learn more how about OON benefits work here.

 “Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.” – Lisa Olivera | “Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.” – Lisa Olivera | “Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.” – Lisa Olivera | “Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.” – Lisa Olivera | “Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.” – Lisa Olivera | “Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.” – Lisa Olivera | “Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.” – Lisa Olivera |

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE WILL WE MEET?

I offer virtual (video) sessions for clients residing anywhere in the states of Colorado or Georgia. 

Do you offer a sliding scale?

I have a limited number of spots for reduced fees. These are available to those who qualify with proof of income and are based on a family household income sliding scale. To apply for a sliding fee, you must submit a financial information form along with proof of income prior to your initial appointment.

Do you prescribe medication?

No, I am not a medical doctor. However, I am able to help get you connected to a prescriber, help you prepare for your initial and subsequent appointments in terms of important information to share and what questions to ask, and I can offer guidance on what to expect with various types of medications.

How long are sessions and how often will we meet?

For clients using insurance benefits, sessions are scheduled for a “clinical hour,” which is 50 minutes. For private pay clients, you can choose to meet for either 50, 80, or 100 minutes. I strongly encourage my clients to commit to scheduling weekly sessions for at least the first few sessions in order for us to get to know each other, build trust, and get some momentum. After that, we can discuss if you would prefer to continue meeting weekly or biweekly. I expect clients to attend either weekly or biweekly for the duration of treatment or until we have mutually agreed to step down to a maintenance schedule. 

HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT TO BE IN THERAPY FOR?

It’s hard to say. Some people may just need help navigating a specific transition or situation, or only need to process a single-incident trauma such as a car accident, and this can usually be accomplished over just a few months. Most of the clients I work with are working through a variety of concerns and have multiple past experiences that need to be processed and healed. It’s not at all uncommon for me to work with a client for 1-2 years and I have a few that I’ve been seeing for over 5 years. It’s also very common for clients to have seen satisfactory progress after a certain amount of time but choose to continue coming on a less frequent schedule so as to maintain that progress and address new issues as they arise. So it really depends on your goals and ultimately it’s up to you - you can continue with therapy for however short or long a time feels right and is of benefit to you.

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