Tara Bartel, LICSWA

Tara Bartel

Tara Bartel’s Therapist Disclosure Statement  <<< (Clickable)

Relationships are everywhere and vary in their type of attachment. Relationships are not perfect, they are mother/father to a child, sibling to a sibling, partner to partner, teacher to student, they are adopted, they are borrowed, they are gone, they are missed, they come from our place of work, the place we live, they come in the form of a cashier who treated us nicely when we get our daily coffee …often these relationships come with fears, pressure, sadness, and anger. These relationships can be misunderstood, confusing, and hard to validate their importance. Relationships, however, is a necessary part of our daily lives and they need to be supported and this can come with having a safe environment to talk about any relationship, learn about how to support them, learn how to be part of them, and learn which ones help make you your best self.

I use a unique modern-day approach to work with and support individuals and families through a direct style to help clients make forward progress. I will work with you and your family to help explore where you are now and help to create and meet future goals. I am compassionate and resourceful and will always provide effective tools and strategies to help tackle various everyday obstacles in life, from crisis intervention to support after a long week. I strive to be a great listener that values personal relationships and strives to be unbiased and non-judgmental. I also enjoy working with children and teens to engage in activities such as coaching, modeling, limit-setting, and reinforcing interaction to support healthy futures. I look forward to supporting you and your family’s needs.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my children. We explore whimsical places, vacations and sometimes just a movie or bowling…as long as it is with my family.

Specialties and areas of focus

  • Families/family conflict
  • Couples
  • Individuals
  • Children (5+)
  • Teens
  • Self-esteem
  • Support for families with children with special needs
  • Depression/anxiety/stress/coping skills
  • Anger management
  • Women’s issues such as Menopause, aging, mid-life crisis
  • Grief
  • Chronic illness
  • Spiritual concerns

Q&A with Tara

1.) Some therapists are more comfortable addressing the immediate problem, while others want to focus on the deeper issue. Which are you?

As a therapist, I feel it is important to understand the reason an individual or couple has sought out therapy first. The reason will lead the therapy which generally encompasses a little of immediate problem while focusing on deeper issues.

2.) Do you tend to lead the session, or follow my lead?

As a therapist, I think it is important to identify where a client is to determine if they need me to lead the session or they are looking for a therapist to follow their lead. I am open to exploring what would work best for their needs. When working with couples it is important to lead more of the session allowing each participant time to express their feelings.

3.) What are your strengths as a therapist?

My strengths as a therapist is hearing even the smallest of things being said as they may hold important information about a bigger issue. I bring compassion, caring, and non-biased therapy to support individual and couples needs.

4.) If you had one superpower, what would it be and why?

The superpower I would love to have would be to breathe underwater. I am fascinated with the ocean from the creature that lives there to the beauty and peace of the water.

5.) What makes you laugh?

Silly things make me laugh…could be a joke from a child to a Funny commercial. Laughter brightens up everyone’s heart.

6.) Who would you have dinner with, dead or alive?

For me, this would be my mother, a beautiful woman taken from this world far to early.