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Tara Tripi, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor.
My Mission: I believe that we can all benefit from the experience of counseling; that ALL people are capable of change. Life can be messy, cruel and unpredictable. Times where we all require support, help from others, or just someone to listen and walk alongside us in our journey. Reaching out to others when we are already feeling defeated isn’t ever comfortable. For some, seeking counseling can feel frightening, overwhelming, or even shameful. I believe that taking the steps to seek help is not only an act of courage, but also, potentially life changing.
My Focus: My goal is to create a safe space for individuals to feel comfortable in exploring their thoughts, as well as allowing for candid and open communication, in order to move towards meaningful and desired changes.
My Experience: I have had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of individuals, families and groups from numerous different backgrounds and age spans. I’ve been a counselor in various settings including inpatient psychiatric and substance use hospitals, outpatient centers, community clinics, public schools, and a therapeutic residential facility for adolescents in foster care and juvenile probation.
My Technique: My counseling approach is tailored toward each person I work with, however, the theoretical orientations I use most frequently are Cognitive Behavioral and Person-Centered. I currently work with adolescents aged 12 to 17, as well as adults of all ages.
I have additional training and particular experience in working with people who have experienced trauma and abuse. Some of my additional training in trauma and abuse has been Trauma Systems Therapy, TF-CBT (Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and Cognitive Processing Therapy. I have also completed national competency in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from The Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
About Me: I grew up just north of Dallas with my parents and older sister. I attended Stephen F Austin State University in Nacogdoches, completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2005, and my Master’s Degree in Community Counseling in 2009. Prior to completing my Master’s Degree, I worked for Child Protective Services in Dallas County. I moved to the Houston area in 2012 to be closer to family and friends; and met my (now) husband shortly after. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband and boxer pup, exploring new places, and cheering for the Dallas Cowboys.
I’m a member of Texas Counseling Association and American Counseling Association.