Mental Health Counselor
Tara Cothran received her Bachelor of Science from Clemson University and her Master of Arts in Psychology: Clinical Counseling at the Citadel Graduate College. While working professionally in the mental health community here in Charleston, Tara has developed a focus on assessing and treating children, adolescents and adults as well as providing support for families in a trauma-informed setting.
With strong foundational skills in BioPsychoSocial assessment, Tara uses a life story approach, believing that looking at childhood experiences and themes learned throughout all stages of one’s life, even in utero, is helpful to create awareness and positive changes. Tara believes in therapy as a collaborative process that involves not only counselor and client, but also family members and other members of the treatment team to provide a well-rounded and all-encompassing intervention. Tara believes in using a client-centered approach, focusing on strengths and abilities of the client first and foremost while providing an environment that fosters positive self-regard.
Tara utilizes many approaches in therapy, but mostly works in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and aspects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), such as mindfulness and radical acceptance. She has experience and training in implementing many evidence-based techniques, such as stress management and cognitive coping as well as treatment modalities, such as exposure therapy. Tara is also certified as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and has experience working in prevention/treatment of teenagers struggling with addiction. Tara has experience treating clients for a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, grief, substance use, ADHD and anger management