Hi, I'm Tara Steinke, LMFT. I received my M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with an emphasis on trauma studies. I'm a member of AASECT with the goal of becoming an AASECT-certified sex therapist in the near future. My focus areas are anxiety, grief & loss, career & life transitions, relationship & intimacy concerns, mood disorders, and stress management. I work with adolescents and adult individuals.
I welcome a collaborative process with clients and tend to use a mix of Narrative/Relational / Attachment &EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy)/CBT (Cognitive Behavioral)/ ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) & Mindfulness and sex-positive approaches to working with clients.
I love working with clients who are struggling with career and life transitions, anxiety, grief and loss, stress management, and relationship & intimacy concerns.
My communication style
I am a collaborative therapist who works with clients in a directive, calm, and empathetic manner.
My journey to mental healthcare
I have a background working as a sexual assault advocate and bring a strong passion and skill set for working with individuals with sexual trauma histories. I'm also a 500-hour RYT-certified yoga and meditation teacher and will incorporate mindfulness, somatic awareness, and interventions into my work with clients. Prior to my work as a therapist, I worked for 8+ years in the entertainment industry with various film, TV, and music artists.
My goals for you
I believe that much of the work in therapy consists of working with acceptance and compassion. Acceptance: of our past, of what currently is showing up in our lives, and learning to understand how what we resist can be linked to our ongoing negative beliefs, struggles, or maladaptive behaviors. At times, this may mean we not only have to extend compassion and forgiveness to others but also to ourselves. In a world that tends to focus on imperfections, the journey toward healing can feel long and uncertain. Heal anyway.
My first session with you
I help clients explore how their symptoms or "problem(s)" are impacting their overall wellness as well as understanding what strengths and resources a client has going into therapy. The goal of therapy is to break down those problematic narratives while helping clients access or connect with their own internal resilience. I take a bio-psycho-social approach in which I focus on how the mind-body is connected. I also work with clients to explore their values and goals and how their behavioral choices can move them closer to a life of meaning and purpose.