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Tara Hanson MSW, LICSW

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I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I have worked as an independent practitioner and in diverse settings with a community of mental health practitioners for several years. I enjoy working with existential fatigue, trauma and complex grief, trauma and stress related health conditions, addiction and compulsion, co-occurring disorders, anxiety and depression, loss and grief, chronic and terminal illness, parental stress and working with parents to understand the effects of trauma on their children and to decrease child behavioral problems and trauma reactivity. I utilize a client centered approach, insight oriented treatment including psychodynamic and Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Treatment, Dialectical Behavior therapy, meditation and mindfulness, and Jungian psychology

I received a Bachelor of Arts from Framingham State University where I studied Sociology, and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Boston College with a concentration in Child Welfare. Early in my career, I had training in rape crisis counseling and counseling for victims of domestic violence. I have experience working with children, teens, and adults who have experienced diverse traumas and with families in crisis; specializing in work with children and teens who have exhibited trauma and sexual reactivity, as well as working with children and teens who were victims of crime. Later in my career, I studied transpersonal counseling and drama therapy in Florida, and worked with women and men with existential fatigue from diverse traumas, addictions, losses, and gained experience with chronic illness, and stress and trauma related health conditions. I received a certificate as a health educator studying the importance of live raw foods, the spirituality of eating, and the body mind connection. I became certified as a yoga teacher, and taught yoga for parental stress reduction, relapse prevention, as well as trauma sensitive yoga. And I studied Buddhist philosophy; meditation and mindfulness, and Christian contemplative studies and meditative prayer.

I believe therapy is most helpful when we move beyond relief of symptoms and understand symptoms are telling us something greater is trying to emerge, though it may not feel or look this way. My gift is the love of the helping relationship and guiding people in their process. My goal is to support clients with removing barriers that cloud their innate strength and wisdom.

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