Last edited 11/16/2022
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What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
My path began by becoming a School Counselor. As a product of inner-city schools, I experienced a lack of information and presence from adults in the realms of social-emotional, academic, and college and career growth and readiness. I realized that I wanted to be that person for the next generation. After some years as a School Counselor, I knew that I also wanted to become a therapist and help break the stigma of mental health, especially for people of color. Now I am able to connect with kids and adults using best practices to foster a dynamic relationship focused on clients becoming their best selves.
What are your biggest strengths as a therapist?
My biggest strength as a therapist is that I am able to connect with others on a personal level. Traditionally, we see therapists as professionals who aren't supposed to "show emotions" or allow the client to talk for one hour while the therapist writes down notes in their book. That is not how therapy works today and especially does not work for people of color. My focus is to make the client feel comfortable because honesty and change happen when a person feels safe, secure, and motivated. This is especially true for those who have Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Is there any research-based work you’ve done that you found particularly exciting, and how has that informed your practice today?
I wrote a book with my friend Nicol Osborne called Blackness Interrupted: Black Psychology Matters. Blackness Interrupted: Black Psychology Matters is an unapologetic homage to notable African American mental health providers who paved the way for the success of millions of other African Americans today. This book celebrates the ongoing battle of commemorating African American legacy, those that have endured pain but persisted and pushed boundaries as they shared their extraordinary talent with the world. Some topics that are heavily discussed are how to efficiently choose a mental health provider, the history of assessments as they relate to African Americans, and the lack of acknowledgment within educational institutions. Writing this book informed my practice today because I strive to use culturally sensitive practices in my work as a therapist and I obtained a great deal of knowledge from Black professionals in this field that has been overlooked. I also see therapy as a way to inform others because representation matters, and so we need to be able to make informed and comprehensive decisions about our well-being. Therapy does not stop after our 50 minutes are up. I want my clients to feel confident to advocate for themselves in other realms of their lives so providing knowledge and resources is a big component of my practice.
EthnicityBlack / African American
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Race & Cultural Identity
Body image issues
|Marriage & Couples Counseling||$125|
Types of Therapy
Marriage & Couples Counseling
Treatment Approaches / Modalities
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Training / Certifications
Trauma Informed CBT
- Washington, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, 61365848
Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Masters of Arts in School Counseling
I believe that there is no "one size fits all" in therapy, and know when to use an integrative perspective to identify and harness each of my client’s individual strengths to tailor interventions based on presenting symptoms. I have clinical experience with adolescents and young adults and specialize in diverse populations. I understand the barriers that deter many, especially people of color from seeking out mental health services. Therefore, I strive to create a safe space strongly emphasizing cultural sensitivity and relevance. I also specialize in and offer EMDR sessions.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tamera Gittens, LMHC
It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Tamera Gittens, LMHC, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.
Is Tamera Gittens accepting new clients?
Yes, Tamera Gittens is accepting new clients.
Does Tamera Gittens accept insurance?
No, Tamera Gittens does not accept insurance.
What types of therapy does Tamera Gittens offer?
Tamera Gittens offers therapy for couples and individuals.
Does Tamera Gittens offer in-person appointments?
No, but people in Washington can book Tamera Gittens for virtual appointments (teletherapy).
Does Tamera Gittens offer online therapy?
Yes, Tamera Gittens offers online therapy to people in Washington.
How quickly can I see Tamera Gittens?
Tamera Gittens typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current availability and request an appointment on their profile page.
What languages does Tamera Gittens speak?
Tamera Gittens conducts therapy sessions in English.
Can I book an appointment with Tamera Gittens online?
Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Tamera Gittens online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.