Tamera GittensLMHC

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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.

Identity

Gender

Woman

Ethnicity

Black / African American

Specialties

Depression

Anxiety

Self-Esteem

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

General Expertise

Work Stress

Relationship Issues

Race & Cultural Identity

Social Anxiety

Bipolar disorder

Body image issues

Cultural adjustment

Identity development

Fees

First Session$125
Family Therapy$125
Couples Therapy$125
Individual Therapy$125

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Individual Session

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Mindfulness Practices

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Narrative Therapy

Somatic Therapy

Training / Certifications

EMDR Certification

Trauma Informed CBT

Licensure

  • Washington, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, 61365848

Education

Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

Masters of Arts in School Counseling

Work History

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.

Location

Seattle, 98121, WA