Tamara Webb

Tamara Webb

Licensed Professional Counselor

I'm a holistic, wellness-minded therapist who loves helping people navigate the difficult terrain of life with understanding and compassion.

Client Status

not accepting clients

Contact

971-303-9263

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $90-$140

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2007

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Group
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network
  • MODA
  • PacificSource

My Ideal Client

If you are grappling with confounding traumas or grief, especially the pain and challenges of ambiguous loss (example: a loved one "not who they used to be" due to Alzheimers or brain trauma), and trying to find a sense of meaning, regain some trust in life, develop self-compassion, or integrate spirituality (even your own nascent or idiosyncratic one) into your approach to wellness, we might be a good fit. Bright, inquisitive, curious, open-minded clients often find we have a good connection.

My Approach to Helping

I am an interactive, highly engaged counselor. Using an integrated mix of narrative, creative-expressive, experiential and mindfulness-based practices, I work from a non-dogmatic "five bodies" framework. In this perspective, I understand each person to have five integrated bodies (koshas): a physical body, energetic (pranic/qi) body, a mental-emotional-psychological body, a body of belief and narrative, and a spiritual body. Each plays a role in developing and maintaining emotional and psychological wellness. My approach helps you develop greater self-understanding and self-compassion, as well as mastering meaningful and personal self-care practices, so that our work together puts you on the path toward a lifetime of wellness, rather than long-term reliance on therapy or psychiatric medications.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Practicing as a counselor since 2007, I have developed expertise in working with grief & loss, ambiguous loss, traumatic bereavement, depression, anxiety, PTSD and other trauma concerns, life-altering or life-ending health conditions, the concerns of first responders and care-givers, mid-life and aging concerns, LGBTQ issues and more. Before earning my master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College in 2008, I worked as a graphic designer and journalist. The latter provided exposure to people from all walks of life and often gave me a front-row seat to personal and community traumas, all of which expanded and deepened my understanding of and compassion for humanity. I am licensed to practice counseling in both Oregon and Washington, and I am a member of the American Mental Health Alliance and the Northwest Association of Death Education and Bereavement Specialists.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Narrative  External link

    Little holds us back more than the power of an afflictive story about ourselves in the world -- and nothing empowers us quite so much as a good one. As a writer and former journalist, I am highly tuned into the nuances of story, can easily spot the terrible ones and know how to help clients craft more positive stories to create change in their lives.

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    Working from a Vedanta-based (yogic) philosophy of wellness, I teach clients mindfulness-based practices, such as yogic breath work and meditation techniques, to heighten awareness, identify and process emotions and belief systems, increase the ability to ground and return to center and to live with greater compassion for Self and Others.

  • Existential External link

    Meaning is an individual creation, one we apply, often unconsciously, to every facet and experience of life. I work with clients to examine existential meaning-of-life and meaning-of-death questions within their individual contexts, and help identify where the meanings we hold may be holding us back.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Loss or Grief External link

    Through extensive personal and professional experience, along with on-going study, I have developed a finely tuned approach to grief & loss, as well as death & dying issues. I am especially adept with traumatic loss (murders, suicides, or other disturbing deaths) and with ambiguous loss, such as missing persons, loved ones in comas or dealing with loved ones who have Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and such.

  • PTSD External link

    Trauma teaches us, often wrongly, that life and other people are not to be trusted. I work with clients to examine and revise the powerful narratives that emerge from traumatic experiences and, using an empowering educational approach, I teach effective tools for managing and, ideally, eliminating the symptoms of PTSD.

  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    A member of the LGBTQ community since 1993, I understand intimately the social, cultural and gender-based challenges of living an affirming LGBTQ life within the dominant culture. I have extensive experience providing both individual and group therapy for LGBTQ concerns, and am committed to social justice for this community.

  • Anxiety External link

    From the general to the existential, anxiety is a common part of the human experience we each must learn to tolerate and manage. In addition to helping clients identify and process sources of anxiety, I teach mindfulness and yogic breath work techniques to help reduce the intensity of this experience.

  • Depression External link

    I bring an understanding spirit and an arsenal of approaches to dealing with depression and other mood disorders. I also have substantial experience in crisis and suicide intervention, and work effectively to help clients combat depression on all fronts -- from the physical to energetic to the narrative and the spiritual.

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