MC, LPC, NCC
Tawny received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Counseling from Arizona State University. Tawny has five years of behavioral and mental health experience including providing counseling and therapy services with youth, adults, couples, and families. Tawny is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). Prior to Tawny’s counseling career, she was a small business owner and served in the United States Air Force.
As a behavioral and mental health therapist, Tawny specializes in working with adults and adolescents ages 16 years and older. She provides integrative counseling and therapy services based on the needs of the individual, couple, or family.
Tawny has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) amongst others. Tawny is also a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP) which allows her to explore the intersection between nutrition and its effect on mental health in order to move her clients closer to overall wellness.
My therapeutic approach is adapted based on the clients needs, social systems, and building rapport. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and families, being mindful of change occurring within the individual and family dynamic. I collaborate with schools, families, doctors, and other sources to assist in advocating for my clients. My level of expertise includes individual, group, and family therapy. I implement mindfulness, assertiveness training, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and other methods to address substance dependence/abuse, anxiety, trauma, depression, and other emotional
and behavioral problem areas. I have specialized in bullying and self-esteem with adolescents. I am a graduate from Purdue University with a double major in psychology and law and society. I earned my Masters of Social Work from Aurora University. My efficacy in therapy is established from my patience, sincerity, optimism, and ability to be a perceptive listener. I was recently certified as a telemental health provider.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I believe that humans are made to be resilient and heal. Sometimes, life adjustments and transitions lead us to seek assistance or get support.
I started my career in Tulsa, Oklahoma after graduating with my Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. After a few years working in schools with children and adolescents, I wanted to return to my home state of Arizona. I have since worked with a variety of populations and have experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in individual, group, and family therapy.
I use an eclectic approach to help clients reach their goals. I practice Strengths-Based, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and other techniques, and I am a trained EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing) therapist. My goal is to meet my clients with empathy, sincerity, and creativity in their sacred space of healing.
Having worked in counseling since 2006, I have a strong background in a variety of different areas and have enjoyed the opportunity to work with a wide ranger of age groups including extensive work with teens. I have years of experience working with depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties (either in couples therapy or with individuals).
I have specialized experience working with clients who struggle with addiction/alcoholism. I’ve had extensive experience working with both the chemically dependent themselves, as well as children, partners, parents, and other family members.
As a high school teacher, I have worked with adolescents since the 1990s. I’ve had experience helping teens cope with divorce, depression, anxiety, grief, and sexual identity, among other issues.
More recently I have focused on helping people with Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissism, as well as family members of people struggling with those disorders, including spouses and children. We have focused on how to cope with a family member or parent with the disorder, including the importance of setting boundaries.
I have most of my training in CBT, although I also use DBT, ACT, and many techniques and theories of Carl Rogers. I believe counseling is a partnership between the clients and myself, and the purpose of counseling is to help guide you to making the healthiest decisions for your life, in all aspects.
Usually when people make a decision to reach out for help, there is some area of their lives where things are stuck. Illness, job frustrations, economic changes, education, dating, relationships, unresolved past issues, trauma, addictions, marriage, children, and families of origin are things that affect most of our lives at one time or another. Reaching out and getting a new perspective shows wisdom and courage.
I believe each person has a story and is the expert on that story. Listening, putting myself in your place, finding what puts you at ease, noticing your strengths, and activating your problem-solving ability are the first tasks of therapy. Some people are interested in solutions and others are interested in exploring deeper change from the inside out. I try to accommodate both sets of needs.
I received a Master's Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University 40 years ago and I have worked in urban, inner city, rural, and reservation communities. I make use of Solution-Focused Therapy, Insight-Oriented Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Trauma-Centered Therapy and the Twelve Steps. For those who request it, I am able to provide Christian Counseling. I hope we can work side-by-side to find the solutions and growth you are seeking.