“I have a passion for supporting my clients through challenges and growth in their lives. My approach to therapy is one of collaboration. I work with my clients to teach them how to reduce and manage their symptoms in ways that make sense to them given their own unique personal and cultural background. Drawing most heavily from cognitive behavioral therapy, our sessions will focus on empirically supported treatments that have been shown to help individuals make tangible and concrete changes in their lives. I utilize a warm, engaging style to help those I work with develop their strengths and gain insight into patterns that are hindering them from achieving their potential in all areas of life.”
Tamara has been in the mental health field since 2006 and has provided counseling and therapy to adults, children, teens and families since 2008. Below are a few highlights of her background and experience:
- PsyD, Doctorate of Psychology, Widener University Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology
- BA, Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Licenses and Credentials:
- Licensed Clinical Psychologist PSY26743
- Awakening Joy Mindfulness Retreat and Training, Spirit Rock, 2017
- Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): An Advanced Intensive Training. Institute for Girls’ Development and DBT Center – San Gabriel Valley, 2016
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy Foundational Training, Behavioral Tech, 2015
- Kaiser Permanente, Staff Psychologist, Petaluma California and Richmond California, 2014 – 2017. Provided individual outpatient psychotherapy to adults presenting with a diverse range of psychiatric disorders. Lead groups including a DBT skills-oriented group, a trauma education group, and a depression group.
- Kaiser Permanente Adult and IOP Services, Postdoctoral Resident, Richmond California, 2013 – 2014. Provided individual therapy and case management services to patients needing more intensive treatment for stabilization following discharge from inpatient psychiatric unit.
- Victim Services Center of Montgomery County, Doctoral Psychology Intern, Norristown Pennsylvania, 2012 – 2013. Provided individual psychotherapy to children, adolescent, and adult survivors of sexual assault, physical assault, and other forms of trauma.
- Widener University Counseling Center, Doctoral Psychology Intern, Chester Pennsylvania, 2011 – 2012. Provided individual psychotherapy to undergraduate and graduate students presenting with a full range of psychiatric disorders. Performed campus outreach to educate students about mental health issues and resources.
- Philadelphia School District, School Psychology Practicum Extern, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 2010 – 2011. Conducted student evaluations for middle school students in areas of cognitive ability, perception, memory, and academia in order to assess for special education or gifted program entry. Met with parents and teachers to provide in-depth feedback regarding evaluation reports.
- JFK Community Mental Health Center, Practicum Extern, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 2008 – 2009. Provided individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults.
- Diabetes Independence in Adolescence Study, Project Coordinator, Chester Pennsylvania, 2010 – 2013.
- Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Research Coordinator, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 2009 – 2011.
- The Obesity and Eating Disorders Research Program, Research Coordinator, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 2007 – 2008.
- Columbia University, Couples Lab Research Assistant, New York NY, 2006 – 2007.
- Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice, Mental Health Data Collector, New York NY , 2006 – 2007.
Papers and Presentations:
- Miller, T. A. K. (2014, February). Secondary Victimization and the Role of Mental Health Professionals. Presented at Kaiser Permanente East Bay Medical Center continuing education program, Richmond, CA.
- Miller, T. A. K. (2014, January). Secondary Victimization and the Role of Mental Health Professionals. Presented at Kaiser Permanente East Bay Medical Center post-doctoral education program, Oakland, CA.
- Miller, T. A. K., & Prout, M. P. (2014). A therapist’s guide to treating grief after the loss of a pet: A three-tier model. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 2(1), 38 – 58.
- Miller, T. A. K. & Prout, M. P. (2013). Grief therapy for emerging adults after the loss of a pet: A guide for college counseling centers. Poster, Graduate Student Research Symposium: Widener University. Chester, PA.
- Boyer, B.A., Miller, T.K. & Hoffman, K. (2012, April). Cluster Analysis versus Linear Regression in Longitudinal Evaluation of Independence, Family Conflict, Illness Intrusiveness, and Self-Management Outcomes for Pediatric Diabetes. Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.
- Kort, T. & Medwick, A. (2004). Healthy Neighborhoods 2010: Protecting Our Future. Poster, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia: The Section on Public Health and Preventative Medicine. Philadelphia, PA.
Additional Areas of Interests:
Social anxiety, phobias, health anxiety, generalized anxiety, OCD, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, and school or work difficulties
When Tamara is not working she enjoys hiking, running, and listening to musical theater. Tamara live in El Dorado Hills with her husband, daughter, two cats and two chickens, and loves exploring all the area has to offer.