Hi! I’m Tanja.
I’m glad you are here as a part of your journey. It is never easy to reach out for help but often it is an essential step on our path of healing.
On this page I would like to tell you a little bit about myself to give you an idea of who I am. It will help you to make a clear decision about whether or not we might be a good fit to work together.
If you would like to check out my education and credentials you can do that too.
I first knew counseling was what I wanted to do in high school
I had an awesome counselor back then who helped me to change my perspective on some personal situations and some feelings I was struggling with at the time. He encouraged and reassured me when I wasn’t feeling supported by my parents and I knew I wanted to be able to do that for someone else someday. I have a passion for working with people of all ages, but I especially empathize with adolescents due to my own experience.
I also work with couples and families struggling with substance abuse or addiction issues. I have been looking at families, situations, and difficulties in life through a systemic lens as far back as I can remember, another reason adolescents and families are a good fit for me.
Through working with these groups of people, I have seen the power of the disease of addiction and the way it affects lives. Addiction has also touched the lives of several of my closest relationships which gives me a great affinity for working with this population.
I am passionate about helping my clients grow and realizing their full potential.
I specialize in issues including addiction, trauma, managing anxiety, and issues within the LGBTQ community. I am a firm believer in growth after trauma and believe that every individual has the opportunity for growth in their lives.
I believe everyone deserves a voice and many need help to find their voice. And I believe individuals should be able to find help for substance abuse issues without going through the revolving door of the court. I am trained to provide eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) as well as motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy modalities.
Getting involved in the therapeutic world as a counselor has brought me great joy.
It has also taught me many lessons. I would say the most important lessons I have learned are:
- Pain and suffering comes in all forms, shapes, and sizes
- Pain and trauma cross all education, social, and economic levels
- As a therapist, self-care really is important and without it there is no possible way to be a good therapist. Although I took that idea with a grain of salt in graduate school because my family raised me to work hard and that work always comes first, now I realize it must be a priority!
I was born and raised in Colorado and am a Denver native. In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors in our fabulous state and traveling to see new locations. I am the oldest of three and grew up in a happy, obnoxious, and hard working family where I learned that families are not perfect, everyone has struggles, and as adolescents and adults we must learn to manage our own emotions and behaviors.
So that is a little bit about me.
Now, how about you? Are you ready to reach out? I am so passionate about the work I do and I look forward to meeting new clients! If you are ready to reach out and connect, I would love to hear from you.