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Tara Bates, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Click to find out more about Tara Bates, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Tara S. Bates, MA, LMFT is a Washington State licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LF60442328). She is an alumnus of Pacific Lutheran University, earning her Psychology BA in 2008 and then her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2011.

Her clinical internship was completed at Auburn Youth Resources and from there, Tara went on to work as a mental health therapist in a variety of settings that have included community mental health clinics, hospitals, and correctional facilities. Highlights of her experience include her time as a Child and Family Therapist with Valley Cities in Kent where she was trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and obtained her Child Mental Health Specialist designation. She has also worked as the Children’s Long-Term Inpatient Program coordinator at Kitsap Mental Health Services where she helped to provide ongoing support and resources to children and their families throughout the psychiatric hospitalization process.

As a Systems-trained therapist, Tara views Mental Health and well-being as meaningfully influenced by our relationships and interactions with others: including but not limited to the family, culture, workplace, and the environment. She also believes that clients are the experts on their own lives. Therefore, Tara’s approach to therapy is a collaborative one where she is receptive to additional theoretical orientations and ongoing feedback when partnering with clients. In her work, she utilizes a variety of treatment methods to assist each person in addressing their goals for therapy. Some of these methods include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, DBT Skills, Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused and Strength-Based interventions.

Tara enjoys working with school-aged children, adolescents and adults. She is experienced with treating issues related to anxiety, depression, mood dysregulation, ADHD, social skills, and trauma.
Tara is a Clinical Fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and she is also a member of the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


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