Tara Dakin, M.A.

Adults • Young Adults • Adolescents
770-218-9005 x126 • tdakin@fountaingate.com

Days: Wed-Fri
Fee: $80, sliding scale available

Insurance: (none)

Education

B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder.
M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Richmont Graduate University.

Certification

The Happiest Baby (Postpartum Stress Management)
Prepare/Enrich (Pre-Marital Counseling)
Gottman: Bringing Baby Home (Postpartum Marital Adjustment)

Professional Membership

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Current and Previous Experience

Counseling Intern. Fountain Gate Counseling Center, Kennesaw, Georgia.
Counseling Intern. Hope Counseling Center at Mount Paran, Atlanta, Georgia.
Current: Newborn Care and Education Specialist, Atlanta, Georgia.
Six years as a professional nanny manager and personal assistant, working with families to provide childcare, tutoring, home management services, and administrative assistance.

Special Interests

Depression and Anxiety
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
College students
Codependency and setting boundaries
Identity and self-worth
Postpartum adjustment
Parenting

Personal

Tara is a Colorado native and lived there for 25 years before moving to Atlanta. She loves being outdoors – especially being in the mountains during the summertime! Her favorite activities are hiking, biking, and whitewater rafting, but she'll take any opportunity to enjoy the diversity of God's creation. Tara also enjoys music and particularly likes going to see musicals, the ballet, or the symphony. Tara began following Christ while in college and is pursuing her calling to help others find hope in the midst of life's circumstances.

Vision

Any kind of hurt changes us, whether it is a brief pain or a period of extended suffering – the key is our perspective. As Hippocrates said, healing is both a matter of time and a matter of opportunity. Tara desires to come alongside her clients and help them make sense of their circumstances and find meaning in all of life's experiences. Her primary goal is to help clients experience a shift from feeling broken, stuck, or insignificant to building a secure and positive sense of self, cultivating trust in others and authenticity in relationships, and finding the confidence and motivation to work towards the life they want. Tara uses a strengths-based, collaborative approach, working closely with each client to incorporate their specific background, culture, and beliefs to develop goals for counseling and identify the unique strategies that will help them meet those goals.