Tara Dakin, M.A. Candidate

Adults • Couples • Families • Adolescents
770-218-9005 x0 • tdakin@fountaingate.com

Days: Mon 10-7:30, Wed 9-7:30
Fee: $40, sliding scale available

Insurance: (none)

Education

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

Certification

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

Professional Membership

American Counseling Association (ACA)
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Current and Previous Experience

Current: 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.
Seven years as a volunteer church leader in children's, high school, college, and women's ministries serving the Denver and Boulder areas in Colorado.

Special Interests

Depression and Anxiety
Couples and relationships
Marriage and family
Postpartum adjustment
Parenting
Christian sex therapy
Teen/young adult sexuality

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 on the purpose of pain and suffering. 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 see that they are not alone in their struggles and there is hope for change. Her goal is to help each client make sense of their circumstances and find meaning in all of life's experiences. Tara's ultimate dream is for those who come to counseling feeling broken, stuck, or insignificant to experience a shift from merely surviving to thriving in all areas of life, confident in their ability to take on all that is yet to come.