Tamara Vitela, LCSW
I graduated from the University of Utah and The University of Washington with a master’s degree in social work. I also had the privilege to complete a yearlong clinical social work fellowship at The Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences with a trauma and attachment informed focus.
My past clinical work includes community mental health, addictions prevention, treatment and recovery, child welfare and adoption services, adult adoptee related issues, at risk youth, employee assistance with local and governmental agencies and multi-generational traumatized family systems.
I enjoy working with individuals, families and couples going through life transitions or adjustments. My main approaches include cognitive-behavioral therapy; extinguishing the negative, psychodynamic; how past can create your present, guided imagery; relaxation techniques and narrative therapy; understanding our stories and how they shape us including “reauthoring” those stories that are not your own and/or don’t serve you. Narrative work includes “countering” societal narratives that are not congruent with your identity and sense of self.
I enjoy creative writing, cooking, camping and spending time with her creative and funny family and two furry and mischievous dog friends.