We all come to this work via our own paths.
We all travel our own unique journeys.
Each of us has our own story to tell about what brought us here.
About what inspired us, or compelled us, or blocked our path to working with individuals who’ve been traumatized.
Interviewing my amazing guests has time and time again brought me back to the importance of authenticity.
And believe me, not that I’ve become some Thich Nhat Hanh of authenticity or anything, because I certainly haven’t.
But rather, that the experience of doing these interviews and speaking with my guests continually reintroduces me to the significance of authenticity within the context of this work.
Cultivating that, and doing so within my own work, has become my focus and the center of what I do with The Trauma Therapist Project.
For my guest this week, Tara Cantrell, her journey to becoming a trauma therapist, has in a sense, been defined by her search for courage.
What I really appreciate about her is that she’s so open about sharing her experience.
Tara is a beginning trauma therapist who works as a private practitioner in Charlotte, NC. She holds a Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Montreat College and provides evidence based therapies for trauma including EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy.
Tara specializes in working with women who have been sexually abused. Before becoming a licensed therapist, Tara did direct care work in inpatient and residential settings working with individuals with eating disorders, substance abuse, physical aggression, and suicidality, noting that so often these challenges were rooted in trauma. This set the stage for her specialization in trauma.