Born and raised in New York, Tanya moved to Florida as a teen when her family was in search of new opportunities. From her teenage years, she knew that she was designed for helping others. Her natural skills included observation, questioning the inconsistencies and desiring change. Her friends would describe her as understanding, honest and resilient. Her skill set and strong desire for change led her path toward becoming a Counselor.
Tanya completed her Bachelor’s Degree at UCF in Psychology (minor in Sociology) and continued to pursue her Master’s Degree shortly after in Mental Health Counseling. Tanya is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor with the State of Florida (MH 12229). Her clinical experiences include residential, school-based and outpatient settings. She has worked in the areas of emotional difficulties, relational difficulties, substance abuse and more.
Tanya’s areas of expertise include tweens, teens and families. She is passionate about families and bridging the invisible gap in the family system. Tanya draws on her personal and professional experiences to approach families with empathy and genuineness. She draws on a strengths based approach which incorporates the client’s strength instead of seeing the deficits. Tanya believes that her extensive experience working in the school based setting can help be an asset to children, adolescents and parents to incorporate the academic, social, behavioral aspects into therapy.
Tanya uses many different approaches to meet her client’s needs. Her main lens comes from a Biopsychosocial-spiritual model which integrative approach that addresses treatment of a person as a whole. Tanya also uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), family systems theory, mindfulness and play therapy. Tanya is also a certified EMDR therapist that assists clients with processing traumatic events (see the EMDR tab for more). She is passionate about helping others to create a new way of doing life by assisting in freeing clients of past wounds and creating a new toolbox of healthy skills and positive self-talk for the future.
A growing area of Tanya’s passion includes working with the Tourette Syndrome population. Due to the a loved one having TS, she has a heart for helping those individuals gain insight, tools and radical acceptance for living life with TS. Her goal is to help the individual know he/she is more than their diagnosis. Tanya is CBIT certified provider for the TAA (Tourette Assocation of America).
In her personal life, Tanya loves spending time with her husband and two sons. She enjoys coffee, baking and spending time outdoors.