ABOUT TARI MILLER,
Growing up I always took great interest in the stories of others and at a young age hoped that my listening skills could help people transform into the best versions of themselves. I have spent the last seven years working in the community mental health setting both as a clinician and in a managerial capacity accumulating a wide array of clinical experience providing both out-patient and intensive in-home services to a diverse population. I value communication, honesty, and kindness, while also pushing limits to meet goals and grow professionally. I embrace new opportunities to enhance my skill set and consider myself a “forever learner”. I earned my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University and have my LPC. Additionally, I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a concentration in Elementary Education from Ramapo College of NJ.
When I am not at work, you will find me outdoors. The beach is always my first choice, but I also enjoy a good hike, walk, or fishing trip on our boat with my husband and two children. Most recently I learned to paddle board and I am hooked. It is the perfect blend of peacefulness and sweat. While all of those things are fun, truthfully, my most adored role is as a mother. I enjoy coaching my child’s sports teams and carting my kids around to the numerous activities they enjoy.
APPROACH TO THERAPY
Clinically, I operate from the perspective that the client is the expert on their own life and I am just a guide. Front and center to the therapeutic relationship is the importance of rapport building. I naturally tend to favor Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which is a type of talk therapy that focuses on changing the negative thoughts and behaviors that contribute to mental health issues with the goal for each client obtaining the confidence needed to navigate life’s stressors.
I am interested and experienced in trauma work and I have enhanced my skills with training in TF-CBT, ARC Therapy and Supervisory training, GTEP group training, and most recently EMDR. I believe utilizing trauma-informed care is imperative, as many individuals have experienced trauma in some form throughout their lives. When engaging with clients using a trauma-informed lens, the work we do allows for effective treatment implementation without re-traumatization. Ultimately, my goal is to create a space where clients feel safe to express their feelings and work with them to recognize and encourage clients’ voices, choices, and strengths.
- American Counseling Association
- New Jersey Counseling Association