Tara Eastcott, Psy.D.
I specialize in working with gender and sexual minorities: LGBTIQQ, Poly, etc. Anxiety disorders: Trauma, OCD, Panic, Phobias, Trichotillomania, Eating disorders/body image, Professional consultation for yoga teachers and body workers on basic counseling skills, professional consultation for mental health/medical professionals on working with LGBTIQQ clients
I have been providing therapy to trans clients since 2004, but actively pursuing the study of gender since 1998. Wanting to work with and be an advocate for trans folks was one of the main reasons I decided on a career in mental health. I immersed myself in high level women’s studies, queer theory and the philosophy of science and gender as an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College. This, combined with my personal experiences as a cisgender, femme-identified member of the LGBT community, radicalized my (already quite liberal!) understanding of bodies, gender and sexuality and cemented my commitment to gender advocacy.
I am fundamentally a radical behaviorist (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radical_behaviorism) which falls under the general umbrella of CBT. This basically means that I approach every behavior (action, thought, emotion) as a unique event whose triggers and function can be logically deciphered. From there, I use a variety of strategies to support my clients in working with those behaviors to promote change and better integrated sense of self. So while I see all human experiences through a behavioral model, the work I do with each client is necessarily highly individualized since our life experiences are so tremendously varied and diverse. I strive to utilize empirically supported treatments whenever possible. This makes my additional specialty in treating anxiety disorders a natural fit, since behaviorally based approaches have proven so effective in this area.
Languages Spoken: English