Tammy A. Strauss LCMHC, LADC
Psychology Today Profile
I’ve been in private practice since 1997. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and my Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Vermont in 1990. I’ve been licensed as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor since 1994 and as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 2001.
It takes courage to enter therapy. Therapy is a process of sharing personal information so that the therapist and client can together identify strengths and challenges and then set mutually agreed-upon goals to improve the quality of the client’s life. This happens in an environment of kindness, respect and trust.
As a client you can expect confidential, compassionate, nonjudgmental interest and listening from me in a way that seeks to normalize your experiences and reactions to your life situations. There’s a vast array of normal human experiences to every situation. You can become more productive, be in less distress and create greater meaning for your life. This process aims to help you feel less alone and more connected.
Your responsibilities include coming to your scheduled appointment on time and disclosing personal information at a rate that is comfortable for you. I will help you discover your strengths and challenges in a supportive way and time frame that you control.
I employ psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral techniques to help you to discover why you are struggling and then to help you develop skills to cope with your challenges and to expand your strengths. We will explore relationships to your past and present environment as well as to yourself. I’ve often found that some of our beliefs and patterns of behaving are unhelpful and, when changed, lead to a shift in perspective and to increased happiness.
I want you to succeed and there is a great chance that you will. I will help you break down your goals into small steps so that you can succeed and then move up to the next slightly bigger step so you can make progress towards your goals. To this end I help you to come up with “doable” homework for yourself to practice between sessions.
I have extensive training and supervision in many areas of mental health and I attend many professional conferences throughout the year to keep my practice current.
Areas of particular interest to me include anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), including physical, sexual and emotional abuse as a child or adult. I also treat clients with codependency, loss/grief, relationship issues (including all orientations of couples) and concerns about spirituality.
The challenges that people face can take a variety of forms:
• Perhaps you are experiencing difficulties with sleep, appetite, low energy, poor concentration, irritability, nervousness or sadness and hopelessness.
• Perhaps you’ve experienced a traumatic event as a child or adult. This could include any type of abuse, accident or loss. You might be constantly thinking about the event or having disturbing dreams. It might seem as though you are re-experiencing the event or that you avoid troublesome thoughts, feelings, people, places or things. You might feel numb or become easily startled.
• Perhaps you are having trouble with a partner or child (minor or adult) who is having difficulties with substance use, and it’s hard to tell how much to help them. Maybe you grew up in an alcoholic or substance-abusing home and it’s causing problems in your adult relationships. Or maybe you are not sure.
• Perhaps you are having trouble communicating with and understanding your partner/spouse and want an objective person to help you learn new coping skills and strategies to improve your relationship.
• Perhaps you are going through a life transition. Maybe you are a young adult finding your way in the world or maybe your children are about to leave home and you are trying to recreate your life with an “empty nest”. Perhaps you are considering divorce or approaching retirement. I can and will aid you through these and any other difficult transitions.
I can assist you in all of these areas and others that I have not mentioned. Please call to find out more information.
I love what I do and thoroughly enjoy helping people heal from all sorts of difficulties so you can create the life that you want. It is an honor to be of service to you.
I accept most insurances and managed care plans. I am also an EAP provider (Employee Assistance Program) for several local companies. I also accept cash and will make sliding fee scale arrangements as needed. I am unable to bill Medicaid or Medicare.
VTMHCA: Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association since 1996
VPA-Vermont Psychological Association since 2013