Nierenberg earned a master’s degree in social work from Portland State University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, and International Association of Trauma Professionals. She is also an active member of the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center in Portland.
She is trained in the modality of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is practiced in Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Gestalt/Somatic Experiencing, and the Briere method of regulated trauma processing.
”Being grounded in psychodynamic theories, I consider the importance of one’s past and present relationships, including the therapeutic relationship, as well as the impact of environment, life stage, and culture,” Tara said. ”I hope to create a calm and nonjudgmental environment so people may begin to live from a place of healing. My main approach is to illuminate the patterns and dynamics that may be working against you and to support you in testing out and practicing new ways of responding, both toward yourself and in your relationships.”
Tara has worked in a variety of settings, including a medical hospital, psychiatric hospital, community mental health, college counseling and pastoral counseling. She is experienced in addressing issues related to depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, life transitions, physical challenges, work and career, school, existential and identity concerns and recovery from psychosis.
Tara enjoys spending time with her family, rock hunting at the beach, being in the woods, reading and sitting by the fire.
To schedule an appointment with Tara, call Samaritan Mental Health at 541-768-5235.