Tamara Nezirevic, MC, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Tamara is a Licensed Professional Counselor, specializing in trauma recovery and healing.
As a Certified EMDR therapist, she believes in an integrative approach to healing the emotional and somatic symptoms of complex trauma and attachment wounds.
Combining an understanding of the neuroscience and neurobiology of complex trauma and attachment wounds, while using Gestalt-based principles, mindfulness practices, EMDR, Structural Dissociation Theory, Equine Assisted EMDR, and Transpersonal Psychology, Tamara works to aid in facilitating healing, vitality, and wellbeing of her clients.
Tamara is a Certified EMDR therapist offering in person office and telehealth sessions for trauma recovery of both past and recent traumatic events.
Tamara is also trained in EquiLateralTM The Equine-Assisted EMDR Protocol, created by Sarah Jenkins, MC, LPC, of Dragonfly International Therapy. LLC that maintains the fidelity of EMDR’s 8-phase protocol while working with the assistance of our equine friends as co-facilitators of experiential healing experiences.
Tamara has completed Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine-Assisted Learning Training Seminars offered through Greg Kersten’s O.K. Corral Series.
Ground-based Equine Assisted EMDR sessions are offered through a local ranch with the assistance of Equine Specialists at Ignite Equine.
Tamara brings decades of personal work experience in Corporate America in industry & public accounting and financial sales, Entrepreneurship, as well as a background in corporate trainings and workshops focused on reawakening employees’ passions and fully engaging their potential.
Her business experience informs her counseling practice with a personal understanding of the breath of client challenges balancing priorities of relationships at home with work performance and one’s own mental health and well-being.
As a survivor of chronic childhood abuse and numerous abandonments within my own family of origin, I am intimately familiar with the wounds of childhood trauma, how those wounds imprint and while left buried and unprocessed, become fodder for life-limiting choices, survival strategies that push us further away from healing, and behaviors and relationship patterns that keep us stuck in longing, short of living our full potential.
I am also intimately familiar with the courage it takes to come face to face with deep seated fears of letting go of old strategies, healing old wounds, of accepting responsibility for our own health and well-being, to finally seeking help and guidance to living more optimally.
It took me decades to trust that I could live fully and authentically, free from the past. To live well. . . without those old wounds and patterns of beliefs haunting me, and then years more to work through the many layers of healing needed for lasting change.
What I learned through my process, is that healing, transformation, and freedom doesn’t have to take a lifetime. One of the biggest impediments to healing is fear of starting the work, using distractions to avoid the inevitable. Another is resistance of continuing through the work.
Resistance is natural. Humans resist change. Even if homeostasis is painful, the fear of change can be even greater than the pain of repeating futile strategies that may have once helped us survive, now block us from what we truly want to create.
Yet, “when the student is truly ready, the teach or guide appears.”
Today, as an integrative psychotherapist, I am passionate about facilitating the healing process for my clients, sooner than later, driven by the goal of compassionately meeting each client where they are, then gently guiding them to see, process, and adaptively integrate the experiences that led to their current symptoms, limiting beliefs and strategies that are keeping them stuck living in emotional pain, living lives less than they truly are.
Life is difficult. . .until it’s not. A life of freedom from the past awaits us all ~ in the present.
If you have the courage to start your own work, I would be honored to be one of your guides.
Education & Credentials
Tamara earned her B.S./B.A degree, majoring in Accounting from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH in 1982.
After working 17 years in industry and public accounting and financial service sales, she was called to being of service for individuals, like herself, not fully living their potential.
She earned her Masters in Counseling at ASU in 1999, with a focus on trauma and abuse recovery and alternatives to dissociative coping, becoming a Certified Professional Counselor in 2001 and Licensed Professional Counselor in 2004. She became certified in Gestalt Therapy Methods after completing a 2-year 300-hour Intensive Training Program from the Gestalt Institute of Phoenix in 2001.
Tamara is a certified EMDR therapist through the EMDR International Association.
Tamara is also trained in EquiLateralTM , The Equine-Assisted EMDR Protocol, created by Sarah Jenkins, MC, LPC, of Dragonfly International Therapy. LLC that maintains the fidelity of EMDR’s 8-phase protocol while working with the assistance of our equine friends as they co-facilitate experiential healing experiences.
Tamara has completed Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine-Assisted Learning Training Seminars offered through Greg Kersten’s O.K. Corral Series.
A consummate learner, she has completed multiple advanced EMDR trauma focused trainings from EMDRIA approved trainers. She is a full member of EMDRIA, passionate about and dedicated to facilitating trauma recovery and healing.
The unresolved past creates dysfunction in the present.
A strong advocate of the AIP model that underscores EMDR therapy, I concur with its fundamental principle that our beautiful, amazing minds, are innately driven towards health, adaptively processing daily experiences, increasing our resilience, well-being, and assured sense of self.
Traumatic experiences, however, deemed by our minds as too overwhelming (load greater than capacity to process) do not get adaptively processed, as they are simply too unthinkable for our minds to make sense of at the time.
These events are compartmentalized, stored in separate neural networks, away from our adaptive memory networks. Tucked away with the negative beliefs about ourselves at the time, the strategies needed to survive the events, the emotions of overwhelm, the body sensations, and the images, and sometimes the sights, smells and sounds accompanying event.
Traumatic experiences include everything from compounding disappointments of being mis-attuned to in childhood by parents or care givers, abandonments, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, incessant bullying, events involving witnessing or being a victim of criminal violence, natural disasters, or war, unexpected life transitions, job loss, loss of loved ones through illness, death, divorce, major career disappointments etc.
These experiences can lead to unprocessed, maladaptively stored memories and thus maladaptive coping strategies, strategies that show up as addictions, raging, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, isolation, relational problems, and countless other manifestations.
Effectively, these unprocessed, unresolved events get stuck, haunting us, through our nervous system. When current events remind us, many times unconsciously, in some way of the unprocessed memory, our sympathetic nervous system alarms are triggered, together with the use of old survival strategies, strategies that now undermine our ability to cope with the current situations in healthy adaptive ways.
These buried trauma memories, when consciously or unconsciously triggered, lead to disturbances in relationships, self-esteem, job performance and many other medical symptoms limiting your current life. The longer we wait to face and heal the wounds of the past, the longer we live less than who we really are. . .less than our optimal selves.
Healing, vitality and living your full potential come from adaptively processing, understanding, and integrating those once overwhelming experiences.
Inviting Spirit into the healing process, paves the way to deeper personal transformation and transcendence of circumstance. Allowing answers to come from a source of infinite wisdom is the ultimate goal for me with my clients. . .a process through resonance, guided imagery, meditation, mindfulness and self-compassion that reminds each client of their own inherent strengths and ability to heal themselves whenever self-doubts or old wounds resurface.
It is this “top down, bottom up” approach that I bring to my counseling practice. Inspired by Dr Irene Siegel, (http://www.drirenesiegel.com/
Whether a client’s goal is symptom relief, healing from trauma, improving job performance and relationships at home or work, or deeply exploring their Spirituality and potential for joy beyond daily routines, my work is client centered, offering therapeutic modalities that gently guide each client towards relief, healing, and well-being. . .to living well in the present, emotionally and somatically free from experiences of the past.
Specializing in trauma recovery and healing, I blend EMDR, Gestalt-based principles, mindfulness practices, Equine Assisted EMDR and Transpersonal therapies with an understanding of neuroscience to gently guide you through resolution of the past, internal healing, symptom relief and personal well-being, paving the way to fully living well in the present, emotionally and somatically free from experiences of the past.
Areas of focus:
- Childhood and Adulthood Trauma & Complex PTSD
- Recent Trauma & PTSD
- Life Transitions, Divorce, Separation, Job Loss, Retirement
- Workplace Performance, Effectiveness & Wellbeing
- Dissociation & Integration – Healing the Whole Self
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Relationship Issues
- Vision and Purpose Clarity
Sliding scale and discounted fees are offered upon request for Military, Vets, Families of Military, and Single Parents. Please inquire re: discounted fees if you meet one of these criteria.
Services I Provide
- Equine Assisted EMDR
- Stress Reduction & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Mindfulness Practices
- Gestalt Psychology
- Transpersonal Psychology
Services I Provide
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a cost-effective, non-invasive, evidence-based method of psychotherapy which was originally developed by Francine Shapiro, PhD in the late 1980’s for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). There have been 24 randomized control studies of EMDR therapy which attest to its value and demonstrate its usefulness across all ages, genders, and cultures. Tens of thousands of clinicians have been trained all over the world in EMDR therapy and studies have supported the use of EMDR with many special populations with an assortment of conditions such as Acute Stress Disorder due to Recent Incident trauma or disasters, personality disorders, eating disorders, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, performance anxiety, complicated grief, dissociative disorders, addictions, chronic pain, sexual and/or physical abuse, ADHD, and body dysmorphic disorders, just to name a few.
EMDR has been accepted as an effective form of treatment by several major health organizations including most recently the WHO (World Health Organization). It is listed as an evidenced–based practice by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration) and NREPP (National Registry of Evidenced Based Practices and Programs) and the VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guidelines (2004, 2010) recognize EMDR as being a “A” category (the highest level designation) for treatment of trauma.
EMDR is an eight-phase treatment which comprehensively identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural resilience or coping capacity, and have thereby generated traumatic symptoms and/or harmful coping strategies.
Through EMDR therapy, patients are able to reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive. EMDR is a physiologically–based therapy that appears to be similar to what occurs naturally in REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep and seems to have a direct effect on the way our brain processes and stores information.
The Adaptive Information Processing Model is the guiding principle of the EMDR approach and it postulates that health and wellbeing is supported by positive and successful experiences that increasingly prepare a person to handle new challenges and that the brain is equipped to manage and process adversity. Sometimes it just needs a little help. EMDR Therapy utilizes a 3 pronged approach which includes not only a focus on past (contributory) memories, but also focused reprocessing of present situation that continue to be triggering, as well as the development of an adaptive, positive template for the future.
“EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.” (Francine Shapiro, EMDR .com)
For more information, go to www.emdr.com www.EMDRIA.org www.aztrn.org (Early EMDR Intervention and Disaster response). www.emdrhap.org (International Humanitarian organization) Shapiro’s describes EMDR therapy in a 1 hour webinar/video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsQbzfW9txc
Gestalt therapy, developed by Fritz Perls, Laura Perls in the 1940s, is an experiential and humanistic form of therapy that was originally designed as an alternative to conventional psychoanalysis. Gestalt therapists and their clients use creative and experiential techniques to enhance awareness, freedom, and self-direction.The theory of Gestalt takes as its centerpiece two ideas: 1) hear and now awareness, and 2) we are inextricably caught in a web of relationship with all things. So it is only possible to truly know ourselves as we exist in relation to other things.
The idea is to avoid dwelling on the past or anxiously anticipating the future.
Experiences of the past may be addressed in therapy sessions, but the therapist and client will focus on exploring what factors made a particular memory come up in this moment, or how the present moment is impacted by experiences of the past.
At the core of Gestalt therapy is the holistic view that people are intricately linked to and influenced by their environments and that all people strive toward growth and balance. In the Gestalt approach emphasis is on the therapist’s use of empathy, understanding, and unconditional acceptance of the client to enhance therapeutic outcomes.
Read more at gestalttheory.com.
“Mindfulness” describes a mental state of nonjudgmental attention to and awareness of the present moment — along with calm acknowledgment of feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations as they arise. Mindfulness can also describe a type of meditation practice which cultivates this awareness, a quality all human beings possess.
According to Mindful.org, “mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”
Mindfulness meditation comes from early Buddhist traditions over 2500 years old, developed to foster
- clear thinking
- open-heartedness, and
- the alleviation of suffering
Despite its Buddhist origins, mindfulness meditation requires no special religious or cultural belief system. In fact, Jon-Kabat-Zinn PhD is internationally known for bringing these practices to the West – creating a research-based program called “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” that has benefited people from all walks of life. This program has been a helpful ancillary form of treatment for many patients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, anxiety, psoriasis, and other chronic conditions caused or exacerbated by modifiable lifestyle factors.
This is a way of having a look at our struggles from a unique perspective. Our personal history is a story we tell ourselves. This story creates our identity and sense of purpose. Sometimes we have chosen to tell a story that has kept us stuck in some way in our lives. By utilizing techniques such as journaling or retelling our stories we can narrate our stories in a different way. We can use the strengths and skills we have found along the way to look at our problems and struggles and create new chapters and solutions to lead us forward in our lives.
Stress Reduction and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Stress is part of being alive and some of its stimulating effects can be good, but too much of it can have a negative effect on our health. Stress Management and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will help you learn more effective ways of coping with stress by:
- Helping you recognize and evaluate any factors that may be putting you under any unnecessary stress,
- provide you with the stress management skills necessary for you to alter or change the feeling, thoughts, or behaviors that are aggravating or causing your current health problems, and
- will show you, through mindfulness based practices, that you can control physical stress by learning to relax and flow through it.
The various techniques that can be employed in a stress management therapy session include relaxation, biofeedback, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and mindfulness–based practices such as guided imagery, deep breathing, muscle stretching, and meditation. Instead of being stuck in flight, flight, or freeze, you learn how to flow.
Transpersonal psychotherapy is concerned with the study of humanity’s highest potential, and with the recognition, understanding, and realization of unitive, spiritual, and transcendent states of consciousness (Lajoie and Shapiro, 1992).
The goal of transpersonal psychotherapy goes beyond healing trauma to the awakening and attainment of our highest potential. The tenets, philosophies, and practices of the world’s spiritual and wisdom traditions are integrated with Western science, philosophy, and theory to create a full-spectrum psychospiritual developmental model. This model takes us from birth and normal Western developmental phases, to the awakening of spiritual consciousness and the awareness of our interconnection to all living things through a shared energy field, as depicted in Eastern and Native spiritual traditions (Siegel, 2018).
Going beyond conventional psychology’s continuum of maladaptive to adaptive emotions and behaviors, transpersonal psychotherapy recognizes an expanded view of human wholeness, transformation and inter-connectedness via the development of higher levels of spiritual consciousness. As consciousness shifts, the context of one’s experience shifts, insights become more profound and transformative healing occurs. Clients transcend their egoic or personal perspectives, seeing events from an expanded state of awareness, often with new solutions and elevated understanding.
Through the use of attunement to each client’s needs, resonance with higher levels of consciousness, guided imagery, various mindfulness practices, breathwork, and tools from ancient spiritual traditions, transpersonal therapists guide clients to their own inner wisdom, facilitating shifts in consciousness, understanding, well-being and ultimately to living their fullest potential.
- Initial Intake Session:
60 – 90 minutes $180.00 – $225.00
- Subsequent Psychotherapy Sessions:
50 minutes $150.00
90 – 120 minutes $225.00 – $300.00
- Equine Assisted EMDR Psychotherapy Sessions**:
50 minutes $180.00
**Ground based Equine Assisted EMDR sessions offered thru a local ranch includes cost of equine specialist participation and EA-EMDR trained therapist. Rate subject to change – confirm rate at time of scheduling.
Payment is due at the time of service ~ Bank transfers via Zelle, cash, check, major credit cards and HSA debit or credit cards are accepted. A Superbill receipt will be provided for supporting your HSA charges.
A superbill can also be provided for your submission to your insurance carrier for reimbursement if mental health care is covered under your policy – Please see list of questions under Insurance tab for inquiring with your medical insurance carrier if reimbursement is possible.
Appointments may be cancelled if done so at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment. Missed appointments or cancellations less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment will be charged the full session fee to the credit card on file.
Office Hours are available Monday thru Friday by appointment.
Please do not send confidential clinical information by email or text. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed for any information sent electronically.
No Insurance is processed through the private counseling practice of Tamara Nezirevic, MC, LPC. You may request a super bill at the time of service to submit directly to your insurance company for potential reimbursement.
**Please check to see if you have any out-of-network benefits for counseling. If you do have this type of coverage, your counseling may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan.
Please inquire with your insurance carrier the following questions to ensure you understand what they may or may not reimburse for after you pay for my services directly: