About Tara Fields, Ph.D., L.M.F.T
Tara Fields, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology, has spent her career helping individuals, couples and families in distress. She is recognized for her knowledge, compassionate approach and ability to provide workable solutions to real life problems. Direct and to the point, she encourages those in her care to muster the emotional courage needed to successfully take control of their lives.
“What moves me and fuels the great passion to do what I do, is that on radio and television I can be the reality check to thousands of people who think they are alone in feeling shame, believing they’re damaged or living in isolation. It’s a gift for me to tell people ‘there’s nothing wrong with you and it’s time to let go of those erroneous beliefs about yourself’… and then have thousands of people respond, ‘Yes, yes, that’s me.’”
Tara has had a thriving private practice in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area for over twenty years treating individuals, couples and families. She incorporates her advanced level of training in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy in her work with those who are looking to both repair and strengthen their relationships. Her commitment to her family systems training has taught her that the inclusion of as many immediate and extended family members as possible in the treatment process facilitates profound and lasting change not only for the “identified patient” but also the family as a whole. Whereas traditional therapy singles out an individual for treatment, a family systems approach seeks to uncover how each member may be contributing to the presenting problem and therefore has the ability to contribute as well to the family’s healing as a whole. This also alleviates the burden of one person being labeled as the “problem.” She’s found this to be a powerful modality for lasting change in working with those challenged by the stress of addiction, divorce, infidelity, financial hardship, hoarding or a child who is struggling with obesity or an eating disorder.
Tara earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology and her doctorate degree in counseling psychology. Her doctoral research focused on the contributing factors to adolescent alcohol abuse. She completed her three-year clinical internship at the Maple Center Community Mental Health Clinic in Beverly Hills, California, where she trained in marriage and family therapy, as well as adolescent and child psychotherapy, supervising peer counseling groups and leading therapy groups for excelling senior students at Beverly Hills High School; additionally, she participated in a six-month practicum with Dr. Marion Solomon on the diagnosis and treatment of narcissistic and borderline personality disorders. During this time she also began her training in addictions, eating disorders and facilitating an intervention. Tara received her certification of clinical training in Psychodrama from the Los Angeles Psychodrama Institute where she trained and then directed with Dr. Lewis Yablonsky and Dr. Michael Solomon. She has had twelve years of training and practice in Mindfulness Meditation methods at Spirit Rock Meditation Center with Jack Kornfield Ph.D. and other renowned teachers. Fields is a member in good standing in the Marin County Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.