Tara M. Hinds, LCPC
Adolescents, Adults, Couples, and Families
Tara M. Hinds, LCPC, is a licensed clinical professional counselor practicing in our Oak Brook office who specializes in adolescents, adults, and couples. She earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago and her bachelor’s in music therapy from Loyola University New Orleans.
Having worked in private practice, schools, residential treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, non-profit organizations, and in community-based mental health facilities, Ms. Hinds has a wide range of experience and particular interest in treating eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, women's issues, and life adjustment issues, such as: divorce, grief, and job loss. Due to her personal and professional experiences, she enjoys serving first responders and their families, as well as those coping with medically complex situations.
“It is so easy to be frustrated when we feel like everything we are trying is not working. I see the therapy process as an opportunity to develop a connection with the client, identify what they would like to be different in their lives, and, working together, offer ideas, strategies, tools, resources, and skills that will empower them to reach a new level of satisfaction in their daily lives.“
Therapy approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectal behavior therapy (DBT), experiential, and creative interventions customized to suit the needs of each client, being mindful of their developmental stage and unique set of circumstances.
Using an interactive style, Ms. Hinds brings her own personality and sense of humor to her collaborative sessions. Ms. Hinds believes her ability to empathize with clients allows them to feel heard, and not judged, as they begin to understand, confront, and surmount their challenges.
“Once you’ve developed new ways of seeing, thinking, feeling, and doing, you have a whole new world ahead of you. Instead of feeling trapped or stuck with the same old way of doing things, you will appreciate what you’ve done in the past and what you can do differently now. Being in counseling is a positive step towards self-improvement and will have a positive impact on you and the people around you.”
Working with adolescents is of particular interest to Ms. Hinds, who believes keeping parents and other support persons involved is a key component to a young person’s success. When appropriate, Ms. Hinds will collaborate with family members, physicians and school staff members to co-create a plan for success.
“I feel that it is imperative to work with teens and their parents to strike a balance between creating a safe place for the teen to share confidentially while also maintaining an open pathway for communication with parents so that everyone gains maximum benefits from therapy.”
Ms. Hinds’ Areas of Focus Include:
Anxiety; Critical Incident Stress Debrief (CISD); eating disorders; first responders issues; divorce/separation issues; stress; LGBTQ issues; medical issues; obsessive-compulsive disorder; parent coaching; post-partum depression; PTSD; self-harm; and sexual abuse