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Tara R. Edwards, MA, NCC  Northern Virginia Psychotherapist Allow Sadness Enjoy Joy #grief #anxiety #depression #eatingdisorders #therapy #counselingwithtara #dmv #arlington

Guessing the kitties - old and new - got a little tired of prepping for group tonight. Tonight’s chapter is on shame, guilt, humiliation, and embarrassment - just to name a few heavy highlights. No wonder the old boy and new girl kitties peaced out. But, there’s power in talking about such intense topics with other and doing the work to lighten the load. #daringgreatly #groupwork #shame #embarrassed #supportgroup #womensupportingwomen #connection #brenebrown #catnaps #mycatneville #mycatzelda #nevzel #cattherapy #catsofinstagram #graycats #greycats @counselingwithtara #counselingwithtara #dmv #northernvirginia #arlingtonva #therapy #counseling #allowsadness #enjoythejoy #bebrave #youarenotalone #peace

Never truly ever a day off. Looking for inspiration for the next women’s support group book club. I always think I know what I’m going to pick but then my clients always have such compelling recommendations. Yes, I’m only heading into week 3 of the summer session. It’s never too late to plan! What books inspire you on your journey? #clearyourmind #takecharge #summerreading #bookclub #womensupportingwomen #supportgroup #grouptherapy #gabriellebernstein #miraclesnow #glennondoylemelton #carryonwarrior #fridayafternoon #whatsnext #lovemyjob #therapistlife #counselorlife #counselingwithtara @counselingwithtara #dmv #northernvirginia #arlingtonva #allowsadness #enjoythejoy #bebrave #youarenotalone #happinessisachoice

So this happened this morning. I passed the NCMHCE and I one step closer to becoming a licensed professional counselor. Just need to get some paperwork signed and submitted, then wait for approval. So very excited and proud! Hence the refrigerator posting. Dreams do come true. Never too late to pursue a dream and love what you do! Thanks to all of you who have supported me and believed in me - and a special shout out to @sunstonecounseling #ncmhce #closertolicensure #almostlpc #goals #dreambig #lovewhatyoudo #nevertoolate #careergoals #goforit #believeinyourself #dreamsdocometrue #counselingwithtara @counselingwithtara #therapy #counseling #dmv #northernvirginia #arlington #arlingtonva #allowsadness #enjoythejoy #bebrave #youarenotalone #confidence #hope #change

Yep, I’m one of those people. I get a planner twice a year. I just love the start of the calendar and academic years! I do electronic calendars too, but I’ve found over the years that I need uber organization in my life. Guess my “j” of INFJ of coming back stronger at last. And, yes, I use color codes. Orange is for Sunstone. ☀️🌞🧡How do you organize your life? #planner #newplanner #organized #colorcoded #j #infj #myersbriggs #blueskyplanners #bluesky #order #clearyourmind #counselingwithtara @counselingwithtara #therapy #counseling #dmv #northernvirginia #arlington #arlingtonva #allowsadness #enjoythejoy #bebrave #youarenotalone #takecharge #planahead @blueskyplanners

Visiting with my nieces this weekend was magical. Nothing like the joy, love, and laughter of kiddos to ground you. My youngest coined my new favorite phrase: “you can never have too many hugs or too many many Neville’s.” And, she gives the best hugs. This Neville post is for her and her big sis. Nev is happy to have his mama home. #nieces #kiddos #magical #joy #love #laughter #grounded #hugs #neville #mycatneville #graytuxedocat #greytuxedocat #crazycatlady #catsofinstagram #coolaunt #friendsasfamily #mondaymorning #mondaymood #counselingwithtara @counselingwithtara #therapy #counseling #dmv #northernvirginia #arlington #arlingtonva #allowsadness #enjoythejoy #bebrave #youarenotalone #peace

First post it time for summer session of my women’s support group. Well, first night for post it’s... this is our closing work of what our respective inner soothers wanted us to know tonight. Some lovely, kind, empowering sentiments. #powerinnumbers #powerofconnection #postits #stickynotes #womensupportingwomen #womensgroup #supportgroup #grouptherapy #bookclub #bibliotherapy #brenebrown #daringgreatly #counselingwithtara @counselingwithtara #therapy #counseling #dmv #northernvirginia #oldtownalexandria #allowsadness #enjoythejoy #bebrave #youarenotalone #grace #compassion

Took a stroll down Route 7 in Falls Church yesterday afternoon during a break from clients. Took in some lovely houses, fresh air, and this historical marker for Wren’s Tavern. You never know what you might encounter or learn when you change up your typical patterns@or comfort zones. #walkabout #historicalmarker #stroll #tuesdayafternoon #route7 #foundtime #change #direction #walk #afternoonwalk #mindfulness #selfcare #clearyourmind #movement #escape #counselorlife #therapistlife #counselingwithtara @counselingwithtara #therapy #dmv #northernvirginia #fallschurch #allowsadness #enjoythejoy #bebrave #youarenotalone #breathe #takeamoment

Outta the mind of clients -
This from a smart cookie kiddo. What visualization or visualizations help you escape negative thoughts and anxiety spirals? Focusing on something you are looking forward to in the future or focusing on something calming or invigorating from the past can do the trick. Try creating a little film clip in your mind’s eye of the memories or anticipatory feel goods. Take a deep breathe and let the movie roll out in your mind. Allow the positive feelings to creep in and overtake the negative. #beach #feelingbeachy #escape #reframe #visualization #negativethoughts #anxietyspiral #innercritic #positivethinking #filmclip #mindset #innerpeace #control #positivity #changeperspective #breathe #sandbetweenmytoes #ridethewave #flow #justfloat @counselingwithtara #counselingwithtara #therapy #counseling #dmv #arlington #arlingtonva #oldtownalexandria #allowsadness #enjoythejoy #bebrave

As I was hurrying into my courtyard on this rainy Friday, I noticed this lovely bloom fallen to the grass. Beautiful. I had to stop the hurry and capture the moment. Even gray days hold some bright spots, right? #graydays #blooms #fallenflower #lookup #lookdown #stop #stophurrying #present #mindful #beautyinnature #bloomingtrees #brightspot #rainyday #fallentreasure #foundmoments #counselingwithtara @counselingwithtara #therapy #counseling #dmv #northernvirginia #arlington #arlingtonva #allowsadness #enjoythejoy #bebrave #youarenotalone #peace #beauty #grace #presence

Proud to be Gottman Level One Trained therapist. The Gottman Method is know for its research-based tools for couples counseling. But, their work product really applies to many relationships. Take this fantastic piece on emotion. What an important and useful step by step guide on how to become more comfortable and accepting of even the more reactive emotions. Remember that emotions are good or bad, they just are. #gottmanlevel1 #gottmanmethod #gottmaninstitute #emotions #feelings #identify #acceptance #neithergoodorbad #feelthefeelings #feelthefeels #tools #guide #therapythursday #thursdaytherapy #counselingwithtara @counselingwithtara #therapy #counseling #dmv #northernvirginia #arlington #arlingtonva #allowsadness #enjoythejoy #bebrave #youarenotalone #insideout #mentalhealth @gottmaninstitute

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