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Tara Russell, LCSW

Here to support and guide you on your journey, whatever that may be

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. 

Carl Rogers


About Me

My training as a therapist is in social work. As a social worker, I have a deep commitment to the core values of social work, and they are all integrated into my work with clients, as well as how I live my personal life. The following six core principles of the profession guide my practice:

Service, Social Justice, Dignity and Worth of the Person, Importance of Human Relationships, Integrity, Competence. 

I have worked with people who have been diagnosed with a range of different diagnoses. However, my focus is on the individual, not the diagnosis.

My experience has been in a variety of settings such as community mental health centers, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, schools, and in individual’s homes.  I have had the privilege of collaborating with persons who presented wanting support with the following: ​

concerns around sex and sexuality (LGBTQIA folx welcomed), substance use/addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, family of origin, support with work/life balance, medical professionals with vicarious trauma, body image, isolation and loneliness, support with healthy attachment, among other concerns. 

In regards to the topics of sex/sexuality, I  work with various sexual wellbeing concerns such as low desire, erectile dysfunction understanding and expressing needs, sexual fantasies, discovery of sexuality after recovery, understanding sexual identities, and more. To read more about the services I offer, please see my "services" page. 

With couples, I work around topics such as sexual desires and connection, reestablishing intimacy, communication, and more. To read more about my work with couples, please see my "services" page. 

In my work I have collaborated with folx who have experienced trauma. My approach to trauma work is first, establishing safety. Before going into the trauma work, I ensure the individual has resources, or ways to cope with some of the memories that may arise through trauma work. I used body based approaches to check in as we go through the trauma work to ensure the pacing and methods are feeling safe and comfortable for the individual.  I am trained in EMDR and use with clients who have experienced trauma when appropriate. 

In my free time I enjoy walks with my dog, spending time with loved ones, cooking, reading, hiking, skiing, and travel. After nearly a decade living in Austin I recently relocated back to Oregon. I am enjoying rediscovering Portland and all that this beautiful state has to offer! 


What To Expect At Your Visit

The most important variable in successful therapy is the individual's feelings of trust and safety with the therapist. Therefore my first goal is to create a space where you feel comfortable to be yourself.

Once a safe space is created, we can begin to explore topics that can be difficult to explore without support and guidance of a trusted other who can offer feedback and insight on the patterns that keep us stuck.  While we do the work of exploring hard topics, it is my job to keep the pace at a safe level, and bring in laughter, positivity, and reminders of all the strengths you as an individual hold. 

I am available for adult individual therapy and couples therapy/marriage therapy. I am licensed in both Texas and Oregon and offer teleheath across both states.


-Individual $140/ 50 minutes 

-Couples $160/ 50 minutes 

Sliding scale is available based on income and structural disadvantages. 

I am happy to provide a superbill for you to submit to your insurance provider.

Under the federal No Surprises Act, health care providers, including therapists, need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.

  • You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.

  • Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your healthcare provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.

  • If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.

  • Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.

For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit or call 1-877-696-6775.

Contact Me

If you are ready to take the first step towards change and discovery, I am ready to meet you there. 

Please call 512-402-2919 for a free 15-minute phone consultation to discuss scheduling.

I am offer telehealth across the states of Texas and Oregon on a HIPAA compliant video conferencing platform.


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