Tamara Gasior is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, adults experiencing mental health challenges, couples, families and geriatrics. She has a background in ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Trauma issues, Self-Esteem issues, ODD, Adjustments Disorders and Executive Functioning challenges.
Through her background as a school social worker in an elementary, middle and high schools, she also has in-depth knowledge of the IEP and 504 processes and special education services. In addition to her time spent working in the school systems, Tamara has also worked in a residential treatment center for persons diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Dissociative Identity Disorder and in nursing homes, working closely with the elderly population and their families. Tamara enjoys working with people of all ages to help empower and discover their strengths through demonstrating compassion, acceptance, and a collaborative partnership. She feels that taking the first step towards a therapeutic approach demonstrates a brave and courageous strength leading to personal/familial growth.
Tamara has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and a master’s degree, Masters in Social Work (MSW), from The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. She is also looking forward to becoming certified in Trauma Informed Educational Practices for Children and Adolescents from North Central College in the fall of 2021.
Tamara enjoys spending time with her husband, children and extended family. She enjoys reading, traveling, and helping others realize their strengths, goals, and true potential!
What people are saying about Tamara:
“Over the last two years, Tamara has been a constant support to our grandchild and family. Her gift of establishing bonds is quite apparent when you see them together. Tamara’s ability to meet the child at their level is one of her many strengths. Her calming, joyfulness, and overall demeanor make her the go-to person for our grandchild. Our grandchild’s progress is largely due to the impact that Tamara has had on her social and emotional growth. She has fostered an environment that has allowed learning to begin.”
Tamara’s Recommended Readings:
Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday – by Matthew Sockolov
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts – Gary Chapman
Codependent No More – Melody Beattie
The Deepest Well – Dr. Nadine Burke
The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in Healing of Trauma – Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
For Parents & Teens:
No Drama Discipline: The Whole Brain Way To Calm The Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind – Daniel J. Siegel
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens – Sean Covey
The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively – Gary Chapman
Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood – Lisa Damour Ph.D.
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults – Frances E. Jensen, MD
For Parents & Children:
The 5 Love Languages of Children – Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children – Ross Greene, Ph.D.
I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids – Gabi Garcia
A Little SPOT of Emotion Box Set (8 Books: Anger, Anxiety, Peaceful, Happiness, Sadness, Confidence, Love, & Scribble Emotion) – Diane Alber
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids – Carol McCloud and David Messing
What if Everybody Did That? – Ellen Javernick
A Tale of Two Beasts – Fiona Roberton
Moma’s Waves – Chandra Ghosh Ippen
The Invisible String – Patrice Karst