Tara Guden (she/her)

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My demeanor in sessions is warm, open and down to earth. I enjoy using humor in sessions whenever appropriate.

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Long Beach, CA

  • Individual

About My Clients

The fact that you’re here means that you’re ready for something in your life to change and you’re looking for guidance about how to bring that desire to fruition. It would be an honor to walk along side you as you explore new beginnings. I particularly enjoy working with adult clients of emotionally immature parents, people who care for others, perfectionists, and those with depression or anxiety. *As a quick note, I am in-network with several insurances for residents of California only.

My Background and Approach

I'm a trauma therapist who uses knowledge of neurobiology, work with the breath/body (somatic work) and Internal Family Systems to help people get "unstuck" from self-defeating patterns rooted in past experiences. This might manifest as anxiety, depression, and difficulties in relationships. Together with clients, I helps others tune into their intuition and body again. To get out of the mind (e.g. ruminating, intellectualizing) and gain more access to their authentic self. I does this in a way that is gentle, caring and down-to-earth using laughter when appropriate. A major tenant of my approach is the relational component. It's one of my strengths as a therapist: having high levels of empathy and strong connectivity to others. Research has also shown that the relationship with your therapist is equally if not more important to positive outcomes than any particular therapeutic modality.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that the world would be a better place if mental health were given more priority and less stigma. I am a fierce ally for minority groups, including LGBTQ+, BIPOC and women. Justice and equity have been deep core values to me since I was a little girl. I believe in authenticity and being genuine with others. I believe in constantly working to be a better human and a better therapist. Whether you ultimately decide to speak with me or someone else, I’d like to acknowledge what an accomplishment it is to be where you’re at already. Looking for a therapist in and of itself means you’ve already started the beginnings of something new. You’re on a great path already – one full of promise and hope. I wish you peace and increased happiness however you continue to move forward.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Oscar
  • Optum
  • United Healthcare
  • Meritain Health
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 5 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $150/session

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