Tara Saunders, AMFT

Therapist in Berkeley, CA

Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.

My goal in therapy is to create a safe and inclusive space to allow people to tell their stories. I believe everyone has a story worth telling. I prioritize healing by making room for validation of feelings, growth in self awareness and development of new patterns. I aim to remain warm and curious to learn about your unique identity, perspective and sense of self.

Name: Tara Saunders, AMFT

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Phonetic pronunciation of name: “TEAR-UH”

Tara’s role at Evergreen: Clinician

Tara’s clinical issues/specialties list:

● Anxiety
● Attachment Trauma
● Childhood Trauma
● Depression
● Developmental Trauma
● Gaslighting
● Racial Trauma
● Relational Trauma
● Relationship Strain 

The clinical modalities Tara uses with her clients:

● Mindfulness
● Motivational Interviewing
● Somatic Experiencing


Tara’s clinical style:

● Warm, inclusive, transparent, collaborative and evidence-based.

Why Tara does this work: I have been a helper my whole life. From an early age I faced a number of challenges that allowed me to develop great compassion and care for others. I ultimately became interested in learning to support others in order for them to lead happier and healthier lives. Professionally, I have been drawn towards populations that are traditionally underserved and in need of great assistance. I’m interested in posttraumatic growth and seeing people work through difficulties and come out the other end stronger and having more compassion for themselves. I utilize a humanistic approach having unconditional positive regard in a non judgemental environment.

What Tara feels is the best part of her job: The best part of my job is having the privilege to be welcomed into people’s most intimate thoughts and feelings in order to work through trauma. While this work can be challenging it is extremely rewarding to see people heal from past wounds and discover a deeper sense of self.

How Tara spends her free time: DIY projects, hiking/camping with my partner and dogs, trying new recipes and traveling.

Tara’s favorite quote: “Old ways won’t open new doors.” [Unknown]

Tara’s top trauma recovery resources:

● The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD
● It Didn’t Start With You by Mark Wolynn

Tara’s contact information:

Email: Tara@evergreencounseling.com
Phone: 510-373-2723


Tara Saunder’s Credentials:

Tara’s license(s): Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) 136222 supervised by Jonathan Wolfrum, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #102291

Tara’s Degrees:

  • San Francisco State University | BA Sociology | 2015

  • The Wright Institute | MA Counseling Psychology | 2022

Tara’s therapy services location:
Hybrid. Offering both in-person sessions in our Berkeley offices and remote telehealth sessions for clients all over California.

Available For Therapy in Berkeley or via Online Counseling

Tara Saunders and Evergreen Counseling service downtown Berkeley offices, as well as online video counseling for residents of California.


We’re also near the campus of UC Berkeley and are available for students and faculty. 

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