Tara Van Hest, MA, LAC, NCC


About Tara

My name is Tara Van Hest and I am a Licensed Associate Counselor. As a counselor my goal is to allow my clients to feel real genuine human connection which will enable them to be open and honest with themselves. We as humans thrive in an environment where we feel safe and can express ourselves. We all have a story, and although we cannot change the pages of the past, we have the choice to turn pages, create new chapters, and rewrite a future that is free from the bondage of our trials and tribulations.

I have a wide scope of practice because I also work in psychiatric emergency services in the hospital which includes counseling children adolescents and adults from all facets of life suffering from anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, addiction, trauma and more. I enjoy using Cognitive behavioral methods, strength-based approaches, and spiritual principles to meet my clients where they are. Healing comes in all forms and it usually starts with finding self-worth and significance.

When we learn to accept the things we cannot change and find the courage to change the things we can, we are able to process through some of the hardest moments we have faced in our lives. We can choose to replace our pain with purpose and achieve goals to becoming our best self. I am looking forward to meeting with you, building a relationship and embarking on this journey together!

You either walk inside your story and own it, or your stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness."

Brene Brown

Areas of Focus

  • Trauma
  • Addictions/Recovery
  • Strengths-based
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Life Transitions
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Spirituality

Education & Training

Kean University (2019)
Master of Arts in Counseling (MA)


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