Tara McKernan, MA, LLPC, NCC

Tara McKernan, MA, LLPC, NCC Verified by GLPG
Supervised by:
Annissa Lewis

Education

  • School:
    Western Michigan University
  • Degree:
    Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Additional Certificates:

    NCC, Chi Sigma Iota, ACA

Languages

  • English
I am a limited licensed, nationally certified counselor who practices outpatient mental health therapy in Southwest Michigan. I graduated with my Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Michigan University. As a counselor, my main roles include decreasing and preventing unwanted mental health symptoms within clients, empowering my clients to make strides towards desired changes, increasing overall wellness and resilience in my clients, and advocating for my clients to ensure their rights and wellbeing are intact. I offer a judgement-free safe space to explore my clients’ thoughts, feelings, and experiences in order to foster self discovery. Because of the unique needs and behavioral norms across cultures and ages, I practice counseling from a culturally competent, developmentally aware perspective. I strive to assist adolescents, adults, and couples in managing their mental health disorders through diagnosis, assessment, and the use of evidence based interventions. It is my philosophy that when given the proper support and resources, every person has the ability to take control of their lives, and that counseling can be a catalyst for change. The goal is to recognize that each person has the power to live a life where they can take control and expand their perspective. Through this process, my clients have recognized their ability to heal and gain a greater insight into self-empowerment.

Accepted Insurance

  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Cash/Private Pay
  • Cofinity
  • Priority Health
We verify your insurance benefits and will provide you with a cost estimate prior to your first session.

Issues

  • ADHD (Adults)
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career Counseling
  • Child Abuse
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief
  • Hoarding
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Infidelity
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Life Transitions
  • Marriage
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Personality Disorders
  • Pregnancy / Prenatal / Postpartum / Perinatal
  • Premarital
  • Racial Identity
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Social Anxiety
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Use
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Weight Loss
  • Women's Issues

Communities

  • Bisexual Allied
  • Blind Allied
  • Body Positivity
  • Cancer
  • Gay Allied
  • HIV / AIDS Allied
  • Intersex Allied
  • Lesbian Allied
  • Racial Justice Allied
  • Sex Worker Allied
  • Sex-Positive / Kink Allied
  • Vegan Allied
  • Veterans

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Relationship Issues

Session Types

  • Couples
  • Family Therapy with Adults
  • Family Therapy with Kids
  • Individuals

Age Specialty

  • (11 to 13) Preteens / Tweens
  • (14 to 19) Adolescents / Teenagers
  • (20 to 64) Adults

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
  • Adlerian
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Existential
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Feminist
  • Gestalt
  • Holistic Counseling
  • Humanistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Multicultural
  • Person-Centered
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodynamic
  • Reality Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Strength-Based
  • Structural Family Therapy
  • Trauma Focused

Faith-Based Therapy

  • Buddhist
  • Christian
  • Other Spiritual or Religious Affiliations