The TARA Approach, created by Dr. Stephanie Mines, is taught in hospitals, universities, social service agencies, domestic violence shelters, at midwifery schools, and wherever there is a need and an organizational structure to support its delivery. The TARA Studio in Gresham, Oregon, 40 minutes outside of Portland, is TARA’s newest home.  Small groups meet there as well as in various locations around the world for highly personalized mentorship and study with Dr. Mines. TARA Approach programs are currently ongoing in California, Hawaii,  Illinois, Ireland, Kentucky, Mexico,  Oklahoma, Oregon,  Scandinavia, Scotland, South Carolina, Tennessee, The Netherlands, Washington, and New Zealand and are rapidly spreading throughout the US and abroad.

The TARA Approach is a Healing System With Four Unique Attributes

  • It differentiates shock from trauma.

  • It is self-care and empowerment based. Its purpose is to allow everyone to be in the center of his or her own healing process.

  • It advocates and teaches the use of subtle energy medicine in combination with an attuned delivery of language as the most effective treatment of shock and trauma.

  • The TARA Approach can be adapted to serve virtually any population. Dr. Mines has focused her research, writing and service thus far on: Survivors of shock and trauma; Pre and Perinatal Psychology and the prevention of birth shock; Chronic health conditions; Neurodiversity; and the children and families of war.

The Components

  • Jin Shin Tara: A subtle energy system based on the Extraordinary Meridians; and

  • The use of language that is sensitive to the nervous system of the recipient.

How is Shock Different From Trauma?

  • Shock is the most severe form of trauma. It occurs when resources are non-existent, insufficient, or impossible to access.

  • Shock is more debilitating than trauma.

  • When shock that is stored in the body is activated, all unresolved shocks are simultaneously activated. This activation occurs at unconscious levels that are neither logical nor consistent. Trauma, on the other hand, is activated thematically. In other words, one can feel odd, nervous, impulsive, ill, uncomfortable or any other sensation, and not know that this is the result of shock activation. When trauma is activated, there are patterns that are understandable.

  • The physiological responses to shock are long term. Chronic conditions represent an adaptation to shock. For this reason the resolution of shock is dependent on resourcing. Prenatal shock is tenacious in its impact because it represents formative, non-cognitive experience.

  • The TARA Approach is unique in providing interventions specifically adapted for the resolution of shock.




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