"Nothing is more effective than self-care. It is both the beginning and the end of all learning about energy medicine healing. Self-care is life-saving and life-transforming. It is also pain-relieving and comforting. It relaxes the primitive brain, allowing higher intelligence to engage naturally." - Stephanie Mines
The following is a list of certified TARA teachers and practitioners. Each is a gifted, compassionate and skilled embodiment of the power of the TARA Approach. Contact them directly and bring the blessing of the TARA Approach to your community, organization or agency.
Certified TARA Foundations Teacher and Advanced Practitioner - Seattle, Washington
It was my own healing journey that initially led me to the TARA Approach. As my health improved through using the TARA Approach I began to understand how the nervous system overload I had experienced early in my life impacted my capacity for health. As my nervous system healed, my overall health improved exponentially. After experiencing the results of the TARA Approach first hand, I immersed myself in the study and self-care practice of the TARA Approach. The TARA Approach has been a core piece of my personal and professional practice ever since and is integral to Tensegrity Center for Integrative Health and Counseling.
Tensegrity Center for Integrative Health and Counseling is a safe place for individuals, children, infants, and families to come to resolve the impacts of shock and trauma. In addition to resolving the lasting impacts of shock and trauma, Deborah is passionate about her work with families who are considering getting pregnant, are pregnant, or have a newborn preventing early shock and trauma from occurring. Deborah works with all aspects of emotional trauma, physical trauma, PTSD, neurodevelopmental disorders, autism, chronic illness and disease, relationship, and transition issues.
Certified TARA Foundations Teacher and Advanced Practitioner - Mexico
Dora Hagerman began studying the TARA Approach with Dr. Stephanie Mines in 1994. Since that time she has become certified at the Foundations and Advanced levels and is also a Certified Self Care Teacher and most recently a Foundations Teacher, combining Self-Care with Module One and Module Two. Dora lives in Mexico City where she has a private practice. She is bilingual and is available to teach TARA Approach Self Care and the entire Foundations program in Spanish and English. She is also a dancer and choreographer and the mother of Julieta.
Certified TARA Self-Care Teacher and Practitioner - Oslo, Norway
Runa Helmerson lives in Norway and offers her TARA Approach treatments in her studio near Oslo. She is a psychomotor therapist DAP (Danish Psychomotor Therapists) who graduated in 1998, and loves teaching body-awareness. From 2010 she has studied shock and trauma, and neuroaffective psychotherapy. She combines talk and body-treatment, and finds theTARA Approach to be the “missing link” between the body, mind and soul. Runa is a Certified Foundations Level Practitioner and a Certified Self-Care Teacher. She is actively engaged in advanced training in the TARA Approach and is working closely with Dr. Mines to build the TARA Approach presence in Scandinavia.
Certified TARA Self-Care Teacher and Practitioner - County Clare, Ireland
Suzie McGreevy graduated from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland in 1993 where she studied Occupational Therapy. She practiced in a wide range of settings including Elder Care, Psychiatry, Oncology and Palliative Care, Burns and Plastics, Community Rehabilitation and Complex Seating. Suzie began her practice of natural health when as a teen-ager she studied yoga, metamorphic technique, quantum touch and later trained in kinesiology, massage therapy, vibrational medicine and Emmett Technique. Suzie is particularly interested in prenatal life and birth trauma. Born in Belfast and growing up in Northern Ireland during the “Troubles,” she believes that the environment we live in makes a huge contribution to how our nervous system develops and adapts to survive. From this point of view the TARA Approach has shed a guiding light on her own journey towards a peaceful and healthy nervous system. In addition, it has given her tools for her integrative and holistic practice and teaching. Suzie is an Integrative Therapist in Ireland , focusing on individual empowerment through body, soul and empowering self-care.
Certified TARA Self-Care Teacher and Advanced Practitioner- Mexico
AnaElizabeth Pagola is certified to represent that TARA Approach in Spanish speaking countries. AnaElizabeth is a licensed Physical Therapist in Mexico and a TARA Approach Foundations Certified teacher and practitioner. Elizabeth integrates the TARA Approach with physical therapy treatment for her practice with children, adolescents and adults, including geriatric patients. Elizabeth organized the first TARA Approach programs in Chiapas, Mexico in 2008 and has become our current active representative throughout Mexico. She is bilingual and provides crucial help with translation during classes in Mexico, thereby demonstrating her deep understanding of the TARA Approach paradigm of sustainable healthcare. Aside from her excellent therapeutic skills, Elizabeth is a concert singer, a triathlete and the mother of two grown children. Elizabeth’s honoring and respect for the TARA Approach and its representatives has endeared her to everyone. She has welcomed many TARA students into her home. She is a model of loving care.
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Certified TARA Self-Care Teacher and Practitioner - Kona (Big Island), Hawaii | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Eloise Manley Schafer is a dancer who holds a degree in Movement Studies, a Certified Authentic Movement Facilitator and Certified TARA Approach Self-Care Teacher and Practitioner. She began studying with TARA Approach founder Stephanie Mines in Boulder, CO in 1994 and has maintained her love, study and daily practice of this healing system ever since. Eloise lives, practices and teaches in Oklahoma and on the Big Island of Hawaii. Early childhood traumas, personal injuries and lifestyle changes led her to pursue movement awareness practices as a means to self-discovery and healing. She believes that to live is to move. We all vibrate with electromagnetic energy and if the flow of that energy is disrupted disharmony results and can manifest physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Eloise is eager to guide you toward awareness of your natural inner rhythms and help you re-connect with your inherent body wisdom to self-heal.
Certified TARA Self-Care Teacher and Practitioner - California | Georgia | Texas | Hawaii | India | Philippines
Deepti has been a student of the TARA Approach since 2002. She has found her study and practice of the TARA Approach to be profoundly nurturing and empowering in healing trauma and deepening one’s relationship with oneself and the world.
Deepti is also a certified Reiki Master, Pranic Healing practitioner, yoga teacher, and is currently studying Ayurveda. Deepti is passionate about integrating the arts, ritual, and Eastern and Western systems in healing systemic oppression and illness. She brings a rich and traveled multicultural background steeped in family, years of study in the spiritual traditions of India, and co-creative, compassionate and playful spirit to the healing relationship.
Deepti received her BA from Naropa University in Contemplative Psychology with a focus on health and healing in 2004, and her MA in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in August 2009.
Certified TARA Foundations Teacher and Advanced Practitioner - Scotland | The Netherlands
Anneke Stolte was born in the Netherlands but resides now in Scotland. She is a Certified Shiatsu Practitioner as well as a TARA Approach Foundations Practitioner and Certified Self Care Teacher. Anneke’s love for the environment motivated her to study the field of ecology but most recently she has added her healing career to her focus and loves it. Anneke offers individual sessions and TARA Approach Self Care courses in Scotland and the Netherlands. She was first introduced to the TARA Approach at the Conscious Medicine Conference at Findhorn and has been a devoted student and practitioner ever since.
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Certified TARA Foundations Teacher and Advanced Practitioner - Hilo, Hawaii | Seattle-Tacoma, Washington
Trystin Oeljen Street is honored to share the gift of the TARA Approach through Self-Care classes, private sessions and guidance in self-care practice. Trystin has studied with TARA Approach Founder Dr. Stephanie Mines in the US and abroad, assisting her in programs in Scotland and Ireland. From her first encounter with the TARA Approach Trystin was drawn to its unique capacity to stabilize the nervous system and support its integration. Trystin is Certified as a TARA Approach Foundations Practitioner and Self-Care teacher. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist. Trystin currently lives in Hilo, Hawai’i and is available to teach throughout Hawai’i Island, Maui, and in the Seattle-Tacoma area.
Certified TARA Self-Care Teacher and Practitioner - South Carolina | Tennessee
Renee Sutton, LPC is a Licensed Counselor and Interfaith Minister with an integrative approach to mental health. She is trained in Holistic Stress Management, Trauma-Focused CBT, mindfulness meditation, and Christian Counseling. In addition to being a TARA Approach Certified Self-Care Teacher and Foundations Level Practitioner, Renee is also certified in Healing Touch and Yoga. Renee is trained and qualified to provide pastoral care. Her Integrative Health Coaching and Counseling services are offered through Ministries for Synergetic Wellness™, a non-profit that she founded in South Carolina for those in crisis who cannot afford these options. Her current mission is educating her community about integrative healthcare. Renee teaches TARA Self-Care classes in South Carolina and Tennessee.
Certified TARA Practitioner - Northbrook and Deerfield, Illinois
TARA Approach Practitioner, Myra Dorf, has been a Reiki practitioner since 1993. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor for the last 13 years, she has worked with women on a variety of issues, including trauma, relationships, anxiety, stress, depression and other chronic conditions. Myra uses a holistic approach to healing. Recognizing unresolved issues held in our bodies have a paralyzing effect on growth, development and quality of life, she uses the mind-body-energy connection to assist clients to move towards health by uncovering and reclaiming internal resources, empowering unique strengths and finding purpose. The Tara Approach has had a profound effect on Myra and her clients. She is grateful to Dr. Mines for sharing her gifts, teachings and commitment to healing.
Certified TARA Practitioner - Austin, Texas
Elaine is a lifetime artist and dancer who integrates body, mind and spirit into her healing approach. She believes that healing is a natural flow that can be unlocked and accessed through movement, speaking, art, touch, and meditative practice. She particularly enjoys helping other artists and creatives find our way through life. It is with great gratitude to Dr. Mines and great personal joy that she has entered the path of becoming a TARA Approach practitioner.
Certified TARA Practitioner - Edmond, Oklahoma
Holly Jones, PT is a 1990 graduate of the University of Kentucky’s physical therapy program. She specializes in integrative manual therapy and began her private practice in Oklahoma in 2001. She blends the TARA Approach with integrative manual therapy, allowing her to uncover key musculoskeletal and emotional areas simultaneously, promoting maximal healing potential. Techniques that Holly utilizes include craniosacral, strain/counterstrain, myofascial, visceral, and functional techniques. In addition, Holly has an expertise in the evaluation and treatment of pelvic floor disorders and is an APTA Section of Women’s Health member. As a certified animal massage therapist, she also integrates manual therapy and the TARA Approach in the treatment of small animals.
Certified TARA Practitioner - Boulder, Colorado
Darcy Kamin, RN, is a Maternal Child Health Nurse, Certified Lactation Consultant, Parent Educator, and the TARA Approach Family Clinic Outreach Coordinator who has worked with children and their families for over 25 years. She has served in a variety of settings including: Hospital Family Birthing Units, Well Baby and NICU, and has taught Childbirth, Breastfeeding, Newborn Care, Parenting, Infant Massage, Adoption Prep and CPR classes. Darcy is NCAST, PIPE and NP trained, and has received specialized education in nursing support for Parenting the Premature. She has an Advanced Certificate for the Practice of Jin Shin TARA. She is currently in private practice, serving families in and around Boulder.
Certified TARA Practitioner - Moray, Scotland
Karen lives and works at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. This is where she first heard about the TARA approach at Stephanie Mines’ 2013 Forgiveness conference talk. She started using Stephanie’s book We Are All in Shock and was struck by its profound impact on her nervous system. Karen has since trained with Stephanie Mines and Anneke Stolte, while also supporting Stephanie’s workshops at the Findhorn Foundation.
Karen’s own life journey has been greatly touched by the healing arts. She is a Biodanza facilitator and author of Dances With Spiders, a vibrant study on dance and well being in Southern Italy, based on her PhD in medical anthropology. Her personal experience and research, combined with various energy medicine trainings (Kinesiology, EFT, Reiki and Energetic & cellular healing), deeply ground her trust in the self-healing process facilitated by the TARA approach. Karen is available for sessions in Moray, Scotland.
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Certified TARA Practitioner - Scotland
Joany lives in the wild North West Highlands of Scotland. Finding TARA at a Self Care workshop on the Black Isle, she says: “I felt so energized and free, like I was able to do anything! That made me question why I wasn’t doing what I really wanted to do in life. It was like life was trying to burst out of me but I wouldn’t let it go! TARA has helped remove the blockages that were holding me back. Major shifts have taken place in my life in a gentle and loving way through practicing TARA”. Seeing nature as a great healer, Joany is training as a Forest School Practitioner. She is also a Shamanic Practitioner and Yoga Instructor. Making the most of our existence and working together in our unique and personal ways is a great passion for Joany.
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Certified TARA Practitioner - Scotland
Joan qualified with a Diploma in Physical Education from Dunfermline College of Education, a Diploma in Education from Aberdeen University and a Post Graduate certificate in Education from the Northern College of Education. She taught P.E. to 5 – 18 year-olds and then lectured in P.E. to students and to student primary teachers for 10 years. She taught 3-6 year olds in nursery and at primary school for 16 years. She has received profound healing through TARA study and treatments and uses TARA self-care daily. She is a qualified TARA Foundations Practitioner and is currently pursuing Advanced Certification. Joan believes passionately in helping both children and adults realize their full potential and recognises the value of the TARA Approach in achieving this.
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Certified TARA Practitioner - Glenview, Illinois
Certified Foundations TARA Approach Practitioner Laurie Perkins shares the empowering gifts of the Tara Approach with clients at her private practice at Raven Healing in Evanston, Illinois as well as with patients at a hospice care center in Evanston. Laurie is a founding member of the Hospice Integrative Therapies Program. She utilizes a holistic approach in her work with trauma, end of life, grief and wellness, incorporating several subtle energy modalities with a focus on the unique needs of each individual. Having been a teacher for fifteen years prior to becoming a therapist, Laurie enjoys teaching her clients tools they can use to transition through life’s difficult situations and even through the ultimate transition from this earthwalk itself. Laurie serves children, adults and animals and believes learning the Tara Approach from Dr. Stephanie Mines has profoundly enhanced her own wellbeing. She feels it is her mission to share this blessing with others.
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Certified TARA Foundations Level Practitioner - San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Cristina Puga has walked a path of personal healing to become a Certified TARA Approach Practitioner. She has degrees in Business and Human Development. She is certified by Dr. Joe Dispenza as a NeuroChange Solutions Coach. Cristina has a private practice in San Luis Potsoi, in the heart of Mexico, where she met and trained with Dr. Stephanie Mines. Cristina is devoted to raising consciousness in the world. She is fluent in Spanish and English. She works individually with clients and is also available for lectures and conferences for agencies and corporations throughout the world.
Certified TARA Practitioner - Chicago, Illinois
TARA Approach Practitioner, Betsy Rooth, had been a Reiki practitioner for over 10 years when she encountered the TARA Approach. The mother of two and a former preschool teacher, Betsy’s passion is to empower adults and children by giving them self-care tools and connecting them to their own healing energies. Both on a personal level and with clients, Betsy has seen profound results when incorporating the TARA Approach. She has achieved her Foundations Certification and is currently pursuing her Advanced certification. She is grateful to be on this journey with Dr. Stephanie Mines. Betsy is available in the Chicago area.
Certified TARA Practitioner - Chicago, Illinois
Julie is a TARA Approach practitioner with 15 years of practice in Chinese medicine. As an acupuncturist and herbalist, she has treated a wide variety of issues ranging from pain syndromes to those with chronic internal medicine issues. Her practice specializes in women’s health and pediatrics. Incorporating the TARA Approach into the treatments has allowed her clients to heal at a much deeper level, and provide a greater understanding to the origins of each ailment. Julie intends to continue her studies in the Tara Approach, and ultimately teach one day.
Certified TARA Practitioner - Boulder, Colorado
The TARA Approach fell into Jamie's life at the exact time that she needed it. Immediately after her first TARA Foundations course she made the commitment to practice Self-Care morning and night and experienced profound physical, spiritual and emotional changes. This encouraged her to continue studying with Stephanie through the Essence and Empowerment Series at Findhorn in Scotland. The more she learns about The TARA Approach and feels the benefits the more she is eager to share with the world. She currently has a practice in Boulder, Colorado and intends to bring the TARA Approach to Spanish and Portuguese countries.
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Certified TARA Advanced Practitioner - Hilo, Hawaii
Elisha began studying with TARA Approach founder Stephanie Mines in 2007 when Stephanie was teaching at Balancing Monkey Yoga Center on the Big Island of Hawai’i and has remained a devoted student ever since.Elisha is also a Certified Yoga Teacher and a Licensed Massage Therapist. In March 2013 Elisha represented the TARA Approach at Malama Na Koa (Care for Our Warriors), a conference on alternative health care practices for combat veterans and their families. Elisha is renouned for the range of her healing expertise from deep tissue to subtle interventions. Most importantly she lives and embodies the TARA Approach principles of self care, life long skills development, and authentic attunement. Her vibrant commitment to life, health and human potential infuses every session she gives and every class she teaches. Contact Elisha directly for individual sessions and classes throughout Hawai’i.
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Certified TARA Practitioner - Chicago, Illinois | Batavia, Illinois
Marianne has been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor for 10 years. She works with a wide variety of issues including anxiety and depression and relationship and family issues. The TARA Approach has been a wonderful addition to her practice. Marianne and her clients have experienced accelerated and remarkable results when integrating the TARA Approach into the treatment plan. Marianne is very grateful for the opportunity to continue to study with Dr. Mines.
Certified TARA Practitioner - Antwerp, Belgium
Nora resides in Belgium where she offers the TARA Approach in her study near Antwerp. She is also a certified Cranial-Sacral practitioner, Foot Reflexologist and Aroma Massage Therapist. Being a sculptor and connected with nature, she works also with healing flower remedies. Nora first encountered the TARA Approach at the Conscious Medicine Conference in Findhorn and has pursued its incredible resources ever since. Nora is particularly interested in serving children, though her practice is open to all ages. Nora’s decision to be a healing artist comes from her heart and she feels it is her soul path to help bring the TARA Approach to Europe.
Certified TARA Advanced Practitioner - Louisville, Kentucky
Michele (Micki) Wilcox is happy to find herself enthusiastically practicing the TARA Approach! Michele’s commitment to health and humanity led to her to becoming a Yoga Instructor and to the practice of Reiki and Tibetan Acupressure. She has spent much of her life developing skills for holistic service to people of all ages, including serving children with special needs and educating about living with environmental consciousness. Learning the TARA Approach was a turning point because of the deep and ongoing healing it ignited. Michele enjoys an alive curiosity and amazed delight in the endless ways people bring forth their creativity to direct and allow their own healing. Michele is inspired by the TARA Approach vision of alleviating suffering and ending the repetition of violence/trauma that spans generations.
The practitioners listed here have studied at various levels. The training level they have completed is indicated. These entries will be revised as practitioners continue to complete higher levels of study. The TARA Approach encourages each potential recipient to discuss with his/her practitioner the interventions to be applied. Interviewing your prospective practitioner is highly recommended. The decision to apply the TARA Approach, and the manner of its application, is a decision made exclusively by the practitioner based on his/her best professional judgment after consultation with the client. The TARA Approach and the Dom Project are not responsible for the decisions made or actions taken by the practitioner.