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Tara Schlussel

Tara Schlussel



My role as a Clinical Psychology Intern is to provide psychosocial support to individuals, couples, and families impacted by cancer, by creating a space that integrates their world views and values.

Training and Professional Work

I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. While at UC Berkeley, I created the Red Tent Foundation club, where I facilitated a safe and accepting space for women to gather and discuss topics important to group members, including mental health. Through this role, I gained a greater understanding of the importance of creating supportive bonds as a way of achieving optimal holistic health. During this period, I also volunteered for the Crisis Text Line, where I answered texts on their national hotline and provided relief and resources for distressed texters. I had the honor and privilege of connecting with individuals across the country and cultivating a safe space for them in a moment of chaos. After graduation, I went on to study at California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, where I received my Master’s in Clinical Psychology, and am currently in my fourth year of their doctoral program pursuing my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialized emphasis in family/child and couples. Currently, I am conducting research for my dissertation, exploring protective factors and resilience in second and third generation Holocaust survivors. My previous externship placements were at the Saban Community Clinic and Sepulveda VA, while I have also worked in private practice settings. Thus far, I have gained experience administering neurocognitive tests as well as providing individual, group and couple therapy to adolescents and adults. I have experience in implementing evidence-based practices such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, as well as mind-body interventions such as mindfulness and relaxation training.

Personal Interests and Perspectives

Outside of work and school, I enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with my close friends and family. Being a Los Angeles native, I love hiking the Santa Monica mountains, stand-up paddle boarding, or relaxing on the beach. Most importantly, I love spending time with my shih tzu-poodle mix and rescue puppy at the end of the day.

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