Our foundational beliefs, values, experiences, and attitudes are exactly that, the foundation for everything that comes into our life to be built upon. Much like building a home, if a stone in the foundation is skewed, the home is then structurally compromised. When we experience trauma or negative experiences in life, everything that touches upon that foundation is compromised. This can then lead to anxiety, depression, relationship issues, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, PTSD, and a loss of life direction, just to name a few possible results.
Tamera Fernando believes that we all have the ability to restructure our perspective and thought processes, and therefore, restructure our foundation. We innately know what we individually need to lead successful, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Tamera strives to provide a safe, supportive, and warm environment to help initiate the change that is needed and a journey toward that goal.
At Foundations Counseling, Tamera Fernando works with a wide variety of clients who may be seeking services that include:
- Individual Counseling – abuse, addictions, anger management, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, self-worth issues, abandonment issues, trauma
- Children, Adolescents, and Teens – behavioral issues, cutting/self-injury, self-worth issues, suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression, parenting challenges, trauma, anger and defiance
- Mental Health and Wellness – grief and loss, PTSD, anger management, boundaries, adjustment, trauma and abuse recovery, self-esteem, personality disorders, spirituality, assertiveness training
- Marriage and Couples Counseling – attachment, communication, intimacy, affair recovery, premarital counseling, codependency, divorce recovery, sexuality and intimacy issues
Tamera Fernando has a Master of Arts Degree in Art Therapy with Specialization in Counseling from Seton Hill University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She utilizes techniques from psychodynamic psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), person-centered therapy, and art therapy.
Tamera has been in the mental health field for more than eight years and her experience includes providing psychotherapy and art therapy for military personnel with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. She also has experience as a behavioral consultant and mobile therapist for children, adolescents, and teens in local community settings and a partial hospitalization program. Her experience also includes crisis work and crisis center management.