Tamara Port, MSW, LCSW
A bit about me. I'm a lot like you. I'm a survivor of childhood parental loss and understand the complexities and the strong emotions that families experience during the bereavement of a significant loss.
My personal experience with loss isn't what defines me, I'm a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, and so much more. I find joy in running, reading, and spending time with friends and family. However, I've learned that grief isn't something you can carry alone. That's why I've chosen to specialize in grief and loss therapy.
I work with children as young as 4 years old up to 18. I meet them wherever they are in the bereavement process- sometimes the loss was recent, sometimes it is a loss that happened years ago. I explore with them their response to their loss and how it is impacting them and their lives. In treatment, I use a variety of treatment techniques including sand tray work, mindfulness, play therapy, and bibliotherapy therapy. No two people experience loss the same way, therefore my approaches are flexible and fluid, and tailored to the individual based on their developmental and emotional needs.
I have a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and my Bachelors Degree in Science from George Mason University. During graduate school, I was the recipient of the Child Welfare Stipend, a competitive grant given to only a handful of graduate students. The program was rigorous, and added additional clinical skill building course work, seminars and individualized one-on-one supervision- all focused around the care, treatment and well-being of children.
After Graduate school, I completed the required two years of weekly clinical supervision (like you may have seen on TV, the therapist is with a client and her supervisor is watching behind a two-way mirror- intense!) before taking the licensing exam to become a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker).
Since graduation, I have worked for the Fairfax County Department of Family Services (DFS), in a hospice, schools, the Alzheimer's Association, and as a private practitioner. I work with families and individuals and have always had a focus on helping children and families cope with difficult situations. I am certified in children and adolescents grief counseling and am currently working on a certification in mindfulness with children and adolescents.
I hope this has been helpful for you in determining if I might be the right therapist for your child and your family. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. If I am not the right fit, I will help you look for another therapist who might better meet your family’s needs.