Social Media Presence & Projects [Please note: Tamara does not connect or engage with her clients online; content posted online is general & educational in nature]
Currently, Tamara is active on social media in a professional capacity. You can follow therapeutic content updates on Facebook, Twitter(@TherapistTamara), or Instagram(@TherapistTamara). You can also follow Food Allergy Counselor updates via the FAC Facebook page, Twitter(@FACounselor) and Instagram(@FoodAllergyCounselor).
Tamara created/hosts the podcast, Exploring Food Allergy Families. You can find it on Apple Podcasts or any podcast app. Learn more at www.FoodAllergyFamilies.com
From 2009-2011, Tamara was a "mom blogger" known as The (Un)Experienced Mom, writing about her experiences transitioning from parenting one child to parenting two children.
Tamara was featured on Mom Talk Radio with Maria Bailey as part of a round-table discussion on spending quality family time together.
Served as the Chicagoland blogging correspondent for ConAgra Foundation's National "Child Hunger Ends Here" campaign in 2010, which included the support of celebrities such as the Desperate Housewives cast members & David Arquette.
Counseling & Therapy-Related Interviews or Projects
Food Allergy-Specific Experience Food Allergy Knowledge:Tamara is the mom of a child managing a food allergy. Therefore, she gets it. She knows firsthand what it's like to navigate life with this chronic illness as part of the family system. She understands the daily nuances, the overwhelming feelings, and the need to find reputable food allergy information in order to create action plans and resilience. After identifying a gap in accessibility to food allergy-knowledgeable clinical counseling professionals, Tamara set out to create a remedy. As such, she created the Food Allergy Counselor Directoryin 2018, the original state-by-state listing of food allergy-knowledgeable licensed clinical behavioral health clinicians in the US, which has since expanded to include other countries. The Food Allergy Counselor websitehouses theFood Allergy Behavioral Health resources page, ablog exploring related topics, a variety oftherapeutic worksheetsfocused on allergy anxiety and psychosocial impacts,and now apodcast called "Exploring Food Allergy Families". Tamarais the original founder of the Food Allergy Counseling Professionals Network, which transitioned into the professional networking group known as theFood Allergy Behavioral Health Networking Group. Additionally, she is passionate about creating unique therapeutic content for the community and healthcare professionals, highlighting food allergy mental health, empowerment, and resilience, focusing on patient/family advocacy, and educating fellow therapists or doctors about working with food allergic families.
Food Allergy Advocacy/Speaking:In 2013, Tamara proposed recognizing Food Allergy Awareness Week at a village meeting, which resulted in her town's Mayor officially acknowledging it through a proclamation. Those advocacy efforts helped her local library coordinate a food allergy awareness community education session during that same week. She is also the creator and leader of an online support group for food allergy trial families. Tamara has presented at multiple conferences, primarily focused on food allergy mental health and family systems, including the 2018 & 2019 Midwest FACES Conference at Lurie Children's Hospital and FAACT events. Additionally, she's presented workshops to food allergy support groups, and a primer workshop about working with food allergic clients at clinical counseling networking events.
Guest on allergist Dr. Jason Lee's podcast, talking about the unmet need for psychosocial support and psycho-education in allergy care, how clinical counseling providers can fill that gap, and the work she's doing to encourage a collaborative care approach