Who Am I...
Hi, my name is Tamara Duarte, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Oregon. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and the Human Rights Chair for the Washington Counseling Association, as well as the owner of Get Centered Counseling in Vancouver, WA. I specialize in working with women who struggle with body image disturbances, roller coaster dieting, and eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, who want to make peace with food and their body. By getting freedom from the negative self-talk and food rules, my clients can free themselves up to focus on the things that really matter like relationships, career, enjoyable activities, etc.
I have a cozy little office in Hazel Dell, just off I-5, where I have the privilege to work with some amazing women as they navigate on the road to recovery.
With a decade and a half of recovery myself from an eating disorder I feel that I have a unique perspective and understanding of my clients’ struggles. My road to recovery wasn’t always pretty, but it was my own journey and I navigated it the best that I could. Every year I felt myself growing closer and closer to what I considered would be a solid recovery. Some years there were huge movements forward and sometimes it felt like I was crawling, but I just kept doing the best I could. Even though I have since reached my recovery goal, I still find myself growing year by year and moving into a connectedness with myself and my body I never imagined I could have. I want all of my clients to experience the freedom and self-acceptance, dare I say even self-love, that they so desire.
How I got here…
I am from Northern California but moved around a lot in my 20s, finally settling in Corpus Christi, TX after my discharge from the U.S. Navy. I graduated with my Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC), where I learned from a group of compassionate, dedicated, and talented counseling psychology educators.
At TAMUCC, I discovered very early on that I have a passion for working in the field of eating disorders. I spent a lot of my free time doing research in this specialized area, including online trainings, reading multitudes of books and research articles, and even attending trainings halfway across the country to learn directly from, arguably, some of the best minds in the field. In school, I integrated the extracurricular research as citations for my assigned work and, thanks to a supportive group of professors, was able to tie in eating disorders treatment and prevention into most of my assignments and gain further training and information from each of my professors.
During my last semester, the Chair of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Counseling Psychology department, Dr. Robert Smith, was working to write a textbook on Process Addictions. He asked me to write one of the chapters: Disordered Eating. I was thrilled, and slightly terrified at the prospect, but I jumped on the opportunity and asked my colleague, Fredericka Vyvlecka, Ph.D., LPC-S to co-author with me. Together, we penned a chapter we are proud of and hope will add to the knowledge base of future counseling psychology students, clinicians, researchers, etc. The book, Treatment Strategies for Substance and Process Addictions, is available for purchase through Amazon and the American Counseling Association.
Texas to Washington? YEAH!!!
After graduation, my husband and I, our two children, and the pets moved to the Northwest. I have been blessed to work and collaborate with many talented individuals in Southern Washington and Northern Oregon, who are also dedicated to helping people with eating disorders. Every day, I grow and become more empowered to continue my work and focus on prevention and early intervention, helping my clients to get centered in their lives.
I'd like to help you
I am honored to work with the teens and women who come into my office, and I would be honored to work with you. If you are struggling with your self-image, your relationship with food, or if you have an eating disorder please click the link below and within 48 business hours I will get back with you to schedule your free consultation.