Tara Saunders, AMFT

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Phonetic pronunciation of name: “TEAR-UH”

Role at Evergreen: Clinician

My goal in therapy is to create a safe and inclusive space to allow people to tell their stories. I believe everyone has a story worth telling. I prioritize healing by making room for validation of feelings, growth in self awareness and development of new patterns. I aim to remain warm and curious to learn about your unique identity, perspective and sense of self.

Tara Saunders | Evergreen Counseling

Clinical modalities used with clients

Therapy services location

Hybrid. Offering both in-person sessions in our Berkeley offices and remote telehealth sessions for clients all over California.

Clinical Style

Warm, inclusive, transparent, collaborative and evidence-based.


Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) 136222 supervised by Jonathan Wolfrum, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #102291


San Francisco State University | BA Sociology | 2015

The Wright Institute | MA Counseling Psychology | 2022

Why I do this work

I have been a helper my whole life. From an early age I faced a number of challenges that allowed me to develop great compassion and care for others. I ultimately became interested in learning to support others in order for them to lead happier and healthier lives. Professionally, I have been drawn towards populations that are traditionally underserved and in need of great assistance. I’m interested in posttraumatic growth and seeing people work through difficulties and come out the other end stronger and having more compassion for themselves. I utilize a humanistic approach having unconditional positive regard in a non judgemental environment.

The best part of my job

The best part of my job is having the privilege to be welcomed into people’s most intimate thoughts and feelings in order to work through trauma. While this work can be challenging it is extremely rewarding to see people heal from past wounds and discover a deeper sense of self.

How I spend my free time

I enjoy DIY projects, hiking or camping with my partner and dogs, trying new recipes and traveling.

Favorite quote

“Old ways won’t open new doors.” [Unknown]


Top trauma recovery resources

  • The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD
  • It Didn’t Start With You by Mark Wolynn 

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