Hello! I'm Tammy

Licensed Therapist

Haven’t we all wondered at some point, “What went wrong…Why me…How on Earth did I get here?” A difficult child or teen, a sick loved one, a relationship on the rocks, and unexpected job termination, a death, a divorce… these are just some of the things that can completely turn our world upside down and put us into a tailspin. Sometimes we are able to navigate through life’s struggles with strength and perseverance, other times we just need help.

My Approach & Values

As a solution-focused counselor, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. 

I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for anxiety and depression counseling, to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients individual needs to help attain the personal growth they’re striving for. 

I am a compassionate and professional advocate for each individual’s needs and have a practical, emphatic, goal-oriented approach to counseling. I provide a safe, encouraging, and respectful environment in which individuals may comfortably achieve their therapeutic goals, some of which can include gaining new insights, understanding, and practical skills for maintaining mental and emotional wellness. Therapy is collaborative and my sessions are tailored to best fit the needs and desires of each person. I look forward to working with you!

My Experience

Life experience is an important asset when counseling others, and I have plenty to draw from. At the age of 55, I have experienced the pain of divorce, both in childhood and as an adult. I have helped family members and friends who have experienced struggles associated with depression, anxiety, dependency, infidelity, divorce, parenting, step parenting and blended family issues. From a very early age, I had a yearning to understand human behavior and to grow through each experience.

My Education

I completed my Masters in Psychology at Chapman University, and am currently providing counseling support in a private practice in Irvine, Ca. My personal experience in helping others through such problems has given me a deep understanding and insight into the emotions that accompany them, and my educational and clinical experience has enabled me to put theory to work and help people in need.

In my 20’s I navigated through the corporate world and learned a lot about organizational psychology and relationships in the work place. In my early 30’s, I became a dedicated stay-at-home mom to my three children, where I learned a great deal about child development, multi-tasking, and most importantly, patience. In my 40’s, I found myself searching for a higher purpose for my life, one that would be rewarding and fulfilling. I knew that I had a gift of connecting with people, as I truly enjoyed hearing about their lives. I found that by lending an empathetic, non-judgmental ear, and asking thought provoking questions, people easily opened up to me about their life struggles. It was after a lot of soul searching, that I decided to take what I had been studying my whole life, people and relationships, and put it to good use.

I specialize in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), a highly successful evidence based treatment approach to healing relationships. Research reveals that when using EFT, 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery, and 90% show significant improvements. These results are also less susceptible to relapse than those from other approaches. Couples often feel hopeless when love has disintegrated into arguing and pain, when they have become more distant and when intimacy is less frequent and less satisfying. In couples therapy, we will work to recover the special connection that brought you together, to heal past wounds, to move past the pain of past disappointments and/or infidelities, and to learn to turn to your partner and discuss your most important concerns.

I also thoroughly enjoy working with adolescents and teens. As a public middle school counselor in Huntington Beach, Ca, I counseled a diverse group of adolescents who were struggling academically, emotionally and behaviorally. Several of the students that I counseled were homeless, in foster care, and/or from very poor families; others were from affluent families. Some I counseled for issues of peer conflict, academic struggles, and misconduct. Others I counseled for sadness, family issues, low self esteem, and self-harm. I often collaborated with parents, teachers, foster-care representatives, and the school psychologist in a team effort to help the child at hand.

Contact Me

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(949) 290-6300

4010 Barranca Pkwy, Ste 252 Irvine, CA 92604


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Jason M.
Jason M.
2019-05-17 08:50:25
Tammy has been most helpful. This is my first experience with a professional Councillor / Therapist. I'm already feeling better and still have a long... read more
Jaclyn S.
Jaclyn S.
2019-04-25 14:49:31
Tammy is one of the most compassionate and caring people I have ever met. She is both professional and personable. From the moment I met her, her warmth... read more
Christine V.
Christine V.
2018-09-23 15:21:41
We made our first visit to see Tammy and she did a great job uncovering a few things we didn't realize we felt. She helped us dig deeper behind our... read more
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Jason Martin USA
Jason Martin USA
15:51 17 May 19
Tammy has been most helpful. This is my first experience with a professional Councillor / Therapist. I'm already feeling better and still have a long journey ahead, With the help of Tammy I see a brighter future for me going forward. Kind consideration and dignity are only a few of the attributes Tammy has shown. Unfortunately for me I've had to relocate back to the UK, had I been fortunate enough to stay in California I would have continued the therapy sessions with Tammy. I very much doubt the road to mental health is something we can go alone, so please seek professional help from someone as qualified as Tammy
Quentin Hafner
Quentin Hafner
18:53 16 May 19
Tammy is an exceptional therapist and I highly recommend her for any issues ranging from personal development to marriage counseling. Tammy is kind, very intelligent, understanding, and offers people great solutions to life's problems!
Jaclyn Schlanger
Jaclyn Schlanger
18:03 27 Apr 19
Tammy is one of the most compassionate and caring people I have ever met. She is both professional and personable.  From the moment I met her, her warmth shone through andI could tell how dedicated she is to her clients.  I would recommend her to everyone I know for couples counseling, as her EFT base strategic completely align with the person she is.  She utilizes her intelligence and empathy  to help her clients navigate difficult situations, and her work is truly profound.  I would rate her 5 stars if I could!  One more thing:  her office is beautiful.  The colors and decor are so calming.  Its the perfect place to go to for a therapy session.  Tammy is the best!
Shirley Wang, MD
Shirley Wang, MD
00:23 25 Apr 19
At the first and only visit, she told my boyfriend and me that she didn't see why we were together, so he broke up with me. I expected to receive help in learning communication skills for us to determine for ourselves, not to see someone who thinks she the Oracle.
22:47 12 Nov 18
I saw Tammy for a few months and she showed me nothing but compassion and empathy while helping me dissect a couple of childhood issues. Including with my therapy she recommended a couple of really good self-help books that I can use the rest of my life. I will continue to see Tammy and recommend her to anyone who needs guidance for looking into any irrational behavior or stuck trauma. She’s one of the best if not the best therapist I’ve ever been to and I mean that with great sincerity. Thank you Tammy for all your guidance!
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