Tara McDonald, M.A., LMHC

"The Towers" 119 N Commercial Street, suite 320
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 303-1414
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Educational and Professional Background

Tara McDonald is licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and communication at the University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, CO) in 1977 and her Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Antioch University (Yellow Springs, OH) in 1995. She has worked in private practice; in an inpatient hospital for substance abuse and acute mental illness; in a residential treatment home for adolescents; with women and children at a domestic violence shelter; and as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselor. Tara has also taught at a spiritual community rooted in Buddhist thought, at two universities, and in various workplace settings. Her enduring passions include working deeply with people, lifelong learning and growth, and being surrounded by the beauty of the natural world.

Areas of Special Interest

Tara specializes in working with adults and couples, drawing from psychodynamic, attachment-based, solution-focused, cognitive/behavioral, and Internal Family Systems (working with internal parts) approaches. Her areas of interest and specialization include:

Directions to Office
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Southbound on I-5: Take the Lakeway Drive exit, #253, then turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp onto Lakeway Drive. At Ellis Street, take a slight right onto E. Holly Street, continue into downtown Bellingham, then turn right on Commercial Street. After crossing Magnolia Street, there will be a four-way stop. Take a slight left to continue on N Commercial. The Bellingham Towers Building (119 N Commercial Street) will be on your left (across the street from the Mt. Baker Theatre). Take the elevator to the third floor to the waiting area right as you get off.

Northbound on I-5: Take the Lakeway Drive exit, #253, following the exit ramp to the right (which becomes King Street). Turn right on Lakeway Drive to go under the I-5 overpass. At Ellis Street, take a slight right onto E. Holly Street, continue into downtown Bellingham, then turn right on Commercial Street. After crossing Magnolia Street, there will be a four-way stop. Take a slight left to continue on N Commercial. The Bellingham Towers Building (119 N Commercial Street) will be on your left (directly across the street from the Mt. Baker Theatre). Take the elevator to the third floor to the waiting area right as you get off.

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