Meet a Mom – Tamama Tarrant LMFT | FairfieldMoms

May is Mental Health awareness month and our Monday Meet a Mom is LMFT Tamara Tarrant a 46 year old who’s known the pain of divorce and the triumph of finding a true soul mate for life in her now husband Chris. With him she went from a mother of one girl to a bonus mom of another (who are only two weeks apart in age) and a bonus son about to enter the army at age 20.

She took over @renew.counseling.associates a long standing nonprofit in Fairfield, at the end of 2022 which has now more than tripled in size.

Renew Counseling Associates is a 41 year old nonprofit focused on helping those in need achieve a whole, fulfilling life of health and wellness, mind, body and spirit.

Save the Date of September 14th as we host an event with Renew, giving the proceeds directly to them to help people!
 

Where are you originally from and how long have you been in Fairfield?

I great up in Hamilton, NJ and moved to Shelton in the 8th grade and have never left. I have been in Fairfield for business for just the past year and do truly love coming into town to shop and get to know its residents!

 

Tell us about your Family!

I am a mom of a 16-year-old daughter, 16-year-old bonus daughter (they are two weeks apart) and 20-year-old bonus son. My husband and I have been married for the past three years and both are grateful to have found one another after first marriages did not work out.


 

One thing people would be surprised to know about you?

In losing my father at 20 years old, I can see how that tragic situation has also resulted in the strong, healed woman I am today.

 

One thing you wish someone would have told you about motherhood?

The child you were, will revisit you as your own. In all the best ways, we get to revisit the parts of ourselves that may have been thing that we needed to acknowledge but didn’t and heal in the process toward a better future.


 

 

Best mom hack that makes your life easier?

DELEGATE when you can. Asking for help is humbling and allows others to feel good in their helping you out. Its okay to not be ‘the best’ at all things. Know your strengths and play to those!

 

 

 

 

Tell us about your business and when & why you decided to start up this business?

I am the newest Director of a long standing not for profit started in Fairfield in 1983 to counsel those who are hurt and in desire of healing. I am blessed to be able to lead a team of highly qualified and uniquely skilled professionals into this next generation of mental health care. Where stigma once was, and sometimes still can be, we are uniquely poised to help those who want to see their marriages beat the statistics or fix the generational patterns that we desire to no longer pass down to our children and their families. It is our responsibility to fight for the healing of ourselves, mind, body and spirit.

Why is it important for people to see a therapist?

Often, we have a ‘feeling’ something is wrong, but we cannot put words to it. Just underneath the surface of what we can see there is plenty we cannot. Our histories and subconscious are often running the show and a well educated and caring therapist can help you move from here to a place you may not have even known you could achieve. Healing is around the corner for all of us but we must be willing to turn the bend of this race called life.

Tell us about the different specialities you have for treatment?

We work with children, adolescents, and adults individually (and in coordination with their family) as young as 5 and into aging Medicare years. We also work with marriages and families toward healing in their systems. We have therapists with a wide array of specialties such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, attention difficulties, substance use concerns and many more. We utilize a multi-modality approach with the most evidence based proven strategies such as CBT, DBT, EMDR and many more. One of our specialties is interweaving faith into the healing practice. Whether you are Christian, like we all are, or just have a desire to explore more of where spirit intersects in our body and mental wellness, we want to help folks see the full transformative power of what this life can offer.

What should we look to see from renew in the future?

Renew intends to spread throughout the state to those seeking their lives transformed while providing the highest quality in care with love and compassion for all those who are hurting. We guide and empower our clients through embodying the hope, healing, and restoration to wholeness they seek.

Best advice for moms who experience the inevitable MOM GUILT handling a career and raising a family?

Ideally you are fueled by your career, and it is filling your cup which allows you to pour out more to your family. Moms cannot pour from an empty cup, so do what your called to do while also raising your kids in the way you feel most comfortable doing so.

Who has most influenced you to be the mom that you are today?

My own mother. While she and my father decided together that she would have the hardest job of being a stay-at-home mom, she has also supported me in being a career mom. She showed how to balance priorities and instilled values long before I understood what was happening. I am blessed to have had such a model!

What advice would you share with a new mom or other moms?

Your inner circle of people is who you can call on, rely on and trust. Many will want to give you their opinions, but ultimately rest in the inner trusted few who you know you can rely completely on and not the rest of the noise that is out here in social media or the unsolicited advice provided to you.


 

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