Tanya Balduff, MSW, LCSW
Seeking counseling services can be intimidating. My goal is to reduce any discomfort by making it a priority to build rapport and creating a comfortable space for you to be able to benefit from services. I feel strongly about empowering clients to take the lead in their sessions, along with my guidance, ensuring a collaborative process. Sometimes that takes time and that is absolutely okay.
I thoroughly enjoy working with all age groups 10+. I hold the LGBTQIA community near and dear to my heart. The additional stressors that can arise from identity and acceptance can escalate struggles in one’s life and I work compassionately with that understanding. I also enjoy working with military members and their family. I grew up in the military community and married into it as well. Moving regularly or just living away from “home” can cause internal disruption for adults and children alike, and not living near family can also create it own set of unique difficulties.
There is this idea that we should view the world and our life as being "half full" and while that is not directly a negative, it is also not accurate. Life can be tough at times and for some--most of the time. I do not subscribe to the notion of toxic positivity. I encourage clients to reflect on what that means in their lives and if they have felt pressured to "suck it up", "get over it", or "move on". Ick. I like to reframe that thought into moving forward with the understanding that our past does not go away. Instead, we learn tools to strengthen our resilience and ability to look outside of the lens of our past into our future and the role we play in creating that future.
I'd love the opportunity to discuss your needs to see if we would be a good fit together. I offer free 15 minute consultations that can be scheduled in person, video chat, or over the phone so do not hesitate to reach out. I am looking forward to hearing from you!
Master of Social Work
University of West Florida
Bachelor of Science, Psychology
Fort Bragg, NC
Trauma looks different for so many. I often emphasize the importance of not comparing trauma. All of our stories are different and all of our stories are valid.
I am passionate about creating a safe and comfortable environment for all ages to explore their gender identity.
I also provide support to parents and loved ones who are struggling to understand, but want to.
It is hard to explain how and why anxiety can be so crippling to those who have not experienced with the intensity you might. My goal is not to eliminate anxiety as it is a normal human emotion, however I would like to work with you to strengthen the your anxiety management skills.
Nerodivergent Adults & Youth
Executive functioning includes adaptable thinking, planning, time management, organization, impulse control, working memory, and self-monitoring. There are tools we can work on to strengthen these areas while highlighting the benefits of being uniquely you!
It can be very challenging for young folks to connect with an adult in order to comfortable enough to address challenges in their lives. I am very understanding of this and am very patient with this process.
A supportive environment to identify triggers and to customize tools to manage symptoms is what I can offer you the pressure of toxic positivity.
Emotional Abuse Recovery
Emotional abuse throughout childhood can impact how we grow into our adult selves. Likewise, emotional abuse as an adult can also lead to no longer recognizing yourself. Regardless of age during abuse, recovery is possible.
We all have an idea of who we would like to be even if this version of ourselves seems impossible. I would love to work with you to work on loving who you are now while also working towards becoming your best self.