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The Center for SELF Discovery
In San Diego County

Tarra Judson Stariell, MFT, CBT
Founded the Center for SELF Discovery

Tarra founded the Center for SELF Discovery in 2002, located in Escondido. She practices there and also maintains an office in San Diego. Tarra is a Certified Bioenergetic Analyst (CBT), and an EMDR Level II therapist. Additionally, she has been trained in Somatic Experiencing (S.E.) by Peter Levine, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), a modality developed by Dr. Susan Johnson, E.D. devoted to helping couples heal their relationships.

She has extensive experience working with trauma, depression, anxiety, dissociative and auto-immune disorders—helping alleviate the suffering that usually accompanies such challenges. Her work with couples focuses on healing the rifts in the attachment bond between partners while also helping them to develop healthier modes of living with one another.

Tarra’s approach to working within the therapeutic alliance, whether with individuals, couples or families is multi-dimensional—bringing together her diverse training and experience to facilitate working through life's adversities in such a way that they become a doorway to living a more fulfilled life with increased aliveness and enjoyment of one’s own self and their significant relationships.

Part of her multi-dimensional approach includes helping people develop a deepened awareness of their minds and the thoughts they entertain as well as learning about their bodies with all its accompanying sensations, feelings and emotions. Regardless of the issue, from relationship discord to trauma or lifelong emotional wounds; therapy offers an opportunity to reclaim one's full potential and harmony in life.

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
San Diego North County CAMFT (SDNC-CAMFT)
Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (SCIBA) Local Trainer
and formerly Faculty Chair and Vice-President
International Association for Bioenergetic Analysis (IIBA)

Mental Health Network, Inc.
ProviderTricare (Champus) Provider

Bioenergetics, Body Language Translated
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The Center for SELF Discovery in San Diego County

Office: Tarra Judson Stariell, MFT, CBT - San Diego Therapist

Office: Tarra Judson Stariell, MFT, CBT - San Diego Therapist

Located ­­­ 6 blocks from the California Center for the Arts, in a quiet section of Old Escondido, the Center's garden setting offers a tranquil break from your day. I established The Center for SELF Discovery in 2001 to be a healing place. The surrounding garden offers color and an invitation to sit in the patio and listen to the waterfall before or after your session and inside we offer psychological services. We have four psychotherapists and a Psychiatrist working in the Center to support you in healing and/or self-discovery process.

Life can sometimes be overwhelming when experiences are traumatic and painful. And even when we are relatively free of major discomfort, we are exposed daily to the stressors abundant in our culture. Research now corroborates the relationship between stress and the breakdown of the body's immune system, not to mention the damage stress can exact upon emotional health and interpersonal relationships.

Oftentimes, we are unaware of the negative impact these stressors have on our bodies and minds. We wear our life stories and everyday experiences unless we are able to feel and consciously release the negative emotions associated with them. Life is composed of a series of energetic moments, like a movie with its individual frames composing the whole. When the movie of our life plays without our attention, we will most likely repeat the unconscious aspects of that movie until we awaken and participate in our lives with conscious choices and awareness of the events. Witnessing the commensurate joys, sorrows and lessons of our lives is easiest when done with support. Within the safety of the therapeutic relationship, at the Center for SELF Discovery, these events can be revealed and integrated into the individual's awareness facilitating a gentle healing process and the expansion of a person's energetic aliveness and well-being that each of us so deserves to have in our lives.

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

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