Tamara "TAmmy" Dee
To lookup my healthcare license, read research I've published, or generally do anything with health insurance companies, it's all under the name Tamara Dee. For everything else, I go by Tammy.
When I'm not working, I can be found wandering the trails around Bellingham with my husband and dog, eating donuts in Canada, kayaking in the bay, gluing pieces of wood together and calling it art, or making a total mess in my tiny kitchen cooking and baking gluten-free deliciousness.
As a therapist, consultant, and trainer I strive to be collaborative and strengths-based, while still providing enough structure and direction to keep us moving. I specialize in evidence-based child and adolescent Anxiety prevention and Pediatric OCD treatment, youth substance use prevention, and in multi-tiered school discipline and school mental health program development, training, and evaluation.
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More about Tamara "Tammy" Dee
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, State of Washington (#LW60922289)
Child Mental Health Specialist, WA
ESA Certificate in School Social Work, State of Washington
Certificate in Equity Coaching, Lastinger Center- University of Florida
Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW), University of Washington Seattle, 2012
Bachelors Degree in Social Work (BSW), Loyola University of Chicago
I have a highly specialized anxiety and OCD psychotherapy practice. When working with children and teens, I primarily utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety and OCD, mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Exposure Therapy/Exposure and Response Prevention. I have received Continuing Education training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric OCD, with an emphasis on Exposure and Response Prevention, from the Massachusetts General Psychiatry Academy; and am completing the requirements to become a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional - Child & Adolescent (CCATP-CA).
Consulting & tRaining
I also love helping entire organizations shift their practices toward those that actively promote youth mental health. In my consulting and training work, I partner with schools to provide research-based insights and guidance on School Discipline reform, including equitable and effective Restorative Practices implementation. I specialize in helping schools transform their substance use discipline policies and practices. I mostly work with schools to develop and refine their Tier 2-3 social-emotional and behavioral intervention systems, referral processes, school mental health programs, and community-school partnerships. I especially love helping schools refine their responses to child and teen anxiety, develop suicide prevention and early intervention policies, effectively respond to youth substance use, and transform punitive, permissive, and neglectful discipline systems.
Prior to pursuing my clinical license, I was a research PhD student (withdrawn) who spent the early part of my post-graduate career in academic and research settings. I co-authored journal articles on child maltreatment, youth violence, and health outcomes and even had the opportunity to contribute to a book chapter on child abuse and neglect. I researched Restorative Practices in schools, worked as a Social-Emotional Learning Specialist, and worked as a consultant focused on youth substance use services. I also spent six years working in Washington state as a School Social Worker.
Inclusive & Anti-oppressive practice COMMITMENT
As a professional Social Worker, my work is guided by my Code of Ethics and a commitment to anti-oppressive practice. Learn more about my core values and the principles that guide my work. Above all, my goal is to empower adults to create environments that effectively promote and maintain youth mental health. Still want to know more? Check out my resume/cv.