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, and in multi-tiered school discipline and school mental health program development, training, and evaluation.
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For more detailed information on my education and credentials, read on...
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
In my counseling practice, I specialize the prevention and treatment of child and adolescent anxiety & OCD, and provide clinical services in my Bellingham, WA office. I also work with NEW teachers who are struggling with work-life balance, stress, and burnout. I have a highly specialized 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'm also a research-oriented PhD dropout who spent the early part of my post-graduate career in academic and research settings. I co-authored journal articles on child maltreatment and health outcomes, conducted research on the implementation of Restorative Practices in schools (in Australia), and even had the opportunity to contribute to a book chapter on child abuse and neglect. I completed a 40-hour training in Circle Keeping (a Restorative Justice practice) in Chicago in 2009 and completed over 60 hours of additional trainings in Restorative Justice, PBIS, and Behavioral Interventions while pursuing my PhD in Australia. I have facilitated Restorative Circles and Conferences since I was first trained over 10 years ago. I've presented at local and statewide conferences, and taught undergraduate Social Work courses at a university. Although I learned that the world of academia wasn't for me, I still have a passion for systems-thinking, data, research, teaching, and local policy. 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 also work with schools to develop and refine their Tier 2-3 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 and transform permissive and neglectful discipline systems (aka, clean up when "Restorative Justice" goes wrong!).
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.