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 & treatment, youth substance use prevention, and in multi-tiered school discipline and school mental health program development, training, and evaluation.
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To lookup my healthcare license or find research I've co-authored, it's all under the name Tamara Dee. For everything else, I go by Tammy.
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
Consulting & tRaining
In addition to offering child & adolescent mental health counseling services in my Bellingham, WA office, I love helping entire organizations shift their practices toward those that actively promote youth mental health. I bring over a decade of experience in consulting, program development, research, and direct practice.
I spent 6 years as a School Social Worker in WA state (from 2013-2019). Prior to that, I worked in administrative and leadership roles across many levels of Social Work practice, from non-profit program management to university teaching. In 2012, I enrolled in a PhD program (withdrawn). I lived in Australia and studied the implementation of Restorative Practices in schools and worked as a Research and Practice Consultant focused on youth substance use. 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 also worked as a Social-Emotional Learning Specialist at the University of Washington in 2011, and completed my first 40 hour Restorative Justice training in 2009.
In my consulting and training work, I partner with schools to provide research-based insights and guidance on School Discipline reform, School Behavioral Health prevention and treatment, and social-emotional learning. I also 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 research-based non-punitive discipline interventions, address inequities in school discipline, and effectively respond to youth substance use.
I have a highly specialized child and teen anxiety psychotherapy practice. When working with children and teens, I primarily utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety, 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).
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.