Tanya Clausen is a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience treating individuals, families and couples in the Washington DC and San Francisco Bay area. Tanya brings with her an expertise in trauma, grief/loss, addictions and serious mental illness. Her professional experience includes work in community mental health clinics for the seriously mentally ill, non-profit organizations, hospice (treating bereaved family members) and private practice. She also has expertise as a sexual assault therapist treating those who have experienced childhood sexual abuse as well as single incident abuse.
Early in her career, Tanya lived in Guatemala for over 2 and years creating and leading projects geared towards the education and empowerment of at-risk and underserved women and children. Tanya is fluent in Spanish and has continued to provide culturally competent therapy to the Latino population throughout her career. She has also served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University College of Education and Human Development Counseling and Development Program teaching graduate level courses.
Tanya has post-graduate training in Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), Short-term Psycho-Dynamic Therapy and the Seeking Safety Model (treating both PTSD and addiction). Tanya is trained in EMDR (treating PTSD) and has completed the Certificate Program in Advanced Trauma Treatment. She is currently finalizing her certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. She has presented to the community and professionals on topics such as the neurobiology of trauma, emotional regulation and psycho education on victims of assault.