Dr Arnold’s treatment philosophy incorporates a holistic approach
connecting mind, body, and spirit. She educates people on understanding
their emotions in connection with their thoughts, physical manifestations,
and behavioral urges. Through mindfulness and inward attention, people
learn to be masters of their internal world fully utilizing their
personal power by defining intentions and acting in their best interests.
Tara focuses on cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapy
techniques in her practice, and she adapts other relevant therapy
techniques to fit consumer needs. Dr Arnold also believes in the
benefits of exercise and offers movement and exercise therapy to
interested and appropriate clients. Tara Arnold believes that everyone
can change, and the first step to change is awareness. She helps
clients to identify strengths and skill deficits in order to focus
on solutions to life and relationship challenges.
Tara Arnold received her MSW in 2000 and her Ph.D. in 2003 both
from the University of Georgia. Tara started her mental health career
at Ridgeview Institute in the women's center in 1997. She continued
to practice focusing on adult mental health and substance abuse with
a special interest in eating disorders. Dr. Arnold received her LCSW
in 2003, and she has worked in various highly respected mental health
facilities such as Ridgeview Institute, Skyland Trail, St Jude’s
Recovery Center, and Charter Winds. She has been in private practice
since 2003, and she currently has a private practice on the campus
of Ridgeview Institute with other professionals from the Women's
Center who formed Schlacter and Associates.
In addition to her practice experience, she has taught various
social work courses at the University of Georgia, including how to
DSM, assessment and psychopathology, research, community practice,
family dynamics, and others as an adjunct faculty member. She also
presents educational lectures at many national social work conferences.
She has a great interest in research, and she contracts for outcomes
research for mental health and substance abuse facilities.
Tara has been active on the board of the National Association of
Social Workers as the Athens Unit Chairperson, Executive Committee
member, Member at Large, and the Membership Committee Chairperson.
She is a member of the Society for Social Work Research and the
Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work as well as other professional