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  • Fort Walton Beach Counselor 32547

    Tarita Byas-Harris, B.A. M.Ed.

    Licensed Mental Health Counselor

    Licensure # MH22555


    Tarita is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, a Master of Counseling and Student Development, and a Certificate of Clinical Mental Health from Troy University.

    Tarita has 19 years of varying degrees of family advocacy state and international work experiences ranging from being a prior military Army spouse of 25 years, where she was able to complete international adoptions between American families and international children seeking stable and secure permanency, as a Serco Military One Stop specialist for soldiers and their families, in processing into Camp Humphrey, and Yongsan, South Korea.

    Tarita’s most recent ventures encompass a concentration within the past five years of employment as a postgraduate certificate state of Florida mental health counseling intern varying from the Okaloosa Crisis Mental Health Mobile Response Team, Lakeview Outpatient mental health/ Inpatient mental health center care, adult autistic educational disabilities group home behavioral health technician, working with Journey Pure’s inpatient and outpatient addiction co-occurring mental health care facility both in Panama City Beach and Fort Walton Beach respectively.

    Area of Focus:

    • Counseling for Behavioral, Mood, and Panic Disorders
    • Psychotherapy with Serious Mental Illness
    • Addiction and Substance Abuse
    • Crisis Intervention
    • Sexual Assault and Abuse
    • Grief and Trauma Management

    Tarita has been married to her college sweetie for 34 years and has five adult children, three dogs, and two cats. She loves to swim, coach, garden, volunteer within her local community, wherever that is in the world, and assist those wanting to resolve symptoms and issues that may inhibit them from fulfilling their life’s purpose and future aspirations.

    Favorite Quote: “Man can alter his life by altering his thinking.”- James 1842-1910 American Psychologist

    Specialties & Modalities:

    Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) | Compassion Focused | Complex Trauma | Dialectical Behavior Therapy | Family/Marital | Grief | Interpersonal | Military Related Issues | Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) | Person-Centered | Positive Psychology | Psychodynamic Therapy | Rational Emotive Behavior (REBT) | Strength-Based | Trauma-Focused 

    Learn more about the different types of therapy HERE.

    Learn more about the types of providers at New Heights Counseling Services by following this LINK.

    Population Tarita works with:

    Individuals | Couples | Family | Adolescents | Military