Tara R. John, MSW, LSW

Tara R. John

I have over a decade of experience working with diverse populations in high-stress environments in the Marine Corps and Army National Guard. Throughout my experience, I’ve had extensive training on stress management, and I hold a certification in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills. I also serve as my current unit’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention Ambassador. In my civilian life, I have worked with children and families with complex problems and in various environments. I am currently working with Courtyard Counseling Center in Selinsgrove where I primarily see children, adolescents, and young adults in partnership with their parents, caregivers and adult supports. My clinical interests include Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression.

Practice Description

I very much enjoy working with children of all ages and stages of their lives. I take a strengths-based, empowering, and empathetic approach to working with children and their families. I offer solutions that are practical and based in evidence to assist in finding solutions to problems or cope with thoughts and feelings that come with difficult issues. I work to develop mutual trust with my clients through warmth, understanding, and humor. I assist children and parents in recognizing destructive patterns and behaviors and help them to take actions to achieve their goals in more productive ways.
Therapy should not only be helpful and rewarding, but also fun. Children learn best from an experience in which they are engaged and look forward to from session to session.


  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Applied Suicide Intervention (all ages)
  • Sexual Harassment and Assault Response
  • Unit Prevention Leader (military substance abuse program)
  • License No. and State: SW138831 Pennsylvania

Education & Training

  • Master of Social Work, Temple University
  • Bachelor of Social Work, Slippery Rock University

You can reach Tara at the clinic or email at johnt@courtyardcounseling.com