Barb Herstig is the Founder of Tayat Counseling. Barb is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) who provides counseling to individuals, adolescents, young adults and families. She has extensive experience working in various mental health settings, including community, schools and in-home. Barb specializes in relationship issues, trauma-related difficulties, life-stage adjustment issues, self-esteem and identity issues. She enjoys working with LGBTQIA youth and young adults and provides a culturally competent, developmentally appropriate, and trans-affirmative psychological practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming individuals.
Barb strives to nurture a collaborative and goal-oriented environment and is committed to creating a space where clients feel safe discussing difficult issues openly. She offers a calm and direct presence for clients to explore their patterns, cycles and transitory issues and supports both chronic and short-term issues.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Barb utilizes several different therapeutic approaches and tailors the approach to each individual client. She is strongly rooted and subscribes to Adlerian, cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, and Interpersonal therapy. She works with clients to provide a strengths-based environment where the clients can gain new insights into their lives and patterns, which allows for behavior change and insight that leads to more positive ways of living. Barb believes that through a strong therapeutic relationship, clients are able to gain the skills needed to make the positive changes they are seeking in life and gain a more optimistic outlook. In order to foster this relationship, Barb offers a warm and supportive environment where her clients have the freedom and support to explore their thoughts, ideas, issues and goals. She believes that the therapeutic relationship is where growth and insight begin and strives to make each client feel safe and comfortable in order to increase communication.