My name is Latasha Strawder, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I attended California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), where I obtained an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology and a master's degree in Counseling, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am married, have teenagers, young adults, and two pet “doodles”. During my career as a therapist, I have had the pleasure of working with children, teens, young adults and parents. I’ve worked with this population in community counseling, school counseling, and in private practice settings.
I also have overseen and supervised Associate Marriage & Family Therapists (AMFTs), Associate Professional Clinical Counselors (APCCs) and Associate Clinical Social Work (ASWs); whom are associates obtaining hours towards becoming licensed therapists. I provide Clinical Consultation for professionals interested in asking about Mental Health related inquires (e.g., Psychiatrists, ASW's, LCSW's, AMFT, APCCC's, LMFT's, OT's, Teachers, Doctors, Psychologists, Hospitals, etc.). Clinical Consultation entails consulting about supports, education, therapy cases, ethics, boundaries, or general counseling questions.
I am the owner of TRY Family Counseling, Inc. a private practice, located in Elk Grove, CA, TRY Tutoring Services, LLC, providing tutoring and exam preparation to associates, and Co-Owner of TRY Consulting Solutions, Inc., providing relationship building between companies, employees and business consulting.
TRY Family Counseling stands for “Time to Restore Yourself (TRY) in Family Counseling”. I developed TRY Family Counseling because I have a heart for people and walking with them on their healing journey. I enjoy seeing people overcome life challenges and difficulties they have been dealing with by themselves or who have felt “unheard” for many years. I let them know that I “hear” and “see” them, they are not invisible, they matter and what they are doing matters.
The meaning behind TRY Family Counseling came about as I’ve worked with individuals and families over the years, who would often say “I don’t have time for counseling, counseling doesn’t work, or I’ll try it later on when things settle down”. Sometimes, people will ignore it all together and never try it out because of fear or not believing that things will get better. In hearing and knowing this, I understand that people want to stabilize and help others first, before they feel like they can help or focus on themselves. Or have yet to find the right therapist for them. I want to encourage people to keep trying until their needs are met in therapy, and not to give up on it altogether. It's never too late to experience restoration.
I have a passion to meet people where they are and encourage them to just “try” it out, and take that next step in counseling. I appreciate the beautiful hearts that have compassion and who are supportive to their loved ones and friends, selflessly. My goal is to help people to do both, help themselves and others at the same time, creating a healthy balance in their lives, with self-care. I understand that counseling can feel like another thing to add to the schedule, but why not try it out to give oneself a peaceful space to decompress in the midst of life’s busyness and challenges. I encourage people to take time for themselves, it’s Okay to help others, but sometimes that can mean neglecting yourself in the process. I enjoy helping children and adults with understanding and developing a good balance, so they can truly enjoy their lives, more abundantly.
In the community counseling setting, my experience involved working with biological, foster, adoptive and kinship family systems. I have experience working with Child Protective Services Reunification Departments, where I provided court mandated counseling and worked with the team to develop plans to assess reunification and how to help parents and children meet their goals in treatment. This involved individual counseling for children, sibling sessions, as well as conjoint sessions with parents and children. I’ve participated and facilitated Child and Family Team Meetings (CFTMs), where the family and department would work together and be on one accord for the betterment of the child and family. I’ve worked with children receiving homes and have experience with abandonment, trauma, attachment, as well as life transitions.
Also in the community setting, I’ve worked with parent and child educators and the Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC), where I’ve overseen home visitors and AmeriCorp members. During this time, assisted with teaching parenting skills by assessing areas of parenting needs, understanding developmental milestone, expectations of children and their needs, in a home-based setting. Helped bring awareness to parents regarding failure-to-thrive, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), prevention and provided resources to help meet family's needs to help sustain stability.
In the school counseling setting, I provide individual and crisis counseling and stabilization to children in grades Kindergarten through Middle School age groups, in special education. I have understanding in regard to 504 Plans and Individual Education Plans (IEPs), in the Intensive Intervention Program.
I am a Psychotherapist and have experience working with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Traumas (i.e. Acute Trauma, Chronic Trauma, Vicarious Trauma, Complex Trauma, Abuse (i.e. sexual, physical, neglect, emotional, generational), Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), Anxiety, Brainspotting, Depression, PTSD, Family Conflict and Relationship Discord, Grief & Loss, Parent-Child Relationships, Stress Management, Self Esteem Issues, Behavioral Issues, Abandonment, Child Development, Transitional Issues, Skills Training, Independent Living Skills, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and environmental factors. I also have understanding of sensory dysregulation, Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS), Incredible Years (IY) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).
What I’ve learned over the years is that it takes courage to seek treatment and healing, especially when feelings are lying dormant or “pop-up” from time to time, thinking they will go away (out of sight-out of mind approach). We often feel like it will pass with time, and we’ll get over it. As time heals wounds, it is helpful to have a safe place to process those wounds with a professional, when you are ready. I have a passion for strengthening and rebuilding relationships, especially parent-child relationships and sibling relationships.
I am a passionate, caring, kind, genuine person, who enjoy spreading hope, encouraging growth and rebuilding self-worth and self-esteem. It would be great if you would like to TRY counseling with me.
Latasha Strawder, M.S., LMFT #102017
Currently accepting new clients, for the following times:
1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Tues, Wed and Thurs.
Evenings are full (4pm-8pm)
Feel free to schedule a free consultation for services.
Waitlist is available for evening slots. Send an email to be added.