Tamar Counseling Services

Upland, CA

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How does your service stand out?

I have specialized training and certifications that many clients specifically seek out, as these are not commonly held yet clinically proven to be highly effective. These include EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), which is effective in working with trauma, anxiety, and depression, as well as PREPARE & ENRICH, an assessment of strengths and growth areas in a couple's relationship with seven (7) recommended follow up sessions to address different dynamics of the relationship. This may be tailored for unmarried, cohabiting, religious, married, couples with children, and adoptive parents.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love having the opportunity to meet with a wide variety of interesting people, see their innate value, and help to draw that out so that they too can appreciate it. It is an honor to be trusted with the deep secrets and emotions of another's heart and come alongside to help bear the burden.
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Upland, CA 91786

Years in business


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4 Reviews
  • Sara G. May 24, 2017
    Verified Review
    I've been coming here for a couple months now. Deborah is very compassionate and understanding. She's been able to help me understand some deeper emotions that sometimes I'd rather just keep deep down inside. But I feel she is on the right path in helping me overcome some of my depression. I will continue to work with her and I would highly recommend her!
  • James M. May 7, 2017
    Marriage and Relationship Counseling
    Verified Review
    She was thoughtful, listened well, and seemed to understand what we were going through.
  • Scott P. Dec 25, 2014
    Verified Review
  • Amanda M. Jan 3, 2014
    The professional advice given me by Deborah Vinall has proved invaluable on many different occasions in my work and ministry with troubled youth and young adults. She demonstrates a keen insight, empathy, and compassion into the complexities of the human experience. Her gentle understanding of the pain and suffering that leads to addictions, cycles of trauma and abuse, balanced with wise goadings towards boundaries and reclaiming ownership of ones life and actions have modeled a beautiful spirit of cooperation and non-judgemental support. Deborah Vinall clearly exudes the maxim of Tamar Counselling Services : "reclaiming wholeness", as she herself creates safe space for persons in any stage of healing to begin their journey towards doing just that!


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I am willing to consult via telephone with a new or prospective client to answer any and all questions you may have. We will identify an appointment time that is works for both your and my schedule, and that time will be reserved for you. There are some legally required papers to fill out prior to commencing the first session, which can be emailed to you, downloaded from my website, or completed in the waiting area outside my office prior to beginning the first session. When we begin, we will review the paperwork together to answer any questions you may have, and then I will invite you to share your goals for therapy and the history of your presenting problem. The treatment from there on is customized to your unique personality, goals, and needs.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am constantly reading books and taking Continuing Education classes to maintain my license and to provide additional insight to the presenting problems of my clients. I have recently begun Doctoral classes specializing in the Psychology of Trauma, to build upon my Masters degree and experience working with these issues.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My full fee is $150 per session. However, I am willing to negotiate with clients to find a fee that is mutually agreeable if this fee is cost prohibitive.
What types of customers have you worked with?
My clients have included children as young as two years old, teenagers, young adults, parents, couples, and seniors. I have assisted clients in problems related to trauma, loss, child abuse, life transitions, pre-marital counseling, relationship conflict, parent-child conflict, attention difficulty, behavioral problems, sexualized behaviors in children, attachment difficulty, depression, anxiety, gender identity, and more.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Over the past year, I have provided pro bono services at a safe house for survivors of sex trafficking.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
You have choice in selecting the right counselor for yourself and / or your family member(s), and there is power in that. Despite credentials and experience, not every counselor / therapist will be the right personality match for you, and it is important to find someone that you feel comfortable with. Don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions when you call a prospective therapist so you can get a good feel for whether this might be the right match for you.