As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Tamara Hughes focuses on the common but sometimes overlooked challenges that new parents face. It’s estimated that 1 in 7 women experience postpartum mood disorders, but it hasn’t always been socially acceptable for parents to acknowledge or talk about it, even with a doctor.
To change that, Tamara provides therapeutic services and wellness programs that encourage acceptance and reassurance. Most importantly, she wants her patients to know that she’s here for them.
“Pregnancy and postpartum time is when they’re super vulnerable and a time they will remember forever,” she says. “It’s great to be a part of that. It’s an honor.”
Therapist and Care Manager
Tamara earned a Master of Social Work from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Oregon. She worked as a medical social worker and care manager for 13 years and as a psychotherapist for 7 years. She also spent three years as a residential treatment counselor for children and adolescents.
One of Tamara’s greatest pleasures is spending time with her children and helping them navigate the world. She especially enjoys supporting them in their academic and athletic pursuits. “I’ve been accused of being uber-present. I don’t think of myself as a helicopter mom, but I’m very present in their lives.”
Tamara feels her education is never complete. “I’ve always been a constant seeker of knowledge. It stimulates my brain, it inspires me. It motivates me and keeps life meaningful for me.”
Yoga and Mindfulness
In her practice and in her personal life, Tamara finds yoga to be a helpful way to relieve stress and encourage calmness. Her clients also find it helps them cope with anxiety. “I think it forces me to pay attention to my physical wellness, to listen to my body and pay attention,” Tamara says. “It makes me slow down and stop thinking about all the things in life that are happening.”
Tamara was born in Eugene at the hospital where she started working as a medical social worker. She’s lived in Oregon most of her life, but she also lived in the Bay Area and Mexico for a short time. She loves to watch the Oregon Ducks. She also enjoys running out to Florence and strolling along Bay Street in Old Town to visit shops and try new restaurants while keeping an eye on the river and how it changes through the seasons. “I think it’s the feeling, the fresh air,” she says. “It gives me a revived sense of well-being.”