Tarah Hipple-Thomas, LMSW, LICSW, CCTP

United States

MI #6801115776, WA #LW61381882


Hi! I'm Tarah Hipple-Thomas. Pronouns: she/her/they. I live in Grand Rapids, MI and am licensed in both Michigan and Washington as a Licensed Master's Social Worker and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I have two fur babies, who are in training to be Psychiatric Service Animals and sometimes like to join sessions. 

I myself have experienced my own complex traumas. I saw wonderful providers and valued what I learned from them. But it still felt like something was missing. Quite literally, I had so much time missing that I couldn’t understand, difficulties with everyday memory, and experiencing memories that I couldn't understand, but that my body was experiencing …until one provider heard all of me and worked with my whole story. After gaining more experience working within the mental health field, receiving more specialized trainings, and receiving my own treatment, I felt it was time for me to build my own therapy practice.

Working with adult individuals who are survivors of trauma, I focus on how distressing memories are held in the body, which then manifest as symptoms associated with trauma and/or dissociation. I use multiple tools, including mindfulness, somatic resourcing, and internal family system strategies to work with individuals in developing coping skills and increasing self-awareness so the client can be heard, find their inner strength, and continue to grow.

I also am a mental health speaker and have presented to military members, communities, high school students, teachers, and parents to increase mental health awareness. I received my Bachelor’s in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and my Master’s in Social Work from Capella University.

Treatment Approach

I provide individual counseling to adult survivors of trauma, including survivors of emotional, sexual, or physical abuse and acute traumas. I specialize in adults who have survived childhood trauma. Working along with my clients and developing a treatment plan together, I have found that treatment tends to go naturally in a three-phased approach, which is discussed in full in The Journal of Trauma and Dissociation by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

​I provide the psychoeducation to help you make sense of your symptoms, develop coping strategies including mindfulness and somatic resourcing, and will be by your side as you explore your trauma, furthering processing the memories that have been held in the body for too long. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, I use something called “parts language” to help us both gain insight into your experience. I have also been trained in Deep Brain Reorienting and EMDR and can incorporate this into treatment if you so choose.



Grand Rapids, MI


Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Regence, Premera, Aetna

Therapy Type:

Individual psychotherapy



Offers sliding scale fee

Only online


Not currently accepting new clients