Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

How I Treat Suicidal Youths

I have always believed that suicide is the result of unresolved conflict under the surface of an emotional facade. I have always believed that suicidal was a cry for help, a cry for meaning, a cry for restoration, and a cry for an escape. it isn’t an unnatural state of existence. In fact, I believe it to a very human state of existence that, if honest, a lot of people can relate to.

When I treat families who have a child or teen struggling with suicidal thoughts my first line of intervention is empathy and compassion. It is important that families develop empathy and compassion for the one considering suicide. Empathy and compassion can be lost in a family sea of frustration, anger, and fatigue.

The second line of intervention is education. You need to know what is truly going on and how to intervene. Following 2-3 sessions of education and insight building, I then expect families to use what they know to incorporate changes or incorporate a crisis plan.

The ultimate goal for counseling is to build insight, build knowledge, build strength, and then a plan for tackling daily life.


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*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

Please check (the practice website) for updates and my business facebook page at:

Please continue to stay safe!
Thank you


Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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