Specializing in LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy, Tanner enjoys helping people explore, understand, and develop their gender and sexual identities in a safe, welcoming environment. He also works with trauma, anxiety, depression, anger, men’s issues, failure to launch / young adults, identity development, and religious abuse. Tanner has a talent for navigating intersectional issues with individuals and couples who need an empathic and supportive perspective.
Tanner works with complex (C-PTSD) and single incident (PTSD) trauma using a scientific and therapeutic model called EMDR. EMDR is a widely researched and supported therapeutic model that helps the brain process and resolve trauma by simulating the brain’s natural memory processing procedure. Trauma often feels as if the memory, or memories, are “stuck” or “frozen” in your head, and operate on triggers associated with the memory. LGBTQ people often experience direct or vicarious trauma as a result of social discrimination, family conflict or rejection, and internalized homophobia, and LGBTQ trauma is often misunderstood or downplayed by both the individual and society. Tanner works with each patient to develop a custom treatment plan, utilizing combinations of EMDR, mindfulness, DBT, and other evidence-based practices to ensure each client feels seen and heard.
Tanner also works with queer couples across the array of relational seasons; including pre-marital, newly married, infidelity, sexless relationships, polyamorous relationships, and transitioning within a relationship. Having a neutral and empathic presence to help navigate new or difficult seasons of a relationship can be a major factor in a relationship’s growth and viability. LGBTQ+ relationships often face additional challenges to heterosexual ones, and Tanner offers a knowledgeable and compassionate approach to LGBTQ+ couple’s therapy.
Tanner received a Master in Counseling from Southern Methodist University, with an emphasis in the LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy track. He received a Bachelor in English Literature from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
Tanner grew up just south of Dallas, and has a deep love for Maverick basketball, movies at Alamo Drafthouse, competitive yo-yoing, and walking his dog Ringo! If he’s not at the office, you can probably catch him shooting film in the park or listening to the same music he loved in high school.