blossom, flower; the flowering state; a period of flowering; rapid and excessive growth
a state or time of beauty, freshness, and vigor; a state or time of high development or achievement
Our goal with therapy is to provide a safe space for children, adolescents, families and young adults to explore how different relationships have shaped them, encourage [new] discussions about feelings, be open to experiencing emotions more wholly, and use our words more effectively. We do this via discussion, play, and art.
When I joined this field, I envisioned myself working with adults. Surprisingly I had little to no interest in children (imagine that?!). However after working at my internships (where I worked primarily with adults) I found myself thinking, imagine how different these individuals might be if someone provided a therapeutic space for them when they were younger.
I then found myself applying to jobs that involved working with children and families which was new to me and after my first few sessions, I loved what I did and have not looked back. I am so glad I pushed myself out of my comfort zone!
After working in home with families then to outpatient treatment and lastly into the school system I found myself wanting to focus on early intervention. And now plot twist, 8 years later looking to add young adults, parents and new moms as my own life has transitioned.
So fast forward to today, here I am. I didn’t want to be “Tarren Pagones, LCAT” because the work I do is so much more than that, and I want to build a team for this community. I wanted to be Bloom. A space that encourages growth and connections in those as young as 3 months up to “young adults” (whatever that means to you), parents, moms, and families.
I am passionate about having hard conversations with the ones we love, helping others understand us, helping us understand ourselves, be more accepting of big emotions particularly anger and sadness, normalizing having therapy as a tool like going to the gym and asking for help which I also struggled with for a long time.
Picking a therapist you feel you can connect with can be tricky but it is SO important! The therapeutic relationship is the foundation for the work you are about to put in so you need to feel (somewhat) secure to get started.
Our therapy is for you if… you just want to “feel better”. That might mean eliminate all symptoms, reduce intensity/frequency of symptoms, understand your symptoms or where they may stem from, have more meaningful relationships with your family or friends, be able to advocate for yourself, and have someone they can trust and talk to regularly or as needed.
Tarren earned her Masters degree in Creative Arts Therapy from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. She is licensed in New York as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), nationally credentialed as a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and has been licensed in Connecticut as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Tarren is trained in Attachment Regulation and Competency (ARC), recognized as a Circle of Security (COS) parenting educator, and nationally rostered to provide Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).
She has had extensive education beyond art therapy to include trauma informed care, psychotherapy, play therapy, family therapy and group therapy.
Tarren has had experience working in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, partial programs, as well as home-based and school based services. Working in these settings has guided her towards professional mentoring in addition to counseling as these services compliment one another as executive functioning skills are often impacted by stress and mental health.
Tarren found her passion and specialty is working with children and teens as she feels early intervention is key. Her background gives her the opportunity to develop creative pathways to foster difficult conversations beyond traditional means.
Interested in Joining Our Team?
We are always looking to grow our team to serve as many families as possible.
If you are an LCAT or limited permit holder working towards your LCAT,
please send your resume and cover letter to us here.