MEET tira stebbins
As a clinical psychologist working in private practice at Organization for Psychological Health, I provide psychotherapy and assessment services to children, teens, and adults. My clients face various challenges, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, and school and family difficulties, among others. I believe that by gaining insight into unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, and learning healthier and more effective skills, therapy helps empower individuals to reach their goals and live more satisfying lives.
I was a horse-obsessed little girl who would have lived in a barn if I had been allowed. I did everything I could to be around horses and learn as much as possible and every week I couldn’t wait for my riding lesson. Around age 8 I started learning how to jump. I wanted to jump but as the fences got a bit higher, I became scared. In one lesson I made up an excuse so that we could end early before the fences were raised higher. Another time I fell off after jumping, which added to my fears. Although I wanted to be a good rider, I struggled with the conflict between the desire to ride and improve and the fear of falling. In riding, if you fall off you must get back on – it’s a universal rule of horseback riding. This helped me face my fears each time I fell. My love of and passion for riding was stronger than my fear so I kept going back each week. Eventually the fence that once seemed high didn’t seem so high anymore and my confidence grew. Throughout my lifetime as an equestrian I have faced many, many fears, frustrations, disappointments and challenges. But my love of the animal and the sport and my desire to keep improving and reach my goals helped me to realize the importance of tenacity and commitment