Dr. Laura Tahir
Laura Tahir graduated from Bennington College, has a Masters Degree from the Graduate Faculty New School for Social Research, and received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. She was trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Greenwich Institute, New York City. Her practice spans 25 years and includes mental health supervision in correctional facilities, as well as nursing homes and rehabilitation institutes. She also has experience as instructor at universities and colleges and as a forensic expert in litigation matters.
While Dr. Tahir is trained primarily in evidence-based talk therapies (e.g., psychoanalytic, interpersonal, ACT), which can address any of the challenges faced by adults in our complex world today, she also encourages creative expression of any kind as a means of making sense of the multifarious arrangements of our everyday existence.
She has published numerous articles on life-span development, psychotherapy, and the psychology of creativity. Her work has been published in Cosmopolitan, Psychology Today, New Jersey Psychologist, NJ Rehab, Encyclopedia of Creativity, Handbook of Adult Development, Corrections Today, and various academic journals and books. In the April 2018 Adelaide Literary Magazine Year III, Number 12 issue, Laura Tahir's fiction "Story Time" was featured. "Family Prayer" appeared in Kelsey Review 2018 Vol. 37. Short story "La Llarona" will appear in Crack the Spine Year in Review Anthology (2020).
Dr. Tahir's doctoral dissertation was a study of creative thinking in writers, with emphasis on the evolution of George Bernard Shaw’s thought and work. In her practice she uses the concept of creativity broadly, not only as an expression of a special talent focused on a product accepted as having lasting value, but also as the mental process in all of us that enables us to be flexible in ways that help us at work, with our friends, marriages, etc. Over the years she has worked with professionals in the creative arts as well as people who spend their days in many other occupations. Some of her clients are career-oriented, family-focused, addicted to something, ideal-driven, love-struck, grieving, lost, found, mentally or physical ill, confused, rich, poor, running marathons, behind bars, starting a career, retiring, recovering, divorcing, getting married, etc. Walking into a therapist’s office is a creative and brave step for all.