Tammy Blackard Cook

Tammy Blackard Cook, LCSW, CDWF
Pronouns: she/her

For more than 25 years, Tammy has worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) specializing in trauma therapy with adults. She holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago. She works interactively with clients from a strength- and resilience-based perspective, knowing that we all have gifts and insights, not just challenges.

Tammy trained with Brené Brown to become a Certified Daring Way Facilitator in Brown’s The Daring Way™ work. In addition, Tammy is a certified practitioner in the Trauma Resiliency Model® (TRM), a mind-body approach that focuses on the biological basis of trauma and the automatic, defensive ways that the human body responds when faced with perceived threats to self and others. These certifications reinforce her ability to help clients build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they seek, as well as increase their resiliency and personal resources. In 2020, Tammy trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and in 2022, she trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy, both of which she uses to help clients reprocess traumatic and distressing life experiences. Both EMDR  and ART help clients move forward in their lives more quickly than traditional talk therapy.

For the past several years, Tammy and some of her colleagues at Aspire have been working on, reflecting on, and practicing how to become more anti-racist and how to understand the impact and influence of whiteness in their lives and the people they work with. Her intention is to incorporate anti-racism into healing and therapy.