Hi, I'm Tara. 

I grew up in the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area and earned a bachelor's and master’s degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

I first developed an interest in studying human behavior and its impact on children and the family system in high school. As a result, I studied Human Develop and Family Studies as an undergraduate student. My focus was on early childhood development. Next, I earned a Masters of Social Work degree and began working as a mental health therapist.

I started working as a clinician with children and families to help individuals work positively through life’s many challenges and changes. Often times, this encourages growth toward healthy, strong family relationships.

I have worked with families and children for over twenty years as either a teacher or therapist. If you are ready to find a new sense of confidence and meaning in your life, I’m here to help you get there.


Tara practices at the Champaign location.

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Tara C. Beckett, LCSW

It can be difficult to manage the many parts of a family unit

A hierarchy of care and need exist within the family unit.  In order for each person to be successful in their role, they must feel a sense of love and a secure attachment within the family.

Change occurs naturally as family members grow within their family unit. Consequently, this puts stress on the family unit.   This is often why adolescence can be a challenging time for families.  I believe in creating an open environment for encouraging both communication and the acceptance of needed privacy.

Through therapy, I help people find a purpose and learn skills to communicate effectively with family.  My goal is to strengthen an individual's confidence while enhancing the family bond.   As a result, there is stability for children and needed support for every member of the family.

I have worked in many settings throughout my career.  One observation I have made over and over is the need to expect the unexpected. Human behavior is predictably unpredictable. People never stop surprising me.  I am often in awe of their strength and ability to overcome challenges.

We will work together to help you learn to define key stressors in your life and set goals for healthy and achievable coping skills.  I provide solutions focused and family systems therapy.  This means we will improve communication, identify strategies to solve family problems, and create a better functioning home environment.

It is easy to get stuck in the overwhelming cycles of life.  The stress can drag you down. You deserve to feel the joy in life as well.  Together we can work at a pace that is comfortable for you.  

Being a part of a person's change process is a truly rewarding experience.  I look forward to working with you to find your peace from within. Give me a call today to set up an appointment at (217) 203-2008.

Tara Beckett, LCSW

Individual and Family Counseling

Kids and Adults Experiencing:


Behavioral Issues
Adjustment Disorders

Life Transitions

Anger Management

Accepting New Clients!

“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.”      - Brene Brown

Blog Posts by Tara Beckett, LCSW

Tips to End Self-Doubt

By Tara Beckett

Treat Yourself; Are Worth it! It is easy to focus on what is going wrong. There are a lot of issues to be worried about…

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Exercises in Self-Control

By Tara Beckett

Letting Go of Control: Being in control of your life may seem like an endless battle. It can be difficult to feel in control when…

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Helping Your Preschooler Handle Strong Emotions

By Tara Beckett

The stress of the past year has been overwhelming. It is unclear when exactly current restrictions in place to protect us from Covid-19 will be…

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Today is the day to start really enjoying life. Call me to set up an appointment at (217) 203-2008. I offer daytime and evening appointments.

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