Tara has practiced as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist since 2010. Living and work in the Isle of Thanet Kent, she has a broad range of therapeutic interests. Specialising in children and adolescents with complex social and mental health needs, Tara has been working therapeutically with children, families, adults and couples for over 18 years. Prior to becoming a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist Tara was employed within the following fields; the Probation Service, the Youth Justice Service, the Social Service and the NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, where she is currently employed as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist.
Tara provides independent assessments of child and adolescent mental health. The assessment includes analysis of; psychological functioning, cognitive functioning, family functioning, emotional health and wellbeing, screening for mental health and behavioural difficulties and social and environmental factors that may impair the development of healthy emotional and behavioural responses. She provides comprehensive treatment plans and treatment programmes that use Systemic Family Therapy treatment modalities alongside other evidence based treatment options. Tara develops and implements creative intervention plans while working within difficult family and service level constraints.
The client groups Tara works with have often experienced disenfranchisement and disassociation from statutory services. She regularly undertakes anti-discriminatory practice training and remain acutely aware of the relevance of examining issues of; race, gender, economic equality, disability, age, sexuality, ethnicity, power, class, education, religion and the cultural perspective of my clients. She makes full use of clinical supervision and consultation where appropriate and applies an openly reflective approach to her practice.
Tara has working knowledge of the legislative structure governing the care and treatment of Children and Young People both from a Mental Health and Social Care perspective. She has acquired extensive knowledge and practice skills in the provision of services to individuals who have been exposed to abusive relationships and traumatic experiences. Tara has worked with children, young people and adults who engage in harmful behaviours to themselves and to others. She also has extensive experience of working with adults, children and adolescents who are suffering from severe organic mental illnesses; personality disorders and associated attachment based behavioural difficulties.
Tara provides individually tailored Family and Systemic Psychotherapeutic packages to groups, families, individuals and organisations that incorporate the following:
- Systemic Family Psychotherapy
- Relationship / Couples Therapy
- Individual Systemic Psychotherapy
- Conflict Resolution
- Family Group Conferencing
- Independent Family Court Assessment
- Systemic Consultation
- Training and Peer Supervision Groups
MSc Family and Systemic Psychotherapy degree
Registered with the UKCP and a member of AFT
Accredited registered member of the BACP