Tara is registered with the British Psychological Society in the Counselling Psychology division, registration number 234677. She completed her doctorate at Regents University London.
Tara has been the manager of a therapeutic community for the last two years. This is a residential service for people with mental health conditions. Tara has been responsible for running the service, supervising and training the staff team, acting as clinical lead and providing individual and group psychoanalytic therapy for residents of the community. Tara has provided the clinical direction and management of the progress of the 15 clients living in the community home, as well as supervising the staff team and providing Masters level lectures to trainee therapists, facilitating dialogue groups and facilitating skills training groups.
Prior to this Tara worked for three years as a counsellor for adolescents in a youth club. Many of her clients were young people who acted as child carers for parents or siblings with physical or mental health issues or disabilities. She worked with adolescents on a wide variety of issues including sexuality, managing friendship and family difficulties, dealing with difficult relationships, managing emotions and anger, conflict resolution, dealing with disability, overcoming social anxiety and many more issues facing young people.
Tara has held clinical placements in a variety of settings. At Croydon University Hospital (NHS) Tara provided counselling sessions for people and relatives of people diagnosed with cancer. At Raphael, Tara provided psychotherapy for members of the Jewish community and at MIND in Enfield Tara provided short-term counselling for people diagnosed with mental health issues. Tara accrued over 500 hours of counselling and psychotherapy experience within these placements.
Tara has worked at Kaya House, a project of Barnet Voice for mental health. This was a crisis service for people who require a place of sanctuary to either escape difficult circumstances or receive intensive therapeutic support. She has also worked as a psychotherapist and project worker for CHT, a charity who run therapeutic communities for people with severe and chronic mental health issues, where she later became manager of the East London service.
Tara's doctoral research examined the experience of people living with a psychiatric diagnosis. This is an area of special interest and Tara looked at how being diagnosed with a mental health condition can shape a person's self-image, self-esteem and understanding of themselves.
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