Meet Tara I'm the therapist for you if: You're seeking support for anxiety, depression or addiction You're looking for a therapist who values individuality and is committed to anti-oppression, anti-racism and 2SLGBTQIA+ advocacy You appreciate a down-to-earth approach with a compassionate therapist who uses a variety of therapeutic tools that can help you understand and overcome thought and behaviour patterns You're hoping to find a therapist who brings a sense of playfulness and humour to the process Session Types: Individual Availability: Virtual & In-Person Specialties: Anxiety, Addiction, Depression, Life Changes, Mental Health, Relationship Challenges, Self-Esteem, Sexuality, and Women’s Issues. Approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), and Staged Matched Addiction Intervention. Favorite Resources: Crazy Making with Dr. Simon Adam (Podcast) Substance Use and Abuse by Dr Rick Csiernik (Book) Tara's Bio Tara believes it takes courage and vulnerability to speak about your life and is honoured to walk alongside people as they explore their goals, hopes, past, and life. They are a world traveller and lifelong learner. They are an ally, an advocate, a holder of hope and a proud member of the queer community. Tara’s professional practice mirrors that of her personal beliefs, values, and ethics, which includes (an imperfect and ever-evolving) commitment and dedication to anti-oppression, anti-racism, anti-homophobia, and ultimately, a critical consideration of any of the other “isms” or oppressions of marginalized individuals and groups. Therapeutic style: Tara uses a down to earth approach, incorporating genuine connection and, where appropriate, a sense of humour – a playful approach to life’s sometimes serious problems, if you will! They are passionate about understanding what’s at the root of present-day challenges, including our beliefs about others, the world, and ourselves. They help folks understand and normalize thought and behaviour patterns and help them to find new ways of coping and being in the world that aligns with one’s values, hopes, dreams, and desires. Education and experience: Tara is a Registered Social Worker with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work through the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Western Ontario. With over 15 years of experience, Tara believes in the importance of an approach as unique as each individual’s life experience. Tara has worked in community based addiction and mental health services for nearly two decades. They currently hold a role as a Concurrent Disorders Specialist in a community based hospital setting. Specialities and approach: Tara draws from a variety of modalities, believing in the importance of bringing an approach that is unique and suited to the strengths and unique characteristics of each individual. Some of these modalities include addressing co-occurring disorders, Addiction Treatment and Staged Matched Addiction Intervention, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, exploring attachment and the effective use of communication. Personal: Outside of work, Tara enjoys and finds healing in listening to and playing music. Tara plays the guitar and drums, and is part of a little band on the side! Aside from music, Tara volunteers in the community and is an avid animal lover, with two dogs that they enjoy spending their evenings with. Many Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and extended health care plans will cover services rendered by a Registered Social Worker.