"Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up." - Brene Brown
HI, I'M TARA
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (#008239) and hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. I take an eclectic approach to therapy, modifying my method to treat each client like the unique individual that they are. I believe in the importance of working collaboratively with each person; establishing goals and working together to determine a plan to achieve these goals. By developing a comfortable therapeutic relationship from the moment we meet, my hope is to create a safe place to share, heal and grow. I foster the development of self-discovery; by truly getting to know oneself we can not only learn who we are, but also who we want to become. My previous work experience has granted me the privilege of working alongside a variety of individuals ranging in age from 6 to 60 years old and experiencing diverse challenges. My passion is to support adolescents and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, anger, conflict resolution, relationship challenges, weight management, perfectionism, navigating life transitions, and dysfunctional parent/child relationships due to mental illness.
I have advanced training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Art Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, and Crisis & Suicide Intervention. I am also certified in Dr. Karyl McBride’s five-step recovery model for treating adult children of narcissistic parents.
Therapy for Adolescents
I work with adolescents during one of the most transitional periods of their lives. By meeting them at their level, I aim to create a safe place where they feel comfortable to share what is going on in their world without judgement. In addition to common adolescent challenges (anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, technology addiction, and conflict within relationships), adolescents of today are facing an entirely new hardship with fear of COVID-19, isolation from friends and family, an unfamiliar education system, and unknowns about their future. My job is to support them in navigating this difficult time in their lives.
Therapy for Adults
Challenging life experiences are inevitable; how we get through them is up to us. I work with adults through a variety of hardships to not only be a compassionate support during a difficult time, but also to encourage my clients to work hard and take the steps necessary to make changes and achieve results. By developing a personalized treatment plan to reach their goals, I support my clients in building self-awareness and recognizing the connections in their lives while working to improve each area of need.
Therapy is more accessible than ever. Sessions are currently offered online through a secure and confidential video conferencing program. Video sessions provide a safe and effective option to access therapy from the comfort of your home. In addition to safety, other benefits to video sessions include: saving time making trips to the office, eliminating drives in traffic or inclement weather, increasing confidentiality by connecting with me in the safety and comfort of your own home, and flexible appointment times reducing the need for childcare.
Contact me for a free 20 minute consultation to get a feel for video sessions and determine if this method is right for you.
Payment accepted by Credit Card and E-transfer
Services covered by extended health insurance plans that cover ‘psychotherapy services‘ and ‘psychological services'
See FAQs for an explanation on each service
I am happy to address any questions you may have. You can book a consultation by following the link below, use the form to send a message, send an email or call me at the number provided.
PHONE NUMBER: 289-276-1789
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy aims to help individuals understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours; it supports in the development of healthy coping strategies to treat challenges and symptoms relating to mental health. Psychotherapy assists in healing and improving well-being by eliminating or controlling troubling symptoms. There are several reasons why people start psychotherapy. Some of these reasons include:
Support through life changes (job loss, move, divorce, the death of a loved one)
Anxiety (general, OCD, phobia, PTSD)
Managing mood and unhealthy reactions
Personality disorders (borderline, narcissistic)
Mood disorders (depression, bipolar)
Recovering from abuse
What is the difference between psychotherapy sessions and psychological sessions?
Psychotherapy sessions are billed through my registration number. I meet with a psychotherapy supervisor, Julie Marquis, monthly to confidentially consult on psychotherapy cases. People choose psychotherapy sessions if their insurance covers “psychotherapist or psychotherapy services,” if they are paying out of pocket, and/or if they do not require support from a psychologist.
Psychological sessions are billed through the registration number of my supervising psychologist, Dr. Michelle Presniak. Psychological sessions look the same as psychotherapy sessions, the difference being that I meet with Dr. Presniak once a month to confidentially consult on psychological sessions. People choose psychological sessions if their insurance covers “psychologist or psychological services,” or if they require access to support from a psychologist for assessment, diagnosis or more complex circumstances.
What can I expect during the consultation?
I will provide you with the information necessary to access the video conferencing program before the consultation. I will ask you some questions about what brings you (or your child/adolescent) to therapy, what are the hopes and goals you have to get out of therapy, provide information on my approach and answer any questions that you may have. This is when we will discuss insurance coverage, session rate, and scheduling.
What is the cancellation fee?
Your appointment time is reserved for you and you alone. The cancellation policy is in place to support the continuity of our work and commitment to the process of therapy. If you are unable to provide at least 24 hours notice when you cancel or if you miss your appointment, you will be charged a $50 fee.