The TARA Clinic's Clinicians
We all love freedom and options, so our individual counselling services are here for people who would prefer to have a more ad hoc approach to therapy. Our therapists have a range of knowledge and experience in different areas associated with substance abuse and addiction such as anxiety, low mood, trauma, intimacy and relationship problems.
Tara takes the time to understand the complexities of your situation, and provides guidance in a no nonsense, compassionate and practical way. She holds a strong focus on explaining the ‘why’ as she believes that with knowledge comes power, and her mission is to empower as many people as possible to meet their recovery goals.
The TARA Clinic (an acronym where TARA stands for Therapeutic Addiction Recovery Assistance) was founded by Tara Hurster, a psychologist who started working within the space of addiction early in her career. Over the years, she noticed a major problem with the way addiction treatment was being managed within Australia... because basically, it wasn’t!
Tara realised that, while addiction doesn’t discriminate, the support and rehabilitation opportunities available for people do. So, she created the plan to utilise the profits from The TARA Clinic and its future expansions to fund her long term goal. This goal is to build not for profit organisations that will ensure all members of the community have access to caring, respectful, holistic and practical Harm Minimisation treatment options for addiction and its associated mental and physical impacts on wellbeing.
While Tara has been a welcome guide to thousands of clients over the years, she believes that each of her clients has helped her along this journey. As such, “I want to sincerely thank every single client that has or will seek out treatment with The TARA Clinic, because by trusting us as your guide, while helping yourself you are also helping me to help others. Now that is teamwork!” – Tara Hurster.
The TARA Clinic is a teaching clinic. We provide a safe and inclusive opportunity for final year Counselling and Psychology students to complete their placement with us. This has allowed us to support the community through providing supervised and affordable sessions and group programs.
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