Tara approaches every therapeutic relationship with a warm, down to earth style that has developed over years of working with people. Her practice has evolved from working with children and families at risk, to supporting people in all life stages as they face the challenges that life can set in our paths. By integrating an eclectic approach to the therapeutic conversation, an easy, non-judgemental atmosphere is created making it possible to work cooperatively toward resolution … your story is honoured and given a safe, comfortable place to evolve.
Over the last 8 years, Tara has developed an expertise in working with children, individuals and families in transition, offering her skills to people navigating the changes that come with separation, divorce and the space beyond. Tara prides herself in staying current on the latest research related to supporting families in transition. From mediation to parenting coordination, Tara will help to guide you through this difficult process so that your family emerges in a new way where meaningful relationships can thrive.
Tara has been qualified as a Parenting Expert in the Court of Queen's Bench under the Practice Note 7, offering a range of interventions and evaluations aimed at assisting the Court with decision-making. Tara has been working in the area of high conflict divorce for nearly 10 years and is known for her willingness to assist families in the development of cohesive and positive parenting structures that remain workable long after the divorce is finalized.
Tara is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Court (AFCC) and the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners (IACP). Tara is also a Registered Parenting Coordinator/Arbitrator through the Alberta family Mediation Society (AfMS). She has recently accepted the position of Vice Chair for the AfMS Board for the coming year.
University of Calgary, Masters of Social Work - Clinical Specialization 1997
Laurentian University, Bachelor of Social Work 1996
Garth's primary focus has always been to assist individuals, couples, and families to positively develop and function in ways that are consistent with accomplishing their goals. With today's challenges in work, business, or family, everyone can use some friendly support from time to time. Garth can assist business people, executives, or anyone who desires to break through any obstacles they may be facing, both personally and professionally.
One of Garth’s well developed skills is tailoring his sessions to meet an individual’s unique needs, wherever they are at in life. He has experience with several models of therapeutic counselling and works with his clients to ensure their treatment makes sense to them and has practical components they can implement in their daily lives. Ultimately, his goal is to help the individual generate perceptual and behavioural changes which then subsequently allow for a positive change in one's emotional state
Hypnotherapy is one of the many methods that Garth uses with his clients. He has extensive training in Ericksonian Hypnosis and is a member of the Canadian Federation for Clinical Hypnosis.
Garth firmly believes that the stigma around counselling is diminishing, and hopes that it continues to fall away, as occasional and regular sessions can assist in personal development. Many high profile individuals see a counsellor, not necessarily for advice, but more often to simply have a confidential place to process some of their thoughts or emotions.
Garth has deep roots in Central Alberta, having served as the Board Chair for Family Services of Central Alberta for a number of years.
Lorna Linda University, Master of Science - Marriage and Family Therapy specialization 1994
University of Calgary, Bachelor of Social Work 1987
Red Deer College, Social Work Diploma 1986
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