North Riding, Jhb, SA
Tamara trained as a Counselling Psychologist in the UK. Her undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Sussex in Brighton, whilst her MSc was completed at Roehampton University in London. Tamara’s training included Psychodynamic and Rogerian approaches to therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Having been trained in three modalities she is able to combine these into an integrative approach. This has the advantage of covering a range of methods from which it is possible to select the therapy that best fits the client’s particular needs. For example, relationship difficulties can be best understood from a combination of psychodynamic and Rogerian approaches, whilst Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be most effective for anxiety and trauma.
Furthermore, Tamara is trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). This is a specific psychotherapy that was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences and is particularly effective for trauma-related difficulties and bereavement. EMDR is one of only two therapies recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the treatment of PTSD, the other being trauma-focused CBT which Tamara is also trained in.
Whilst in the UK, Tamara worked in the voluntary sector as well as within Primary Care in the National Health Service (NHS) in London, working with clients across the whole life course presenting with:
In addition, Tamara worked within the Renal Unit of The Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. She consulted with both inpatients and outpatients presenting with various difficulties, including:
Tamara remains registered with the Health and Care Professions Council UK (HCPC-UK) and is a Chartered Member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
On her return to South Africa in 2010, Tamara registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and she worked within employee wellness in the corporate sector for a number of years before moving in to fulltime private practice. Tamara worked with employees and executives whose difficulties were affecting their work-related performance and
she provided business coaching on a pro-active basis in order to improve performance for leadership and development. Tamara also organised and facilitated numerous workshops and talks for employees on various topics.
Since moving into private practice on a fulltime basis Tamara continues to consult through various Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) working with employees. In her private practice she works mainly with older adolescents and adults as well as couples, presenting with a range of difficulties. Tamara works within the parasigm that is best suited to the particular client and their specific difficulty. This means that some problems can be resolved in relatively short-term therapy whilst others may need to be worked on within a longer-term approach.
Tamara currently serves on the Gauteng Committee for Postnatal Depression Support Association - Gauteng (PNDSA) and is a member of the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG). She also works on a voluntary basis for the trauma unit of the South African Police Service. In addition, she was an Executive Committee member of the South African Psychoanalytic Confederation (SAPC) in 2012.
Tamara's passion for educating people about mental health problems and being part of actively challenging the stigma that surrounds mental health and wellbeing is borne out in her on-going contributions to the media in all its formats. She also continues to offer training on a pro bono basis to SADAG's volunteer counsellors as well as providing workshops and training to various companies within Johannesburg.
Tamara’s areas of interest and expertise include:
- PTSD, trauma and stress-related disorders
- Anxiety Disorders (including generalised anxiety, panic, social anxiety and phobias)
- Mood Disorders (depression, bipolar disorder)
- Relationship difficulties and couples therapy
- Stress management and burnout
- Health and medical difficulties
Tamara is located in North Riding, Johannesburg, South Africa | 079 887 3187