Child and Adult Psychologist
Tamara is highly specialised child and adult Psychologist. She is HCPC registered under the protected titles of Clinical Psychologist and Counselling Psychologist. As a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist Tamara can provide psychotherapy session using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic therapy and integrative approaches with children, teenagers, adults, couples and groups.
Tamara is wonderfully organised for her sessions, fantastic at time management and achieves her treatment goals in a timely manner. She has great communication skills and assertiveness, high moral and ethical standards, responsible, is respectful and has the ability to handle stressful situations in a calm and rational manner.
Aside from providing one-on-one therapy sessions to her patients, Tamara also:
• Performs initial assessments in order to plan treatment.
• Liaises with teams of professionals including; psychotherapists, family therapists, social workers, nurses and psychiatrists to help provide the best care for people.
• Participates in individual and group supervision.
• Use psychometric testing to measure the outcome of her sessions.
• Conducts initial assessments in order further determine the client’s suitability to our service and or/ direct them to a more suitable service.
Experience as a Child and adolescent Psychologist
One of Tamara’s main speciality is working with children and she has a vast amount of experience working with children and adolescents ages 3-18. Her work includes supporting young people with their psychological health, behavioural and emotional well-being needs. She has also worked with young people who are at risk of self-harm and/or suicidal behaviour. Tamara has worked for both for the NHS (in IAPT with adults and CAMHS with children) and has experience working in public and private sectors.
One of the approaches that Tamara uses is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) providing treatment to children and adolescents who present with disorders such as: depression, anxiety, social phobia, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Tamara also uses mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy and integrative approaches based on what will benefit the client most.
Tamara has also worked with children presenting with all types of difficulties including those who have been sexually abused, children presenting with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), long term conditions (multiple scoliosis (MS), fibromyalgia, asthma) and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Tamara has also worked with children after a parent’s divorce or loss, change of house, school or country.
How do child therapy sessions work?
For each client, Tamara performs an individual assessment (in some cases using psychometric evaluations). she offers sessions with the child and the parents together or separately and will also communicate with schools when required to gathers all relevant information. She communicates with the parents regularly with regards to the child’s progress. She can coordinate school visits in order to check the child’s presentation in academic settings and keeps close communication with other health care professionals that participated in the treatment of the child when required such as neurologist, psychiatrist, dieticians and physiotherapists.
During her sessions with children, Tamara works targeting specific treatment areas (to name a few: social abilities, empathy, emotional behaviour, responsibilities and following instructions) using cognitive behavioural interventions. She also included token economy programs reinforced by the child’s parents and teachers and game therapy. When working with older children Tamara will sometimes use deeper approaches such as psychodynamic therapy to offer an adolescent insight to help promote change.
Tamara has previous experience working as a nanny, tutor and summer camp leader with children from numerous, countries, cultures and backgrounds from all over the world. She has often worked with families where the children have special needs. She has tutored teenagers (usually between the ages of 16-18) preparing for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) to help them to successfully apply to universities in the United States. She also taught English classes and gave after school tutorial to children and teenagers (ages 4 to 14). Some of the courses that she covered as a tutor included: Social Studies, Science, Math, English and Spanish. In order to assist them in the best way possible, she employed techniques (for example token economy) in order to help them improve their organisational skills. For children to grasp concepts efficiently and effectively, she employed hands-on activities in order to enhance their cognitive skills and help them learn concepts via different stimulating means.
Tamara has created and delivered workshops in foster homes with the aim of promoting the psychological and physical well-being of the children who lived there. Some of the themes that she incorporated, while conducting such workshops included, to name a few: introduction to the concept of self-esteem, techniques to increase self-esteem, and prevention of harmful behaviours (drugs, alcohol use and sex). Tamara has also created parenting workshops for parents.
Experience as an adult Psychologist
Tamara is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) under the titles of: clinical psychologist and counselling psychologist. BSc in Clinical Psychology MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology.
Tamara has a vast amount of experience working with adults in both private practice, and in the NHS as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service providing treatment to adults using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and an Integrative Therapy Approach.
For the teenage and adult population, Tamara employs CBT interventions and change strategies when conducting sessions with patients who were diagnosed, to name a few, with; phobias, depression, anxiety, eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, binge eating and bulimia) and obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD). When working with teenagers she also works on decision-making processes in order for them to choose a professional career path.
Other difficulties that Tamara works with are; ADHD, Autism Spectrum disorder, body dimorphic disorder (BDD), learning difficulties (concentration), long term chronic illness, phobias, relationship problems, self-harm, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as many other areas.
Psychometric Tests and assessments
Tamara offers screening and assessment for dyslexia and psychometric IQ tests to measure intelligence and cognitive ability in adults and older adolescents (WAIS test available). Throughout the years Tamara has conducted numerous psychometric evaluations and assessments in order to measure several aspects of the person’s functioning mind, cognition, mental age and development, psychomotricity, perception, speed, awareness. Tamara regularly carries out assessments for dyslexia. After each evaluation, she writes a full comprehensive report and discusses the results and paths of action with the persons involved.
Tamara is experienced at producing medico-legal reports for court, assessment both adults and children. Tamara includes relevant psycometric screening measures in these reports and prepares the reports according to the standards and format recognised by UK judges.
Tamara has conducted research in sexual abuse and eating disorders. She is a member of both the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK and the Guatemalan Psychological Association. Tamara finds it important to be a part of these organisations in order to keep up to date with the most innovative psychological research and practices and to adhere to the ethical and moral procedures for correctly practising her profession.
One of Tamara’s life long passions is reading. She enjoys reading books related to psychology, science, economics, history and classical literature. She enjoy taking long walks and spending time with her husband, going to the theatre, visiting exhibitions and museums, swimming and doing pilates.