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Tara McCloskey

Tara McCloskey

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) & Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Therapist.

Qualifications :

B.Psych (Hons), PG Cert Psychotherapeutic Care, PG Diploma (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), MSc Occupational Psych, BABCP (Accred)

Accreditation :Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

Clinics at :Harley St., Earls Court, telephone sessions & Skype sessions

Fee :£160 per session, £190 via insurance
Clinical Supervision: £140

Age Group :15+
Older adults

Languages :English and Farsi

Health insurance registered with :Cigna, Axa PPP, Vitality Health/ Pru Health, Aviva, Bupa UK, Bupa International/Global, WPA, Exeter Family, Allianz, Simply Health, Helix

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Tara McCloskey is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist who has been accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). She mostly uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) but she also uses other approaches such as Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Tara is experienced in working with adults and teenagers with depression and anxiety disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Eating Disorders (Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating), Post Traumatic Street Disorder (PTSD), Bipolar and many more.

Tara has experience in working with the NHS and working in the Private Sector. She engages in training regularly so she is able to use the most up to date evidence based approaches when working with clients, and so because of this, Tara makes sure each treatment plan is designed for each individual client. She has a Post-graduate Diploma in CBT and a BSc in Psychology. She also has an MSc in occupational Psychology. When working as an Occupational Psychologist Tara’s aim is to help organisations get the best performance from their employees while working in areas such as leadership, culture and change.

Tara McCloskey also conducts Psychometric testing which is the process of measuring relevant strengths and weaknesses to assess employment suitability. This helps us gain an accurate reading of the candidate’s cognitive personality/behavioural style.

Tara has experience in writing out reports and she has considerable experience communicating with Psychiatrists and GP’s when necessary. She writes medico-legal reports and covers topics such as immigration status, accident and mitigating circumstances for work and also University related issues.

Tara supervises psychological practitioners and she runs psychotherapeutic and psycho-educational groups. She is also bi-lingual, speaking Farsi and English.

Eating Disorder Expert

Tara is highly specialised in working with eating disorders. She has been working with eating disorders for the last four years in an IAPT service and has more recently moved to a Specialist Eating disorders service in south west London. In this service Tara has been using enhanced cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT-E) to work with a range of eating disorders including Anorexia, Bulimia, binge eating and other types of eating disorders which do not fit into these categories. Enhanced cognitive behavioural therapy is the latest version of the leading empirically supported treatment for eating disorders. This treatment is tailored to the needs of each client and can be adapted for adolescents also.

Tara McCloskey has also been running a group looking at Compassionate Mind/compassionate focused therapy (CFT) which has been proven to work well with patients with eating disorders who are extremely self-critical and lack self-compassion.

CFT is an approach which has been developed to help people who struggle with issues around shame and self-esteem (which are issues that have been found to be common in individuals suffering from eating disorders)

The aims of CFT are to help people build a more compassionate and less critical way of being with themselves and also others.

Whilst focus is on the eating disorder, Tara works with other presentations in order for the treatment to be successful such as depression, OCD, phobias, social anxiety, self-esteem issues, problems with alcohol and borderline personality disorder.


  • Anon

    I initially encountered my therapist, Tara McCloskey during a crisis as a young adult via NHS services. When I later decided to return to therapy she was my first and only choice, this time through the Private Therapy Clinic. She’s a pleasant, compassionate and attentive presence whilst recognising the importance of goals and structure to attaining personal progress. The PTC itself was well organised and helpful in arranging appointments and keeping me informed if there was any need to reschedule.

  • Anon

    I was understandably very nervous before attending my first session at Private Therapy Clinic. But from day one I am happy to say that it’s made a positive impact on my life. Our day to day troubles are sometimes easier to understand and process when you have someone external and impartial to talk and guide you through them.

  • Anon

    I started seeing Tara McCloskey (with the Private Therapy clinic) just over a year ago now. Definitely the best decision I’ve made. I’ve gained an insight into my life and the things that kept me down. I’m now a much more confident person, I’ve gained some emotional intelligence, and find I’m generally in a much better place in my life. I finally started my career and have now cultivated a better relationship with my family and friends. This is very much thanks to Tara, she is an incredible psychologist. Tara is very knowledgeable and has a vast range of expertise to draw from, which has helped with the plethora of issues I’ve put forward. More than that though, Tara is a kind and compassionate therapist who genuinely cares about her clients, this has made it really easy for me to open up and trust her and share my deepest thoughts. Tara has really gone the extra mile in helping me. Truly above and beyond what is expected.

  • Anon

    The private therapy clinic has changed my life through CBT and allowed me to live as a happier, healthier person. My therapist Tara has been a light for me and given me the tools to overcome and challenge my OCD, which I thought would be hell for the rest of my life. I could not recommend the Private Therapy Clinic enough.

  • Anon

    It began with an initial call, where I was able to describe my problem and they found me a therapist who fitted the best to my problem. I think now I’m able to give a review since it’s been a while since we have begun to work together with Tara. We both working hard on my problems and we had small successes already and we still have a long way to go but we are on the right track. Tara is always very patient and she always remembers what we have already talked about which shows me that she really cares. It is very important when it comes to curing a mental problem. I’m very confident that we will be able to solve my problem together. I know everybody wants something negative as well as part of a review but I can’t provide any, we are working hard and working together on my problems using CBT and other techniques which are helpful in my case.

  • Anon

    I approached Private Therapy Clinic seeking help in dealing with depression and disordered eating. I had seen another therapist in the past and, when I found myself in the situation of needing help again, I ‘trialed’ a few therapists for an initial consultation before committing to longer treatment. I chose Tara because she is so incredibly personable, positive and at the same time professional. Very hard working and always prepared, I also felt she wanted to help address and deal with my problems in a way that was accommodating of what was important to me, and help me find the middle ground. Having had experience with other counseling practices, Private Therapy Clinic offers more flexibility, which I found refreshing and more compatible with my busy and sometimes unpredictable lifestyle; the previous clinic I worked with had me commit to the same time every week and would charge me if I couldn’t make a session because I way away, etc. All in all, a great experience and I would recommend PTC and Tara to anyone looking for help in dealing with the everyday.

  • Anon

    It has been an interesting experience.

  • Anon

    Tara is a very good counselor and the sessions she has conducted with my partner have really helped in the short space of time they have been working together.

  • Anon

    Literally the best experience – feel immeasurably happier and more confident and it’s only the fourth session. Would highly recommend. 🙂

  • Anon

    I’ve been meeting with Tara, on and off for several months now. Prior to contacting The Private Therapy Clinic I had tried counselling elsewhere but found that I would reach a point where the sessions would feel stale and lacked energy. What I particularly like about my sessions with Tara is that she puts a lot of energy into each session. She’s clearly very knowledgable and experienced and I really feel that she puts her all into trying to figure out what is really behind my troublesome thoughts/patterns and offer me guidance. I’m impressed by how much detail Tara recalls from previous sessions and she challenges me when appropriate which keeps each session engaging and fresh.

  • Anon

    The Private Therapy Clinic has changed my life more than I ever thought it would. When I was younger, I was dragged to a host of other therapists only to be told that I was a troubled child and couldn’t be helped. This could not have been further from my experience at the Private Therapy Clinic. It is a completely relaxed and non-judgemental setting to talk through whatever I feel like speaking about that week and I only have positive things to say about my therapist Tara. From the first session I really believed that she cared about helping me and it has made a real difference to know that there is someone on my side. I would recommend the Private Therapy Clinic to anyone and truly believe that everyone would benefit from it.

  • Anon

    I have been dealing with anxiety for many years and I felt like I was at a loss thinking about how to get out of my situation. The therapy here has started to shift my negative mindset into a more positive thought process. Talking about your problems and changing your behavior patterns cannot be underestimated the improved results has been game changing. I’m not over my anxiety yet but I feel like I’m on the right path and that darkenes I once had has started to disappear.

  • Anon

    I feel very comfortable with my therapist, and really value feedback and enjoy the session.

  • Anon

    Excellent service. My therapist has never been anything less than encouraging and supportive over the last few months that I’ve worked with her. The system is incredibly easy to use, I’ve had to alter or occasionally cancel appointments and I’ve always received emails back from either the therapist or the office within minutes. Extremely good service all around.

  • Anon

    Comfortable setting, friendly staff, nothing is ever too much trouble. I look forward to my sessions rather than dreading them – which is a first for most people!

  • Anon

    As a first timer in this sort of thing I was very pleasantly surprised when the clinic assigned Tara McCloskey to me. As we are in the same age group she was very easy to talk to and from the get go she was a very big help. She’s attentive and professional but I always felt like my sessions were personal and that she actually cared for what was going on around me. Once you start feeling better you’ll wonder why you didn’t seek council sooner. Highly recommendable especially for those who are uneasy about speaking to a stranger.

  • Anon

    Tara McCloskey has helped and continues to help me through numerous issues of varying severity. Through our sessions I have managed to overcome my OCD which had been effecting me every day since I was a child. She has successfully tackled issues of depression and low motivation with kindness and upmost professionalism. If you have any problems regarding mental health the Private Therapy Clinic is incredible and Tara is recommended to the highest regard.

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03 Nov 2016

Being a CBT therapist in London – Interview with Tara McCloskey

Tara McCloskey is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), working both in private practice for the Private Therapy Clinic and for the NHS. She provides therapy both in English and in Farsi and was born and lives in London. Today I interviewed Tara to find out more about her role as a CBT therapist, her lifestyle and what her job involves.....