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Counselling/ Psychotherapy


The ethos of the Tara Centre is one of reverence and respect for life, compassion for pain and suffering, and a conviction that what hurts can heal.

A holistic approach is adopted whereby the physical, emotional, intellectual, volitional and spiritual dimensions of the person are honoured and nourished.

Professional Standards

Tara Centre counsellors/psychotherapists are professionally trained and accredited by a recognised professional body * or are actively engaged in the process of working towards accreditation. *BACP, IACP, BAAT, HPC, BISS/ISST.

All are committed to on-going professional development and have personal experience of their own therapeutic process.  Regular supervision supports each one’s practice.

Theoretical Orientations

Counselling/ Psychotherapy is offered at Tara Centre from a wide variety of theoretical orientations which include the following:

  • Humanistic and Integrative
  • Psychodynamic
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Rogerian– Person Centred

This approach is taken in order to respect individual difference among the clients who attend the Centre.

Available to

The service is made available to:

  • children
  • adolescents
  • young people
  • adults of all ages

The capacity and availability of the counselling/ psychotherapy team at any given time determines the extent to which the service can be provided.


Issues dealt with include:

  • abuse in all its forms: emotional, physical, psychological, sexual;
  • bereavement: death, loss of any kind;
  • depression;
  • phobias;
  • relationship issues: marital/partnership problems, early childhood issues and occupational relationships;
  • spiritual crisis;
  • trauma of all kinds;
  • ‘Troubles’ / NI Conflict related;
  • crisis of any kind


Counsellors / Psychotherapists at the Centre adhere to the highest professional standards of confidentiality in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the accrediting body, Tara Centre policies and current legal requirements.

Application Procedure

Persons seeking an appointment are asked to leave their name (first name only is an option) and phone number with the receptionist. No further details need be given.  The Director of Counselling/ Psychotherapy will be informed of the application without delay and she will return the call within a reasonable time frame.

When the Director of Counselling/ Psychotherapy returns the call, she will take the necessary details on the issue(s) the client identifies and give an indication of how soon an appointment can be arranged. Priority will be given to those deemed to be in greatest need.

The appointed counsellor/ psychotherapist will make the next call to the client and arrange a time which is mutually suitable for a first appointment.  In the course of this appointment, details regarding confidentiality, frequency of appointments, cancellation and no show policies will be clarified for the client.

Emergency / Crisis Situations

Emergency /Crisis situations will normally be responded to before the end of the working day.

Grants, Fees, Contributions

The Tara Centre is a voluntary organisation committed to providing services to the highest professional standards.  It is reliant on grants, contributions and fees for its continued existence.

A sliding scale is in operation for payment / contributions.

Persons who qualify under the conditions of a current grant receive the service at no cost to them. Each case is dealt with individually in a process of consultation between the client and the assigned counsellor/ psychotherapist.

A core value of the Centre is non-discrimination on any grounds.  The very same standard of service is guaranteed to all irrespective of their payment arrangement.