About Tamar

I am an Educational and Developmental Psychologist, working with children, adolescents, parents and adults. I have worked as a school psychologist for 19 years and in private practice for 20 years. I have extensive experience providing counselling, conducting assessments, and supervising psychologists. I am an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with children and adolescents. I am also trained in Compassion Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I help my clients achieve excellent results quickly, teaching life skills they can use for other issues in the future. I work closely with parents, giving them quick and simple strategies to reinforce what I have taught their child. This helps the child take on the strategies learnt in therapy as part of their coping tool kit.

Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD: Monash University Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology, supervised by Glenn Melvin, Louise Hayes and Kylie Gray). My research compared the effectiveness of ACT and CBT as part of year nine school curricula, and is the first study comparing ACT to CBT in schools. Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology (Monash University), Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Deakin University), and Bachelor of Arts (University of Melbourne).

Supervision: I am an approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia, and the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. I supervise provisional psychologists, early-career, and experienced psychologists, and Educational and Developmental Psychology registrars. I am a visiting fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. I provide supervision in how to use ACT with children, adolescents, parents, and adults, conduct assessments, and school psychology issues.

Training: I am a passionate and enthusiastic presenter. I’ve presented at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science’s World Conference, the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists National Conference, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science South Eastern Chapter Conference, and I provide training in ACT at schools for teachers and wellbeing staff.

Memberships: Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, Australian Psychological Society, Fellow Australian Psychological Society’s College of Educational and Developmental Psychology.

Tamar’s Approach

Deciding to seek assistance for yourself or your child/adolescent might have been difficult. You might have put it off or avoided it. It can be hard to ask for help, and talk about how you or your child/adolescent copes with life’s ups and downs. I am warm, kind, caring, and passionate and enthusiastic about helping people. I am committed to helping people develop more effective coping strategies quickly, so they can start doing the things that are important to them, and achieve their goals.

Tamar Has Extensive Experience Working With:

• Cognitive (intelligence) and Educational Assessments
• Study Difficulties (procrastination, time management, concentration difficulties)
• Attention Disorders
• Learning Difficulties
• Giftedness
• Anxiety Disorders (including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobia, Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder)
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trichotillomania (hair pulling) and Excoriation Disorder (skin picking)/Dermatillomania)
• Depression
• Social Difficulties
• Bullying
• School Refusal
• Bed Wetting and Toilet Training
• Sleep Difficulties
• Autism
• Parenting Issues
• Grief and Loss
• Health Conditions

Read Tamar’s ACT-Based Parent Booklet:

My parent booklet was written to help families cope with COVID, based on ACT and compassion approaches. You can apply it to other issues too. It’s been shared amongst psychologists and parents around the world.

Download the booklet for free here:

Telehealth (Video Conference):

I can conduct counselling sessions via Telehealth (video conference).