About Tamar

Dr Tamar Black is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist, who works with children, adolescents, parents and adults. She has worked at private schools as a School Psychologist for 19 years and in private practice for 20 years, and has extensive experience providing counselling, conducting cognitive and educational assessments for learning difficulties, and supervising psychologists. Tamar is an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with children and adolescents, and has undergone extensive training in its use. She is also trained in Compassion Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Tamar helps her clients to achieve excellent, long lasting results in a short time frame, and teaches them life skills they can use for other issues in the future. She gives parents quick and simple strategies to use at home to reinforce what the child has learnt in therapy. This helps remind the child of what they’ve learnt in therapy, so they can start using the strategies themselves as part of their coping tool kit.

Tamar has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Monash University, which she completed through the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology, under the supervision of Associate Professor Glenn Melvin, Dr Louise Hayes, and Professor Kylie Gray. Her research compared the effectiveness of ACT and CBT for preventing depression, anxiety, stress and enhancing mental health in adolescents. Participants were year nine students in two schools in Melbourne, Australia, who were randomly allocated to either an ACT or CBT eight-week group intervention during regular class time as part of the school curriculum, using regular class sizes. This is the first study to compare ACT to CBT in schools. Tamar also has a Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma of Psychology from Deakin University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.

Tamar is an approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia, and the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, a fellow of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Educational and Developmental Psychology, and a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. She has extensive experience providing supervision to provisional psychologists and experienced registered psychologists, including those undertaking Psychology Board of Australia approved programs for registration and for endorsement in Educational and Developmental Psychology, and she is a visiting fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. Tamar is experienced in providing supervision focusing on using ACT with children and adolescents, parents, adults, as well as conducting and interpreting psychological assessments of children, adolescents and adults, and issues pertaining to school psychology.

Tamar has been described as a passionate and enthusiastic presenter. She presented her PhD research in 2013 at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science’s World Conference, in 2014 at the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists National Conference, and in 2015 at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science South Eastern Chapter Conference in the US.

Tamar’s Approach

Deciding to seek assistance for yourself or your child/adolescent from a psychologist might have been a difficult decision. You might have hesitated about it, or put it off. It can take strength and courage to seek help from someone that you have not met before, and talk to them about the way that you or your child/adolescent copes with life’s ups and downs. Tamar is warm, kind and caring. She is passionate and enthusiastic about helping people, and committed to assisting her clients to develop more effective coping strategies in a short time frame 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, techniques for studying for tests and examinations, and for taking tests and examinations)
• Attention Disorders
• Learning Difficulties
• Giftedness
• Anxiety Disorders (including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder)
• Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling)
• Skin Picking
• Depression
• Childhood/Adolescent Behavioural Issues
• Social Difficulties
• Bullying
• School Refusal
• Bed Wetting and Toilet Training
• Sleep Difficulties
• Autism (Asperger’s is now included under this category)
• Parenting Issues
• Grief and Loss
• Health Conditions

Read Tamar’s ACT-Based Parent Booklet

Tamar has written a booklet for parents to help them help their family cope with being at home during COVID-19, and manage the stress, uncertainty and changes of not being able to attend school, work and social/leisure activities. It is based on ACT and compassion-based approaches. This booklet has been shared amongst psychologists around the world.

Download the booklet for free here:

Telehealth (Video Conference)

As a result of the COVID-19 Telehealth Services provided by the Australian Government Department of Health, Tamar is able to conduct counselling sessions via Telehealth (video conference) using Zoom. If you (or your child) have a mental health care plan, you will be able to claim a rebate from Medicare for your sessions. Please contact Tamar for all enquiries and to make an appointment.