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Tara MacGillivray BA, MACP Candidate

MA candidate

Independent Associate

FEE : $80.00/hr
  • Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy (Ages 10+)
  • Depression, Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Relationships, Parenting, Trauma, Abuse.


For as long as I can remember, I have had an interest in helping people. This interest led me to obtain an undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2005, and to currently pursue a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.

I have spent the last 16 years working directly with families, children, and youth, helping them overcome a variety of challenges in order to achieve their goals. My former career in social services provided me with a vast amount of experience working with parents who are overwhelmed and helping them navigate a variety of parenting concerns (challenging child behaviours, co-parenting after separation, etc.) as an accredited practitioner of the Triple P positive parenting program.

I also gained extensive experience in working with survivors and perpetrators of abuse and trauma, including those who have experienced intimate partner violence. I truly enjoy helping people who struggle with a variety of childhood and adulthood mental health diagnoses, such as depression and anxiety.

I practice from a strength-based approach, helping you get to where you want to be in life by using the strengths you already have. Coming to therapy can be scary, so I strive to have a safe and supportive counselling environment, in which I empower you and take a non-judgmental approach.

I focus on building a solid relationship with you so that there is a foundation of trust, and I will work with you at your pace to help you move forward. I will walk alongside you on your journey to wellness, working with you to find solutions and develop concrete strategies to manage life’s hardships. I tailor my services to each client’s specific needs, using evidence-based interventions to address the issues holding you back in order to help you move forward.

To schedule an appointment or to ask any questions, please email me at

356 Woodroffe Ave., Entrance G/H, Suite 201, Ottawa, ON, K2A 3V6
(613) 699-0060

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