My name is Tara Shennan. I am a trauma therapist and I work with an integrative approach.
But, what does that really mean?
It means that I bring together different theoretical approaches in a way that works best for you. Sometimes we need to work on a deep level with difficult memories, Sometimes we need to challenge some of the beliefs that your trauma may have taught you. Sometimes we may need or want to work creatively. But not to worry, we will work to your level and pace because your wellbeing is the most important thing.
I have over 11 years of experience working with people who have experienced trauma. I’ve worked across many settings such as charities, the NHS and in private practice. This area of work has also meant building an in-depth understanding of working with issues such as low self-esteem, self-harm, disordered eating, suicidal ideation, risk taking behaviours and post-traumatic stress disorder, amongst many others. I have experience of delivering Pre-Trial Therapy.
Over the last 11 years, I have worked with children, young people and adults. I have developed a particular specialism in internet sexual abuse (internet grooming). My current roles include working in a mental health crisis team within the NHS. I give lectures to trainee clinical psychologists on issues such as ethics in the therapy room and maintaining the therapeutic relationship with traumatised clients. I am also part of a pilot project to reduce mental health stigma in medical students.
- Level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2016)
- Diploma in working with children and young people (ongoing)
- Bsc (hons) Psychology (ongoing)
Working in an integrative approach I bring together person-centred therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, gestalt approach, attachment theory, polyvagal theory, play therapy and creative therapies.
Chapter 8:#MeToo on the internet by Tara Shennan with Haley Clifford