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In Group Therapy, the process can take one of two forms known as 'Open Groups' or 'Closed Groups' and both have their pro's and con's. Open Groups allow new people to come into the program at any stage whereas a Closed Group means that the same group of people will go through the program together from start to finish.

The Empowered Recovery Groups program is a Closed Group and the next intake starts the week of the 25th March 2020.

The program consists of one 90 minute group session per week which is run from 6pm - 7:30pm and one individual session with your therapist each fortnight at a time that works for you.

To secure your place in the next intake, sign up today as numbers are limited.
Please note that payment is required in full prior to the start of the program and the deposit is non-refundable.
Our clients reported an 80% increase in their overall quality of life
Out patient survey 2019
Recovery, Your Way.

Supporting busy and successful people to regain control over substance use and addiction, while leaving the guilt and shame behind.

Our outpatient addiction programs and counselling services help you to find empowerment and autonomy in your recovery, and therefore, your life.
About us

With you

Look, we get it! You are frustrated because you have decided to make some changes, like have a week off alcohol or no longer go out from Sunday to Thursday because you see the impact drugs and alcohol are having on your work, relationships and health... however each time you make the decision, it hasn’t worked.

Our overarching philosophy is not on abstinence as we are not a 12-Step based program. Rather, we will show you how to stop the reactionary ‘fighting of fires’ by providing you with a robust plan and strong foundations to manage your drug and alcohol use to reduce the need for apologies, guilt or shame in your life.
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There is an option for everyone. Whether a private one-on-one program is important to you, you find comfort in being part of a group, or having access to an online membership is more your style, then The TARA Clinic has a solution for you.

The Empowered Recovery programs provide you with a structured three-part plan to progress through and our Individual Counselling services allow a more flexible approach to treatment and at a pace that suits you.
Our Private Individual Programs
The Empowered Recovery program is The TARA Clinic’s original private outpatient recovery program which is broken up into three stages to progress through known as Action, Resilience and Purpose.

With limited spaces in this individual program, book a call now to secure your place.
A major contributing factor to substance abuse is feelings of stress and distress or wanting a release. Action guides you through 12 weeks of structured tools and strategies to manage your experience of stress and understand how this was impacting on your substance use.
The next step is to build resilience around the substance abuse and addiction related behaviours. This stage of the program runs over 6 months and is both online and in person, providing you with practical tools and strategies to manage things such as cravings, urges and triggers. Having a clear understanding of what addiction is, how it progresses over time and what your early warning signs are means you are better equipped to avoid relapse.
Finally, build a life filled with direction, connection and purpose to provide you with the framework to manage your recovery into the future. This program also runs over 6 months and is provided both online and face to face to ensure you have all the support you need to implement the strategies into your daily life. Building a strong awareness of your values and goals will allow you to redefine your identity in a meaningful way while fostering the confidence in your ability to maintain your recovery into the future.
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Group Program
Empowered Recovery Groups
Empowered Recovery Groups program supports you to take action, build resilience and find purpose into your recovery. This nine month program consists of one 90 minute group session each week along with one individual session per fortnight ensuring your specific support needs are met.
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True recovery is a journey, not a task. Having access to a supportive online membership will assist you with ongoing accountability, information and guidance
Empowered Recovery - Gold membership
We understand that maintaining changes into the future can be tricky as life gets in the way or complacency kicks in. That’s why we provide our clients who have completed the Empowered Recovery program the opportunity to join the Gold Membership support program. This online support program provides you with a safe space to connect with like-minded people who have worked through their process of recovery and are wanting to maintain these changes into the future.
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Self directed Empowered Recovery Membership
The Self-Directed Empowered Recovery Membership is the first step on your journey to recovery. This autonomous and self-directed peer support membership is an opportunity to make changes in your life the way you want to while guided with general knowledge and skills.
Launching in March 2020 - be one of the first to join the Self-Directed Empowered Recovery Membership by signing up today
Our individual counselling services allow a more flexible approach to treatment and at a pace that suits you.
Individual Counselling
We all love freedom and options, so our individual counselling services are here for people who would prefer to have a more ad hoc approach to therapy. Our therapists have a range of knowledge and experience in different areas associated with substance abuse and addiction such as anxiety, low mood, trauma, intimacy and relationship problems.
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Our Other Services
From time to time clients who are attending The TARA Clinic require summary reports for court matters in either criminal or family court. If you require a report for court, speak with your therapist about the matter as they will require a formal request directly from your legal team outlining the information required. Once you have provided written consent to have your information provided to the third party, your therapist will complete the required report and send this to your legal team directly.
It is important to note that your therapist will require the formal written request from your legal representative a minimum of four weeks prior to the scheduled court date to allow them time to complete the report.
Our founder

It’s time to take control.

The TARA Clinic (an acronym where TARA stands for Therapeutic Addiction Recovery Assistance) was founded by Tara Hurster, a psychologist who started working within the space of addiction early in her career. Over the years she noticed a major problem with the way that addiction treatment was being managed within the community... because basically, it wasn’t!