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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 is to be confirmed.
Please note that payment is required in full prior to the start of the program and the deposit is non-refundable.
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 addiction treatment was being managed within Australia... because basically, it wasn’t!

Tara noticed that, while addiction doesn’t discriminate, the support and rehabilitation opportunities available for people do. So, she created the plan to utilise the profits from The TARA Clinic and its future expansions to fund her long term goal. This goal is to build not for profit organisations that will ensure all members of the community have access to caring, respectful, holistic and practical Harm Minimisation treatment options for addiction and its associated mental and physical impacts on wellbeing.

While Tara has been a welcome guide to thousands of clients over the years, she believes that each of her clients has helped her along this journey. As such, “I want to sincerely thank every single client that has or will seek out treatment with The TARA Clinic, because by trusting us as your guide, while helping yourself you are also helping me to help others. Now that is teamwork!” – Tara Hurster.

The TARA Clinic is a teaching clinic. We provide a safe and inclusive opportunity for final year Counselling and Psychology students to complete their placement with us. This has allowed us to support the community through providing supervised and affordable sessions and group programs.
Partnered with
Neighbourhood Watch Street Smart Handbook
SMART Recovery Self Management And Recovery Training
ACAP Australian College of Applied Psychology
Harm Reduction Australia
ATHRA Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association
ANZ Mental Health Association
Psychology Today
Olivia Lund
My name is Olivia and I am currently in my final year of a Bachelors degree in Counselling. I have a passion for social justice, supporting others and encouraging individuals to reach their full potential! I currently work in a residential capacity with youth presenting with addiction concerns and thoroughly enjoy my job. I hope through applying my learning, I will be able to assist community members in their recovery process.
Tara Hurster
Tara's experience within the addiction space has provided her with a natural ability to cut through the fog and provide you with a clear path towards your goals. She takes the time to understand the complexities of your situation, and provides guidance in a no nonsense, compassionate and practical way. Tara holds a strong focus on explaining the ‘why’ as she believes that with knowledge comes power, and her mission is to empower as many people as possible to meet their recovery goals.
Daniel Heppes
Daniel is an accredited SMART Recovery facilitator with a passion for helping people navigate through issues relating to addiction and mental health. With an educational background in psychology, he understands the complexities involved in tackling these challenges, and is committed to working with group members to help them formulate and achieve their own goals.