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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.
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.
Partnered with
Neighbourhood Watch Street Smart Handbook
Harm Reduction Australia
ATHRA Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association
ANZ Mental Health Association
Psychology Today
Ellie Persaud
With a strong ability to provide a comfortable and warm therapeutic environment, Ellie will guide you through your journey in a compassionate, non-judgemental and kind way. Ellie is passionate about positive psychology; helping you understand your strengths and teaching you how to apply them. As an experienced provisional psychologist, she is anticipating full registration next year. FUN FACT: Ellie has previously lived in Japan and Canada!
Naomi Radom
Naomi is an open-minded, non-judgemental therapist. Interested in each individual’s unique story, she holds space so you feel heard, understood and supported. Naomi provides guidance and strategies to help navigate internal and external obstacles, and draws on your strengths and authenticity as you work towards what matters most. FUN FACT: Naomi is also a musician who you may have heard on your favourite movies and albums from the nineties and noughties.
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. FUN FACT: Tara gained a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do in under two years.
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. FUN FACT: Daniel has a passion for reptiles, with his collection including a couple of pythons and bearded dragons!