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ProfDip; MBACP, MNCS (Accred)

About me

My name is Tara Shennan. I am a trauma therapist and I work with an integrative approach. This means that I bring together different theoretical approaches in a way that works best for you. You set the pace, so I won't rush you to tell me everything or make you feel as though you don't have a say in your own care. 

I offer tailored support to people who have experienced a distressing or traumatic event(s). You may be feeling depressed or anxious. You may be struggling in some areas of your life such as work or in your relationships. Your sex life may be faltering in one way or another. This is completely normal and I'll work with you to discover what the root of that difficulty is so that you can begin to overcome it. Because you can overcome it.

I offer support and therapy for people in various stages of recovery following a traumatic event(s). I am experienced in delivering pre-trial therapy & support, working with people who need psychiatric medications, crisis support and, supporting secondary survivors.

It is scary to reach out for support, no matter how used to accessing services you are. But the potential benefit can be worth that fear. I can't promise that this will be the hardest part but I can promise that I will be with you every step of the way, until you are ready to move on.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have over 12 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 and working with Women's Aid to support women experiencing or who have experienced domestic abuse. 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.  

I have a level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I am an Accredited Registrant with the National Counselling Society (NCS) and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). 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. I am working towards a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. I also maintain a student membership of the British Psychological Society.

I maintain the CPD requirements of my membership bodies and the organisations I work with. I do regular safeguarding training amongst many others.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sexual self injury; Internet grooming

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From £30.00 to £45.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Individual sessions – £30 per hour
Couples therapy – £45 per hour
Family sessions (This is not family therapy. This would be planned sessions to support a client under my care.) – £45 per hour
Group work (coming soon)
Concessionary rates are available, please get in contact to discuss further.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Second Floor, 8A Carlton Road, Lincoln, Nottinghamshire, S80 1PH

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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