Tara Connolly

Counselling - Registered Psychotherapist

Tara Connolly is a Registered Psychotherapist who has been counselling adults and youth on the spectrum for over 17 yrs.  She was the Coordinator of the Transition Support Centre at Algonquin College, an innovative service that supports the transitions of students on the spectrum into and throughout post-secondary environments.  It empowers students to leverage the tools they need for success and builds the capacity of the post-secondary community to recognize and effectively incorporate the inherent strengths of neurodiverse thinkers.

Tara’s background in education and counselling, has provided her the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the issues faced by youth emerging into adulthood as well as issues faced by aging adults striving to live healthy and fulfilling lives on their own terms. Tara also works with families looking to support their family members in the best way possible and she offers training to other clinicians, educators and healthcare providers looking to increase their understanding of ASD and learn more about how to work most effectively with clients on the spectrum.

Working from a client-centred approach, Tara draws on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, CBT, and ACT as well as other counselling modalities to assist clients in identifying and exploring challenging issues, potential goals and new possibilities.  This supports clients to progress in a way that is meaningful to them and work toward positive healthy outcomes in their lives.

Common issues explored: Coping with transitions big and small, building capacity and new skills, managing anxiety, self-esteem, unwritten social rules, managing relationships, coping through depression and maintaining mental health wellness are common issues for clients.

Tara also specializes in the following: transitions to post-secondary, navigating employment settings, women on the spectrum, self-advocacy and family advocacy, issues in seeking and receiving healthcare, aging on the spectrum, exploring identity and sexuality on the spectrum.

 Tara is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Please note that Tara has closed her waitlist for new clients.  For more information, please contact her administrative assistant, Debbie Ladisa at 613-728-3808.  Appointments with Tara are at our location at 97 Hinton Avenue North.

During this period of self-isolation due to COVID-19, Tara is not currently seeing clients through Emerging Minds.