Tamera is a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in infant, child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing. Over the last 15 years, she has worked in a range of settings in NZ and Australia, including Child and Family mental health services (inpatient and outpatient), Maternal mental health, a specialist anxiety disorders unit and private practice. She provides assessment and therapy to children, adolescents and young adults facing a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, social-emotional difficulties, adjustment issues and navigating developmental difficulties. She adopts a range of evidence based approaches including Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness and her treatment approach is guided by client’s unique needs.
Tamera provides a warm, supportive therapeutic style which assists clients to feel heard and supported for positive change. When working with children, Tamera has a playful approach and ensures that children feel safe and comfortable within sessions. She also enjoys working closely with parents to provide parenting support and effective strategies to foster healthy parent-child attachment.
Tamera has considerable experience in the assessment and treatment of selective mutism and is passionate about helping young people gain social comfort and confidence. She is proud to be part of the development of the Selective Mutism Clinic at MCPC, which provides best practice interventions for children and their families.
Tamera has a special interest in Infant and Perinatal Mental Health and can support early attachment and bonding, while providing parents with education regarding infant mental health and development. She is also able to assist parents with their mental health and wellbeing in the context of early parenting (e.g., adjustment, parental stress, anxiety and depression). As part of her perinatal experience, Tamera has trained in parent-child relationship-based interventions and is also an accredited Neuroprotective Developmental Care (NDC) practitioner, able to offer support for infant sleep and unsettled infant behaviour. Following her passion for evidence-based practice and early intervention, she is undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Children’s Hospital, investigating the factors that shape neurobiological development and emotion regulation in young children with critical or chronic illness.
Tamera is a Board-Approved Supervisor and enjoys the privilege of sharing knowledge and collaborating with fellow clinicians.