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About Tara MacGregor

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Tara is an experienced health professional who has for over 25 years’ been supporting people to manage the challenges of living with chronic disease and mental health issues in both inpatient and community settings. She is a professional Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Clinical Member of PACFA Psychotherapist and Counsellors Federation of Australia and an Accredited Practising Dietitian 

Following many years of Clinical Dietetics in various hospital settings, Tara now manages a successful specialist private practice in Sydney, first opened in 2004 . Her practice focuses on assisting adults experiencing  chronic yo-yo dieting, disordered eating and eating disorders. Tara also offers more broadly focused counselling and psychotherapy for clients wanting to look beyond their eating behaviours or clients seeking assistance with issues concerning mental wellbeing and self development.

Tara publishes a seasonal e-newsletter titled Practice Pavestones for health professionals interested in building a client centred orientation into their practice. She runs  training for health professionals wanting to develop competent counselling skills for facilitating behaviour change and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Tara is a PACFA Accredited Supervisor and provides clinical supervision and mentoring for skill integration and professional development.

Tara’s approach combines skillful client centered counselling with nutrition knowledge, integrating a range of evidence based therapeutic approaches with a leaning toward mindful, experiential enquiry. You can read more about what this may be like to experience as a client here. Tara has a special interest in assisting people to improve their health and well-being using “non-diet” approaches to develop mindful, attuned eating, body connection and calm insight. Tara’s foundational work philosophy is the Health At Every Size HAES ® paradigm. Tara compliments this paradigm with the respect and guidance offered to clients through Motivational Interviewing. For information on Tara’s training and therapeutic influences you can read more below. Whilst professional qualifications and ongoing development are essential to good practice, what really matters to Tara is bringing to her work warmth, humour and a ‘down to earth’ understanding of the real-life challenges of living and working well in the context of modern lives.

Practice Pavestones runs regular training for health professionals with Tara as principal trainer. In 2019 Practice Pavestones will be hosting a variety of workshops with guest speakers who are leaders in their field

Upcoming training dates can be found here. 

Tara’s post graduate studies have featured a broad spectrum of therapeutic modalities and strategies including:

  • Rogerian Client Centered Counselling
  • Motivational Interviewing 
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Focusing Oriented Psychotherapy
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level 1)
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Systems Theory
  • CBT

Tara has a strong orientation toward mindful, embodied therapeutic strategies to compliment cognitive oriented therapies. 

A student herself of meditation and embodied self enquiry for over a decade, Tara brings to her work an authentic presence and a real understanding of the challenges of being present in our lives.

To learn more about what the experience of working with Tara is like you are welcome to read more here.

Bachelor of Science. Sydney University. 1987 – 1990

Masters of Science Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Sydney University 1990-1991

Graduate Diploma in Counselling.  Australian College of Applied Psychology 1998.  Completed 2005-2007 at The Institute of Counselling, Sydney. Recipient of The Mary Lewis Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

Maudsley Family Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa Practitioner Training. Westmead Hospital Sydney 2005. Clinical Supervision at Westmead Hospital 2005-2008.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training Level 1. 2010 Sydney. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Colorado. www.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org.  Repeated 2012 Perth WA as assistant to trainer.

Supervision Competencies for Supervisors PACFA Supervisor Qualification Training – May, June, November 2014. Dr Elizabeth Riley 

Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers Train the Trainer (MINT TNT) August 2015 www.motivationalinterviewing.org


Certified Focusing Trainer & Focusing Oriented Therapist  2010 – current. Trainer: Jane Quayle  Informal Focusing studies/short courses commenced 2004.  www.focusing.org

ANZAED Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders www.anzaed.org.au

Association for Size Diversity and Health www.sizediversityandhealth.org

Dietitians Association of Australia. www.daa.asn.au

IFEDD International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians www.eddietitians.com

Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers MINT www.motivationalinterviewing.org

Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia – Clinical Registration No 21520. www.pafca.org.au

The Focusing Institute www.focusing.org

Observe & Assist: Motivational Interviewing 3 Day Introductory Workshop Trainer: Stephen Andrew LSCW LADC CCS CGP Singapore Oct 2018

Speaker Dietitians Unite Conference: Understanding the Deficit Detective. Brisbane March 2017

Principal Trainer and Author: Understanding Professional Boundaries: Working Sustainably & Ethically with Clients in Contemporary Dietetic Practice. 1 Day Workshop. Multiple dates and venues since Nov 2017

Speaker Dietitians Association of Australia Conference: MIndfulness: What is the relationship between Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing? Hobart 2016. Co-presented with Fiona Sutherland APD

Principal Trainer and Author: Motivational Interviewing 1: Core Skills and Spirit. Motivational Interviewing 2: The Power of Process & Change Talk 2 Day Workshop. Multiple dates and venues since Oct 2015

Principal Trainer & Author: The Essential Counselling Skills Workshop for Dietitians 2 Day Intensive. Multiple Dates and Venues since Oct 2014 

Speaker: The Role of the Dietitian in Eating Disorder Treatment. EATFED Conference: Contemporary Research and Cutting Edge Treatment for Eating Disorders. August 15th 2014 Sydney

Assistant to Trainer: Focusing Psychotherapy Elective. Jansen Newman Institute Masters of Psychotherapy program June – July 2013.

Assistant to Trainer: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training Level 1. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Colorado. www.sensorimotorpsychotherapy.org. February – June 2012 Perth.

Principal Facilitator & Author: Appreciating Hunger as a Felt Sense. Focusing Professionals Certification Program –  September 2011

Speaker: Introduction to Mindful Eating for Dietitians. DAA NSW State Conference September 2011. 

Supervision Training Workshop. Sydney June 2013. Presenter Dr Daphne Hewson Approved by The Psychology Board of Australia

11th Annual ANZAED Conference – Inspiring Change: Person & Context. August 22-24th 2013 www.anzaed.org.au

MBSR – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction/Cognitive Therapy Training. August – September 2013 www.openground.com.au

Weight Science – Examining The Evidence for a Paradigm Shift. October 2013 Dr Linda Bacon (Sponsored by Australian Psychological Society)  

Implementing Health At Every Size (HAES) in Clinical Practice. October 2013 Dr Linda Bacon (Sponsored by Australian Psychological Society) 

Supervision Master Class: Feedback and Reflective Practice in Supervision. February 2014.  Dr Daphne Hewson. Approved by The Psychology Board of Australia

Clinical Management of Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa workshop. February 2014, Professor Phillipa Hay & Dr Stephen Touyz

Beyond Dietary Advice – Working with Eating Behaviour and Body Image workshop. DAA February 2014

New Developments in Motivational Interviewing: Introducing the Four Processes of MI. March 2014 Dr Stan Steindl 

Nutrition and Eating Disorders Masterclass ANZAED May 2014. www.anzaed.org.au

Breaking The Spell Insight Retreat July 2014 Tortoise Mountain

The Non-Diet Approach & Advanced Counselling Skills for Dietitians.  July 2014 Fiona Willer APD & Fiona Sutherland APD.

Ethical Client Notes and Record Keeping. August 2014. Dr Elizabeth Riley 

Motivational Interveiwing 4th International Symposium August 2015 www.mioceania.org

The Feeding Relationship and Eating Competence August 2015 Ellyn Satter RD MS MSSW

Befriending The Body Retreat. A Buddhist Experiential Retreat for Women Oct/ Nov 2015 Liz Turnbull & Joyce Kornblatt 

Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers MINT Forum 2016 Montreal Canada Sept 27 – Oct 1 2016 www.motivationalinterviewing.org

Narrative Therapy & Eating Disorder Recovery: Hope through empowering conversations Dr Janet Conti Nov 2016

Using Expressive Arts Therapy & HAES to address Eating Disorders & Body Image Dissatisfaction Dr Deah Scwartz Dec 2016

Working with Women with PCOS: Navigating the Real-Life Challenges Terrill Bruerre APD March 2017

ANZAED 15th Annual Conference Creating Connections Harbouring Knowledge Sydney Sept 2017

An Advanced Workshop on Collaborative & Compassion-based Approaches with Patients, Teams and Systems. 2 day intensive Sydney Sept 2017

Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers MINT Forum 2017  3 day conference Dublin October 2017

Creating Imaginative Learnings CIL. Jane Groves and Fiona Clarke  2 day intensive Dublin October 2017

MI Oceania Meeting 2 day forum Christchurch NZ February 2018

PBI Complete Professional Navigating Professional Boundaries in Medicine (online) May 2018 

Ethics Training for Professional Conduct Panel Members  1 day workshop PACFA June 2018

Motivational Interviewing for Supervisors 2 day intensive Helen Mentha Melbourne July 2018