Hi, I’m Tara!
Welcome! My name is Tara MacGillivray, and I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and the owner of New Heights Psychotherapy. After spending 16 years in the child welfare field as both a child protection worker and supervisor, I decided to change careers and pursue my dream of becoming a full-time therapist. Although I loved my career, for years there was a little voice in the back of my mind telling me that my role as a “helper” was going to involve a big change, and in 2020, I took a leap of faith and began my journey to become a psychotherapist.
I have always had a passion for helping others and I feel highly fortunate to be in a position to offer therapeutic services to those in need. I enjoy helping people who have experienced all sorts of life challenges including but not limited to anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, relationships, separation/divorce, parenting, grief, and intimate partner violence. My time working in child welfare as well as in providing psychotherapy to my clients has provided me with a strong foundation for working with both children and adults. I focus on walking beside my clients through their journeys, empowering them to build upon their already-existing strengths and helping them to heal their wounds.
In my personal life, I am a wife and the mother of two children. I reside on the outskirts of Ottawa, ON, and you can often find me practicing self-care by paddling on my paddle board, walking through my local hiking trails, or, every once in a while, enjoying a good Netflix binge session.
New Heights Psychotherapy
New Heights Psychotherapy is owned and operated by Tara MacGillivray, who is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She is also a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology. Further, she is a Rostered Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Provider.
Tara has been an active member in her community for many years, as a director on the board of directors for a sexual assault counselling clinic, as well as a representative on a community network against abuse, and a representative at the Situation Table in SD&G in past years. She is also an accredited practitioner of 5 different areas of the Triple P positive parenting program, including parenting for ages 0-12, parenting teenagers, parenting children who are transitioning through their parents’ separation or divorce, and helping families parent children who have a disability. She brings the experience and knowledge that she has gained through these opportunities into her therapy practice.
Tara is supervised by Heidi Hanson-Thompson, MA, CCC, Registered Psychotherapist.
CRPO Registration Number: 11404
CCPA Member Number: 11241666