Insight Psychological Therapists - Tara Hughes

Tara Hughes
Tara Hughes, Practicum Intern Therapist, P.N., R.N. B.Sc.N. (She/Her)

I commend you for embracing your inner strength through self-reflection.

*NOTE: Our Practicum Therapists offer reduced rates for counselling support. Please be aware that FEES WILL BE NON-REIMBURSABLE by Extended Health Care Benefit Plans.

More About Tara Hughes

With over 10 years of experience in psychiatry, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive client-centered care. Working as a nurse for many years, I have had many points of contact with patients, families and community organizations, and I understand that medical and psychological issues can significantly affect each other. I recognize and support the unique needs of each client while considering their lived experiences and psychosocial factors. My approach is rooted in understanding and prioritizing my client’s goals while providing a safe, culturally-sensitive environment where my clients will feel heard and validated. I embrace a non-judgmental attitude and celebrate the diversity in our community while accepting others regardless of their background, identity, or experiences. I aim to empower my clients to embrace their authentic selves and navigate life’s challenges with confidence and resilience.


Have you, or anyone close to you, had to overcome any trauma, or mental health challenge?

I lost my brother to substance misuse. This event affected me deeply, and led me to focus on what was really important in my life. I became a stronger advocate for myself and for those who are vulnerable.

What do you think the world needs more of?

I think the world needs more curiosity to create interest in another’s perspective. If we challenge ourselves to look at the world from another point of view, we can understand each other better and become more empathic.


Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (in progress)

Designation: Registered Nurse, B.Sc.N.


Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association: Student Member#11249967

Psychologist Association of Alberta: Student Member


Non-Violent Crisis Intervention – Expires February 2025

CPR – Expires June 2024


  • English

My areas of focus:

Anxiety & Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Suicidal Thoughts
Developmental Disorders
  • Cognitive Disability
Grief & Loss Care
  • Changes in Health
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Grief and Loss
Mental Health Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Delusional Disorder
  • Paranoid Personality Disorder
Other Areas
  • Seniors and the Elderly Issues
Trauma Care
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trauma
Uniformed Personnel & First Responders
  • Cognitive & Mental Performance

I have experience in:

  • Abuse
  • Aging Parents
  • Anger Management
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Adults
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Becoming a Parent or the Addition of Children
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Blended Family Adjustment
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Changes in Health
  • Custody Access Issues
  • Dealing with Infidelity
  • Dealing with Physical Health Issues
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Difficult People
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Empty Nest Syndrome
  • FASD
  • Family Caregiver Stress
  • Family Issues
  • First Responders Trauma or PTSD
  • Food or Eating Issues
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Graduation
  • Handling Chronic Illness & Chronic Pain
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Impulsivity in Children
  • Issues Related to Bullying
  • LGBTQ2S+ Issues
  • Life Transitions and Adjustment Issues
  • Losing Someone to Suicide
  • Loss of Employment
  • Loss of a Child
  • Loss of a Loved One
  • Loss of a Preterm Child
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Trauma
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Out of Control Shopping
  • Panic Disorder
  • Paranoid Personality Disorder
  • Parenting Coordination
  • Parenting Issues & Support
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Pregnancy
  • Problem Internet/Gaming in Children & Youth
  • Religious or Spiritual Trauma
  • Retirement
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder
  • Schizophreniform Disorder
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Assault and Abuse
  • Sexual Offending Behaviours
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Stress Management
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Trauma
  • Weight & Eating Disorders
  • Workplace Stress
  • Workplace Trauma

My treatment approaches:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Grief Work
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

Assessment services:

  • Anxiety Assessment
  • Depression Assessment
  • Functional Capacity Assessment
  • Postpartum Depression (PPD) Assessment