Tara O’Donoghue

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Compassionate Focussed Therapist

Anxiety Disorders Specialist

Tara is a UK based Senior Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) who also is a specialist in Compassionate Focussed Therapy (CFT). Tara uses CBT and CFT as standalone psychotherapies in their own right. However, she is also skilled at combining these two evidence based therapies to give individuals the best treatment and recovery outcome possible.

Tara has worked over four years alongside the world renowned consultant Professor David Veale at the Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit (ADRU) situated at the Bethlem Royal Psychiatric Hospital (part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust). She was also Team Leader assisting with service development at the specialist Functional Disorder Unit (FiND), also at the Royal Bethlem, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

She also has published research alongside Professor Veale featured in the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies Journal. In her career she has won two awards, one in relation to making outstanding differences to people’s lives. These awards were achieved mainly from client feedback stating how their lives have been significantly impacted from working therapeutically with Tara. Recently she visited Kenya, where she assisted a centre set up psychotherapy for individuals' suffering from PTSD and other issues.

She frequently gets invited to teach other clinicians and workplaces on how to deliver therapy and also has given lectures at national and international conferences. She offers supervision to other clinicians and students also

Tara specialises in assessing and treating people who are experiencing mild to severe anxiety and depressive problems. She is skilled at helping individuals with complex anxiety understand how their problem first occurred. She offers treatment to allow an individual not only overcome their problem, but with relapse prevention planning, ensures the client has the best chance possible to maintain the recovery. Tara has used online platforms to deliver therapy regularly and maintains treatment between sessions with use of email, text and/or phone call.

She has extensive clinical experience of working with the following:

  • Depression

  • Psychosomatic disorder

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) also including Hoarding

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

  • Panic Disorder

  • Social Anxiety

  • Anger issues

  • Specific Phobia’s eg. Heights, blood, animals, spiders

  • Vomit Phobia (Emetophobia)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

  • Low self confidence, feelings of failure and not being good enough

  • High levels of self-criticism and shame

  • Work related problems

  • Stress

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology

Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Psychology

Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at the University of Cumbria, Lancaster.

Post Graduate Certificate in Compassionate Focussed Psychotherapy at the University of Derby

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, BABCP accredited

Compassionate Focussed Therapist, trained by Professor Paul Gilbert, OBE (founder of CFT)

Member of British Association of Behavioural and Psychotherapies BABCP

Member of the BABCP CFT Special Interest Group

Member of the Compassionate Focussed Therapy Foundation

Member of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation


Research has shown the that the relationship experienced between client and therapist is of great importance and linked to treatment success. Tara works alongside clients to build a relationship that feels safe to share and work in. Each case is treated individually with an emphasis placed on working together to reclaim life and achieve recovery.