Get to Know Me
and My Approach
Tara Bortolon (She/Her/Hers)
MSc, BHSc, OT Reg. (Ont.), OTR/L, RCOSPF
Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Tara obtained her undergraduate degree from Western Ontario in Health Sciences and has a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland. She has extensive experience working with children, youth and families in Australia, Canada, and the United States. Her work experience also includes consulting with schools to advocate and support students to succeed at school.
Tara has completed training in Theraplay level 1 and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) level 1 and 2, SOS Approach to Feeding. She is a certified provider of Circle of Security parenting and Triple P parenting program. She has additional training and education in sensory processing, family therapy, developmental trauma, autism and mental health, as well as assessment and management of anxiety and depression in young people.
Voted BEST Occupational Therapist in 2022
Play & Connect
As an Occupational Therapist, I utilise a client-centered approach to assess and understand what may be impacting your child's mental health and wellbeing. I focus on play as this is the universal language for children to express their inner world, thoughts and feelings. I aim to support connection between a child's experiences and their narratives as well as connecting with those around them.
My approach in therapy comprises of 4 main concepts:
Playfulness - Being playful to engage and build a meaningful relationship with your child
Acceptance - Accepting of your child's emotional states
Curiosity - Being curious about their play and behaviours
Empathy - Providing empathy with their stories, experiences, and emotions