Dr. Tara Pennington-Twist – Child Clinical Psychologist

Child Psychologist

About me

I am a Senior Clinical Psychologist, specialising in Child & Adolescent Mental Health. I am Chartered by The British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered member of The Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC). I offer independent, specialist psychological assessment and  therapy to children, adolescents, adults and families who are struggling with a range of emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. I practice from my Consulting Rooms in Morningside, South Edinburgh.

I have worked and studied in the field of Psychology for seventeen years, having undertaken a BSc (Honours) Degree in Psychology at Cardiff University in 2000 and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Edinburgh University in 2008. Throughout my career I have gained broad experience working in a range of services including the NHS, Academia, the Charitable Sector and Private Healthcare.

Child & Adolescent Psychologist

My training in Clinical Psychology has involved working therapeutically with people experiencing psychological difficulties across the lifespan and within a wide range of specialist psychological areas. After qualifying I worked within NHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health outpatient services before gaining a Senior position and subsequently working in a specialist Child and Adolescent Trauma Service and a Child Protection Service. Having previously worked full time in these roles, since becoming a parent myself, I now work part time for the NHS and part time in private practice.

My work as a Clinical Psychologist routinely involves undertaking specialist assessments, formulating treatment plans, offering individual and family therapy and delivering group interventions for young people and parents. I also deliver supervision, consultation, teaching and training in addition to undertaking and supervising research and service development.


How I work




I am trained in several Psychological Models including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (tf-CBT), Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT), Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT) and the Solihull Approach. I tend to work in an integrative way, taking into account the individual needs of each person I work with. In doing this, I frequently draw on other approaches such as Mindfulness, Compassion Based Therapy, Schema Therapy and Systemic Theory.


Hours and Fees

Please contact me to enquire about fees as these vary dependent on the type of work. I work part-time in private practice, typically on Wednesdays and Fridays, although other appointments (including some evenings) are also available.

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