Tarah Hook, Ph.D.

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With offices in Edmonton and St. Albert, Hook Psychological Services (HPS) provides assessment and therapy to adults and couples. Dr. Hook founded HPS in 2016 after over a decade of public service. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008. After completing a 12 month residency program in Edmonton, Alberta, she completed her full registration for independent practice. Her specialty is working with individuals who are, or have been, in conflict with the law for various reasons. Her prior practice included conducting court-ordered assessments of risk to re-offend and she has been called to provide expert testimony on the treatment of sexual offenders. She also spent a number of years providing intensive inpatient treatment to convicted sexual offenders. Throughout her career, Dr. Hook has sought out diverse clinical and educational experiences, with the goal of making sure her clinical practices are consistent with the most up-to-date research evidence.In addition to her work with offenders, Dr. Hook has experience working with issues related to health, pain management, and, of course, general psychological coping.She is listed on the Canadian Registry of Health Service Providers.
Dr. Hook's diverse experience and extensive training allow her to treat each client as a unique individual. She is able to draw from a number of different theoretical orientations and assessment practices in order to create a treatment plan that is appropriate and effective. She works in an empathetic and non-judgemental manner and is comfortable working with people from all walks of life. Her history of working in the jail system has helped her to become adept at forming a therapeutic alliance, accepting each person as they are, while still working towards healthy change and personal growth.
She has found it to be extremely rewarding to work with clients who are confronting difficult subjects including perpetration of physical, sexual, and emotional violence, recovery from trauma, overwhelming shame, emotional dysregulation (i.e., extreme mood swings and reactions), substance abuse and dependence, sexuality, and others. Her professional experience has also challenged her to establish and maintain a number of core, guiding values which influence her both personally and professionally. She states:
        I believe in the innate goodness of all human beings. I believe that all people naturally strive towards growth,
        health, and fulfillment. Accepting this allows me to understand and recognize that many harmful behaviours
        can be understood as unhealthy attempts to meet ones own, innate basic human needs. I believe that
        with active support and understanding, people will chose to meet their needs in healthy ways which foster
        connection to others and improve wellbeing.

Dr. Tarah Hook Reaches

Fort Saskatchewan AB
Edmonton AB