About Dr. Tarah Hook

I am a clinical psychologist with specialized skills in the area of forensic assessment and treatment and many years experience providing both individual and group therapy.

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Registered Psychologist (Alberta, Saskatchewan)
  • Listed on the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists (CRHSP)
  • Clinical Member of the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)
  • Qualified as an expert witness in the Court of Queens Bench and the Provincial Court of Alberta
  • Certified Trainer, Level of Service /Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI)

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. 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.