Choosing the appropriate educational path is one of the most overwhelming decisions for students and their families.
It is also one of the most difficult. TAG Counseling (Tamara Ancona Group) is a private educational consulting practice that helps families replace the endless confusion of placement with options distinct only to their children. Often times parents are bombarded with recommendations from family members, caring friends, teachers or other professionals – leaving them even more unsure as to which way to turn. Finding the best route for each child is just one of the many benefits our families discover through working with our skilled and experienced consultants.
Whether you are searching for a private educational setting, a supportive or alternative learning environment, a therapeutic boarding school or even in need of a local or residential clinical intervention, through our range of comprehensive services we are able to help determine the right placement options for your child, both short and long term.
Since our expertise centers around bringing life-changing choices to our clientele, our placement options include:
- Local schools supportive of students with learning difficulties
- Specialty boarding schools
- Summer programs
- Outdoor educational programs
- Outdoor therapeutic wilderness programs
- Therapeutic boarding schools
- Residential treatment centers
- Addiction and recovery programs
- Comprehensive diagnostic/assessment treatment facilities
- Post acute care hospitalization/Sub acute treatment
- Independent living programs
- Young adult transition programs
- Local aftercare support programs
- Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
So however your child may be struggling, feel assured that there is a hopeful route for him or her. Please read through our web site to learn more about how TAG Counseling can help.
Meet Tamara Ancona, MA, LPC
Since 1998, her focus as an educational consultant has been to provide families within the Southern Region and across the United States with distinct educational options or therapeutic alternatives for their struggling teen or young adult children. Tamara spends over 25% of her time visiting and evaluating schools and programs across the United States and hence understands their unique offerings and suitability essential to addressing the individual needs of each of her clients. She brings skill and expertise to serving those with specialized needs.
She is co-founder of Family Connect Assessment™, a family assessment process, co-designed with nationally known parent specialist, Dr. Brooke Judkins-Farrell which focuses on understanding the unique relational structure within a family, its parental and intergenerational dynamics and the necessary clinical alignment for its well being. Industry professionals continue to recognize her precedent for facilitating excellent family care.
Her speaking engagements across the Southeast and Nationwide have included:
- Parent Teacher Associations (Public & Private School Sectors)
- Youth Development Groups
- Corporate Employee Assistance Alliances
- Therapeutic Residential Facilities
- Professional Conferences
- Specialist Panels
She is an active member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), Learning Disabilities Association of Georgia (LDAG) and the Licensed Professional Counselors Association-Georgia Chapter (LPCA). She sits on the advisory board of Choose Mental Health (www.choosementalhealth.org), a not-for-profit organization designed specifically for connecting children and families to mental health resources. She is a past advisory board member of Saving Teens in Crisis (www.savingteens.org). Her professional affiliations are with the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), Small Boarding School Association (SBSA), and numerous Parent Teacher Associations throughout Georgia (PTA).
Meet Sara Eden, LCSW
– Associate, Client Management
After graduating from Princeton University with a B.A. in English and American studies, Sara Eden worked as a research assistant doing depression research at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Her exposure to the field of mental health led her to move from New York City to Austin to attend the University of Texas where she pursued a master’s degree in social work. She earned a Robert Lee Sutherland Scholarship in Mental Health and Social Policy and was a member of Phi Alpha Honor Society (a national honor society for social work students).
As a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), Sara has acted as a therapist at a child and adolescent counseling center, a grief counselor for children and teens, and most recently, as Director of Upper School counseling at Pace Academy, an independent private school in Atlanta. During her 13-year tenure in this role, she created a counseling department across all divisions and gained experience supporting adolescents through mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and gender and sexuality. Her time as a school counselor also fostered an interest in supporting families navigate the mental health system when their children needed support beyond what the school setting could offer. This included referrals to outside professionals, and appropriate local mental health resources. Sara also focused on helping the student and family re-acclimate to school after a mental health leave of absence.
Sara is on the Adolescent Advisory Council for a nationally known residential treatment facility in Atlanta. She has led parent education seminars and student presentations on topics such as grief and loss, transition to college, healthy relationships and substance use, social media and digital citizenship. She is a Myers Briggs Certified Practitioner, a Darkness to Light facilitator, and a former high school psychology teacher. Sara looks forward to integrating her skill set and working with and supporting TAG families throughout their journeys.