Tanja is an Aboriginal Australian woman through her Mother who was born in Alice Springs. Her Grandmother is from the Barkly Tablelands region and Tanja’s Great Grandparents are from WA, Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek. Tanja’s father is from Finland.
Tanja grew up in Mt Isa with family. Tanja has also lived in Normanton and on cattle properties within the Gulf of Carpentaria and Darwin and surrounding areas.
Tanja is a registered Clinical Psychologist in Darwin, Northern Territory and holds positions at the Centre for Remote Health (Charles Darwin and Flinders Universities) and the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory based in Darwin and also works privately as a registered psychologist.
Tanja serves on the Australian Indigenous Psychology Association steering committee and also on the Rural, Remote and Regional Advisory Board that provides information to the Australian Psychological Society.
Tanja is passionate about rural and remote practice and working in evidence based and culturally sound ways to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of people. Tanja’s approach incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness skills and ways of working that are culturally sound and safe when working with people.