About TAG

Choosing the appropriate educational path is one of the most overwhelming decisions for students and their families.

prairie-679014It is also one of the most difficult. 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, an emotional growth school, a therapeutic boarding school or even in need of a clinical treatment 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
  • Emotional growth schools
  • Therapeutic boarding schools
  • Residential treatment centers
  • Addiction and recovery programs
  • Comprehensive diagnostic/assessment treatment facilities
  • Acute care hospitalization/Sub acute treatment
  • Independent living programs
  • Young adult transition programs
  • Local aftercare support programs

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

Tamara Ancona TAG Tamara Ancona has a Master of Arts in Psychology with a Clinical Counseling Specialty and holds her certification as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. Her area of specialty prior to establishing her educational consulting practice has included counseling individuals and families in the acute care (Peachford and Brawner Psychiatric Hospitals), corporate (AT&T, Lucent Technologies, GA Perimeter College, and General Motors) and private practice settings (Emory University Counseling Affiliate). She also has vast experience facilitating therapeutic, educational and experiential groups with both the adult and teen populations

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 the founder of TAG FAMILY Connect, 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.
Prior to this, Tamara’s innovative and supportive approach to working with her families helped to establish the first local parent support group here in Atlanta (Fall, 2006) and one of the first of its kind Nationwide. This set precedence for other colleagues to follow suite and offer an even greater layer of service to the community at large. This foresight and responsiveness to the needs of her clients reflect the caliber of her professional expertise and steadfast commitment to helping her families.

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 Saving Teens in Crisis, a not-for-profit organization designed specifically for assisting trouble teens and their families (www.savingteens.org).
Her professional affiliations are with the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), Small Boarding School Association (SBSA), the Independent Schools and Programs Alliance (ISPA) and numerous Parent Teacher Associations throughout Georgia (PTA).

IECA Professional Member


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