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IT Mental Health Consultant

IT Mental Health Consultant

Tara Mullen - Mental Health Consultant

What is an Infant Toddler Mental Health Consultant (ITMHC)?

An ITMHC helps promote healthy growth in young children’s social and emotional development.  Guiding and supporting the caregivers/parents in the children's lives to recognize, promote, and practice positive development. 

Hello! My name is Tara Mullen. I am the Infant & Toddler Mental Health Consultant (ITMHC) for the Child Care Council of Orange County.  Prior to this, I worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist at a large children’s hospital. I spent most days advocating for children, educating them, and providing them with the social and emotional support they needed, during the most challenging times.

I am excited to bring my skill set to this new role as an ITMHC. When collaborating, my first goal is to learn about each individual child and caregiver; learning who they are and how together we can overcome obstacles and challenges. I hope to learn the culture of your setting and help you find ways to continue supporting these young children during the most important years of their lives.

It has been a challenging time for us all, as we navigate the current pandemics. As a working mother, I would like to say THANK YOU to all of you out there providing care to our children- before, during, and especially at this challenging time. Nothing is more important than raising a child, and you play a huge role in children’s lives!

With that being said, I would love to partner with you to change children’s lives for the better. Ways that I can help:

  • Make important connections with the children, families, and caregivers
  • Teach you skills to make these connections
  • Improve the overall development of the children in your care
  • Provide a one-of-a-kind service to infants and toddlers.
  • Share unique resources with you that focus on social and emotional health
  • …and so much more!!

Still not sure how I can help? Reach out to me and let’s chat! Social and Emotional development- otherwise known as Infant and early childhood mental health, ensures that children reach their full potential. Together we can ensure that all children feel safe, nurtured, and successful!


Tara Mullen, MS, CCLS

Infant Toddler Mental Health Consultant

Child Care Council of Orange County, Inc.

(845) 294-4012 x238