Tara Cavanaugh, M.S., LPC-S, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor

Registered Play Therapist

DBT and Trauma-Focused CBT Trained

Gottman Level I Trained

Insurance: Aetna, Baylor Scott and White, and Blue Cross Blue Shield

Private Pay Rate: $130 per hour session

Location: Uptown Dallas, Texas


Tara completed her education at the prestigious Southern Methodist University. Her undergraduate work was in psychology and then she earned a Master's Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Play Therapy and Family Therapy from an academically challenging and rigorous program, where she graduated first in her class. Tara's work experience includes providing crisis services in an agency and school setting, providing play therapy in an alternative school and years of providing individual therapy to adults, adolescents, children and families in a private practice setting. This has provided her with extensive experience treating clients of all ages with a broad range of psychological issues, mood disorders, interpersonal skills, emotional regulation, distress tolerance and other life management issues.

Tara has experience in treating PTSD, victims of any sexual or emotional trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, grief and loss, OCD, addiction and a host of other things. Tara is a Certified Texas Mediator in Dispute Resolution which she earned during her time at SMU. She is also a Registered Yoga Therapist which she utilizes in therapy in the form of mindfulness. Tara has been trained in the Gottman Method for couples counseling which she employs to help couples learn to communicate and view each other from a different perspective.

Professional Endeavors: 

Tara is pioneering a therapy program targeted at providing DBT therapy to underserved members of the community. She provides continuing education to other therapists focused on the treatment of complex trauma and understanding the complexities of the DBT therapy method.

Counseling Supervision:

Tara is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor offering supervision to newly licensed counseling interns. If you are interested in supervision, please complete our contact form.