Tara Cavanaugh, MS, LPC-S

Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor

EMDR Trained

Trauma-Focused CBT Trained

DBT Trained

Gottman Level I Trained

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

Private Pay Rate

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 Relationship Counseling which she employs to help individuals learn to communicate and view each other from a different perspective. She is experienced working with the LGBTQ community both individuals and relationships. 

Tara is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is utilized to treat anxiety-based disorders including PTSD, emotional/sexual trauma, and negative beliefs about oneself. 

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.