About Dr. Tara

About Dr. Tara, Ph.D., LCSW, PC

Dr. Tara grew up in New Orleans surrounded by diversity in language and culture, but she has called Colorado home for 20 years.  She completed her Ph.D. in Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin and her Master’s of Social Work (MSW) at Boston College.  She also completed a Post Master’s Art Therapy Certificate at Edinboro University. 

Dr. Tara has a broad clinical background, including school social work, community mental health, crisis intervention mental health and residential treatment.  She was an award-winning college professor at numerous universities for eight years, including in San Antonio, Texas and in the United Kingdom.  She has been a clinical social worker for almost 30 years and in private practice for 20 years.

Dr. Tara’s passion is working with a wide range of diverse clients.  Therefore, she believes the most essential part of her work is being non-judgmental and kind, while offering flexible and creative treatment methods.  Dr. Tara has sought out life experiences and clinical training to deepen her understanding of diversity, including people of color, LGBTQIA+ and military affiliated clients.  She has experience with clients ages from seven-years-old to seventy-seven years old and has specialized training for addressing depression, anxiety, grief and trauma.  Her clients have consistently said that, when necessary, Dr. Tara can explain counseling concepts in a way that are easy to grasp and apply to their everyday lives.

Dr. Tara enjoys volunteering in the community, especially as an art therapist and support group facilitator.  She has worked with non-profit organizations such as Sue’s Gift for Gynecological Cancer, Bridge for Pelvic Pain and the Alzheimer’s Association “Memories in the Making” Art as Therapy Program.  She is currently volunteering with Lutheran Family Services in their Refugee and Asylee Program.

Dr. Tara has wanderlust and travels widely, but when she is home, she spends time with her two rambunctious rescue cats who are frequent guests on telehealth sessions. In her spare time, Dr. Tara works on her own art, focusing primarily on textiles, collage and mixed media. She also enjoys an active lifestyle in the beautiful Colorado outdoors including paddle boarding, snowshoeing and mountain biking.