Tara McCaffery

MA, RCC #18284, CCC #11246959

Tara McCaffery is currently accepting new clients.

Tara received her Masters in Counselling Psychology, at Athabasca University, BA in Psychology from the University Of Victoria, and has over 8 years of experience supporting individuals through a variety of life challenges. As a registered Clinical Counsellor, Certified Meditation Instructor, and Trauma-Informed Yoga Facilitator, Tara takes a holistic approach to counselling and wellness where she can apply a variety of modalities in therapy sessions.

Her experiences include working in numerous counselling settings; private sessions, school districts, provincial prisons, non-profit organizations, First Nations Communities, and the BC Schizophrenia Society as a Regional Educator. In these settings she assisted adults, couples, families, children, and youth who endured various life traumas, OCD, anxiety, depression, generational trauma, other life stressors and substance use.  Tara is passionate about taking a feminist, client-centred, and individualized approach to therapy. Somatic experiencing helps people repair the disconnect of mind and body that can often happen after trauma or in association with anxiety and depression. 

Tara’s clients value her calming and soothing presence, which they say helps them feel safe in exploring difficult emotions. She recognizes that success in therapy happens through developing rapport, trust, respect, and collaboration with clients. Tara’s core values include connection, lifelong learning, and genuineness.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: Tara is registered in good standing, as a Registered Clinical Counselor (#18284) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, a Canadian Certified Counsellor (11246959) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, a Vancouver Ambassador for Trauma Informed Yoga with The Prison Yoga Project, and a member of the International OCD Federation.


Tara’s informed consent form can be found here.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor
Exposure Response Prevention Therapy (particularly with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder treatment)
Narrative Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
Somatic Embodiment Regulation Certification
San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Training

What experience or background do you bring to your counselling and supervision practice that is uniquely yours?

Growing up I dealt with intergenerational trauma which left me with anxiety and struggling to cope with life’s challenges as a young adult. Reaching out to a counsellor provided me with a surprising amount of support and feeling of agency over my life. This created a passion for mental well being and helping people with their personal journeys. I spent 4 years working in Provincial Correctional Centers and during this time I met the most amazing, intelligent, and personable people that I genuinely enjoyed spending time with. Impacts of trauma often prevented the clients from healthy functioning to be successful in society and I felt to some degree I could relate to that and approached them without judgment.

What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?

I enjoy forming relationships with people through humour, mutual respect, and collaboration. I feel honored to be able to provide a safe space for clients to be themselves and share struggles while we walk through discomfort and growth.

What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?

Completing my education while raising my young son was very challenging but also rewarding. I raised my son on my own and wanted to provide a life of financial stability and role model for him to go after your dreams even when there are challenges in the way.

When I am not in the office, I can be found enjoying time at the gym, hiking, playing soccer, traveling, and watching my son play hockey and lacrosse.

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