Counseling Graduate Studies

Terra Wagner

Adjunct Instructor



Ph.D., University of North Texas
SMU-in-Plano
5228 Tennyson Pkwy, Ste 118
Plano, 75024
Send an email

Dr. Wagner received her PhD in Counseling from the University of North Texas, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. She is currently employed by SMU, TWU, and UNT-Dallas as an adjunct professor, is the clinical supervisor at the SMU Center for Family Counseling at the Resource Center in Dallas, and is the owner and a clinician and Lift Counseling in uptown Dallas. Her clinical experience is in counseling clinics, emergency rooms, shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, and psychiatric hospitals. 

Dr. Wagner primarily teaches Group Counseling at SMU and Advanced Skills, Career, and Ethics at other universities. In practice, she specializes in outpatient services for clients who have extensive psychiatric history and trauma; essentially, high-risk clients needing a therapist that understands the complexity of continual hospitalization and chronic mental illness. Also, she specializes in assisting overwhelmed and stressed professionals in achieving a work/life balance.

Most of Dr. Wagner's research and passion is related to cultural diversity and inclusion for all individuals. Her work at the Resource Center includes supervising interns and advocating for the LGBT community. Dr. Wagner has done numerous presentations about cultural inclusion, most recently, speaking as a panelist at the DFW Urban League Young Professionals Conference. Additionally, she was a key figure in organizing and providing crisis counseling services for UNT Dallas Law School and El Centro students and police officers after the 2016 Dallas police shooting.