Education:

  • M.S. in Counseling, Southern Methodist University

  • B.S. in Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington

Advanced Training:

  • Play Therapy

  • Child-Parent Relationship Training (CPRT)

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Specializations:

  • Anxiety

  • Attention Difficulties/ADHD

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Behavioral Issues

  • Child-Parent Relationship Concerns

  • Depression

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  • Separation Anxiety

  • Self Esteem

  • Sexual Abuse

  • School Issues

  • Sexual Identity

  • Sibling Conflict

  • Stress Management

  • Sibling Conflict

  • Trauma

tara godhwani

National Certified Counselor 

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate under

    Supervision of Jenifer Balch, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, CAS

Tara understands that taking the leap to begin therapy can feel overwhelming. She strives to provide a caring, accepting environment for clients to feel safe, valued, and heard. Through compassion and empathy, Tara approaches counseling by investing time to understand what shapes people and their stories. Her collaborative style invites clients to be partners in identifying and reaching goals in their journey to change.

Tara works with individuals of all ages and families. She specializes in play therapy, and has also received extensive training in traditional talk therapy, trauma-informed therapy, activity therapy, and expressive arts. Tara’s passion for working with children and adolescents began during her internship with Texas CASA, where she worked with legislators to serve the needs of foster children around the state. Tara transferred to Dallas CASA and continued advocating for children in the child welfare system in North Texas.

Tara served as a Counseling Practicum student in the SMU Center for Family Counseling, where she provided counseling services to clients of all ages. She co-facilitated weekly group sessions for fellow SMU students, as well as with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder at Nonpareil Institute. Tara also served as a counseling intern at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, where she used Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to work with children, adolescents, and families who have experienced trauma. 

Tara earned her Master of Science in Counseling from Southern Methodist University (SMU) as a result of wanting to work with children, adolescents, and families on a deeper level. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Counseling at the University of North Texas.

Tara is bilingual and speaks both English and Telugu.

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