Tara Godhwani

M.S., NCC, LPC-Intern

Under the supervision of Jenifer Balch, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S, CAS

Tara understands that taking the leap to begin therapy can sometimes 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 viewing each client holistically, investing time to understand what shapes them and their stories. Tara’s 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 has received extensive training in traditional talk therapy, play therapy, trauma-informed therapy, activity therapy, and expressive arts. Tara understands the important role parents play in a child’s life and believes forming a collaborative relationship with family members is key to fostering change in the child’s life.

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 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.

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 is bilingual and speaks both English and Telugu.