Tara Engelhardt, MSW, LSW

Tara Engelhardt, MSW, LSW, is a dedicated Licensed Social Worker with a profound commitment to supporting children, adolescents, teenagers, and their families. She excels in guiding individuals through the complexities of their emotions and behaviors, fostering stronger family bonds and healthier interpersonal relationships. Tara’s expertise lies in her ability to help children from the age of 6 up to young adults in college, navigate the myriad challenges they face. She emphasizes the crucial role of parental involvement in therapeutic outcomes, ensuring that parents are actively engaged and informed about their child’s progress and challenges.

With a deep understanding of the developmental and emotional transitions faced by adolescents and teenagers, Tara provides invaluable support during their journey through middle school, high school, and into college. She creates a nurturing and confidential environment, encouraging her clients to explore and address their vulnerabilities, fears, and anxieties. Her focus on enhancing self-awareness and boosting confidence is pivotal in helping her clients navigate these formative years.

Central to Tara’s approach is the belief in the transformative power of a positive therapeutic alliance. She is deeply invested in her clients’ growth, aiming to empower them to uncover and embrace the best version of themselves. Tara is passionate about creating a therapeutic space characterized by empathy, support, and the right balance of challenge, where her clients feel genuinely heard and motivated to embark on their journey of self-improvement and discovery.

Educational Background:

  • Master of Social Work (Concentration in Clinical Practice with Families and Children) – Monmouth University
  • Bachelor of Social Work – Alvernia University

Tara has extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Body Image Issues
  • Depression
  • Family Dynamics
  • Life Transitions
  • Oppositional Behavior
  • Peer Related Issues
  • Self Esteem & Self Worth
  • Social Skills / Relationship Building

Tara is highly skilled and knowledgeable in a variety of modalities that include but are not limited to:

  • Child Centered Play Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Strength Based Therapy

We honestly could not have asked for a better clinician than Tara. She was absolutely wonderful. Our son was nervous about going into therapy, but somehow Tara was able to make him feel at ease and get him to open up without even realizing he was doing so. Tara made sure to keep us involved in their work together, and provided us with insight as to what we could be doing at home to help encourage his progress. We cannot say enough about how much Tara has helped our son and our family as a whole