Tara Engelhardt, MSW, LSW

Tara Engelhardt is a Licensed Social Worker committed to helping children, adolescents, teenagers and families learn how to more adequately understand their own individual intricacies while also building healthier relationships within the household. Her work focuses on assisting children of all ages to better identify their own triggers, gain a greater ability to articulate their emotions and work to appropriately self regulate in times of adversity. 

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 to address the above areas of treatment. These 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

Tara specializes in working with children as young as 6 years of age through college. She believes that effective change with the younger population occurs when parents are engaged in their child’s treatment. She works to maintain open communication with parents and assists them in gaining a deeper understanding of their child’s intricacies in order to better assist them in the process. 

Tara also has extensive experience working with adolescents and teenagers, supporting them through their transition in middle / high school and college. She works to provide a safe space in which they can process vulnerabilities, fears and anxieties; focusing attention on improving self awareness and  confidence. 

Tara believes that a positive therapeutic relationship is essential in assisting and empowering the client to become the best version of themselves. She is passionate about establishing and maintaining an environment in which her clients can feel listened to,  supported and challenged. 

Educational Background:

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

“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.”