ABOUT ME

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Hi!

I’m Tara, a Certified Relationship Coach & Writer. 

 

I have a Bachelor's degree from Rhodes College (2008) and a Master's from the University of Memphis (2012), along with coaching certifications from Transformation Academy and courses fully accredited by Complementary Therapists Accredited Association (CTAA).

I absolutely love helping individuals and couples have the kind of happy and healthy relationships they've always wanted. 

My practice began in 2016 when I was in the midst of the worst point in my life. I was trying to repair a broken marriage by throwing everything I could at it. I was reading books, attending individual and couples counseling/coaching as well as Recovering Couples Anonymous, attending women's retreats, acupuncture sessions, yoga classes, certification courses, and practicing daily meditation...You name it, I probably tried it. 

I was helping individuals and couples work to have the relationship THEY wanted while I was struggling. My relationship advice articles on Medium, Mamamia, The Good Men Project, and Thought Catalog  garnered more than 10 million views.

 

I believed that if I just worked harder, found the right book, met with the right counselor/coach, practiced new tools the right way, that my marriage could finally be what I wanted and hoped for.

 

In 2017, I came to this stunning realization:

"A relationship is only as healthy as its least healthy member."

This became an integral part of my coaching practice as well as something I had to take to heart myself. I realized that all of the work I'd put in didn't matter because my partner wasn't meeting me halfway (likely because he wasn't able to). I had to let go and move on. 

Following the end of my first marriage, I took a break from coaching to work on myself. I addressed my deep-seated issues with codependency, negative self-talk, anxious attachment, and trauma. After some time, I started the crazy task of dating as a single mom. 

Today, I'm married to a wonderful man, whom I met on TINDER of all places (😂). We have the happy and healthy relationship I always dreamed of having. Our relationship is far from perfect, but we both work every day to make it great. We have four children, including a baby girl born in 2020. 

It is one of my greatest joys today helping my clients achieve what I was able to do myself. We all deserve happy and healthy relationships. Even you. Even me. 

A note on my name: Tara "Ball" started out as a pen name for my writing back in 2016, a way to protect my children and my family since I wrote about sensitive subjects. As I grew in popularity and chose to meld my pen name and my real life, I decided to keep my pen name. My first name IS Tara, and all of my clients are welcome to learn my real last name if they so choose.

If you'd like to learn more about my coaching practice and what it's like to work with me, click here!