Savannah Near

M.S., LPC-Intern

under the supervision of 

Sarah Balint-Bravo, M.Ed, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC


T.  214.478.2840



Savannah is a native of Dallas, Texas and attended Highland Park High School. She received her undergraduate degree in Child and Family Studies from Baylor University. While at Baylor, she was elected to the Alpha Lambda Delta and Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Societies. As an undergraduate, she also completed over 50 hours at Baylor University’s Piper Center for Families Studies and Child Development. Those hours were spent in observation and planning curriculum to foster the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of the children, ages 2 months to six years that attended the school.

She received her Master’s in Counseling from Southern Methodist University, pursing the Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy tracks, as well as a specialization in Play and Activity Therapy. Savannah was elected as President of the Association of Student Counselors and served on SMU’s Play Therapy Association Board.  She was selected to serve as Clinic Intern at the SMU Center for Family Counseling by the Clinic Director, and received the “Outstanding Counseling Student” Award from the counseling department’s faculty.

Savannah is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern, with plans to pursue the Registered Play Therapist credential. Prior to joining, Park Cities Child and Family Counseling, she worked in a Neuropsychology practice. In addition, to working with PCCFC, she is currently a part of UT Southwestern’s Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) Program and is also working with Mississippi State University’s football team to help write a guide on dealing with the transition of life after football. Savannah enjoys building a collaborative therapeutic relationship with her clients, and remains steadfast in her desire to help foster positive growth and healthy relationships for children, adolescents, parents, families, and adults.

She resides in the Dallas area with her husband and their Labrador, Luke. Savannah enjoys serving her community as a member of the Junior League of Dallas and as a board member of the Chi Omega Young Alumnae of Dallas. 

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