Meet Kim

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Hello! I’m honored you are visiting Kim’s Counseling Corner and taking time to get to know more about me. Professionally, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Board Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Registered Play Therapist in the Dallas, Texas area. My focus is on working with adults, teens, and children, both with the individual, as well as in a parent-child setting and family setting. I’m thankful everyday to be in a position to help others overcome and heal from their challenges and truly honored to be a part of people’s lives in this way. In fact, I believe these services are a part of my true calling and talents.

I hold a certification in child therapy as a Registered Play Therapist. Play therapy is an approach in therapy specifically developed to help young children with a wide range of clinical issues. You can learn more about this modality of treatment at www.a4pt.org.

I started this website in February 2012 as a way to talk about experiences in my daily life, as well as the issues I often see in therapy. I love to share new ideas, techniques, and other areas of interest to individuals, couples, parents, and professionals. I meet so many interesting and talented people through this website, and the feedback on how it has others motivates me to continue. I welcome your feedback and questions should you wish to reach out. Thank you!

Education

  • Master of Arts in Psychology: Houston Baptist University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: University of Texas at Tyler

License and Certification

  • National Certified Counselor
  • Licensed Professional Counselor: Supervisor (TX License 63953)
  • Registered Play Therapist

Professional Associations

  • American Counseling Association
  • National Association for Play Therapy

Professional Training and Workshops

(Below is a representation of workshops and trainings intended to exhibit professional focus, not a complete listing of continuing education)

  • CCE CE Certification: Clinical Supervision Skills Behavioral Health: Ethical & Best Practices, May 2014
  • ACA CE Certification: Tug of War Child: Counseling Children in High Conflict Divorces, May 2014
  • National Association for Play Therapy Annual Conference 2013
  • Texas Association for Play Therapy Annual Conference 2012
  • Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor Training with Depelchin Children’s Center 2012
  • Texas Association for Play Therapy Annual Conference 2010
  • Play Therapy Training with Depelchin Children’s Center, Jan 2009-Dec 2009
  • Scared Stiff: Fast, Effective Treatment for Anxiety Disorders, November 2008
  • Ethical Psychotherapy: Integrity in the Counseling Relationship, April 2007
  • Southwestern Psychological Association 46th Annual Convention
  • International Society for Developmental Psychobiology 33rd Annual Meeting

Online Publications

  • Author of award-winning blog,  www.KimsCounselingCorner.com
  • “Top 5 Questions About Play Therapy Answered” for HoustonLPC.com
  • “When Your Ex Bad-Mouths You In Front of Your Kids” on TwoHappyHomes.com
  • “What You Should Know About Separation Anxiety” on SleepingShouldBeEasy.com
  • “Ordinary Games with Extraordinary Insight” on DFWPlaytherapy.com

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In 2001, I graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelors degree in psychology. Following graduation, I worked for East Texas Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Center as a psych technician. It was here where I worked next to doctors, nurses, and therapists treating adults and adolescents with acute mental illness and substance addiction, as well as the children affected by substance abuse. Patients received treatment through individual, group, and family therapy, medication management, a ropes course challenge, and more.

After completing a majority of my graduate training, my counseling experience began in 2007 at Heritage Behavioral Health Consultants, a private practice setting with a small group of LPCs. I worked with individuals, groups, couples, and families on a variety of problems, including couple’s therapy, anxiety, depression, divorce, and teen counseling. It was here that I learned the value of connecting to my client and establishing a solid therapeutic relationship before real change can occur. In addition to individual therapy, our practice led a divorce recovery program for adults, teens, and children that included speakers, workbooks, and small groups. I facilitated the teen group. The teens were encouraged to share their struggles and support their peers during the many challenges that arise before, during, and after their parents’ divorce. As an intern, I also started a class at a local middle school called “Girl Talk,” which aimed to combat relational aggression and bullying among adolescent girls. I focused on teaching positive communication skills, empathy, and the damage that gossip and bullying can leave.

In February 2008, I graduated from Houston Baptist University with a Master of Arts in Psychology and obtained my license as an LPC-Intern. I was then invited to start the counseling program at MedCare Pediatric Group, a pediatric rehab center specializing in speech, physical, and occupational therapies where I worked as part of the admin staff while attending graduate school. The owner felt that counseling services would be a beneficial adjunct to the services they already provided to children. Beginning a new program was challenging, exhausting, exciting, and an awesome learning experience. It was here where I gained valuable experience working with a large variety of childhood issues, such as developmental and speech delays, Autism spectrum disorders, special medical issues and behavioral and emotional disorders. Working with so many children, many of whom could not communicate through words, I began my journey toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist. This means that I have completed classroom instruction and clinical supervision in skills specifically geared toward children. In addition to providing individual child counseling, I also offered parenting consultationsfamily therapy, and worked closely with the team of Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Pathologists to coordinate an inclusive treatment plan for my patients.

In 2009, I completed my internship and my play therapy training and obtained my state license as a Licensed Professional Counselor and certification as a Registered Play Therapist. I continued to work at MedCare as a supervisor over the growing counseling team as well as provide clinical services to the children. I gained valuable skills as a therapist and learned what it takes to run a business and manage others.

In 2012, I sought training to become an LPC-Supervisor. I desired to mentor new counselors in the field and give  back by sharing my unique experiences. This new role has been a joy for me, and I look forward to continuing to grow this area of my practice.

In 2013, I launched my private practice. I am now full time in Kingwood, serving individuals, couples, and families. The work I do is beyond rewarding and not a day passes when I don’t reflect on this honorable and rewarding opportunity I have in the community.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you!

 

  • Stacy Gullion

    Hi Kim,
    I found your blog off My Fall Creek. I to am a therapist that lives in this community as well, LMFTA and LPC-Intern. Its always nice to meet a fellow therapist;). I don’t work with children but, I have worked in West oaks hospital for 11/2 and seen the devastating effects of mental health/ behavioral disorders on children. I practice mindfullness meditation and it is a backbone of my work as a therapist. Last summer I was on a kick to start this meditation with my 3 children ages 6,9,10. I didnt go so well and will try again this summer. Do you use this in your work and seen any positive benefits?
    Would love to meet you. I am still relatively new in this profession and don’t know many others that practice in this area.
    Stacy Gullion

    • Hi Stacy! I’m glad you contacted me. I would love to get together and chat in more detail. I have your email now so I’ll be in touch!

  • Sarah

    Hi Kim,
    I am currently in the master’s program at UNLV getting my master’s in school counseling. I appreciate your blog and look forward to checking in now in then. Thanks for the resources.

    Sarah Thomson

    • Sarah, I’m so glad you enjoy the blog and find information that is useful to you. I also encourage you to “like’ my FB page since I post more articles and resources throughout the week that are not on the blog. Thank you for the comment and Best of luck in your graduate program!

  • Hmm it appears like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any points for first-time blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

    • Rosalind, I’m so glad you posted again! For my blog, I choose to use a wordpress.com blog, which is free. It’s a great place to start and a little easier to learn than a full blown website. Plan on spending quite a bit of time setting up your blog and learning how to post, create sidebar widgets, etc. I wish I could just transfer all my knowledge to you to make it easy! Unfortunately, it is a learning process, but once you get the hang of it, your blog can bring so much satisfaction and you will meet so many wonderful people! Oh, I also got my domain name (www.kimscounselingcorner.com) from godaddy.com. Please let me know when you are all set up so I can follow you!!!

  • Currently it looks like BlogEngine is the best blogging platform out there right now.
    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

  • I nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award.
    http://hollytabitha.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/friends/

    • Tabitha I am honored!! Thank you so much for nominating me for an award and for following my little blog! 🙂 I love your site as well and started following!! So glad to now be connected 🙂

  • LaDonna Turner

    I needed some techniques for working with a very closed teen today and was struggling with preparing for our session. Thanks for posting the Feelings Worksheet. I think this will help me get a step closer to her opening up. Thanks.

  • I am a therapist in Vancouver, BC and really like DBT therapy. Glad to see you have adapted it to work with children.

    • Thanks Iona! I’m glad you stopped by and feel free to share any more DBT activities you find useful in your practice!

  • Alison

    Thanks for your website! It helped me today

  • Dee Richards

    Hi Kim
    I’ve been looking at some of your free download ideas/worksheets and they’re fantastic. Would you have any objections if I was to share these ideas at a workshop myself and some friends are planning on delivering soon.
    We are qualified or trainee therapists, all different modalities but coming together under the ‘Creative Umbrella’.
    Kind Regards
    Denise.😀