Meet Kim

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Hello, and thank you for taking the time to get to know more about me and my practice. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Registered Play Therapist in Kingwood, Texas (north of Houston).  I provide psychotherapy to individuals, families, and couples. I’m thankful everyday to be in a position to help others overcome and heal from their challenges and I’m truly honored to be a part of their lives in this way.

I specialize in child therapy and hold a certification as a Registered Play Therapist. You can learn more about this modality of treatment at www.a4pt.org. I am especially focused on the unique  characteristics and challenges that gifted boys and girls face, and helping their families and schools give them the tools they need to thrive.

I started my blog in February 2012 as a way to talk about the issues I experience 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 have met so many interesting and talented people through this website, and the feedback on how it has helped so many people is what keeps me motivated 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

Clinical Experience (the long version)play-room-cropped

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. This facility even had a floor devoted to children and teens where they attended groups and challenged themselves in a ropes course.

My clinical experience in counseling started 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 and 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!