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!
- 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
- 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
- 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
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 consultations, family 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!