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Visit www.KimsCounseling.com for more detailed information on my private practice in Humble, Texas.
I am a wife, and mom to 2 beautiful children, as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist in Humble, Texas (near Houston). I started this blog in February 2012 as a way to talk about the life 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 women, men, parents, and professionals. I hope you enjoy the blog!!
My Clinical Focus:
I enjoy working with individuals of all ages, childhood through adulthood, on a wide range of issues. As a Registered Play Therapist, I have specialized training in working with the little ones and play therapy has become an important part of my clinical approach. When working with children and teens, I believe working closely with the parents is key to successful treatment.
- Life Changes (such as divorce and illness)
- Depression and Dysthymia (mild, long-term depression)
- Attention and Hyperactivity
- Teen Issues
- Adoption and Foster Care
- Relationship Issues
- Behavior Problems
- Behavioral Disorders (including Aspergers and Autism)
- Separation Anxiety
- Aggression and Anger Management
- Social Skills
- New Mommy Issues, including adjustment and post-partum depression
- Parent-Child Relationships
Background and Experience
In 2001, I graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a bachelors degree in Psychology. Following graduation, I worked for a East Texas Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Center as a psych technician. It was here where I gained exposure to the severely mentally ill population of adults and children and to those individuals struggling with addiction. While this would not become my passion in the field, it was a wonderful learning opportunity. In 2008, I received my Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Houston Baptist University and immediately set out to complete my clinical training as an LPC-Intern.
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 all ages, groups, couples, families, and individuals on a wide variety of problems. 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 parent’s divorce. During this experience, I also started a class at a local middle school called “Girl Talk.” I led a group in which middle school girls learned positive communication skills, empathy, and the damage that gossip and bullying can leave.
In 2008, I was invited to start the counseling program and MedCare Pediatric Group, a pediatric rehab center specializing in speech, physical, and occupational therapy. This is where I work now, based out of the Spring location. Beginning a new program has been all of challenging, exhausting, exciting, and an awesome learning experience. In addition, I was introduced to the population of kids with Autism, Developmental Delays, and various other special needs. The treatment approach and goals for these clients can be very different than the first population I had worked with, so I learned a lot. In addition, I have also gained experience in working with children and teens who are in foster care or recently adopted and have thoroughly enjoyed these clients. Their spirit is inspiring and when I witness progress it is very rewarding.
In 2009, I completed training and supervision in play therapy through Depelchin Children’s Center in Houston and am now a Registered Play Therapist. In total, the training took a little over a year of coursework, along with supervised clinical experience. It has been worth the efforts because play therapy techniques have become an important part of my therapeutic approach today.
I hope you enjoy my blog and I encourage you to take part in the posts and contact me if you have any questions or comments!