KIM PETERSON – Effective, Compassionate THERAPY in Dallas, Texas
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to get to know more about me and my practice. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (TX 63953), Board Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Registered Play Therapist. I offer counseling and support services to individuals in the Dallas, Texas area and online video conference sessions to reach the growing demand for individuals to receive the help they need in a convenient and timely setting.
I am a proud mom of 2 beautiful children. I started this blog in February 2012 as a way to talk about life issues, as well as those I often see in therapy. I love to share new ideas, techniques, and other areas of interest to women, men, parents, and professionals. Please enjoy the blog and be sure to comment!
Master of Arts in Psychology – Houston Baptist University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – University of Texas at Tyler
License and Certification
Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor
Registered Play Therapist
In 2001, I graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Following graduation, I worked at 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 individuals with acute mental illness and substance addiction. This facility even had a floor devoted to children and teens receiving individual counseling, group therapy, and challenged themselves in activities such as rope courses.
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 for individuals, groups, couples, and families on a variety of problems, including marriage therapy, anxiety and depression, divorce, and teen counseling. It was here that I learned the value of connecting with 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. As an intern, I also started a class at a local middle school called “Girl Talk,” which aimed to combat relation 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 MA 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 therapy 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 and Asperger’s, special medical issues and behavioral and emotional disorders. Working with so many children, and many who could not communication through words, I began my journey towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist. This simply means that I have completed classroom instruction and clinical supervision in skills specifically geared towards children. In addition to providing individual child counseling, I also offered parenting consultations, family therapy, and worked closely with the team of Occupational Therapist and Speech and Language Pathologists to coordinate an inclusive treatment plan for many of my patients.
In 2009, I completed my internship, as well as play therapy training, and earned my 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, as well as learning what it takes to run a business and manage others. In 2012, I sought training to be an LPC-Supervisor. I am now able to the supervisor and mentor new counselors in the field. This new role has been such a joy for me and I look forward to continuing to grow this area of my practice.
Private Practice Experience
In August of 2012, I started a private practice in the Humble/Kingwood area near Houston, Texas. My prior experiences gave me the tools necessary to work with wide range issues in counseling.
I have since moved to the Dallas, Texas area. Being a busy homeschool mom and professional, I am committed to growing the field of telehealth for the mental health field and back to work as a member of Headfirst Counseling.
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