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Counseling Kids, Caregivers, and Groups
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Specializations

  • Young children ages 3-7 who seem sensitive or aggressive

  • Caregivers of people with disabilities and mental health challenges

  • Intuitive, misunderstood women

About Joy

You’re probably curious about who you'll meet. Notice how your gut responds to this info and get support that is a great fit for you. Long story short, here are some things I identify with: Texan, daughter, wife, sister, aunt, friend, straight, cat-mom, voracious reader, movie buff, artist/crafter, Texas State grad, Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, National Certified Counselor, expert in child development, lifelong learner, perfectionist, more than the sum of my parts...

 

My career began like many therapists-internships, volunteering and non-profit work. All this came after I found the power of professional counseling to help me overcome some of my own struggles. I’m glad to pay it forward by supervising counseling students, offering low-cost groups, supporting healers, advocating for social justice and volunteering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I've enjoyed serving as President on the board of the Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy and presenting at various continuing education conferences. 

I believe in somewhat counter cultural ideas like: rest over productivity, connection before correction, patience over knowing, unfolding over achieving, collaborating rather than dominating, listening before speaking.

 

My work aligns with my values: compassion, acceptance, freedom and creativity. I’ve been honored to walk alongside families facing grief, loss, divorce, sexual assault, family violence, child abuse, neglect, nightmares, depression, anxiety and more. In therapy we can explore your values. If you're still interested now, click the contact button to set up the first phone call.

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Resources

Crisis Support

If you’re experiencing a life-threatening emergency,

get help right away.

Visit the nearest Emergency Room or call 911 

 

3 Ways to Contact the National Suicide

Prevention Lifeline: 

Text HOME to 741741 

Call 988

Live chat online: Click Here

Book Recommendations

It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand

by Megan Devine

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson 

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski PhD and Amelia Nagoski DMA 

Solution-Focused Play Therapy by Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig 

Play Therapy by Virginia Axline

A Therapist's Guide to Child Development: The Extraordinarily Normal Years by Dee C. Ray

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