Pediatric Psychotherapy Associates is a group of multidisciplinary psychotherapists and psychologists who specialize in working with children, adolescents and their families, who have various issues, ranging from everyday stressors to major life transitions.

K. H. Kim, LCSW, is the Founder and Clinical Director of Pediatric Psychotherapy Associates.  She is a
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Baylor University in Waco and her Master of Science in psychiatric social work from The University of Texas at Arlington. 

With almost 20 years of experience as a therapist, Ms. Kim specializes in play therapy for young children, ages 0-12, as well as adolescent and family therapy.  She has extensive training and experience in trauma, abuse, depression, autism spectrum, sensory processing disorders, gifted children, infant mental health, ADHD, Reactive Attachment Disorder, school and behavioral problems, among others.  Ms. Kim is the author of Therapeutic Parenting: How to Raise an Emotionally Healthy Child, as well as numerous articles in various parenting magazines and newsletters.

Ms. Kim believes in providing a safe and nurturing place for children, where they can feel free to speak up and act out their needs through play.  She has an innate understanding of children and their world, and is able to translate their language for their parents, as well as other adults in their lives.

To help facilitate both immediate and long-lasting changes, Ms. Kim works very closely with her clients' parents throughout the therapeutic process.  She also teaches therapeutic parenting skills to biological parents, foster parents and various organizations committed to improving the lives of children and their families. 

Ms. Kim is the Past President of the Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy, and she is a member of the Texas Association for Infant Mental Health.  Her other distinctions include membership in the Psi Chi Honor Society and the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society.  In addition to these, she received her Certification for Effective Supervision for Social Work Practice in 1999.

Ms. Loren Lomme, MA, NCC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern and is supervised by Ms. Erin Pannell, M.Ed., LPC-S, RPT-S in her work towards private practice and RPT licensureMs. Lomme received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University and her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas Sate University

Ms. Lomme works with children and adolescents using play therapy, sand tray therapy, and art-based techniques, as well as traditional "talk therapy."  She specializes in behavioral difficulties, peer and relationship problems, anger management, frustration, anxiety and depression, divorce, grief and loss, family conflict, sibling rivalry and significant life transitions.

During therapy, Ms. Lomme strives to develop a collaborative relationship with her clients, as well as their parents and other family members.  She also tries to incorporate a teamwork approach to therapy and works closely with doctors, teachers and other care providers as much as possible.  Ms. Lomme works to understand how her clients connect with others and function in various social environments.  Ms. Lomme understands the importance of encouragement and coaching during the therapeutic process and incorporates strength-based approaches in her work with clients.

Christina Calkins, MS, LMFT-A, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate.  She earned her Master's degree in Family Therapy from Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas and completed her practicum in systems family therapy at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center's Family Therapy Center in Dallas, Texas.

Ms. Calkins has over 10 years of experience working with children, teens and parents in a variety of roles, including as a crisis intervention counselor, high school mentor and an instructor.  Through these experiences, she was able to develop her skills in helping others resolve their conflicts and achieve their goals. 

Ms. Calkins works from a collaborative, experiential, and attachment-based approach.  She is a systemically and relationally trained therapist, and believes that we are supported by the systems around us--our family, peers, teachers, etc.  Ms. Calkins believes that healing comes from addressing those connections and exploring how they affect her clients in the present. 

She offers a highly personalized approach, tailored to each of her client's needs.  Ms. Calkins is a supportive and a non-judgmental therapist, and believes that exploring a problem or a pattern of behavior, together with her clients, provides more creative and effective ways to develop solutions.  Her passion for family therapy incorporates respect for the emotional sensitivity that is inherent in children. 

Ms. Calkins specializes in helping children and adolescents, ages 10-18, with depression, anxiety, perfectionism, relationship issues, grief and loss, as well as with children who are highly sensitive and intuitive.  Additionally, she provides both individual and couples therapy to parents, as well as sibling and family therapy, to address the needs of the entire family.
Ms. Calkins is currently supervised by Russell Adams, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S, in her work toward private practice licensure. 

Aly Livingston-Shelburne, MA, LPC-I, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University in San Marcos.

Ms. Livingston has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, including community-based clinics, schools, a women's shelter and juvenile detention centers.  She focused primarily on providing play therapy and sand tray therapy in these settings, but also worked with couples, families and parents as well. 

Ms. Livingston specializes in filial therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, trauma, mood disorders, major life transitions, identity issues, anxiety and depression-related disorders, conduct and attachment issues, and relationship and behavior problems, among others.

It is Ms. Livingston's belief that individuals are motivated by personal goals and that these goals influence their behaviors.  Ms. Livingston uses strength-based approaches in therapy and strives to build a strong therapeutic relationship wither her clients to promote positive changes in their lives. 

Whereas adolescents and adults use words to communicate, Ms. Livingston understands that play is the language of children and that it is critical to their growth and cognitive development.  When working with children, she uses play therapy, sand tray therapy, art and different hands-on activities.  She also works with both the child and the family to promote healthy family dynamics.

Ms. Livingston is a member of the Texas Counseling Association, The Association for Play Therapy and the Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy.

She is licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern and currently works under Diana Garza Louis, LPC-S, LMFT-S, LSOTP-S, RPT, in her work towards private practice licensure.   

Lauren Dolph, LPC, LMFT, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University and a Master's degree in Counseling from St. Edward's University.

Ms. Dolph has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, including group homes, non-profit counseling agencies and private practice settings.  She has extensive experience providing individual, family and group sessions, as well as parent consultations and filial therapy.

As a strength-based therapist, she often integrates components of the Family Systems Theory and  Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, as well as Narrative and Solution-Focused theories.  When working with younger children, she also uses play therapy to help facilitate the therapeutic process.  Regardless of the age of her clients, her ultimate goal is to create a warm and welcoming, client-centered environment in which she is able to help her clients achieve a successful resolution of their problems and concerns.  

During the sessions, Ms. Dolph is able to help her clients recognize and use their existing resources, whether they are seeking to increase their sense of social connectedness, improve academic performance or increase positive interaction within their family or other relationships.  She also helps her clients cope with their present difficulties, as well as their past traumatic experiences, and helps them grow as individuals.

Ms. Dolph is actively involved in various professional organizations, including her role as the Treasurer of the Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy and the Conference Chair for the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Nyssa Hoerner, MA, LMFT-A, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate.  She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.

Ms. Hoerner has over 10 years of experience working with children and their families in various capacities and has worked with them as a counselor since 2011.  Her passion is for bringing communication, laughter and play back into the family relationships in order to help alleviate stress and to promote healthy relationship dynamics within the family. 

Ms. Hoerner specializes in play therapy, therapeutic parent consultations, sensory processing disorders, autism, Asperger's, ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD and chronic medical illness or medically-related issues.  She works with children and adolescents, ages 0-17, as well as couples and families. 

During the sessions, Ms. Hoerner relies heavily on Bowen's understanding of family dynamics, as well as strength-based solution-focused therapy.  She believes that sometimes people forget how to communicate with each other and through recognizing their patterns of communication and interaction, these patterns can be adjusted to better suit the current needs of the family.

Ms. Hoerner is currently supervised by Bill Woodburn, MEd, LPC, LMFT, in her work towards private practice licensure.

Andrea M. Chartier, LMFTA, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate with a BA in Psychology and a MA in Counseling from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.

Ms. Chartier worked with children of all ages in a variety of settings.  She has experience with Camp Fire USA, where she created and provided after-school program curriculum and oversaw the behavioral and emotional well-being of the children as a counselor on weekend and overnight camping excursions.  Her extra training and areas of expertise include the following: Gottman Couples Therapy, trauma and attachment issues, anxiety, depression, chronic illness, autism, Asperger's, as well as divorce and blended family issues.

Essential to Ms. Chartier's work is her belief that children are incredibly mindful, meaning that they live in the present moment and bring an air of curiosity, openness and acceptance to everything they do.  Ms. Chartier leads Mindfulness Workshops to help her clients reduce stress and cultivate self-acceptance, as well as to help them "pay specific attention" to everything they say and do.

Ms. Chartier works with parents, children and the entire family to foster being more emotionally present in everyday interactions so that authentic communication and connection is experienced.  She pays specific attention to understand the innate strengths of her clients, and provides the most appropriate therapeutic skills, such as communication skills and conflict resolution skills, to bring about immediate and long-lasting changes.

Colleen Brunell, LMSW, received her Bachelors in Arts in Social Work and Psychology at the University of Portland and her Masters of Science in Social Work at University of Texas at Austin.

Ms. Brunell has worked with children and adolescents in school-based settings, residential treatment facilities, group homes, domestic violence centers, and at a LGBTQ youth resource center.  Before pursuing her masters in social work, Ms. Brunell was a youth development volunteer in Peace Corps in Peru.  In Peru, she spent two years collaborating with the local schools, government, and health center to improve the quality of life and well-being of youth in a small community in the Peruvian Andes Mountains.

Ms. Brunell works with children and adolescents using play therapy, sand tray therapy, expressive arts therapy, trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness techniques.  Ms. Brunell specializes in behavioral difficulties, abuse and trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression-related disorders, ADHD, attachment issues, life transitions, adoption and foster care, as well as peer and relational problems.

During sessions, Ms. Brunell strives to create a therapeutic atmosphere by establishing a safe and authentic connection with her clients.  She does this by engaging the client's strengths and creativity, while working with the client in the healing process.  When working with children, Ms. Brunell believes in the power of play as both the child's language and therapeutic resource.

Ms. Brunell is supervised by Lauren Gaspar, LCSW, in her work towards private practice licensure.

Suzanne O'Brien, MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a B.S. in education from Texas State University in San Marcos and a M. A. in counseling from St. Edward's University in Austin.

Ms. O'Brien has over 10 years of experience as an elementary school counselor.  She has worked with children from ages 5-11 and worked closely with their parents, teachers and other school staff in order to provide the needed support and advocacy for these children.  Ms. O'Brien has worked with outside agencies such as CPS, residential treatment centers and child advocacy centers, and she has facilitated numerous children's groups and family counseling groups as well.

Although Ms. O'Brien uses an eclectic approach to therapy, she prefers using play therapy accompanied by cognitive-behavioral techniques.  She is also experienced in using art in therapy, sand tray and solution-focused counseling as well.

Ms. O'Brien specializes in anxiety, school adjustment issues, anger management, and issues with family change, such as parental divorce, grief and loss and military deployment.  She has worked closely with children on the autism spectrum and learning or speech differences, as well as their typically developing siblings.

She believes that children do not live in a vacuum but exist in a family system, therefore, Ms. O'Brien supports growth and change in the family, as well as her clients.  She believes that children communicate and grow through play, and so she is able to "travel" into children's world in order to guide them toward healing, resiliency and strength.

Ms. O'Brien is a member of the Texas Counseling Association and is working towards her RPT certification.

Miranda Jane, MA, received her Master's in Counseling from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.

She specializes in abuse, trauma, attachment issues, chronic pain and psychosomatic issues, OCD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD, school and behavioral problems, therapeutic parent consultations, filial therapy, infant mental health, and stress, crisis and coping.

Ms. Jane uses a wide variety of counseling methods, but specializes in body-based techniques in order to help her clients learn to regulate their nervous systems for greater emotional and physical health and resilience.  She has been a yoga instructor in the past and has taught dance, movement and drama to children, ages 3-11, and she incorporates these experiential techniques at times to help facilitate the therapeutic process.

Ms. Jane works from the fundamental belief that healing is a natural process that sometimes requires a "jump start."  That jump start is what she provides during the sessions.  She believes that once the body and mind are primed in this way, the healing process will continue to grow over the following weeks, months and years.

Ms. Jane is a certified LPC-Intern and is currently supervised by Karen Breeding, LPC-S, in her work towards private practice licensure.

Emily Hladik is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (LMFT-A), with a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Ms. Hladik has worked with children of all ages, as well as their families, on a wide variety of problems including behavioral difficulties, parental divorce, anxiety, depression, grief, addiction and relationship problems.  Her specialties also include working with families to overcome problems related to trauma, autism, and other special needs.

During the sessions, her preferred approaches include Filial Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, as well as certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children.

Ms. Hladik provides a nurturing, encouraging and accepting environment in which her clients can be their true selves and create real and long-lasting changes.  She enjoys helping her clients find new ways to express themselves and connect with others.  She sees that families and children get caught in negative patterns and sometimes need encouragement and an outside perspective to make the necessary changes that will allow them to thrive.

Ms. Hladik is supervised by Dr. Robert Porter, LMFT-S, in her work towards private practice licensure.

Cynthia Penwell, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from University of Texas and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from University of South Florida.

Ms. Penwell has worked with children and families for over 25 years in various settings, including schools, residential treatment centers, domestic violence centers, and group homes for children and teens.  She specializes in behavioral difficulties, autism spectrum, developmental issues and families in crisis.

As a parent of three adopted children, she brings a lifetime of advocacy and passion for the issues facing families who are impacted by emotional and behavioral concerns.  Her therapeutic process is a combination of evidenced-based techniques, real world experience, and collaboration with families and systems.  She utilizes play therapy and sand tray with younger children, and trauma-informed CBT, mindfulness, and attachment-based methods with teens and families.

Ms. Penwell is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Social Work at University of Texas, and a member of the Pediatric Trauma-Informed Research and Care Collaboration at the Child and Family Research Institute at UT.  She also teaches protective parenting and anger management groups at a domestic violence  center, facilitates DBT and IOP groups for adults and adolescents throughout the Austin area, and provides continuing education and presentation to other professionals and the community about trauma, attachment, child development and tolerance.

Ms. Penwell believes therapy and progress are about relationships, and she views herself as a teacher, an advocate and a coach in helping her clients have a more fulfilling life experience.  She offers acceptance, respect, and understanding during the sessions and is able to work with you and your family to help build your own capacities and strengths in moving toward change.

Additional Affiliate Therapists

Stacy Covington, LPC, LCDC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor with a Master's in Counseling from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.  She has over 18 years of experience working with clients with various issues, ranging from trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, as well as various drug and alcohol addictions.

Ms. Covington has worked in multiple settings, including schools, residential treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, outpatient programs, domestic violence shelters and other non-profit organizations.  Her specializations include Personality and Mood Disorders, abuse, trauma, PTSD, substance abuse issues, and court-mandated teens and adults.

As a client-centered, solution-focused therapist, Ms. Covington incorporates talk therapy, play therapy, psychodrama and other therapeutic techniques during the sessions.  She has experience providing thorough psychosocial evaluations, and received training in providing Evidence-Based Assessment of Abused Youth, for ages 7-17.  She is able to provide a comprehensive evaluation of children affected by abuse, domestic violence, school and community violence, automobile accidents, life-threatening illnesses and invasive medical procedures, as well as natural disasters and major losses.

Shelly Jennings, MA, LPC-I, has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas State University in San Marcos and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Mary's University in San Antonio.

Ms. Jennings specializes in working with children, adolescents and their families, as well as groups, in a variety of settings, including schools, private practice settings and in-home settings.  She specializes in grief and loss, anxiety, depression, trauma and behavioral issues at home and in school.  When working with children, Ms. Jennings encourages parents to be a part of the therapeutic process, through therapeutic parent consultations, psycho-education and family therapy.

During the sessions, Ms. Jennings integrates Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with other therapeutic approaches to ensure that her clients are receiving the type of counseling they are needing at the time.  She adapts her approaches as her clients move through the therapeutic process, with the main focus on short-term goals that ultimately lead into the long-term goals.  She believes that small steps now create big leaps later.  Ms. Jennings also incorporates techniques, such as play therapy, into the counseling sessions to open up new doors and ways for her clients to view and relate to the world around them.

Ms. Jennings is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and is currently under the supervision of Cristy Ragland, LPC-S and LMFT-S, in her work towards private practice licensure.

Kelly Nowotny, MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's degree in Counseling with a specialization in play therapy and family therapy from Texas State University.  She has experience counseling children, teenagers and their families in a variety of settings, including clients' homes, schools and daycare centers, as well as outpatient settings.

Ms. Nowotny works with children as young as ages 3, providing play therapy and filial therapy, as well as teaching therapeutic parenting skills to parents and other caregivers.  She also has extensive experience working with children in foster care and adoptive families.  Additionally, she works with older children, teenagers and families, and specializes in a variety of issues, such as abuse, trauma, abandonment and attachment issues, relationship problems, social skills, ADHD, school and behavior problems, anxiety and depression, among others.

Ms. Nowotny believes that play is children's primary way of communicating and is committed to helping parents improve their communication and relationship with their children.

Ms. Nowotny is a current member of the Texas Sandplay Society.

Christina Carson, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation (Applied Life Sciences) from the University of Illinois in Champaign and received her Master in Education (Guidance and Counseling) from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

With over 16 years of experience as a therapist, Ms. Carson specializes in working with children and adolescents, ages 3-17, who are affected by abuse, neglect, trauma, loss, divorce, depression, low self-esteem, ADHD, and behavioral and school issues, among others.  She has provided therapy in numerous settings, including residential treatment centers, non-profit organizations, schools and in-home settings.  She believes in the importance of working with parents and other family members, as well as teachers, to create a strong circle of support for her clients.

Ms. Carson uses various interventions to help facilitate the therapeutic process, including play therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, experiential therapy, Adlerian Therapy, and strength-based activities to help children develop better coping skills.  She also helps her clients to improve their communication and social skills so that they can express their feelings, wants and needs, as well as cultivate connections with their family members, friends and others out in the community.

Ms. Carson is the co-creator of the therapeutic game, "The Medicine Wheel Game," which helps people of all ages come to a closer understanding of their environment and relationship with others.  She is also a recipient of the Golden Apple Award in the past years for her supportive work with children with special needs at AISD.

Dr. Richard Yuen, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Texas.  He graduated cum laude from Carleton College with a B.A. in Psychology, his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and his Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from Loyola University in Chicago.

Dr. Yuen has worked in a diverse array of clinical settings and with clients from all ages.  Trained in many different styles of therapy, he uses a holistic and eclectic approach when working with children and their families.  He believes that no one clinical approach can ever meet the specific needs of all clients and that each client brings a unique perspective, insights and experiences to the table.  Therefore, Dr. Yuen is highly adept at tailoring his approach to the personal strengths and specific needs of his clients and their families.

His expertise is in the area of conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations and in using strength-based, preventative psychology during the counseling sessions.  Dr. Yuen specializes in helping clients with depression, anxiety, abuse, neglect, grief and loss, PTSD, school or behavioral problems, ADHD, crisis and trauma, as well as chronic pain and medical conditions.  He focuses on using effective, evidence-based techniques, to not only treat the current symptoms, but to prevent other symptoms or problematic behaviors from resurfacing at a later time.

He provides assessment services for all age groups, including toddlers, children, teens and parents.  The most commonly requested assessments include General Psychological Evaluation, Child Custody Evaluation, Substance Abuse Evaluation, ADHD Evaluations for both adults and children, Evaluations for Autism or Learning Disabilities, as well as Intelligence and Achievement Evaluations.  Dr. Yuen works very closely with pediatricians, schools, psychiatrists and other providers out in the community to help advocate for his clients and to ensure continuity of services for his clients and their families.

Over the years, Dr. Yuen's excellence in scholarship has earned him a number of prestigious awards, including the Manuel Teurel Award, Heckler Fellowship, Dana Award, Okada Memorial Prize, Tanaka Fellowship, ACM Research Scholarship and a Ford-Mellon Foundation Fellowship.  Dr. Yuen has also taught and guest lectured at numerous colleges and universities, including the Carleton College, Southern Illinois University and the Loyola University.