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, 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. 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.
Ms. Lomme is currently licensed as an LPC-Intern and is working towards her private practice licensure and her RPT licensure under Erin Pannell, M.Ed., LPC-S, RPT-S.
Ms. Olczak believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and focuses on helping her clients build on their strengths and resilience during the sessions, in addition to addressing the symptoms. She uses a variety of techniques, such as EMDR and cognitive-behavioral approaches, to help her clients heal from trauma, abuse, grief and loss, stress, crisis, depression and anxiety.
In addition to these, she specializes in working with children and adolescent with PTSD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, phobias, substance abuse issues, Bipolar Disorder, relationship issues, school or work-related problems, oppositional behaviors and ADHD. She uses a blend of effective therapeutic techniques and unconditional acceptance of her clients to bring about positive, long-lasting changes in their lives.
Ms. Olczak is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and EMDR International Association.
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.
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.
Dr. Tracy L. Smith, Ph.D., LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana State University and a Master of Art's degree in Counseling from West Virginia University.
Smith has over 10 years of experience counseling children, adolescents and their families with a wide variety of behavioral and emotional issues in multiple settings, including clients' homes, schools, residential treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, university counseling centers, as well as community and outpatient settings.
She has extensive experience utilizing Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal and Family Therapy. Dr. Smith also has years of experience providing therapeutic parenting skills to parents and other caregivers, as well as conducting psychological evaluations with children, adolescents and their parents. In addition to these, she is currently pursuing a certification in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Dr. Smith believes that her clients' behaviors and emotional concerns are often a symptom of the family, and she strives to incorporate other family members to help the entire family function more effectively. She also believes that a strong therapeutic relationship and connection are important to providing effective therapy with her clients.
Dr. Smith has been a National Certified Counselor since August 2005 and has presented at a variety of conferences on various topics, including the American Psychological Association, the Association for Women in Psychology, the Teachers' College Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education, the Big Ten Counseling Center Conference, the Indiana Counseling Association Conference, as well as the Indiana School Counselor Association Conference.
She is a member of the Capital of Texas Counseling Association and the current Recording Secretary of the Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy.
With over 8 years of experience working in the school setting, Mr. Barnhart has helped children, adolescents and families with a wide variety of issues. As a school social worker at a high performing, local school district, he has helped countless students work through various emotional, social and behavioral issues, and helped them transition back into the school system from residential treatment centers.
Mr. Barnhart specializes in working with children and teens with peer and family relationship issues, trauma, grief and loss, stress and anger management, anxiety-related disorders, depression, attachment issues, ADHD, communication problems, oppositional behaviors, conduct disorder, truancy, academic and behavioral problems at school, PTSD and parental divorce. He partners with parents and helps to empower them by providing therapeutic parenting support. In addition, Mr. Barnhart collaborates with other professionals in order to coordinate care and to advocate for his clients.
During the sessions, Mr. Barnhart utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy to help clients realize their goals. He is able to help young children through the use of play therapy where they can communicate their feelings and work through their issues. Mr. Barnhart communicates and relates to teens by building on their existing strengths and imparting problem-solving strategies. He is able to assist children, adolescents and families by offering unwavering support, understanding and acceptance.
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.
As a EAGALA certified counselor, Ms. Bussey also provides Equine Assisted Counseling ("horse therapy") in Dripping Springs. At this location, she incorporates horses during the sessions to help facilitate and strengthen the emotional growth and healing for her clients. Equine therapy sessions are similar to office-based therapy and the goals are much the same. The main difference is that the path that the therapist and the client take together to reach those goals include gentle and therapeutic horses to help support the healing process. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is an emerging field and is supported by a growing body of research on its effectiveness.
Additional Affiliate Therapists
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.
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.