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.
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 licensure. Ms. 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.
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 2-18, 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Additional Affiliate Therapists
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.