Kelly, our child counselor, began The Playroom Lubbock in 2015 with the vision of incorporating her Play Therapy counseling services with a team of clinicians to serve the needs of children and adolescents. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lubbock Christian University and her Masters in Education in Counseling from the University of North Texas. Kelly counsels children and adolescents using Play Therapy and other forms of play therapy such as expressive arts, activity therapy, and sand tray therapy to help them address and resolve what is bothering them or what isn't working for them. Kelly is also trained in Child Parent Relationship Therapy in which parents are directly used in the treatment of their children as therapeutic agents. Kelly also has experiences as a Child Advocate at a domestic violence shelter, a middle school Teacher, and an elementary School Counselor.
Kelly is now booking appointments for play therapy, child counseling, parenting support, screeners/assessments, and professional development.
I believe kids are capable of learning, growing, and functioning positively at home, in school, and in the community. I am committed to focusing on a child's and parent's (or caregiver's) needs in order to foster creativity, self-direction, responsibility, self-control, and emotional well-being as well as to enhance the child/parent relationship. I am trained to address a wide variety of emotional, behavioral, and developmental needs. I use child-centered play therapy. I promote a genuine and empathic therapeutic relationship while providing toys, sand, expressive arts, and activities as a safe means for children to express themselves and to learn to manage emotions and behaviors. Kids use toys as their words and play as their language.
Hello, I'm Susan Cowden, and I'm glad you've stopped by. I'm a wife, mother, writer, and a marriage and family therapist with a Master of Science degree in Family Therapy from Texas Woman's University. I believe in the transformative power of therapy and I can work with you to create a treatment plan that is unique to your struggles, and help you reach your goals. My hope for all of my clients is to live a life characterized by authenticity, courage, and hope, rather than one of perfectionism, shame, and self-criticism.
In the past, I have worked with clients on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. I work with both adolescent and adult clients struggling with a variety of concerns including:
My approach to therapy includes cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and solution focused modalities. I have also received training in the Family Based Treatment of Anorexia (Maudsley approach) from Daniel leGrange, PhD and James Lock, MD at the University of Chicago. In addition, I am a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. I also have several articles published as an Eater Disorder Expert on VeryWell.Com (formerly About.com). You can view them here.
I am now accepting new clients. You can contact me at 806-370-2110.
My name is Kayli Cross and I am a Marriage & Family therapist and Chemical Dependency Counselor. I graduated from Texas Tech University in 2008 with a BS in Community, Family & Addiction Services and then in 2010 with an MS in Marriage & Family Therapy.
My experience and my passion is in working with teenagers and young adults. I believe that time in life is, not only crucial, but also has the potential to be one of the most exciting and encouraging season's for someone. It is also confusing and hard, and at times painful to the point where it seems there will be no end.
Adolescence and young adulthood should be fun, challenging and adventurous. It's the time when we learn boundaries, create our own opinions, and really start to put into place the foundations of what is to come. Everyone speaking into a young person's life matters - parents, friends, teachers, coaches, counselors, mentors, etc. and my hope is that we are teaching natural consequences and speaking life.
Peer pressure is also strong at this stage in life, and media, entertainment and societal norms hold a powerful position.
My hope is to provide a healthy environment for individuals and families to make this journey together and for healing to take place.
In working with the young person (adolescents and young adults), my aim is to build rapport and to first address any resistance they may have to her as a person of “authority.” The wonderful thing about working with teens and young adults is that, once that rapport and trust is built, we can practically say anything to each other. I can challenge them on hard issues and they can know that I will be a person that serves as a safe haven to share with honestly. My hope in having this rapport is also being able to facilitate any healing that may need to take place between the young person and their family members. Sometimes this is something that parents want to see happen right away, but it is my job to advocate for the young person as to when it is timing is right.
I am now available and accepting appointments. Please call or email me for more information!
(806) 340-0713 ext 102 or 940-343-9226 (direct line)
Hi I’m Meagan Daniels, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Lubbock, Texas.
I hope to improve the lives of clients that I serve by working alongside each individual offering guidance, support and empathy. My goal is to help my clients learn how to use their unique strengths to work through challenging issues.
My particular areas of focus and experience are: Anxiety Depression Adoption Foster care Infertility Behavioral issues Trauma Grief
I use client centered, solution focused, and cognitive behavioral therapy approaches catered to each individual’s unique needs. Other tools offered are child centered play therapy and running therapy.
Being a former Texas Tech athlete I have personally experienced the benefits of exercise for mental health. Running/walking therapy has been proven to protect against mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. Combined with counseling, running/walking therapy can be a powerful and practical way to make a change.
I have a passion for working towards healing the mind holistically though coping skills, nutrition and exercise. All these things combined with counseling can create healing. I look forward to meeting with you and working together to help create positive change in your life.
You can contact me at (806) 853-9655
Emily Johnston, MEd, LPC
Connection, compassion, hope, and change: These are the guiding principles of Every Story Counseling, private practice of Dr. Greg and Emily Johnston, housed within the Playroom Lubbock. Greg and Emily both counsel from the belief that importance should be given to the client’s current story, but that most importantly hope exists for everyone to write new pages.
Emily is a Licensed Professional Counselor with degrees in both Early Childhood and Counselor Education from Texas Tech University. A seasoned school counselor, her experiences range from early elementary aged children just beginning school to adolescents preparing to graduate and enter into adulthood. During her career in education, she developed a skill set that allows her to support children struggling to be their best selves either at home or in the school setting. Emily recognized that at the heart of this skill set was the connection between herself and the students that she was working with. As she continued her career practicing inside the Playroom Lubbock, she began attending training on Play Therapy and recognized it as a therapeutic approach that matched her core beliefs of counseling, with the healing agent being the relationship and connection formed between the therapist and the client. In Play Therapy, toys are the child’s words and play is the language. When working with older children and adolescents, Emily uses other forms of play therapy such as activity therapy, expressive art techniques, and sandtray therapy. Most importantly, Emily is passionate about providing a safe and connected environment to work with children to create a space safe enough for them to share their wants, needs, thoughts, and desires. Emily is working on her credentialing to be a Registered Play Therapist and is working under the supervision of Kelly Martin RPT-S and owner of the Playroom Lubbock.
Emily currently has appointments available. If you are a parent or a guardian hopeful of change within your child and would like to schedule an appointment, please call Emily at 806-472-4029.
Connection, compassion, hope, and change are the guiding principles of Every Story Counseling, private practice of Dr. Greg Johnston housed within the Playroom Lubbock. Greg practices from the belief that importance should be given to the client’s current story, but that most importantly hope exists for everyone to write new pages and chapters.
Greg is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a doctorate in Counselor Education from Texas Tech University. With over ten years experience working with adolescents and youth at-risk, Greg has developed an interest in helping clients who find themselves in difficult situations relationally, spiritually, behaviorally, or emotionally.
Greg practices from a holistic wellness approach, which means he helps clients strive for health and wellness in all aspects of life. His therapeutic style is grounded in the Person-Centered and Solution Focused Therapy framework, allowing for connection with the client to promote positive change in a timely manner. He is available to work with clients of all ages in individual, group, or family sessions.
Greg has appointments available in the evenings and on weekends. If you would like to schedule an appointment for yourself or your child, please contact Greg at 806-472-4630.
My name is Taylor Hendrix and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the supervision of Kelly Martin, LPC-S, RPT-S. I graduated from Texas Tech University in 2014 with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Addiction Studies. In May 2019, I graduated with a MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
My experience and passion is working with kids and teenagers ranging from ages 4-17, along with their families, to create and implement their therapeutic goals. Because of my experience, I am comfortable working with trauma, ADHD, depression and anxiety, and more!
Under the supervision of Kelly, I am able to provide play therapy such as expressive arts and sand tray therapy to those clients who will benefit. I can also provide individual, couples, and family counseling for clients of any age.
I believe that therapy begins with the relationship between the client and therapist. Real work happens within the safe space that the client and therapist create. I focus on building rapport with my clients and walking alongside them to meet their therapeutic goals.
I am currently accepting clients. Please call or email me for more information!
(806) 686-5459 or Taylor@playroomlubbock.com
Individual counseling sessions are $65 per session.
Katy McAlpine, MEd, LPC Intern #82446
Hi there! I’m Katy McAlpine.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern working under the supervision of Kelly Martin, MEd, LPC-S, RPT-S. I graduated from Texas Tech in 2015 with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and again in May of 2019 with my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
My desire as a professional counselor is to help my clients work through life issues or difficulties in ways that work best for them by teaching personalized coping skills to use in their everyday lives. I have experience working with adolescents and in areas including substance abuse, depression, anxiety, decision making, and family and life transitions. I work from the approaches of cognitive behavioral therapy and client-centered therapy.
I believe that our childhood years should be full of adventurous learning and growth through curiosity. However, sometimes things happen to us that are out of our control which can compromise our mental health and we need help working through confusing emotions. My desire through counseling is to be able to walk alongside my clients in helping them work through difficult issues with the goal of obtaining mental and emotional wellbeing.
I will be accepting clients immediately and am available to see young children, adolescents, college aged students, and families.
I am so excited to meet you or your child and get started working together.
You can contact me at (806) 451-5999 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Individual client session rates are $65 per session.