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 and Registered Play Therapist. 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.
Achieve Pediatric Therapy and Rehab
Achieve Pediatric Therapy & Rehab was established in Cedar Park, Tx in 2012 with the vision of providing quality pediatric occupational, physical and speech therapy that focuses on clients, families and education. Achieve is excited to bring their knowledge, compassion, and enthusiasm to Lubbock, Texas! Our team of therapists each hold their Master’s Degree or higher in their respective fields, and use a holistic and caring approach to improve the quality of life for children living with autism, developmental delays, learning disabilities, sensory integration dysfunction, and other special needs, allowing them to achieve success in all activities of their daily lives. Achieve is able to provide the highest level of pediatric therapy services, aiming to serve both our client’s needs as well as family education. We want to ensure that parents understand the therapy process from beginning to end, from understanding insurance to scheduling. Our individualized treatment sessions allow our therapists to create a fun and motivating environment while addressing parent concerns and making progress toward goals. Achieve Lubbock clinical directors, Nikah Hart and Susan Sparks, along with clinic founders, Erica Tally and Caroline Morlan, are Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center graduates, each with their Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.
Achieve is excited to bring our services to The Playroom Lubbock! We are now accepting new patients. Please contact us for more information or to schedule your child’s appointment.
Achieve Owners: Erica Tally and Caroline Morlan (top)
Achieve Lubbock Clinical Directors: Nikah Hart, Susan Sparks (bottom)
Susan Cowden, MS, LMFT
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 or at email@example.com.
Kayli Cross, MS, LMFT LCDC
My name is Kayli Cross and I am a Marriage & Family therapist and Chemical Dependency Counselor in Lubbock, TX. 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)
Emily Johnston, MEd, LPC
Connection, compassion, hope, and change. These are the guiding principles of Every Story, 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 an up and coming Licensed Professional Counselor with degrees in both Early Childhood and Counselor Education from Texas Tech University. A seasoned school counselor, her experience ranges from early elementary aged children just beginning school to adolescents preparing to graduate and enter into adulthood. During her career in education she has 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 is passionate about providing a safe and connected environment to work with children who are seeking change or have a desire to reach their maximum potential. Her belief is that while many life circumstances are out of the client’s control, recognizing what one can control will promote positive change.
Emily works from both the Person Centered and Solution Focused Therapy framework. She also relies on motivational interviewing techniques which allows the client to change based on their own values and interests. Skill building is utilized in sessions as needed for clients who have difficulties with emotional regulation, social situations, or behavior in the school or at home. Emily has extensive experience working with students with disabilities or conditions that limit them in different areas of life. She is available to serve as a bridge between home and school upon request to ensure clients are receiving the most appropriate support possible. This summer Emily has also completed coursework to become a Certified Trauma Practitioner through the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children.
Emily continues to serve as a High School Counselor here in Lubbock and currently has appointments available in the evenings and on weekends. 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 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Greg Johnston, PhD, LPC
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 beginning August 1st. If you would like to schedule an appointment for yourself or your child, please contact Greg at 806-472-4630, or you can email him at email@example.com.
Dr. Greg Johnston, LPC
Sarah Taylor, CTRS
Sarah, our Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, loves helping people of all ages feel successful! Sarah uses everything from art and music to sports and games to create a sense of accomplishment and pride within her participants.
Sarah graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation (TR) in 2008. She worked as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at The Transitional Learning Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation in Lubbock, where she used the patients’ leisure interests (such as different forms of art, music, dance, sports, games, etc.) to work on various physical, cognitive, emotional, and social goals. Sarah also enjoys her position as the Studio Art Director of the annual Summer STAR Program (Stroke and Aphasia Recovery) through the Speech and Language department at Texas Tech.
Sarah is excited to begin working with children and teens at The Playroom Lubbock. She believes that everyone can benefit from Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy, specifically individuals with disabilities or disabling conditions to address their cognitive, social, emotional, or physical needs.
To read more about Therapeutic Recreation click here.
Sarah will be offering individual and group therapeutic recreation this fall. Call to schedule an appointment.
Emmy Lu is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who specializes in nutrition therapy for disordered eating and eating disorders. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from The University of Texas and her Masters and Dietetic Internship at Lamar University. After several years of clinical dietetics, Emmy Lu continued her education at Texas Tech University by completing her PhD in Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies in May of 2016. She is currently working towards her Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian credential.
Emmy Lu is passionate about helping individuals find freedom from food and food related behaviors that may be causing distress in their life, or even consuming their life. Emmy Lu focuses on client individualization to best develop this freedom, both mentally and physically, from food related issues.
The word “metanoia” means “to change one’s mind” and that is exactly what she strives for with her clients regarding their food relationship. Emmy Lu works from the belief that disordered eating and eating disorders are not about the food, but instead revolve around a relationship with food and the factors influencing that relationship. She works to empower and develop autonomy in her clients in this area of their life and in whatever way that is most beneficial to the individual. This process may include, but is not limited to, challenging distorted food beliefs/fears, educating on healthy nutrition and food behaviors, facilitating food freedom, re-feeding the brain, fostering healthy self-image, and troubleshooting maladaptive behaviors.
Emmy Lu is now accepting appointments for nutrition therapy related to disordered eating and eating disorders starting November 1st. Please call or email for more information or to set up an appointment!
Meredith is a budding Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC Intern) with a big heart for young people; she has been working with kids since she was a kid! A veteran educator, she has experience that reaches from early childhood into adolescence. She developed a passion for students exhibiting traits of learning differences during her thirteen years as an educator, and from personal experiences as a parent. Her genuine interest in students who learn differently has translated into a desire to support these young people and their families as they journey through difficulties at school or home, assessment, possible diagnosis, and other challenges that, too easily, can cause negative feelings to surface. Meredith hopes to provide an accepting and encouraging atmosphere that promotes healthy coping, the learning of supportive strategies and techniques, and a discovery of just how extraordinary these young people are! Meredith believes that different learners can discover their natural gifts and talents, especially with a healthy dose of support and resilience along the way, in order to make their unique mark upon our world.
Specific areas of knowledge and training are: ADHD, Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, and a foundational understanding of many other learning differences.
Meredith will also accept clients (ages 4-17, and/or their guardians) needing support with behavioral intervention, general anxious or depressive symptoms, self-concept/self-esteem, grief, or other difficulties that present in the life of a young person.
Meredith will work from Cognitive Behavioral, Positive Psychology, and Solution-Focused Therapy frameworks.
Referrals will be made for counseling needs that exceed Meredith’s experience or ability. Meredith currently works as a High School Counselor, and will be accepting a limited number of clients, initially. Also, as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, Meredith meets weekly in Supervision with Pam Brown, LPC Supervisor.
Please call Meredith at 806-340-0713 Ext. 106 or email Meredith at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule counseling for a child or guardian in need of services described above, or to ask for more information.