I have been working in mental health for almost 10 years. I started out working as a staff member at a residential treatment facility for children and adolescents. I spent time working in a therapeutic preschool and a therapeutic day treatment center for kindergarten through high school where I conducted individual, family, and group therapy. I graduated with my Masters of Science in Community Counseling and a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from John Brown University. My undergraduate degrees are in Biology and Psychology from the University of Arkansas.
I quickly learned that the best approach for working with children was through play, so I made the decision to get more training in this. I spent 10 months in intensive trainings to receive my Registered Play Therapist license. This specialization gives me the unique skills and ability to work with children and families in a way that communicates through their language of play. I then worked in the local school system as a School Based Therapist for elementary and middle schools. All of these experiences and settings have helped to give me a well rounded understanding of mental health and systems.
I began Necessary Play to allow for me to work in a setting that I believe serves families and children in an individual and compassionate matter. I strive to work closely with each of my clients and to work hands on in the healing process. Having a private practice allows me to have that time and space. I am passionate about instilling hope.