About Crystal- Joining us in Dec

Hi! I’m Crystal.

I’ll be accepting new clients in December. 

Looking for the right counselor can be hard and I bet you have lots of questions about me.  Below are some common questions folks ask about me.

Who do you work with?

I work with kids and teens (ages 3-18), providing play therapy, sand tray, art and expressive therapy counseling sessions.

What do you help with?

I help with normal life issues! Let’s face it y’all- life can be tough at times. From divorce, moving, career transitions, family changes, losing pets, etc. – these changes can really throw your family in for a loop! I’m here to help with that. I can help with the following, plus much more:

  • play therapy
  • handling emotions and behavior
  • communication
  • anger management
  • self-regulation
  • tween/teen identity issues
  • social skills
  • school issues
  • problem-solving
  • pro-social self-talk
  • focusing/time management
  • assertiveness
  • school and peer relational skills
  • parenting skills
  • family transitions
  • military specific issues

Do you have evening and weekend hours?

Absolutely!

I offer late afternoon/evening appointments and Saturday appointments.

I’m here to help you and your family; I don’t want scheduling conflicts to prevent you from coming in and getting help! Between your kids’ softball games, piano lessons, cheerleading camp, and trying to schedule in a date night, you have enough to keep up with and I have flexible hours to meet your needs.

Once you’re my client, you’ll have access to a portal where you can schedule your own appointments. 

Exactly who are you and what makes you qualified?

I’m glad you asked! Finding a good therapist to help your family is a big deal and you need to know just as much about me as I do about you! 

I have a Bachelor degree in psychology (2012) and earned my Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology in 2014 from Texas A&M University-Central Texas. I had many supervised internships, where my skills in working with children and families were really ironed out, tested and challenged. One of the internships was at the Family Life Chaplain Center at Fort Hood, where I worked with military children, teens, couples, and families and worked with military-related issues such as deployment and military moving. Another internship was through the Boys and Girls Club where I worked with middle schooled tweens (did I learn a lot or what!). I spent over two years working under a waiver program through Central Counties Services, where I provided school-based interventions to children struggling with their behavioral and emotional needs at several elementary schools; I worked side by side with the school counselors and had the opportunity to really see what went on behind the scenes at the schools (504 meetings, behavior intervention plans, behavior challenges, etc). This experience really helped mold my skills to better assist parents to navigate the school system and help meet their children’s needs.

I’m a licensed professional counselor and a registered play therapist. As a registered play therapist, I have completed advanced education and supervised experience in play therapy. I specialize in working with children and teens and the various issues they may present with. As a licensed professional counselor, I completed two years of a post-graduate internship at a private practice where I had many clients and worked with children, teen, and parents. 

 I regularly attend state and national conferences in my field, attend monthly training, receive case consultation and supervision as needed and constantly seek training opportunities to better myself as a clinician, in order to better serve you and your family. I’m an active member of the following organizations:

  • Texas Association For Play Therapy
  • Association For Play Therapy
  • Central Texas Chapter Of Play Therapy
  • Austin SandTray Association
  • Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy

All of this sounds great, but can you really help?

 As a parent, you may feel frustrated with your child, overwhelmed, hopeless and or not even sure where to begin.  I believe that there is hope (yes, even for your teenager). Reaching out for help can be hard.   I’m here to make that step easier for you. 

I use play, art and expressive therapy instead of the traditional “talk therapy”.  Children often express themselves through play instead of using big, difficult words.  Below are some videos about play therapy and it’s benefits. I’m trained in sand tray therapy and use expressive arts and art therapy as well.

I use successful, well-researched interventions in my practice. The combination of play therapy, sand tray therapy, expressive arts and art therapy (and sometimes my therapy dog, Anna) can work wonders with children and teens!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8meTxxXeEw    (Short Play Therapy Video- 1 minute)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKMb6wvqy2w     (Longer Play Therapy Video- 6 minutes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4ovwAdxCs0               (Longer Play Therapy Video- 7 minutes)  

What’s your cost?

My rates are as follows:

First session/intake: $165 for a 90-110 minute session with parent/s only. I will take a full background of your child and family to gain a better understanding of how I can better help your family. Then, we will sit down together and come up with some goals for your child and/or family. You are a part of the process every step of the way.

Ongoing sessions: $125 for a 50-55 minute session. These sessions can be individual child sessions, family sessions, parent sessions, whatever you need.

Do you take insurance?

No, I do not.

I’m considered out-of-network or out-of-pocket and can provide you with what is called a ‘Superbill’ that you can give to your insurance company for reimbursement.  Here is some information about how you can do this. 

Why not insurance?

There are many things to consider before using insurance.  Below are a few:

  • Using insurance requires a diagnosis. 
  • Your records aren’t as private.
  • Your insurance company can make decisions about your family’s care.
  • Therapists are compensated less, possibly increasing their caseload, which can affect your care.
  • Insurance limits your options of who you can go to.

How long will my child be in therapy?

As long as it’s necessary and effective.

No parent wants their child to be in therapy forever and the truth is, my goal is to work myself out of a job. Good counseling is done by a trained mental health professional who has healthy ethical and professional boundaries, has good interpersonal skills, and has training in evidence-based, effective modes of therapy. It means that you’re working with someone who is familiar with what you’re dealing with, feels competent to handle it, and can help you and your family feel like your child is moving forward after each session. Counseling shouldn’t last forever- research shows that the longer therapy lasts, the less likely it is to be effective.

Okay, I’d like an appointment. What do I do next?

Yay! I’m so excited to help you and your family!

Your next step is to call me and the rest will be history!

I’m eagerly awaiting.