About Crystal

Hi! I’m Crystal.

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.

Who do you work with?

I work with kids and teens (ages 3-18).

I provide play therapy, sand tray, art and expressive therapy.  Together we can figure out what works best for your child.

What do you help with?

Life can stir up many emotions.  From divorce, moving, career transitions, family changes, losing pets, etc. – these changes can really throw your family in for a loop! Below are some common issues I help with:

  • play therapy
  • handling emotions and behavior
  • communication
  • anger management
  • trauma
  • anxiety & depression
  • self-regulation
  • tween/teen identity issues
  • social skills
  • school issues
  • self esteem
  • problem-solving
  • focusing/time management
  • assertiveness
  • school and friendship skills
  • parenting
  • family transitions (new baby, move, divorce…)
  • grief
  • military specific issues

Do you have evening and weekend hours?

Yes.  I offer late afternoon/evening appointments and Saturday appointments.

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?

Finding the right fit is really important.  Here’s a bit about me:

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. 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. 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. I specialize in working with children and teens and the various issues they may present with. 

 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. I’m also 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

How can you help?

 As a parent, you may feel frustrated, overwhelmed, hopeless and or not even sure where to begin.  I believe that there is hope.  Reaching out can be hard and I’m here to help.

I use play, art and expressive therapy.  This can really compliment or be a very effective option to traditional approaches.

Children often express themselves through play instead of using big, difficult words.  Below are some videos about play therapy and it’s benefit. 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

Ongoing sessions: $125 for a 50-55 minute session

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.
  • Insurance limits your options of who you can go to.

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

I’m very excited and honored to be part of this with you. 

Your next step is to call me so that I can start learning about you.