Heart and Soul Counseling
Help in growth and healing for all ages through the therapeutic power of play, expressive arts, and the human-animal bond.
"Enter into children's play and you will find the place where their minds, hearts, and souls meet."
Expression Beyond Words
"Counseling" is often thought of a process by which a person sits down and talks about his or her feelings or past negative experiences in order to feel better in the present. But what about when that person cannot express themselves in words? Age, developmental level, strong emotions, communication style, and trauma history can all restrict a client's use of words. For this reason, I offer a variety of age-appropriate, research-based approaches that give clients the tools to more fully express and process their thoughts, feelings, experiences, and possibilities.
Children 3 to 9
Play is important to children because it is their first way of communication. You might think of play as children's "first language" and toys as their "words." I provide a carefully selected assortment of toys chosen to provide children with the means to express a full range of thoughts and feelings. This allows a child to feel heard and understood, which then can make way for them to work though their issues.
Children 9 to Adults
In this expressive therapy, miniature figures and sand are used to express and process feelings. Much as toys and play are used for words and expression of children, the figures and sand help older clients who are unable or unwilling to verbalize their feelings to communicate, making it especially beneficial for clients with a history of trauma. Even those that feel comfortable with talk therapy often find therapeutic benefits to sandtray as it may assist them in exploring deeper meanings and more possible solutions to issues.
Children to Adults
In this approach, the counselor is joined by a specially trained and evaluated pet. The pet is integrated into the therapeutic process based on the client's age and therapeutic goals. This could look like the pet being included as part of a play session, joining in therapeutic activities or responding to a client's therapeutic need of emotional support.
Parents and Caregivers
Research demonstrates that a child's success in therapy is improved when parents/ caregivers are actively involved. To address the many needs of parents, I offer regular parent consultations and parent coaching for all parents of clients. Periodically, a 10 week group titled Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) is also offered for parents of children 3-12.
Children to Adults
Expressive Arts Therapy
Creating art through media such as paint, markers, collage, and clay provide yet another way for children as well as adults to express and process their feelings and experiences in a non-verbal manner. Since this is not intended to be an art class, many clients (young and old) report that they feel freedom in the knowledge that there is no one right way to express themselves.
Kim Sullivan, LPC, RPT, NCC
Kim and her family are long-time residents of Central Texas. She earned her BS in Secondary Science Education from The University of Texas in Austin in 1986, later expanding her certifications to include Elementary Education, Special Education, and Art Education. After teaching elementary and secondary science, she returned to school, and then graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, in May 2015, earning her MA in Professional Counseling.
Kim has received master's-level training in Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, play therapy, and expressive arts therapy. Her counseling experiences include working with behavioral and emotionally challenged adolescents at a residential psychiatric facility, play therapy with children on the Autism spectrum, adapting and leading a play-based parent education group for new/expectant mothers, and leading adult counseling groups at a local behavioral health hospital.
Kim has been active as a volunteer with her therapy donkey and horse since 2008. She and her counseling partner Gordon completed their advanced training at the Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy at Texas State in October 2017 and passed their Animal-Assisted Counseling Evaluation in July 2018. They have now completed the requirements and are eagerly awaiting certification in AAC. Gordon is a vital part of Heart and Soul Counseling and works with clients of all ages..
As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Registered Play Therapist (RPT), and National Certified Counselor (NCC), Kim looks forward to applying her teaching, internship, and volunteer skills to her own counseling practice.
Contact Heart and Soul Counseling
Kim is currently accepting new clients, with limited morning appointments available only. To start, schedule a complimentary 30 minute introductory consultation by phone or by using the form below. Insurances accepted include Aetna, Optum, United Behavioral Health, Magellan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and some Medicaid plans. Out-of-pocket charges for sessions are based on $75/ half-hour. rate.
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Heart and Soul Counseling
10 A Chisholm Trail
Round Rock, TX, 78681