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Dr. Kimberly Joiner King

Dr. Kimberly Joiner King, LPC-S, RPT-S

Dr. Kimberly King

Kimberly King holds a Ph.D. in counseling from the University of North Texas, a M.S. from Mississippi College in Counseling Psychology, and a B.S. from Mississippi College in Biology. She is licensed as a professional counselor and supervisor in Texas. She has also been a registered play therapist and supervisor since 2004.

Dr. King has had her own private practice in Dallas for over three years. She has had experience as a clinical director of a mental health clinic, assistant director for the Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas, and a few mental health agencies in Memphis. While receiving her doctorate Dr. King was trained by and worked under Dr. Garry Landreth at the University of North Texas.

In addition to clinical work, Dr. King has been an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas, Texas A and M, and is currently an adjunct at Southern Methodist University. She has had experience teaching play therapy, practicum, internship, group, and basic counseling skills courses. She has also supervised many beginning play therapists and presented at numerous conferences in play therapy from Portland, OR to Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Jodi Payson, M.S., LPC-Intern, Doctoral Student

Jodi Payson

Jodi earned her BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from The University of Oklahoma in 2009, and received her Master’s of Science in Counseling at Southern Methodist University in 2013. She is currently a second year doctoral student at Texas A&M-Commerce working towards a Ph.D. in Counselor Education. During her time spend at SMU, she received training in Play Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, Group Therapy and Chemical Dependency Counseling. Additionally, she has received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Humanistic Sandtray Therapy. Jodi has currently earned her LPC-Intern license and has spent the last several years working in non-profits agencies, school counseling centers, and psychiatric hospital settings.

Her education and training have provided her experience in working with various ages, populations, and presenting concerns. During her graduate and post-graduate internships, Jodi gained 1.5 years of experience in working with over 40 victims of sexual and physical abuse ranging from age 3 to 35. She has been provided extensive knowledge and training in working with this population, including attending workshops and conferences related to crimes against children. Jodi is passionate about continuing this work in private practice. She is also passionate about working with adolescent females struggling with anxiety, low self-esteem and/or depression.

 

Scott William Weinert, M.S., LPC-Intern, LCDC

Scott Weinert

Scott’s focus is on helping clients who are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or depressed work through these challenges. The process starts by examining how decisions are meeting emotional needs, structuring priorities, and testing new ways of acting. From there, a plan is created to move the client toward their goals.

Scott earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Tulane University, and in 2014 received his Master’s of Science in Counseling from Southern Methodist University. He is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern (LPC-I) and a member of the American Counseling Association. During his time spent at SMU, he received training in Group Therapy, Psychology of Conflict and Crisis Intervention. Additionally, he has received training in Motivational Interviewing, Non-violent Crisis Intervention, and Satori Alternatives to Managing Aggression. He has a strong interest in Mindfulness. He has spent time working with fragile and marginalized populations through non-profit agencies. He has also provided therapy in SMU’s community-based counseling center.

 

Play Therapy >>
Play therapy is a form of therapy that developmentally meets the child’s needs at an emotional, behavioral, and cognitive level. Play therapy is based on the relationship between the therapist and the child, allowing the child to explore thoughts, feelings and experiences in their natural medium of play.

Group Therapy >>
Therapy delivered in a group setting of 3 - 10 members to explore, change, and develop interpersonal relationships through the realm of the group.

Individual Therapy >>
Focuses on resolving the issues that have brought you the counseling such as grief, anger, and childhood pain, and help you establish your life through a nurturing process.

Family Therapy >>
This type of therapy refers to involving the family in therapy to work on developing positive relationships and interactions between family members.

 

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