Leah is the founder and owner of the Counseling Center of Expressive Arts (CCOEA). Leah is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Texas. She is also a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S) through the Association for Play Therapy.
In addition to over 20 years of experience, Leah’s education includes extensive training in expressive arts, concentrating in art therapy. With 28 post graduate hours from the University of Oklahoma in art therapy, Leah utilizes the creative process in her approach to healing and growth in counseling. Along with her art therapy training, Leah also has substantial training in play therapy. Leah received her PhD from the University of North Texas (UNT) with a specialty in play therapy.
Leah also established the Institute for Counselor Development (ICD), providing local training for counselors and supervision for LPC –Interns and MFT Associates in the state of Texas. Leah conducts workshops both locally and nationally.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
- B.S. with honors in education, Texas Women’s University (TWU)
- M.A. with honors in counseling, Webster University
- PhD in Counseling with a specialty in play therapy, University of North Texas (UNT)
Leah completed her dissertation at UNT exploring child-teacher relationship utilizing play therapy. While at UNT, Leah gained extensive experience through training and direct supervision while working with young children and their families utilizing play therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Training (CPRT), and other developmentally sensitive approaches. The University of North Texas’s play therapy program, along with its Center for Play Therapy, are both world renowned programs, attracting graduate students from throughout the fifty states and foreign countries.
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
- Association for Play Therapy (APT)
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
- Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)