My friend and colleague, Patricia Van Horn Ph.D said, "The way you are is just as important as what you do." In this slide show you can get a sense of the way I am.
(a poem about Child Parent Psychotherapy)
She sits on the floor, her dress folded over her legs
Her soft gaze watching the mama and her tot
She smiles when the boy offers his mama some food,
and her body softens as the mama refuses it,
She creates in the room a welcome,
a safe place for all that is.
Kindness and acceptance radiate from her
Her gaze settles on the mama who sits stiffly on the floor
"It is hard,” she says tenderly to the mama
When the tot returns with more food
she says gently, “You want to feed your mama and she can’t eat.”
The words hang, lilting through the air,
the sense of welcome expanding
as both are held with kindness and understanding
written by Rebecca J. Hubbard in memory of Patricia Van Horn
I am a master's level Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I am dually certified in Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. I provide Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for adults without children or who have grown children and who have experienced traumatic events. I have been helping people with traumatic pasts for twenty-two years. I have worked in a variety of settings, (office, in-home) including in the field as a first-responder where I provided psychological first aid to children, families and adults who witnessed or were victims of violence or experienced natural disasters.
I am certified in Natural Lifemanship, a Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy model, as a clinician and an equine professional. I am trained in two evidence based treatment models, Child Parent Psychotherapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have ten years of experience providing Child Parent Psychotherapy, a model that focuses on helping parents and children five years of age and younger who have experienced interpersonal traumas, such as domestic violence. I have over thirteen years of experience providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a gradual exposure model, to children ages four to eighteen. I have provided consultation in both of these models and numerous trainings on the impact of trauma on children and adolescents.
One of my areas of interest is dissociation and how individuals use this strategy to cope with severe trauma. I have received additional training in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents who have dissociative symptoms and disorders. Helping people trust their bodies again and feel at home in them is one of my greatest joys. I was one of the authors of the NCTSN white paper on complex trauma, as well as one of the authors of Complex Trauma in Children & Adolescents, published in Psychiatric Annals in 2005.
My work with children lead me to become an author. Although I have always written for fun, I began writing stories to help facilitate the healing of my young clients. This grew to fulfilling a need for therapeutic books about all types of traumas. I enjoy writing stories that help children heal, grow and learn about themselves and the world around them.
In addition to my private practice, and being an author, I work full time as a clinician at Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center, where I provide evidence base treatment for children who have experienced abuse.I am also a Natural Lifemanship trainer.