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Dr. Christine Koehler

PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S

Clinical Director

Child Therapist

 

Dr. Koehler initially received advanced training in clinical psychology before completing her doctorate in counseling. The diversity of this path provided her with a unique view of mental health from both medical and wellness perspectives. During her doctoral training at UNT, she was introduced to play therapy where she excelled as a therapist and learned to view the world through the eyes of children and in the context of the parent-child relationship.

While working as a children's therapist at a local non-profit, Dr. Koehler encountered more and more children struggling with ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. There seemed to be no satisfactory explanation for this unprecedented rise.  "The trend I noticed was more and more children being diagnosed and medicated without a thorough explanation of what we were observing in children."

Because of this, Dr. Koehler felt an urgency  to find better answers.   Her goal was to understand the whole child to include mind, body, relationships, and environment throughout the process of diagnosis and treatment.  She sought additional training from multidisciplinary professionals and authors through EpidemicAnswers.org and was provided with solid explanations that satisfied her questions regarding children's diagnosis and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders.  "The key is identifying and treating root causes of conditions, not just symptom supression."

She treats a wide range of children’s mental health difficulties and works with parents to develop an integrated, prioritized treatment plan designed to maximize progress.

She consults with other holistic and integrative professionals and authors across the US to inform her work with children and stay on the cutting edge of scientific discoveries relevant to children's wellness.  She is licensed in the state of Texas as an LPC-S and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.

"Diagnostic evaluation certainly fuels the investigator in me, but therapy affords the gift of 'being with' parents and children. It's an honor to earn a family's trust."

In order to create lasting change and healing for children and families, Dr. Koehler places special emphasis on connection with parents.  She has studied and applied several parenting approaches and believes in providing a complete parenting program that fits with today's children and challenges.

Dr. Koehler explains, "Parenting is not what it used to be.  Mom's and Dad's need a parenting system that focuses on developing children and their sense of responsibility in relationships.  Demanding compliance is just not effective anymore when there is an ongoing power struggle in the relationship."  Dr. Koehler leads a weekly parenting group at a local hospital for parents who are going through serious mental health crises with children and teens.  She explains, "it's truly a highlight of my week to spend time with these courageous parents.  It's an honor to know and grow alongside them."

In addition to her passion for working with children and parents, Dr. Koehler teaches at the Canine-Human Relationship Institute in Blue Ridge, Texas.  "People's relationship with animals is often remarkably similar to the parent-child dynamic.  It requires healthy boundaries and communication for everyone to be safe and feel content."  Dr. Koehler joined the institute initially to learn more as a canine assisted play therapist.  "I'm still learning what the relationship might really feel like from the canine's perspective.  Animals have amazing capacity to help us heal.  They are great examples of the power of resilience!"

Dr. Koehler and her husband are involved in the children's ministry through their church and have shepherded in the pre-k Sunday school ministry for eight consecutive years.  She is working to use all of these learning experiences to produce a weekly live broadcast call "Counter Culture Kid" to help parents and children build a future with physical and emotional safety in relationships as a commuity priority.  Watch the first broadcast here!

Join us as we discuss creating change in the parent-child relationship by using 3 basic phrases!

Posted by Neurodevelopment Associates of North Texas, PLLC on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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Kasey Key

M.S., LPC-Intern

Clinical Intern

Child Therapist

Kasey Key is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the supervision of Dr. Christine Koehler, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S.

Kasey received her Masters of Science in Counseling from Southern Methodist University in December 2018 with specialty concentrations in both Expressive Arts Therapy and Play Therapy.
Kasey has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, parents, and families. She is trained to counsel both individually and in a group or family setting. Kasey believes that the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in facilitating changes in behavior, especially in children. One of Kasey’s favorite quotes is from Dr. Gary Landreth who said, “A child is free to change only when they are free not to change.”
Kasey enjoys working with clients of all ages and has an special connection with very young children to adolescents. “I believe children strive toward growth. Many times, both parents and children can grow in their awareness of how family interactions influence the dynamics unwanted behavior.”


Kasey gained clinical experience during her training at the SMU Center for Family Counseling and went on to do her clinical internship at Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. Kasey has received specialty training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy.


The profession of counseling seemed to choose Kasey, “I attended personal counseling after experiencing the death of my mother. Two years later, I started to nanny for two very young children after their mom was diagnosed with cancer. When their mom died, it was automatic for me to help them understand and express their grief through art. At the funeral, when I saw how proud the child was of the art we made, I understood the healing impact of expression through art.” Kasey volunteered at Journey of Hope, an organization that leads groups for adults and children who have lost someone important in their lives. “I was surprised that I ended up finding my strength after loss. I want children to know that they can do it, too.”


The part of us, as humans, that resonates the most with Kasey is meaning. “I believe that how a person perceives what is happening around them, combined with the meaning they place on that perception heavily influences both thoughts and behavior. By focusing on what a child sees as meaningful and exploring the nature of a child’s perception, they become aware of the corresponding behavior or reaction. This facilitates the first step toward change.”

 

 

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