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 community priority. Watch the first broadcast here!