About Rhonda

Rhonda Septelka, MA, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Texas and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I hold a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health with a specialization in Play Therapy from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from University of Houston. I am currently working toward Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential.

Personal tribulations and life experiences have led me to discover myself as a caring and empathetic individual who desires to help others through their own journey and overcome obstacles. My Great Uncle who was a Child Psychologist introduced me to the field of Psychology. His stories of children that he helped captivated me and gave me hope. At twelve years of age, I asked him to teach me more about his career, and he sent me my first Psychology book. From then on, my interest grew and a special relationship with knowledge was formed. Like children, I am very curious and always looking for answers. I knew I always wanted to work with children; I just was not always sure how I would go about it.

I began my journey as a volunteer with Montgomery County Women’s Center, working as a victim advocate for sexual abuse survivors. I would accompany survivors to the hospital and provide crisis intervention and resources to those families in need. This gave me an opportunity to work with children. Although there was so much tragedy and sadness resulting from the victimization, there was also much hope from the process of healing. It was extremely rewarding, knowing that I could be part of their healing, and helping them to find the voice they once lost.

This let me to become the Manager of a Transitional Housing Program for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. There, I worked hands on with children, teens, and adults who were recovering from severe abuse, providing counseling, education, and support groups. More recently, I have provided substance abuse and addictions counseling to clients who are mandated by Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Child Protective Services.

I specialize in trauma treatment with children, adolescents, and adults, using a variety of techniques and theoretical orientations, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), child centered play therapy (CCPT), sand tray therapy, and a variety of evidenced based approaches. I have experience treating a variety of issues, including, anxiety, depression, trauma resolution, family violence, sexual abuse, sexual concerns, grief and loss, parenting, family issues, divorce, and addiction.

Working with children can be the most rewarding and the most challenging career ever. Developmentally, it can be difficult for children to express how they feel in words. In play therapy, toys are like the child’s words and play is the child’s language (Landreth, 2002). Play therapy is different from regular play, in that the therapist is trained to interpret what the child is trying to communicate and helps the child to learn more about themselves and how to resolve their own problems. Through play therapy, we can work on a variety of issues while teaching problem solving, communication and social skills. It is important to me as a Therapist to build a working relationship with both the parents and the child. Together, we will not only focus on issues, but we also focus on strengths and work to build stronger, happier, empowered, and resilient children.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Play Therapy

  • Parenting Support

  • Family Issues

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Family Violence

  • Past Trauma

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Divorce Adjustment

  • Grief and Loss

  • Sexual Concerns

  • Addictions

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16000 Stuebner Airline Road Suite 285
Spring, TX 77379

(713) 300-1867

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