“Play is the language of children and toys are their words.”-A Play Therapy Philosophy.
Working with children in therapy requires special skills.  Sometimes the best approaches with children are left to the experts who we call Registered Play Therapists.  This special certification/registration takes at least 300 extra supervised hours to attain post-licensure.  In my interview with Kristin Trick, LPC, RPT, she explains to us how to become a registered play therapist, what kinds of issues play therapists can help with, and why to choose a play therapist over a conventional therapist for your child.
Below is some must-have information about my guest:
Kristin P. Trick, MA, LPC, RPT is a therapist who works in private practice at Sawyer Behavioral Health where she provides therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults. She offers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) along with art and play therapy interventions for clients. She also works at the El Paso Child Guidance Center where she provides Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for children ages 2-7 and their parents. She is active in the El Paso community as she routinely provides trainings to local agencies and organizations on play therapy, trauma informed care, and human development. 
Kristin recently published an article in the Association for Play Therapy’s quarterly magazine regarding the implementation of play therapy in outpatient psychiatric hospital programs. She received her MA in Professional Counseling and BS in Youth Ministry from Liberty University. Along with her certification as a registered play therapist (RPT), she is certified in TF-CBT and is currently pursuing accreditation in EMDR and PCIT. She enjoys reading, painting, hiking, cooking, and running. She has completed two marathons and is actively training for her third marathon in 2019. 
Contact Info:
Sawyer Behavioral Health
4157 Rio Bravo St.
El Paso, TX, 79902 
El Paso Child Guidance Center
2701 E Yandell Dr.
El Paso, TX 79903
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Mental health clinician, advocate, boxer, drummer, healer. Podcaster, blogger and creative spirit. Cristal Martinez Acosta has been working as a therapist within the border community of El Paso, Texas since 2011. Cristal is a Licensed Professional Counselor Board Approved Supervisor (LPC-S) in the state of Texas and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She graduated with honors from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. Then she attended New Mexico State University (CACREP accredited), where she received a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance with a 4.0 GPA. She has experience working with youth and adults who have been affected by traumatic events. Her areas of interest are childhood abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, high-risk youth, depression, Reality Therapy, and immigration issues. She is certified in both Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent Child Interaction Therapy and trained in EMDR, EFT, Motivational Interviewing, and ITCT-A.

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