Anne is a licensed professional counselor with 7 years of experience in clinical and school settings. In addition to clinical work, she has been an elementary school counselor for 6 years and has taught high school for 5 years. She holds an Ed.S. in Clinical Mental Health from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas and an Ed.S. in Counselor Education and Play Therapy from the University of Mississippi. She is also a registered play therapist.

Play Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that is especially designed with the needs and strengths of children in mind. Children’s language is play and they use toys like adults use words (Landreth, 2002). Through play children can express their fears, hopes, and problems—and, can often learn new ways of dealing with issues that may be triggering behavioral concerns.  Play therapists strategically utilize play therapy to help children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings. (Gill, 1991).

Anne works with parents to help them understand their children, and she gives parents suggestions on ways they can help their children cope with problems better. Play therapy can be used for children of any age, but typically is especially helpful for children from ages 3-12.

In therapy Anne strives to create a non-judgmental, emotionally safe environment where children feel free to experiment and express themselves, but with clear boundaries that provide the child with psychological safety to learn emotional and behavioral self-regulation.

Research validates that child centered play therapy is an effective method for decreasing a wide range of child problems, overcoming traumatic experiences, building self esteem, and developing more mature, pro social behaviors. Anne has experience in counseling children who have problems such as foster placement, disruptive behavior, anxiety, school refusal, developmental disorders, ADHD, impulse control issues, grief, trauma, abuse and adjustment to life changes such as divorce, moving, or the addition of a new sibling.

Anne has three children and three grandchildren (number 4 is on the way!). She loves playing with children, cooking, drinking coffee with friends, horses and dogs, walking, biking, and reading. She was raised in Oxford, but has lived away from Mississippi since 1979. She’s delighted to be back home.