Amalia Collins

Amalia Collins

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Amalia collins

MA, LPC, LMFT,ATR-BC

“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” – William Jennings Bryan”

Individual Therapist In McKinney Tx

Hello, I’m Amalia Collins.  I have worked nationally in the field of counseling with children, adolescents and adults.  My passion is working with adolescents headed down the wrong path.  My areas of expertise are helping families cope through stressful situations; working with disobedient or misunderstood children and adolescents; and assisting families or couples struggling with lack of cohesion.  Over the past twenty years I have worked as a teacher, social worker and counselor.  I co-ran The School House preschool in Wilmington, North Carolina while attending graduate school. My practicum training was at Achieve Kids in San Jose, California working as a day treatment counselor in a therapeutic school.  My internship was at FamiliesFirst, a private foster care agency in Campbell, California working with children in foster care and shelters and their families. In 2003 my husband and I moved from California to Texas as I accepted a position as Senior Counselor at St. Joseph Adolescent and Family Services, a division of Catholic Charities in Dallas.  After 4 years at St. Josephs I moved up to the Director of the program.  I have since left the commute to Dallas to work part time at CCA.  When I’m not working I happily spend my time raising my two daughters with my husband.

 

My modes of therapy are utilizing verbal, Art, Play and Sand Tray Therapies to guide and strengthen families.  Art Therapy gives the client opportunities for reflection, insight, conflict resolution, healing and self discovery.  Art Therapy is beneficial to both children and adults.  I implement Play and Sand Tray Therapy to children struggling through difficult times.  Play is a natural medium for children to easily express their feelings and gain a sense of mastery and understanding of difficult situations.

 

In addition to art and play therapy, my specialties include teen/adolescent issues, depression, anxiety, marriage counseling, family counseling, short term parenting training, and behavior modification.

 

I provide a very warm, inviting environment to ensure the freedom of those willing to improve areas of their lives to be more equipped to express themselves openly and honestly.

Education

1997 Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Fine Arts from The University of Montana
2000 Master’s Degree in Child Marriage and Family Therapy from College of Notre Dame
2000 Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from College of Notre Dame

Licenses and Certification

Licensed Professional Counselor
Board Certified Art Therapist
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

CCA Therapist Since

Joined CCA in 2005

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