31 Oct Chelsea Stroud
Licensed Professional Counselor – Intern McKinney, TX
My interest in psychology began when I took my first intro to psychology class while working on by Bachelor’s degree at Texas Tech University. I became absolutely intrigued by the countless capabilities of the human mind and what drives human behavior. From there, my interest in the counseling field sparked, and I began my journey of becoming a psychotherapist – a never-ending journey of a lifetime.
I obtained my Master’s of Science degree in Counseling from Southern Methodist University, where I learned more about human behavior and the innate needs and desires of human beings. While at SMU, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, where I became experienced in conflict resolution and mediation. Through more coursework at SMU, I developed a deep love for working with children and therefore, began specializing in Play Therapy. I also studied abroad in Darwin, Australia where I provided Brief-Intensive Play Therapy to young children for the purposes of a research study; my aspiration to work with children only intensified from there. During my Practicum and Internship at SMU, I gained invaluable experience in Play Therapy, Activity Therapy, Individual Therapy, and Group Therapy for a wide range of clientele. After graduating from SMU, I expanded my counseling knowledge and experience by working in many settings, including private practice, schools, and addiction centers. The training and experience I have gained in the counseling field through the years have had such a positive and meaningful impact on my overall perspective on life and the person I am today.
I believe people are naturally good and have a responsibility for their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and that they choose behaviors that they think will provide them with a sense of societal importance. I perceive humans as worthwhile, creative, goal-oriented in nature, and best understood in their own social contexts. I believe that low social interest, feelings of inferiority, and discouragement lead to maladjustment. I believe that people have a set of faulty beliefs about themselves and the world and this leads to feeling inferior and becoming discouraged and withdrawn from the world. I believe people must have a desire to change and show this through their actions. People can change their faulty beliefs when a counselor helps them gain insight into these beliefs and they acknowledge them. Then they must take accountability, acknowledge their freedom of choice, and learn to maintain control. The only person who can make a change in someone’s life is the individual him/herself. As a counselor, my role is only to guide and go with you on this journey of self-awareness.
I am trained to work with a wide range of clients and I use many therapeutic modalities, such as Play Therapy, Activity Therapy, and Sand Tray Therapy, in order to tailor the therapy to fit the exact needs of each of my clients.
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CCA NORTH TEXAS CLIENT REVIEWS
They have great staff and therapist. I like that they most information, groups and supportive articles on bulletin to help parents and clients learn more.
Fully confident with Todd Lawhorn's ability to help us and our nine year old son.
Pleasant office staff and excellent therapist.
Friendliness of their staff and willingness to accommodate clients, their facility is very well maintained, and of course, my LPC - she is wonderful!
Everyone is very polite and professional
The staff is friendly and organized. I adore my therapist, Suzi. She has helped me process my experiences as a cancer survivor.
The counselors are genuine, caring, and professional. The office staff is very helpful.
The customer service and attention to detail are some of the best features that I have found so far at CCA. I enjoyed being able to talk to a real life person when I call, that is my favorite part!
I was very impressed by the counselor. Staff worked to help me get in as soon as possible.
Great staff and counselors!!!
I like the person we meet with and the flexible hours, evening hours.
The staff are amazing. Friendly, and compassionate.
My Counselor Tammy Williams is wonderful and has helped me work toward a healthy mental state.
Always friendly, always helpful. Always go beyond the expected.
I love the friendliness, people and our counselor. It always feels safe and caring. We always seem to stay on schedule.
Customer service was amazing ! My therapist was a no-nonsense kind of guy who really supported and understood my issues.
Susie Hales is the most gentle, patient, caring, non judgmental, genuine and professional soul I have ever meet in my life. Where would I be today without her listening to my so many years of tremendous hardship? She helps me understand and grow! I absolutely would recommend CCA.
Lana Snear is so wonderful. She just listens, and helps me get through what I was trying to do on my own, unsuccessfully. Also, the office staff is so friendly and helpful. I appreciate how simple and easy the check in process is.
Great counselors, nice front office staff. Peaceful environment. Professional on all levels.
The counselor we use (Kim House) is outstanding with our child. I would highly recommend her.
Mark was very relatable. I'm excited to continue working with him
It is a caring, family like atmosphere.
For me personally, Suzanne Hales...simply said, she is second to none as a great teacher, guidance counselor, honest and true friend. The rest of the staff that I have met are courteous and efficient.
The office staff is friendly and helpful. The therapist who work there seem to be knowledgeable. They also have a very diverse group of therapist which can treat a diverse group of clients.
Wonderful, caring, and attentive counsellors who make a real difference in our family's life. Front desk folks are very helpful. Thanks Val!
Tami is the best therapist I've ever worked with. Scheduling, billing and insurance process has been easy and effortless.