Kirsti Reese, M.A., LPC, LCDC, RPT, CCTP
Kirsti Reese earned her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University. She has specialized training as a Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT), Registered Play Therapist (RPT), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and is an EMDR-certified therapist and consultant-in-training. She is currently licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC).
Kirsti Reese has extensive experience working with adults and children/adolescents in a variety of setting. Kirsti has spent the last couple years working in a private practice setting with a variety of individuals and families. She has experience working in university counseling centers with many diverse clients from diverse backgrounds. She also has experience at Child Advocacy Centers counseling children, adolescents, and caregivers who have experienced various forms of trauma and abuse.
During her graduate studies, Kirsti completed her internship at the Sam Houston Counseling Center working with students from diverse backgrounds on many different issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, multicultural and LGTBQ identity, and interpersonal difficulties. She has interned with Still Creek Ranch working with at-risk youth from crisis environments including survivors of human trafficking. She has worked with preschoolers as a mental health intern with the Head Start Early Childhood Program and with families as a mental health intern at a Women’s Shelter in Dublin, Ireland. Beyond clinical training, she has extensive experience working with children through many years of childcare experience.
Kirsti believes in the importance of a holistic approach to therapy and emphasizes the innate value and worth of each individual. Her counseling philosophy is based on the belief that the ultimate goal of counseling is fostering personal strengths and psychological resilience through which positive, growth-oriented changes can be made. She believes in using an informed, integrative approach to counseling that incorporates various techniques and methods tailored to the unique treatment needs of each individual and family. Her view is that only the client is an expert on their own life or their own family and the client is an equal partner in the therapeutic relationship.
Kirsti Reese received her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Licensed Professional Counselors. She is a Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT), Registered Play Therapist (RPT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified Therapist, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). Kirsti’s broad range of specializations allows her to help with even the most complex challenges.
- Sam Houston Association for Play Therapist – President
- Life Giving Life Recovery Center – Board Member
- American Psychological Association
- Association of Trauma Psychology (APA Division 56)
- American Counseling Association
- International Association for Trauma Professionals
- EMDR International Association
Areas of Specialization:
- Substance Abuse & Addiction
- Grief/Loss/Traumatic Grief
- Child Physical & Sexual Abuse
- Anxiety/Depression (Including Suicidal Ideation & Self-Injury)
- Behavioral Problems
- Stress Management/ Coping Skills
- Emotional Regulation
Licensure/ Credential Information:
Licensed Professional Counselor (TX #: 76443)
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (TX #: 15194)
Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
EMDR Certified Therapist & Consultant-in-training
Registered Play Therapist (RPT)
Certified Foundational Theraplay Practitioner
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)