Celeste Johnson, MA, LPC, RPT and her Registered Therapy Dog, Vera Wang (in white)*
Thank you for considering me in your search. I have over a decade of experience as a psychotherapist helping children, teens, individuals, couples, and families. I am a Master Level Therapist licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors and a Registered Play Therapist. I earned my Master's degree from the University of Texas, San Antonio in 2004 and my Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Our Lady of The Lake University in San Antonio in 1998.
I gained valuable experience in my post graduate internship working with at-risk children and families with incredible challenges including victims of crime and trauma. I facilitated children and adolescent group therapy for crime victims at local psychiatric hospitals. I also conducted parenting workshops. I furthered my clinical career as a full-time program therapist at Laurel Ridge Treatment Center where I worked as a member of multi-disciplinary behavioral health specialty team of doctors, psychologists, nurses, and other therapists. There I conducted individual and family therapy as well as group therapy on the Acute Pediatric and Adolescent unit. I also gained experience working at the Residential Treatment unit and the Adult and Geriatric Behavioral Health Units at the same hospital. After moving to Houston in 2007, I spent 2 years conducting mental health assessments and diagnosing clients for the Harris County Mental Health Authority. I also had the opportunity to spend five years with Family Services of Greater Houston, where I enjoyed providing out-patient individual and family therapy to all age groups. I proudly opened my private practice serving my Conroe community in October of 2015. My approach to counseling is largely oriented in how the individual functions within a family system and is aimed at developing the quality and satisfaction of their most vital relationships. I also remain solution focused and client-centered in that I work to guide each client to explore and choose the unique answers that best suit their own lives. My professional training and career path over the past twelve years has allowed me to develop skills in various counseling approaches and interventions. I tailor these techniques to each client's particular needs.
Post-Graduate Pr Education and Training
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy - The Center for Health Care Services, San Antonio, TX 2006
Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) by Dr. Gary Landreth, Alamo Chapter of TAPT San Antonio, TX 2010
Emotionally Focused Therapy - "Hold Me Tight" for Couples - Family Services of Greater Houston, Houston, TX 2012
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Medical University of South Carolina Web, 2013
Animal Assisted Therapy Training - University of North Texas Consortium for Animal Assisted Therapy, 2014
Animal Assisted Counseling - Intro and Intermediate Methods - Animal Assisted Counseling Academy- Texas State University, 2016
Registered Play Therapist Certification (RPT) - Association for Play Therapy (July 2016)
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies
Association for Play Therapy - Professional Member
Texas Association for Play Therapy
Sam Houston Association for Play Therapy
Chi Sigma Iota - International Honor Society for Professional Counselors
*Fun Fact: Vera Wang is a Registered Therapy Dog. She and I are a registered Therapy Animal/Handler Team with the international therapy animal organization, Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society). We enjoy volunteer service as members of the local group, Montgomery County Pet Partners. Vera also proudly became a registered R.E.A.D Reading Education Assistance Dog through Intermountain Therapy Animals in 2015 andhas been a Canine Good Citizen with the American Kennel Club since 2013.