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Tricia Thornton Therapy
Welcomes You

Using play therapy techniques to develop the heart, mind and soul of children.

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"Toys are used like words by children, and play is their language."

Garry Landreth

"Play therapy gives words to the voiceless and power to the powerless.  It is through play that healing can and does happen."

Claire Mellenthin


A Bit about Me and My Mission

Growing up in Atlanta, GA. I attended The Lovett School and completed my BS. in Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University.  After receiving my M.A. in Counseling at Denver Seminary, I completed my certification as a School Counselor K-12 at Vanderbilt University.  I then went on to complete all the necessary requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).  Through my experience in private and public schools and in private counseling settings for 8 years, I developed a passion for working with children of all ages (including adolescents and young adults) .  My experience in Williamson County Schools as well as at St. Paul Christian Academy has given me a broad understanding of child development and the methods of play therapy.  Having two children of my own continues to bring me wisdom as a parent.  

Through play therapy techniques, my mission is to help develop the heart, mind and soul of children.  Sometimes, it is difficult for children ages 3 years to 12 years to express their emotions.  They do have the innate ability for resiliency.  Empowering them through play, children will be able to heal visible and invisible wounds.  

With my unique experience being in the school settings and on administrative teams as well as my private counseling experience, I approach therapy from a comprehensive view.  If a family requests, I can bring together all the adults that are influencing the child.  Through conferences and observation in the school setting, I will be able to see a thorough view into the child's world.  

I also see my role in working with parents as a couple and/or individually with the mother or father for adult therapy.  Parenting is one of the most difficult jobs we can endure, and I see it as a privilege to walk alongside during the journey.  If parents can learn to fill their child's two buckets, then the child will have the safety to  embrace life's ups and downs.  The first bucket is being seen and heard.  The second bucket is having positive power or to be empowered.  When parents attend to their own buckets, then they will be able to be more present and attune with their children.  Hence, creating an environment to stimulate emotional, spiritual, physical, and intellectual growth.

I will release my foundational book in April of 2024.  Parents feel overwhelmed by the hypervigilant needs of their children in a broken world.  By vulnerably interweaving my life's journey with neurologically sound tools, I seek to help parents discover their True Selves; freeing them to empower their children.  Blessing From Fear walks alongside you to see and hear yourself first, then your children.  This will open your path to embrace the blessing from fear.  

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