Kenna Earles, MA, LPC-Associate, CPT

Supervised by Nicole Ponce, LPC-S, LCDC

Kenna Earles, LPC - Empowering Growth and Healing | Specialized Counseling in The Woodlands, Texas | Contact

River Earles, AKC Good Citizen

Dog
Kenna & Dog

About Kenna

Life is full of surprises and challenges, often catching us off guard when we least expect it. You might find yourself seeking help, whether as an adult navigating the complexities of life or as a concerned parent trying to support your child through their difficulties. It's completely natural to feel overwhelmed and unsure about how to take the first steps. But remember, you don't have to face these challenges alone.

A Partner on Your Healing Journey

My mission is to be your partner on your journey towards growth, healing, and becoming the person you were meant to be. If you've experienced past trauma or if you're currently struggling with life's adversities, I'm here to offer my support and guidance.

Educational Background and Expertise

I hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Dallas Baptist University and a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Houston Baptist University. Further, I'm a Certified Trauma Professional which means I have experience with evidence based practice to facilitate healing traumatic stress. My focus is on helping both adults and adolescents dealing with various issues, including trauma, attachment challenges, anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions, self-discovery, and social and emotional difficulties.

A Compassionate and Individualized Approach

In my work with adolescents and adults, I emphasize meeting you where you are with unwavering compassion and empathy. I utilize therapeutic approaches such as person-centered, psychodynamic, and attachment-based techniques to create a customized and effective counseling experience. Together, we'll embark on a journey of healing and self-discovery, empowering you to take control of your life.

Empowering Children Through Play

My specialization extends to working with children who are coping with grief and trauma. I have extensive experience in grief and trauma counseling for children of all ages. During our sessions, I use child-centered non-directive and child-centered directive play therapy. This approach allows children to express themselves through play, giving them a comfortable and effective means to process their feelings. You can read more about counseling for children and play therapy here.

Incorporating Faith-Based Counseling

For those who seek faith-based counseling, I offer an integrated approach that aligns with your spiritual beliefs. This provides additional support and guidance to address your unique needs.

We may be a good fit if:

  • You have childhood wounds you would like to find healing from
  • You are a Christian wanting a faith-based counseling experience
  • You are wanting to find a play therapist to work through grief or trauma with your child
  • You struggle with overachievement, burn-out, and an inability to relax
  • You are wanting to feel more in tune with your body, mind, and spirit
  • You are struggling with relationship dynamics
  • You are experiencing a life transition and need support
  • You are wanting to engage in self-discovery and learn more about yourself and your patterns
  • You are wanting to find a secure attachment style & healthy boundaries with others
  • You are wanting to find your own identity, voice, and values
  • You are wanting to feel seen, heard, and understood, but also gently challenged to achieve your goals

 

About rIVER

River is a 1-year-old Golden Retriever. He was born to Golden Rule Retrievers in Buffalo, Texas, where he was trained until he was 8 months old. The training he underwent is called STAR, which taught him obedience training and how to be a service animal/therapy dog. He passed his AKC STAR puppy evaluation in August of 2023, which allowed him the title of AKC Good Citizen. During his time in training, he visited schools and helped children with emotional regulation. He was placed with my family in August 2023 at the age of 8 months old.

Benefits associated with working with therapy animals

• Animals help improve motivation and engagement in therapy
• Animals provide a sense of security and emotional support: Dogs offer unconditional acceptance and positive regard
• Animals can promote relaxation: Research has demonstrated that petting an animal can help lower blood pressure, heart rate, and increase oxytocin (a feel-good chemical in the brain)
• Animals can help the client learn frustration tolerance and other anger management techniques
• Animals can help in the areas of focus and attention
• Animals can be instruments of learning, which can increase self-confidence and self-esteem
• Animals offer humor and fun due to their playful nature
• Animals in therapy ask for clients to develop empathy, nurturance, and responsibility, and model other skills like forgiveness and patience

Get to know kenna

Kenna's Welcome Video

If you or someone you know is in crisis or may be in danger, please seek immediate help. The following 24-hour hotline and resources can provide you with the support you need.
Houston Crisis Intervention Resource.