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Meagan Parks

Staff Therapist

Credentials
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Registered Play Therapist
Practice Locations
  • Main Location
Life Stages
  • Children, under 5 years
  • Children, 5-12 years
  • Adolescents, 13-17 years
Areas of Focus
  • Child and play therapy
  • Depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts
  • Eating disorders/body image
  • Grief and loss
  • Identity and self-image
  • Parenting
Education
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Psychology, Dallas Baptist University
  • Master of Science in Counseling with a focus on Child Development, Southern Methodist University

Philosophy

As a Play Therapist I specialize in working with young children and teens. I aspire to help families find rhythms and routines that bring simplicity and joy back into their sometimes rushed and busy lifestyles. I believe in meeting a child where they are at, allowing them to communicate and express themselves in their natural language, play. I find great joy in empowering children in the playroom through a multitude of therapeutic techniques as they explore and express themselves through a variety of mediums. I believe everyone has their own valuable and unique story to tell.


Seeking counseling takes courage. I am honored to work to create a safe and supportive environment for clients to process and explore painful memories, hurts, and to re-frame unhealthy beliefs. I partner with clients to increase coping strategies to help navigate difficult feelings and distressing situations. Through focusing on one's inner strength and resiliency, one has the ability to work towards healing in the therapeutic process, whether in traditional talk therapy or play therapy. I am most passionate about helping clients find self-worth, confidence, and purpose. I partner with children, teens, and their families to create achievable goals and an individualized treatment plan tailored to the client’s specific needs, life goals, age, and developmental level.

Meagan has gained experience working in a variety of treatment settings including hospitals, schools, and private practice. Meagan spent several years working with pediatric eating disorder patients at the inpatient, partial, and outpatient levels of care at Children’s Health Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders. During that time, she was involved in program development, providing training to staff and the community, as well as working as the Intensive Outpatient Coordinator. During her time at Children’s Meagan worked closely with children, teens, and their parents. Meagan is currently working towards becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. Meagan additionally spent several years volunteering with Journey of Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing grief support to children, adolescents, and their parents after losing a loved one to death.

Meagan aspires to educate, encourage, and support clients and their families as they strive towards growth and change in their own lives for purposes of building relationships.

Additional areas of focus:

ADHD/autism/developmental testing
Anger management
Boundaries
Bullying
Child and play therapy
Children with disruptive and oppositional behavior
Coping with divorce, blended families
Depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts
Eating disorders/body image
Faith and spirituality
Grief and loss
Group therapy
Guilt and shame
Identity and self-image
Life changes/transitions
Parenting
Relationship issues
School-related issues
Social skills
Stress management