Dr. Renee Turner
School of Health Professions - Master of Arts in Counseling Program
Dr. Renee Turner is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor specializing in the advocacy and treatment of children of all ages. She specializes in the supervision and professional development of post-graduates and has over 15 years of experience working in the areas of grief and loss, bereavement and hospice work, complex trauma, and identity and spiritual issues. In her clinical work, Dr. Turner integrates existential, Gestalt, and expressive therapies to create a dynamic, experiential form of therapy.
Dr. Turner is particularly passionate about promoting and increasing the field of play therapy and presents locally and nationally on the ethical application of play therapy, sandtray therapy, and expressive therapies with children, adults, and families. She actively participates in leadership at the local, state, and national levels and received the 2017 Association for Play Therapy Emerging Leader Service Award for her continued dedication to play therapy. In 2016, she created the Central Texas Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy where she continues to serve as a member of the Advisory Board. She is also President of the Texas Association for Play Therapy and currently serves as Chair of the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Awards and Recognition committee. She is a reviewer for the quarterly Play Therapy Magazine published by APT, an approved APT Education Provider, and is an APT Leadership Academy graduate. She actively supervises LPC-Interns and post-licensed individuals pursuing the Registered Play Therapist designation.
In addition to play therapy, Dr. Turner has advanced training in a number of mind-body-spirit therapies including EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Hypnotherapy, and Integral Breath Therapy. She is a certified trainer for Integral Breath Therapy (IBT), serves on the IBT Advisory Board, and actively teaches with Dr. Wen-Mei Chou in the Texas region. Her dissertation topic and future research focus on Integral Breath Therapy as a modality for healing complex trauma.
Her primary area of research is focused on creating empirical research for mind-body-spirit therapies and collaborating with other therapy fields to integrate whole person wellness.
Spirituality/Religious Issues in Counseling
Integral Breath Therapy
Grief and Loss