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Dr. Renee Turner

Assistant Professor
Office: Hardy 112
UMHB Mail Box:UMHB Box 8006A900 College St, Box 8006ABeltonTX76513
Phone: (254) 295-4548(254) 295-4548
Subjects Taught: Trauma and Crisis Counseling, Children and Adolescents, Play Therapy, Sandtray for Children, Couples, and Families, Advanced Psychopathology and Treatment Planning, Advanced Legal & Ethics, Lifespan and Human Development, Group Therapy, Practicum, Internship I & II
Degrees Earned: Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision (St. Mary's University), M.A. Counseling (University of Texas San Antonio), B.A. Anthropology (University of Texas San Antonio)


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 10 years 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 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 serves as President and member of the Advisory Board, she also serves as the Secretary for the Texas Association for Play Therapy, and currently serves on the Ethics Committee for the Association for Play Therapy (APT). She is also 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-license individuals pursing 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 focuses 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.



Research Interests

Spirituality/Religious Issues in Counseling

Mind-Body Connection

Integral Breath Therapy

Integrative Therapies


Traumatic Loss

Grief and Loss

Posttraumatic Growth

Play Therapy

Sandtray Therapy

Experiential Techniques

Counselor Development

Counselor Wellness