Lisa Sipes, M.A., LPC

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I have over 20 years of experience working with and counseling children. Prior to moving into private practice in 2012, I worked as a school counselor for 10 years, as well as a school teacher for 7 years. I have also worked as a clinician in a state funded out-patient facility. My formal education consists of an M.S. in School Counseling and an M.A. in Professional Counseling, both from Amberton University. I also have a B.S. in Education with a certification in Special Education from Texas A&M Commerce.
With this extensive experience comes a natural ability to communicate with young people. I specialize in Play Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  • anxiety
  • impulse issues
  • grief/loss
  • peer relations
  • self-esteem
  • divorce issues/family changes
  • anger management
  • social skills
  • other issues

APT defines play therapy as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."APT also states that play therapy is implemented as a treatment of choice in mental health, school, agency, developmental, hospital, residential, and recreational settings, with clients of all ages (Carmichael, 2006; Reddy, Files-Hall, & Schaefer, 2005).

Research supports the effectiveness of play therapy with children experiencing a wide variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning problems, including: children whose problems are related to life stressors, such as divorce, death, relocation, hospitalization, chronic illness, assimilate stressful experiences, physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, and natural disasters (Bratton, Ray, Rhine, & Jones, 2005; LeBlanc & Ritchie, 2001; Lin & Bratton, 2015; Ray, Armstrong, Balkin, & Jayne, 2015; Reddy, Files-Hall, & Schaefer, 2005).

Play therapy helps children:

Become more responsible for behaviors and develop more successful strategies.
Develop new and creative solutions to problems.
Develop respect and acceptance of self and others.
Learn to experience and express emotion.
Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others.
Learn new social skills and relational skills with family.
Develop self-efficacy and thus a better assuredness about their abilities.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a goal oriented treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people's difficulties, and so change the way they feel.

As a counselor, I believe in the resiliency of children to be able to handle difficult situations, setbacks, and adversities. With proper guidance, children can overcome their "mountains" and move forward to a happier and more productive future.
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield


Lisa Sipes Reaches

Dallas TX