Texas LPC Intern Association Leadership Council

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Dr. Allen is the founder of the Texas LPC Intern Association and received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2018 and her M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Augusta State University in 2014.  She is an Assistant Professor at Antioch University New England and a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Her clinical experience includes court-mandated treatment, custody concerns, parental alienation, criminal justice involvement, and trauma, anxiety, and depression.  Her research interests include the need for a strengths-based approach when working with those involved with the criminal justice system. Additionally, she is interested in the importance of peer mentorship for counselors-in-training.  Dr. Allen’s service efforts focus on the education and empowerment of novice counselors throughout the licensure process.

Leadership Council Chair and Founder

Summer Allen, Ph.D., LPC

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Brittany completed her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The University of Texas of San Antonio (UTSA) and is currently a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at UTSA. Her counseling background includes work in community counseling, partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient, and trauma and grief counseling settings.  Her research interests include social justice advocacy, relational-cultural theory, LGBTQ+ communities, and counseling women with chronic pain. 

 Leadership Council Co-Chair 

Brittany Hudson, M.S., CI, LPC Intern

Supervised by Scott Peters, Ph.D., NCC, LPC-S

Lorena received her Master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin Counselor Education program with a focus on school counseling. Her experiences have ranged from public schools, public health organizations, and community mental health agencies. Her primary focus is on developmental trauma, serious mental illness, and identity development for children, adolescents, and their families. Lorena is also passionate about educating communities about psychoeducation, social justice issues, and community trauma. Her presentations for professional development seminars, wellness retreats, and practitioner classes include racial identity development and practical campus applications, healing from racial trauma, and developmental trauma in students of color.

Leadership Council Co-Chair

Lorena Watson, M.A., LPC Intern

Supervised by Kimberley Mead, LPC-S

Advocacy... I strongly believe in being an advocate for the underdog, the unheard, unseen or ignored. Helping other achieve their goals has and will always be a passion for me. I feel LPC Interns are so unrepresented (I speak from experience!) and although I am fully licensed, I believe in looking back and giving a helping hand...pay it forward!

Who am I?....such a loaded question..lol...I am experienced therapist who specializes and loves working with children and their families. That wasn't the case during my tenure at university...I initially wanted to work with violent adult psychotic schizophrenics who were hospitalized (talk about Silence of the Lambs!)...but Child Psychology 101 changed all of that.

Before going into private practice, I have practiced in outpatient departments in various mental health agencies and worked in clinical management supervising therapists in both wraparound and school-based programs within the Philadelphia School System and Austin Independent School System. 

 

My experience has also been gathered working with family courts and high conflict custody (as a Guardian ad Litem) and child protective agencies (CPS) in both Pennsylvania and Texas. I truly enjoy assisting children (and parents)  in working through emotional issues associated with anxiety, trauma, depression, interpersonal relations, and poor anger management and behavioral issues.

Some of my core specialties come in different forms of Creative Therapies (Play, Music, Art) as well as various approaches and techniques (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness) for example. I am also dedicated to empowering and reinforcing parents in their children's lives. I have assisted many parents in coping and understanding children who are suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Trauma, Depression, Anxiety and Attachment issues.

Leadership Council Co-Chair

Shannon Overland, M.A., LPC