About our Director

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Renee Blocker Turner, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S

I believe we are all born with the tools we need to live fulfilled, passionate, and complete lives. In my therapeutic work, I assist individuals find the answers that are nestled within the body and spirit. We work to cast light on our shadow parts and see the unseen with courage and compassion. By connecting the mind to our bodies and spirit, we become more grounded, confident, open and trusting, and most importantly, connected to our inner selves and truth.

I began practicing counseling in 2004 focusing specifically on grief and loss issues for children and families and quickly noticed the bulk of grief issues were actually impacted by family functioning, attachment, and a lack mutual understanding/empathy between parents and their children. I also became keenly aware that traditional “talk” therapy was not effective for children. I immediately became passionate about play therapy and began learning to understand children at a deeper level. Over the next several years, I received additional advanced training and earned the Registered Play Therapist designation in 2008 and in 2011, I became a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. In this role, I see myself as an advocate for children and families and assist in creating a safe space for healing and connection to occur.

After opening a private practice in 2007 and gaining more insight into the counseling field, I recognized new areas of professional growth and began pursuing my doctorate at St. Mary’s University in 2008. Under the direction of incredible teachers, I began to explore mind-body therapies including, Integral Breath Therapy, body-centered psychotherapies, and transpersonal orientations. In 2009, I experienced my first breath therapy session was forever transformed personally and professionally. After completing Level I & II Integral Breath Therapy training I focused my doctoral dissertation on the use of breath therapy with survivors of suicide loss. I saw amazing results from this work and committed to teaching others how to use the body’s natural vehicle of breath to access the deepest, most powerful spaces within the spirit to heal, connect, and transcend. I completed a 20-month Master’s program in integral breath therapy to increase my knowledge and use of  breath therapy and became a Certified Hypnotherapist in an effort to provide the most comprehensive healing possible. I now host community breathshops and teach the work to others. I also continue to receive advanced training on mind-body concepts and integrate the knowledge into my training and therapeutic work. In 2010, I completed my doctorate and have since focused on training students and professionals in play therapy, trauma, and mind-body oriented psychotherapy. I am passionate about spreading both fields of work and dedicated to moving it forward.

I have combined my two passions for play therapy and mind-body therapies into a new model of play therapy, Body-Oriented Play Therapy. I actively teach and write about this orientation and in 2014, I decided to close my clinical practice and training facility to pursue academic and research pursuits. In the Fall of 2014, I accepted a full-time academic position at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. I am currently available for speaking engagements, teaching groups, and supervision/consultation. Please contact if you are interested in either consultation for yourself or your group or training in play therapy &/or mind-body therapeutic practices.




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