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Kathleen Pottkotter, Ph.D. is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Board Certified Professional Counselor, and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology.  She maintains a private practice in Houston, Texas, and specializes in educational assessment and counseling services for children and their families.   With over 15 years experience as a clinician, and a graduate of the University of Houston, Houston Baptist University, and Capella University, respectively, specializing in Educational Psychology and with an emphasis in Developmental Psychology, she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are Anxiety Disorder, Attachment Disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Childhood Behavior Disorders, Separation Anxiety Disorder, and Parental Skills Training. 

Dr. Pottkotter is a practical, interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her treatment approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help children  resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. She incorporates a blend of conventional and alternatives approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to incorporate what will be most helpful for each client. With sensitivity and compassion, she works with each child and his or her parents to help them develop new interpersonal skills.

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
Emphasis: Developmental Psychology
Capella University, 2004
Capella is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) for master's and certificate-level School Psychology offerings.   "NASP program approval is your assurance that the key professional association in the field recognizes the content and quality of Capella's master's and certificate School Psychology offerings."

Capella University is an accredited university that has built its reputation by providing quality education for working adults.  More than 80 percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master's, specialist, or doctoral degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, and public safety.  Capella currently offers 122 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 15 certificate programs.  More than 29,200 learners were enrolled as of June 30, 2009, from all 50 states and 55 other countries.  Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence

M.A. in Psychology
Houston Baptist University, 1992
Houston Baptist University (HBU) was founded in 1960, and is a private institution located in Houston, Texas.  HBU has been ranked in the top tier among the "Best Universities" offering master's degrees in the Western region by U.S. News and World Report.

HBU's Master of Arts in Psychology prepares students for careers in counseling-related fields by offering advanced preparation in counseling, testing, and research methods.

Additional Training
Formal training in the art of play therapy as mandated by the Association for Play Therapy (APT).  Registered Play Therapists (RPT) and Registered Play Therapists-Supervisors (RPT-S) are licensed or certified practitioners who have earned a Master's or higher mental health degree, 150 or more hours of specialized play therapy training, substantial clinican and play therapy experience and supervision, and at least 36 hours of continuing education during subsequent three-year-renewal cycles. 

Registered Play Therapist-Supervisors (RPT-S) must have:.

1.  Completed APT-designated core graduate coursework (i.e., ethics, child development, theories of personality, priciples of psychotherapy, and child/adolescent psychopathology).

2.  Completed at least 2 years and 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience, not more than 1,000 hours of which may be pre-Master's degree.

3.  Completed an additional 3 years and 3,000 hours of clinical experience which must be verified

4.  Completed at least 150 hours of play therapy specific instruction from an institution of higher education or APT-approved provider of continueing education.

5.  Completed at least 500 hours of supervised experience that included at least 50 hours of play therapy supervision.

6.  Completed an additional 500 hours of play therapy experience which must be verified, but need not be supervised, by a licensed mental health professional.

7.  Hold individual state license to engage in either independent or supervised clinical mental health practice.

8.  Completed at least 36 hours of continuing education every three years after initial approval. 

License, Certifications & Awards
Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, 2000
Board Certified Professional Counselor, 2007
National Certified Counselor, 2001
Registered Play Therapist, 1999
Licensed Specialist in School
Psychology, 1996
Licensed Professional Counselor, 1998
Licensed Nurse, 1980

Professional Activities and Memberships
National Association for Play Therapy, Professional Member
Texas Association for Play Therapy, Professional Member
Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology, Member and Past President of the Houston Baptist University Chapter

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