The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places. ~ Ernest Hemingway

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Meet Sandy AllredSandy is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, is trained in play therapy and has been counseling since 1995. She completed her Master’s degree from the respected counseling program at University of North Texas. Her Bachelor’s degree was earned from Texas Wesleyan in Elementary Education with Psychology as her minor. Sandy has been a middle school counselor and has also worked at The Warm Place, a grief center for children and their families. Since 2001 she has also worked at Alliance for Children facilitating group therapy for kids who have been sexually abused.

Sandy enjoys working with individuals, families, single moms, children as young as 3 years old, adolescents, college age, who are facing a variety of challenging life issues. Her special interest include life transitions, stress management, grief from death, divorce, abuse (emotional and sexual). Additional areas include anxiety, depression, healthy boundaries, parenting issues.

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Recent Blog Posts

July 24, 2017 |

Love Your Children Uniquely

Each child has a unique and evolving personality. Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish in Siblings Without Rivalry say “To be loved uniquely – for one’s own special self – is to be loved as much as we need to be loved.” Each child is different and unique in all character and physical traits. There are no two children the same. To ensure that our children know that they are special and loved and that they will develop good self esteem, here are a list of important things to consider doing with your children: set aside time for each child be an attentive listener recognize and nurture their individual talents accept each child for who...

July 15, 2017 |

You are never too old to learn

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”.  That quote from Jim Rohn, who wrote The Art of Exceptional Living has traveled many business circles.  Think about it in your personal life. Have you ever thought about who you hang out with the most? Have you ever thought about who was a positive or negative influence in your life? Have you ever had a friend negate an idea of yours or tell you that you couldn’t do something? I want to encourage you to take a different look at who you are spending the most time with. Are you inspired, accepted, encouraged, challenged, or motivated after being around...

November 12, 2016 |

Grief for the Holidays

You are facing the holidays and someone you love will be missing from the holiday table because they have died. Holidays are often difficult for anyone who has experienced a loss. You are not alone. Rather than times of feeling joy, togetherness, sharing, and thanksgiving, holidays can bring feelings of sadness, loss and emptiness. Many people find that their anticipation of the holiday season is worse than the days themselves. Try to take charge of the holidays rather that letting them take charge of you. The following are some suggestions that may help: Talk about your grief. During the holiday season, don’t be afraid to express your feelings of grief. Ignoring your grief won’t...

October 3, 2016 |

Play Therapy

Play is the language of a child. The art of Play Therapy uses play to help children express their feelings through toys instead of words. Play is the child’s natural medium of expression. Toys are to children what words are to adults. The Association For Play Therapy (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.” In the textbook, Play Therapy : The Art of the Relationship (2nd ed), Dr. Gary Landreth defined child centered play therapy as follows: “A dynamic interpersonal...

August 25, 2016 |

Walk by Faith

Ever been “frozen” to take the next step? Ever been drawn to step out in faith but got stalled because we aren’t sure of ALL the steps, therefore, we don’t even take the first one? We seem to be waiting for assurance that the next step is going to work out. I have learned that God doesn’t always give the entire plan; but He usually just gives the next step. I read somewhere that FAITH is Fantastic Adventure In Trusting Him. Faith is not passive. It is an active endeavor which requires you to MOVE forward. Don’t be afraid to take a step because you think it will be the wrong one. One of...

August 18, 2016 |

Plan B

I recently attended Royal Family Kids Camp, a camp for abused, abandoned and neglected children where I’ve served as a volunteer since 1999. I served in a role where I help kids who are struggling behaviorally to enjoy their week at camp. The week ended with our Director, Darren Edwards, reporting that this was a week of “plan B”. We had to come up with alternatives to our original plans. To name just a few changes, there were adults who serve in important roles who got sick during the week and there were people stepping up to serve many roles instead of just the job they were assigned to. Also, the water was cut...

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