Cody Lankford, Licensed Professional Counselor

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Cody is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas, a National Certified Counselor, as well as a Certified Child-Centered Play Therapist and Supervisor. Cody earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas (UNT), the top-ranked play therapy program in the world, specializing in play therapy and LGBTQ+ issues. Cody is currently in the process of completing his doctoral degree in Counseling at UNT, continuing his specialization in play therapy. In addition, Cody’s training and clinical experiences include facilitation of activity therapy, group therapy, filial therapy, sandtray therapy, and traditional talk therapy, along with a diverse array of settings, spanning from community clinics to acute crisis centers. For the past several years, Cody has offered counseling and play therapy at UNT’s Child and Family Resource Clinic, as well as several Denton ISD pre- and elementary schools, with both child and adult clients, along with close collaboration with parents, teachers, and school counselors. These opportunities have supported Cody’s ability to counsel a wide range of presenting concerns with clients of all ages.


Cody believes that counseling provides a critical need in today’s world, offering a healing and transformative space for anyone willing to move towards growth and change. Cody’s main objective in therapy is to facilitate a uniquely safe and transparent relationship. Cody actively works to support clients in tapping into their inner potential to expand and enhance their understanding of, and relationship with, themselves. Counseling with Cody tends to involve a mix of deeper exploration balanced by moments of joy and humor.


Cody enjoys working with clients of all ages. In play therapy, Cody has come to specialize in working with young children aged 3 to 10 who are exhibiting aggressive and disruptive behaviors. Cody’s work also often involves working with children and young adolescents who have experienced trauma and disruptions within key relationships with caregivers. In addition, Cody seeks to offer a safe space for individuals identifying along the LGBTQ+ spectrum, including LGBTQ+ parents and families, as well as anyone desiring to free themselves from debilitating psychological and emotional experiences.

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Speaking topics

  • Rough-and-Tumble: When Aggression is Normal, & When to Be Concerned
  • Diagnosable or Developmental Normal: Dispelling Fear and Uncertainty with Child Behaviors
  • “Is My Child the Problem?” – Supporting Children in a Demanding & Fast-Paced World
  • Permissive vs. Authoritative: Finding Balance & Connection in Parenting
  • Self-Compassion: Providing Yourself Some Grace
  • Shame: Breaking the Emotional Shackles Within

Licensing & Education:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Certified Child-Centered Play Therapist and Supervisor, through the Center for Play Therapy
  • M.S. in Counseling, University of North Texas
  • B.A. in Sociology, University of North Texas

Associations & Organization:

  • American Counseling Association
  • Texas Counseling Association
  • Association for Play Therapy
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development


  • Children
  • Play Therapy
  • Child-Parent Relationship Therapy
  • Parenting Issues
  • LGBTQ+ Issues in Counseling
  • Emotional Disturbances