Monica Miller Nguyen, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the supervision of Rochelle Ritzi, Ph.D.

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Child, Adolescent, Adult, and Group Counselor
Play Therapist and Therapeutic Parenting Facilitator

Monica is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the supervision of Rochelle Ritzi, Ph.D. Monica earned her Master of Science degree in Counseling from Southern Methodist University where she specialized in Play Therapy, Activity Therapy, Adolescent Counseling, and Child-Parent Relationship Training. Her work experience includes SMU’s Center for Family Counseling, where Monica worked with children, adolescents, and adults seeking counseling for a wide range of concerns, such as anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. She also has experience in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs for at-risk adolescents. Prior to counseling, Monica worked in the medical field, and stayed home with her young children.

Monica believes counseling is an essential part of overall health and that people have their own unique story. Although everyone faces difficulties in life, whether it be everyday stress, grief, or navigating through trauma, there is growth when we find meaning in the struggle. Monica believes in providing a warm, empathetic presence to every client so they can find that meaning.

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Speaking Topics

  • Adolescents at Risk: How to be Proactive
  • Encouragement Versus Praise: What’s the Difference and Why is it Important?
  • Play Therapy Works!
  • Letting Go Carefully When Your Teen Demands Independence

Licensing & Education

  • Licensed Professional Counselor Intern
  • M.S., Southern Methodist University

Associations & Organizations

  • American Counseling Association 

Specialties

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Family
  • Play Therapy
  • Child-Parent Relationship Therapy
  • Parenting Issues
  • Social Skills and Support Groups
  • Domestic Violence and Trauma