Rochelle Ritzi, PhD., LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S, CCPT-S, CPRT-S

Rochelle Ritzi

Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
National Certified Counselor
Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

Rochelle Ritzi, PhD, is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas and Texas A&M Commerce. Dr. Ritzi holds a Doctoral degree in Counseling, with a specialty in Play Therapy from the top ranked play therapy program in the world, the University of North Texas. There, she became a Certified Child-Centered Play Therapist Supervisor, and a Certified Child-Parent Relationship Therapy Supervisor. Her areas of expertise include play therapy, activity therapy, crisis, geriatrics, child-parent relationship training, and group counseling. Dr. Ritzi also specializes in helping individuals heal from trauma and abuse, and crisis counseling. She currently serves as the current president of the Texas Association for Play Therapy and a Mental Health Disaster Responder for the Red Cross. Dr. Ritzi provides full battery psycho-educational assessments with children aged 2 to 18. She has effectively worked with clients of all ages, with a multitude of presenting concerns, at various community counseling centers and schools in Collin, Dallas, and Denton Counties, including Parkland Hospital, where she worked with individuals and their families facing trauma, terminal illness, and women’s issues. She has also successfully worked with child and adult victims of domestic violence, and those who have a history of childhood abuse. Dr. Ritzi enjoys being involved in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing culture, and is fluent in American Sign Language and offers services in both ASL and SEE.

Dr. Ritzi has successfully conducted field advancing international research, presented regionally and internationally, given several keynote presentations, and is published in the field of counseling.

Dr. Ritzi appreciates that every person’s situation is unique and her experience has given her an understanding of the many challenges that both children and adults encounter. She applies understanding and empathy through the counseling relationship in a warm and accepting environment. Her passion is providing a safe and supportive setting for children, adolescents, and families, but most of all she loves spending time with her daughter and two furry babies.

association for play therapy

Speaking Topics

  • How to Help a Child Grieve
  • I Thought I Knew My Child… Keys to Understanding your Child’s Behavior
  • Discipline Can Be Positive! Learn How to Avoid Pitfalls in Punishment
  • Stop It! What Everyone Should Know About the Detection and Prevention of Child Abuse
  • How to Accept a Child When You Don’t Accept His/Her Behavior
  • How to Talk to Parents about the Hard Stuff (Teacher Specific)
  • Misguided Behavior: Why Children Do What They Do, and What to Do When They Do It
  • Play Therapy For All. Serving Children with Deafness, Disabilities, and Other Medical Difficulties.
  • Cancer’s Impact on a Child’s World
  • Success Stories: Not All Child Abuse Presentations Have to be a Downer!

Licensing & Education

  • Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Registered Play Therapist Supervisor
  • Certified Child-Centered Play Therapist Supervisor
  • Certified Child-Parent Relationship Therapist Supervisor
  • Ph.D. in Counseling, 
with a specialty in Play Therapy, 
University of North Texas
  • M.S. in Counseling, 
Southern Methodist University
  • B.A. in Psychology, 
University of Texas at Dallas

Associations & Organizations

  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Children and Adolescent Counseling
  • Texas Counseling Association
  • Association for Play Therapy
  • Texas Association for Play Therapy
  • North Texas Chapter, Texas Association for Play Therapy
  • Rho Kappa Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, International


  • Children & Adolescents
  • Parenting Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Social Skills and Support Groups
  • Adoption and Attachment
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing Issues
  • Self-esteem/concept Issues
  • Domestic Violence and Childhood Abuse