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Janelle Jackson, LPC Intern                    janelle.jackson@sperocs.com                            940-765-9029

I believe every individual is innately good and possess the potential to discover and initiate self-flourishment; while I serve as a facilitator of this growth process. I believe clients can discover their own solutions to current struggles and have the potential to retain the ability to remain in a healthy state of psychological functioning as issues may arise in the future. It is my goal to provide a safe and caring space for you, to listen with empathy and kindness and provide guidance in a respectful manner. I look forward to working together!
Play Therapy

I am very passionate about play. Play is the way children communicate, in which play becomes the conversation and the materials become the words within that conversation. Symbolically, the playroom provides children a means of sharing their inner world. We provide an environment in which the child can feel comfortable exploring their inner world within parameters of a predictable therapeutic relationship. My relationship with the child is characterized by empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard to develop a trusting relationship. When a trusting relationship has been established, the child can then use play to express their most interpersonal world to the play therapist. There is just so much magic in play!

Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling

Licensed professional counselor intern (TX #79000)

Blanco, P. J., Holliman, R., & Farnam, J. L. (2017). Designing the playroom and toy selection: From broom closets to play palaces. Presented at the annual meeting of the Texas Association for Play Therapy, Austin, TX.

Blanco, P. J., Holliman, R., Farnam, J. L., & Dawson, S. (2016). Supervisee interns: Perceptions of supervisor / supervision. Presented at the annual meeting of the Texas Counseling Association, Dallas, TX.

Blanco, P. J., Holliman, R., & Farnam, J. L. (2016). Exploring the impact of child-centered play therapy on academic achievement with at-risk kindergarten students. Presented at the annual meeting of the Texas Association for Play Therapy, Austin, TX.

Blanco, P.J. & Farnam, J. L. (2016). Exploring current TWU research within play therapy. Presented at the CSI Spring Induction Ceremony, Denton, TX.

Farnam, J.L., Pollert, G.A., & Veilleux, J.C. (2014). Is tolerance of uncertainty responsible for the effect of distress tolerance on binge eating? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

Farnam, J.L., Bolduc, K.A., Erdly, C., Stevens, R. & Eidelman, S. (2014). Accent does not impact food preferences of college students. Poster presented at the University of Arkansas-Psychology Department, Fayetteville, AR.

Blanco, P., Holliman, Muro, J., Toland, S. & Farnam, J.L. (2017). Long term child centered play therapy effects on performance anxiety and academic achievement of children: A follow-up study.

Blanco, P., Holliman, R., Muro, J. & Farnam, J. L. (Submitted). Exploring the Impact of Child Centered Play Therapy on Academic Achievement of At-Risk Kindergarten Students.

Meet Janelle 

Janelle Jackson, MS, LPC Intern, is a licensed professional counselor intern in the state of Texas (TX #79000) under the supervision of Dr. Cassie Rushing, LPC-S (TX# 64558). She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Arkansas in May 2014 and graduated with her Master’s degree in counseling from Texas Woman’s University in May 2017. She is currently working on her registered play therapist certification and certification in sandtray therapy. Professional association memberships include the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, Texas Counseling Association, and Texas Association for Play Therapy.

I am passionate about building healthy families. I especially enjoy working with children ages 4 and up and teens. Along with working with children, I offer services to parents to improve parenting skills and co-parenting skills. Other therapeutic specialties are working with adults who may be experiencing anxiety and/or depression and general stress management.

  • In process of completing Registered Play Therapy Certification
  • In process of completing Certification in Sandtray Therapy
  • Elected as President to Chi Sigma Iota- Alpha Rho- 2015-2017
  • Member of Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society – 2016-2017
  • Trained in “Children in the Middle” curriculum

Play is the highest expression of human development, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” Friedrich Froebel