The Goddard School


Credentials & Experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 10 years of experience in the mental health field.  I received my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin with a minor in Educational Psychology.  I obtained my Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State University).  In my graduate program, I specialized in Marriage and Family Therapy and studied Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy as well.  During my program, I was a Graduate Assistant to Dr. Christopher Brown, who specializes in children’s issues.

I currently write a monthly column for the Goddard Gazette of The Goddard School in Cedar Park, TX on early childhood development and parenting topics.  I also provide parent workshops/presentations on various parenting issues for early childhood (ages birth-5) at The Goddard School.  If you are interested in attending a seminar please contact me, as limited seating is available and an RSVP is required.  There is also a link provided on this website to view the articles I have written.

I am a professional member of the American Counseling Association.  My professional experience includes group and individual therapy in a residential treatment facility, out-patient treatment center, MHMR, school-based therapy, as well as a private setting.  I have provided therapy for couples, families, children (ages 3 and up), teens, and adults.  I have years of experience facilitating middle-school groups dealing with family issues, divorce, anxiety, depression, anger-management, cutting/self-mutilation, eating disorders, drug/alcohol abuse, and social skills/peer relationships & elementary aged groups for children dealing with divorce, social anxiety, separation issues, peer relationship struggles, as well as grief and loss issues.

My therapeutic work is systems oriented, which means I believe that all of us are a product of our upbringing combined with our genetics.  I believe that all of our relationships are interconnected, including our family relationships.  The characteristics of our relationships with our families tend to repeat themselves in other relationships, and by taking a closer look at our own patterns of relating to others, we learn more about how we perceive and create our world.  When working with a person, I get to know them as an individual and learn about their family of origin as well.  When I work with children I maintain a close, working relationship with their parents as well, as I believe the parental subsystem is one of the most important influences in the child’s life.  When necessary, I maintain communication and frequent updates from the child’s teachers.  No contact with any outside party is made without written consent from my client.

Thank you for visiting my website, and I hope that you will invite me to be a part of your journey.

© Copyright 2006 Crystal L. Stevenson, MA, LPC
Austin, TX (512) 796-1128