Norma Cruson, M.Ed., NCC, LPC-S
Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S)
I earned my Masters in Counseling from the University of North Texas in 2007 as well as a Masters in Arts and Humanities with a Specialty in Literature from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2001. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas since 2007, a Nationally Certified Counselor since 2007, and a Registered Play Therapist with the Association for Play Therapy beginning in 2012. Since 2017, as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor I have provided supervision for those seeking licensure and certification in these areas. Prior to working in private practice, I taught high school and middle school from 1997-2003 (Mesquite ISD, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Keller ISD) and next served in Keller ISD and Fort Worth ISD as a licensed school counselor from 2003-2009.
The focus of my private practice has been such that I have worked with a variety of ages and clientele including: children in play therapy, adults in individual therapy, parents, and families. I am a Certified Child-Centered Play Therapist through UNT and have extensive training in sand tray and sandplay. I have utilized EMDR with numerous clients since completion of training with EMDRIA in 2009.
In counseling, I consider myself a person-centered therapist who collaborates with you on discovering your negative emotional and thought patterns such that you can learn new, healthy ways of coping and connecting. Through a variety of proven methods such as play therapy, individual talk therapy, EMDR, sand tray, filial therapy, and mindfulness based practices we will work together to help you feel more connected to life and living your life more fully. I specialize in working with children 3 to 11 years of age as well as adults over 18 years old on issues related to trauma, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, depression, anxiety, life challenges and goals, self-esteem difficulties, grief issues, spirituality concerns, attachment issues (adult and child) and adoption-related issues.