Emily Van Pelt, PhD

Dr. Van Pelt is a licensed professional counselor supervisor (LPC-S) and a registered play therapist supervisor (RPT-S).  She has been practicing in the field of mental health since 2007, and has been a supervisor for other counselors and play therapists since 2011.  Dr. Van Pelt specializes in counseling and play therapy for children, adolescents, and their families, with specific areas of expertise including those who may be experiencing the effects of divorce, litigation-related issues, anxiety, depression, ASD and AD/HD.  Dr. Van Pelt has also been trained in Parent Facilitation and Parent Coordination, and utilizes these skills specifically through her work with families navigating divorce.  Dr. Van Pelt currently operates her own independent private practice, with offices located in North Dallas and Frisco.

Dr. Van Pelt is committed to providing a respectful, safe and supportive environment where coping skills and strategies are developed specifically tailored to meet each individual’s desired goals, regardless of age.  She strives to ensure that each child, adolescent or parent is genuinely heard, and works with each individual to provide a high-level of compassionate care, especially during times that may be confusing, traumatizing or otherwise may feel like times of chaos.  Dr. Van Pelt also prides herself on guiding parents through the entire therapeutic process such that they are empowered to continue promoting healthy parenting habits for their children long after leaving her office.

Originally from Iowa, Dr. Van Pelt attended the University of Iowa to earn her B.A. in Psychology.  After graduating, she relocated to Texas to attend the University of North Texas, where she earned her M.Ed. in Counseling and Ph.D. in Counselor Education, both specializing in play therapy.  Dr. Van Pelt has also worked as an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas and has performed numerous speaking engagements throughout the community on various subjects, including parenting and child development.  In her free time, Dr. Van Pelt enjoys spending time with her family and experiencing all that the DFW area has to offer.

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Licenses

  • Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor
  • Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

Education

  • University of North Texas
    PhD Counselor Education, specializing in Play Therapy – 2012
  • University of North Texas
    M.Ed. Counseling, specializing in Play Therapy – 2007
  • University of Iowa
    B.A. Psychology – 2005

Career History

2018-Present
Emily Van Pelt, Ph.D., PLLC
President/Owner
Dallas, TX

Emily Van Pelt, Ph.D., PLLC is a private practice counseling firm that was established in 2018 to provide counseling services to children and their families.  As President and Owner, Dr. Van Pelt’s duties primarily consist of individual counseling sessions, family and reunification counseling sessions, and public speaking.

2011-2017       
Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center
Director of Clinical Services
Dallas, TX

Beckloff Pediatric Behavioral Center is a private practice establishment that provides counseling services and psycho-educational assessments to children and their families in the community.  Duties primarily included individual counseling sessions, family and reunification counseling sessions, supervision of other clinicians, and public speaking.

2009-2011
University of North Texas, Dallas Clinic
Assistant Clinic Director
University of North Texas
Dallas, TX

Aided professors and masters’ level students, duties included conducting orientations, intakes, scheduling, and individual, triadic, and group supervision. (CACREP- Accredited)

2009-2011     
Child and Family Resource Clinic
Counselor-Intern
University of North Texas
Denton, TX

Provided individual therapy, play therapy, group play therapy, and activity therapy to community members and college students.

2010-2010   
Counseling and Human Development Center
Group Counselor-Intern
University of North Texas
Denton, TX

Provided group counseling to masters’ level students enrolled in group counseling course, Coun 5780.

2008-2010  
Counseling and Human Development Center
Group Counselor-Intern
University of North Texas
Denton, TX

Provided group counseling to masters’ level students enrolled in group counseling course, Coun 5780.

2010-2010
Dallas Campus Counseling Clinic
Filial Counselor-Intern
University of North Texas at Dallas
Dallas, TX

Provided Child Parent Relationship Training to mothers receiving services currently or in the past through the DCCC.

2010-2010
Eva Swan Hodge Elementary School
Play Therapist
Denton Independent School District
Denton, TX

Provided individual play therapy to children in the school system.

2009-2010   
Borman Elementary Schools
Play Therapist
Denton Independent School District
Denton, TX

Provided individual play therapy to children in the school system.

2009-2010  
Child and Family Resource Clinic
Assessment Counselor
University of North Texas
Denton, TX

Provided and administering full scale child psycho-educational assessments.  Duties included conducting parent interviews and feedback, administering and scoring assessments, writing reports, and staffing cases with fellow academic departments.

2008-2009      
Counseling and Human Development Center
Counselor-Intern
University of North Texas
Denton, TX

Provided individual counseling, play therapy, group therapy, group play therapy, and activity therapy to community members and college students.

2008-2008   
Counseling and Human Development Center
Filial Counselor-Intern
Plano Area Mothers of Multiples (PAMOM)
Plano, TX

Provided filial therapy to mothers involved in a mothers of multiples support group in the Plano area.

2007-2007
New Beginnings Center
Practicum Counselor
New Beginnings Center
Garland, TX

Provided individual, group, play therapy, and adolescent group services to women and children affected by domestic violence.

CONTACT US

Frisco Office
8668 John Hickman Pkwy
Suite 905
Frisco, Texas 75034 (Map)

North Dallas Office
8117 Preston Road
Suite 682
Dallas, TX 75225 (Map)

Office: (214) 436-4910
Fax: (214) 436-4930
Direct: (214) 629-1389
Contact@MitchellPhD.com