Twila earned her Master of Education in Counseling from the University of North Texas where she received specialized training working with children, adolescents and their families. Twila received training in Play Therapy by Drs. Garry Landreth, Sue Bratton, and Dee Ray. She completed her internships at UNT’s Child and Family Resource Clinic where she had the privilege of working with diverse populations, including children, adolescents, and adults.
Twila was instrumental in implementing the first-ever counseling program at the UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center where she provided play therapy, child-parent relationship training, and adolescent therapy to clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their family members.
Twila is the owner of University Park Counseling & Testing Center where she treats anxiety, depression, behavioral disorders, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, ASD, Dysregulation Disorder, and other developmental disorders.
Twila is credentialed as a Certified Autism Specialist™ by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This autism certification recognizes professionals dedicated to promoting quality care in the field of Autism. An Certified Autism Specialist™ is a professional who is responsible for the support and/or services provided to an individual on the autism spectrum that directly relates to the professionals specific scope of practice.
Twila became one of the first therapist in the State of Texas to become a Certified AutPlay® Therapy Provider Level II – Through this training Twila can provide AutPlay® Therapy which is a play therapy and behavioral therapy-based approach for treating autism, neurodevelopmental disorders, and developmental disabilities.
As an LPC-Intern Twila was honored to be nominated and named a 2014-2015 Mom’s Choice Play Therapist in the DFWChild.Com Magazine.
Promote the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists and advance the psychosocial development and mental health of all people through play and play therapy by supporting those programs, services, and related activities that promote organizational growth, public awareness, research, and diversity in the field of play therapy.