Get to Know Me
M.Ed, LPC, RPT-S
Hello! My name is Kellie Cole and I am the owner of Compassion Child and Family Counseling. I am so glad you stopped by my website. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. I have had the pleasure of working in the mental health field for over 30 years. I enjoy working with a variety of people including children, teens, adults, and parents. I love my work and find being a counselor incredibly rewarding. Sitting with others as they process life’s circumstances is very humbling and delicate. In my experience, we all need a little (or a lot) of help getting through this thing called life. Reaching out to a therapist is a brave and kind thing to do for yourself and/or your child.
Here are some things I can help you with:
ADHD - Anxiety - Behavior Problems - Depression - Divorce - Family Discord - Grief and Loss - High Functioning Autism - Learning Differences - Life Transitions - Oppositional Behaviors - Parent & Child Relationship Difficulties - Parenting - Trauma
In addition, I can provide screenings and assessments to help you better understand yourself and/or your child in order to determine the need for a diagnosis and/or further evaluation.
Keep in mind that I am also a play therapist. Play therapy is the recommended intervention for children as young as 3. Play is a child’s most natural medium for self expression. For more information, visit: www.a4pt.org and click on Parent’s Corner.
Choosing a therapist for yourself or for your child is an important process. I’d like to share a little bit about me so that you can decide if I might be the right counselor for you.
I was born in Durango, Colorado where I learned to love everything outdoors. As a child, I was camping in the summer and skiing in the winter. At age 11 my family moved to Texas to be closer to my grandparents. After high school, I attended Texas Tech University (Wreck ‘em!) where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. I continued my education in Denton at The University of North Texas where I earned a Master’s degree in counseling and play therapy. Soon after I became a Licensed Professional Counselor and quickly earned the Registered Play Therapist credential. While in the DFW area I specialized in helping children cope with domestic violence, sexual abuse, and child abuse. I worked in various roles including: child/teen counselor, program director, state board member, and Clinical Director at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Plano. I regularly presented at state and national conferences in addition to maintaining a small private practice. While living in Denton, I also met my husband and we had two awesome sons.
In 2001, we moved our family to The Woodlands (and later Magnolia) where I enjoyed staying home with our two young boys. We joined The Woodlands United Methodist Church where I taught child and adult Sunday school. After a few years, I co-opened and directed a counseling center at our church. My career turned to academia when I decided to teach at Lone Star College. After teaching for four years I longed to be back in the counseling office and joined a private practice in The Woodlands where I remained for 7 years. During this time my husband and I enjoyed watching our sons grow up and participate in many school and community activities. In 2021, with our boys away at college, it seemed like the perfect time to create a new adventure. That blessing of an adventure was opening Compassion Child and Family Counseling Center (CCFC).
CCFC is the culmination of 30+ years of rewarding work. I have always been passionate about helping people of all ages reach their potential and live their best life. In my work with adults, we explore how your family of origin may have influenced you. We assess how you’re doing today and work together to help you make adjustments or changes so you can function at your best. When I work with children, parents will always have a vital role in the therapy process. My many experiences have taught me the immense value that family, parents, and caregivers play in the lives of their children. Through the use of play, games, talk, and collaboration I will work with you and your child to strengthen relationships, invest in their future, and create solutions that instill confidence and hope at home, in school, and beyond.
Let’s get started.
The Heart Behind My Practice
If we work together, I think it is important for you to know that I am a Christian. For me, being a Christian gives me clarity, strength, and hope in good times and hard times. I consider the work that I do as a counselor an honor and privilege that comes directly from God.
Spirituality is an important resource for many and something that you may want to explore. I welcome you to share your own belief systems, regardless of whether they are similar to mine. Either way, you will be treated with respect, understanding, and acceptance at all times.