portraitHolli Farrell is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist, a parent of twenty-three years and mother of three (including twins). Holli is an experienced child behavioral and parenting specialist and Director of Playful Nature Kids Counseling, LLC, whose mission is to effectively help children learn and heal in fun and creative ways – minimizing the anxiety, guilt and resistance many parents anticipate when considering therapy services for their children. At Playful Nature Kids Counseling LLC, children engage in their healing process amongst a variety of the highest quality, evidence-based play, sand tray, expressive arts and nature therapies in a comfortable, non-judgmental, kid-friendly environment. Parents can relax knowing their children are expressing feelings, resolving problems, improving behaviors and learning to cope effectively in fun, safe and personalized sessions they enjoy coming to! A compassionate listener and a client-centered, solution-focused therapist, Holli is passionate about helping families and provides a well-rounded, eclectic approach combining several, different therapy modalities in session to tailor a unique and personalized treatment plan which best supports each individual child. This creative, progressive and collaborative treatment method supports an optimal healing environment for children and makes therapy fresh, inviting and fun!

Holli understands a comfortable, trusting, therapeutic relationship is essential to a child’s progress in treatment and values how important it is for parents to feel secure and confident in the therapist they select for their child, so please feel free to peruse Holli’s education, specialized training and clinical experience.
Holli’s Education/Experience:
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, with perfect academic standing, from Nova Southeastern University, 2008

Clinical Internship at Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, counseling children and adolescents of sexual trauma using creative play therapy and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral techniques (TF-CBT); supported affected parents by providing individual psychotherapy, parent consulting, family therapy, psycho-educational information, positive coping strategies and resource services.

Several years of clinical service provided to at-risk children, teens and adults in several different agency, school and non-profit settings.

Thousands of hours provided to many community organizations with a child and mental health focus including Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Kids and Canines, Traverse Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Healing Hearts Therapies & Equine, Joshua House, Hillsborough County Public Schools and several other expressive arts, literacy, educational programs and non-profit organizations.

Holli’s Professional Certifications/Specialties:

Holli is often referred by well-respected area clinicians and professionals for her specialized play therapy services, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) meeting the elite professional and ethical standards of credentialed play therapy training and clinical experience required by the Association for Play Therapy (APT). Holli is also a Certified Sand Tray Specialist (C-STS) and the first Certified AutPlay Therapy Provider in Florida – a play therapy and behavioral therapy approach to working with children affected by Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder and other neuro-developmental disorders. Holli holds a certificate in Animal-Assisted Therapy from the University of New Hampshire, completed professional trainings in both canine-assisted play therapy and canine-assisted reading support, and is an honored recipient of an expertly-trained Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog, named Luann, free of charge, which she integrates into client sessions as needed. Holli has also accumulated several hundred training hours in various stress relief, yoga, mindfulness and relaxation techniques for both adults and children, and continues to remain fresh and current in the industry by reviewing evidence-based, field research and regularly attending professional therapeutic trainings and national conferences. Holli has specialized training, experience and certificates in the following areas:

Play Therapy (Directive and Non-directive)
Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT)
Sand Tray Therapy
AutPlay Therapy
Autism (ASD)
Developmental Delays
Communication Disorders
Behavior Challenges
Expressive Arts Therapy
Game Therapy
Lego Therapy for ASD
Canine-Assisted Therapy
Canine-Assisted Reading Support
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy
Trauma-Focused Therapy (TF-CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Emotionally Focused Family Therapy
Sexual Abuse Survivor Training
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Adjustment Disorder/Life & Family Changes
Sibling Rivalry/New Sibling Adjustment
Parent Education & Support
Parenting Multiples
Positive Parenting Strategies
Positive Teaching Strategies
Montessori Parenting/Education
Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT)
Filial Therapy
Synergetic Play Therapy
Grief Therapy
Anger Management/Aggression
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Tic Disorders
Social Skills
School Concerns
Children of Divorce
Relaxation/Meditation Techniques
Mindfulness Strategies
Child & Adult Yoga Therapies
Child & Adult Assessments
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Psychodrama Therapy
Parenting Education
Personal Growth & Motivation
Women’s Wellness
Group Therapy
Professional member of the following organizations:
Florida Counseling Association 
Florida Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling 
Association of Play Therapy
Florida Association of Play Therapy
World Association of Sand Therapy Professionals
Equine Assisted Growth And Learning Association (EAGALA)
Canine Companions for Independence 
National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)