Holli Farrell is a warm, understanding, highly-skilled clinical therapist. A parent of twenty years and mother of three (including twins), Holli is an experienced child behavioral and parenting consultant, youth educator and advocate who has passionately dedicated her specialized, counseling practice to successfully and creatively meet the emotional needs of young children. Holli is the Owner and Director of Playful Nature Kids Counseling, LLC, whose mission is to effectively help children in unique, 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, 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 non-judgmental, active listener and a compassionate, client-centered, solution-focused therapist, Holli is passionate about her work and provides a well-rounded, eclectic approach enabling her to combine several, different therapy modalities in session to tailor a unique and personalized treatment plan, best supporting each individual child. This creative, progressive and collaborative approach provides an optimal healing environment, gets effective results and makes therapy fresh, inviting and fun!
Holli earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources and a Minor in Communication Arts from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. Pursuing her passion to help children and study behavioral mental health, Holli furthered her education to achieve a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling, with perfect academic standing, from Nova Southeastern University. Holli also successfully completed a post-graduate clinical internship at APPLE Services Trauma Center – Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, effectively counseling children and adolescents of sexual trauma using creative play therapy and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral techniques. Additionally, Holli supported affected parents by providing individual therapy, parent consulting, family therapy, psycho-educational information, positive coping strategies and resource services. Holli continued to assist families in need by providing additional years of clinical service for at-risk children, teens and adults in agency, school and non-profit settings.
Holli is often referred by well-respected area clinicians and professionals for her specialized play therapy services, has successfully passed the required National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) and is a Florida Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, applicable for state licensure and certification as a Registered Play Therapist with the Association for Play Therapy (APT). Holli is a Certified Sand Tray Specialist (C-STS), completing Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 of specialized sand tray therapist training at the APT-accredited Southern Sand Tray Institute and is an EAGALA Certified Mental Health Professional in equine assisted psychotherapy – completing clinical training hours approved by the American Psychological Association. Holli remains fresh and current in the industry by continually reviewing current, evidence-based, field research and regularly attending professional therapeutic trainings and clinical consultations. As such, Holli has recently completed Dr. Robert Jason Grant’s AutPlay Therapy Level 1 Certification Program – “a play therapy and behavioral therapy approach to working with children and parents affected by Autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.” As a Certified AutPlay Therapy Provider, Holli is excited to add these progressive, effective techniques in session with clients. Holli has also received a NASW and Pet Partners approved Certificate in Animal-Assisted Therapy from the University of New Hampshire and is a current candidate to receive a highly-trained, therapeutic facility dog from the world renowned and accredited, non-profit Canine Companions for Independence. Additionally, Holli is completing her final hours towards certification as a Registered Yoga Teacher at Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation enhancing her skills and expanding her “therapy tool box” in order to provide clients the added treatment benefits of both animal-assisted and yoga therapies. Holli is also a professional member of the following organizations:
Holli has provided many years of experience working effectively with young children, adolescents, teens and adults in various clinical, therapeutic and educational settings in the Tampa and Miami communities. Holli has also volunteered numerous hours of service to benefit several community organizations with a child and mental health focus including Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Kids and Canines, Traverse Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Healing Hearts with Equine, Hillsborough County Public Schools and several expressive arts, educational programs and non-profit agencies.
Holli has received additional trainings, experience and certificates in the following areas: