Renee Lovitt, M.Ed, LPC-Associate
Supervised by Danielle Tschirhart, LPC-S, RPT
My professional journey began when I earned a Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University. Next, I then went on to gain a Master’s of Education in Counseling from the University of Houston. I am a native Houstonian, and the proud mother of two children, ages 16 and 20. My life has provided me the opportunity to have worked in a number of different fields. These experience eventually led me to pursue my license as an LPC. Most recently, I spent a number of years working in Early Childhood classrooms, giving me a unique view of the struggles facing children and their parents. It has been my experience that as adults we think it is our job to teach children about the world, but the truth is that if we really listen, they are the ones teaching us.
My approach to working with children is based on the understanding that play is a window into the child’s mind and heart. Children’s verbal skills are not fully developed; therefore they use play as their means of communication and making sense of the world around them. Child-centered play therapy gives us the opportunity to view the child’s world through their eyes. Given a safe, respectful and nonjudgmental place to play, children will reveal to us what they need.
I also believe it is important to understand how a child’s brain is developing and use what we know from neuroscience to help children fully integrate their mind and their body. Each child’s brain is wired differently. Some children are sensitive to light or noise and find it overwhelming to be at a birthday party. Other children thrive on constant movement and social interaction. Understanding these aspects of a child’s brain can help a child make sense of his/her world. Helping children learn to recognize emotion, name it and manage it is a skill that vital for children to succeed in school and later in life.
The parent-child relationship is the most significant relationship in a child’s life. Parents are often faced with challenges that they are not sure how to handle. I enjoy working with parents and helping them form stronger bonds with their children while giving them tools to face today’s world.