Psychotherapy Associates is a group of multidisciplinary clinicians offering safe, nurturing and effective psychotherapy to children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families, who have various issues, ranging from everyday stressors to major life transitions.  

K. H. Kim, LCSW, is the Founder and Clinical Director of Psychotherapy Associates and Pediatric Psychotherapy Associates.  She is a
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Baylor University in Waco and her Master of Science in psychiatric social work from The University of Texas at Arlington. 

With almost 20 years of experience as a therapist, Ms. Kim specializes in play therapy for young children, as well as adolescent, individual, couples and family therapy.  She has extensive training and experience in infant mental health, trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression, ADHD, Reactive Attachment Disorder, school and behavioral problems, gifted children, autism, and sensory processing disorders, among others. 

Ms. Kim is the author of Therapeutic Parenting: How to Raise an Emotionally Healthy Child, as well as numerous articles in various parenting magazines and newsletters.  She also provides therapeutic parenting skills training to biological parents, foster parents and various organizations committed to improving the lives of children and their families. 

Ms. Kim is the Past President of the Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy, and she is a member of the Texas Association for Infant Mental Health.  Her other distinctions include membership in the Psi Chi Honor Society and the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society.  In addition to these, she received her Certification for Effective Supervision for Social Work Practice in 1999.

She is fluent in both English (primary) and Korean, and can conduct sessions in both languages.

Emily Hladik is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (LMFT-A), with a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Ms. Hladik has worked with adults, children and their families on a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, divorce, addiction, relationship problems and behavioral difficulties.  Her specialties also include working with families to overcome problems related to trauma, autism, and other special needs.

During the sessions, her preferred approaches include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for children, Filial Therapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

Ms. Hladik provides a nurturing and accepting environment in which her clients can be their true selves, to create real and long-lasting changes.  She enjoys helping her clients find new ways to express themselves and connect with others.  She sees that families and children often get caught in negative patterns and sometimes need encouragement and an outside perspective to make the necessary changes that will allow them to thrive.

Ms. Hladik is supervised by Dr. Robert Porter, LMFT-S, in her work towards private practice licensure.

Christina Calkins, MS, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She earned her Master's degree in Family Therapy from Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas and completed her practicum in systems family therapy at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center's Family Therapy Center in Dallas, Texas.

Ms. Calkins has over 10 years of experience working with children, teens and adults in a variety of roles, including as a crisis intervention counselor, high school mentor and an instructor.  Through these experiences, she was able to develop her skills in helping others resolve their conflicts and achieve their goals.

Ms. Calkins works from a collaborative, experiential, and attachment-based approach.  She is a systemically and relationally trained therapist, and believes that we are supported by the systems around us--our family, peers, teachers, etc.  Ms. Calkins believes that healing comes from addressing those connections and exploring how they affect her clients in the present.

She offers a highly personalized approach, tailored to each of her client's needs.  Ms. Calkins is a supportive and a non-judgmental therapist, and believes that exploring a problem or a pattern of behavior, together with her clients, provides more creative and effective ways to develop solutions.

Ms. Calkins specializes in helping clients with depression, anxiety, perfectionism, relationship issues, grief and loss, as well as with clients who are highly sensitive and intuitive.  Additionally, she provides both individual and couples therapy, as well as sibling and family therapy, to address the needs of the entire family.

Nyssa Hoerner, MA, LMFT-A, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate.  She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.

Ms. Hoerner has over 10 years of experience working with children, adults and their families in various capacities and has worked with them as a counselor since 2011.  Her passion is for bringing communication, laughter and play back into the family relationships in order to help alleviate stress and to promote healthy relationship dynamics within the family.

Ms. Hoerner specializes in anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, play therapy, therapeutic parent consultations, sensory processing disorders, autism, Asperger's, and chronic medical illness or medically-related issues.  She works with children and adolescents, ages 0-17, as well as adults, couples and families.

During the sessions, Ms. Hoerner relies heavily on Bowen's understanding of family dynamics, as well as strength-based solution-focused therapy.  She believes that sometimes people forget how to communicate with each other and through recognizing their patterns of communication and interaction, these patterns can be adjusted to better suit the current needs of the family.

Ms. Hoerner is currently supervised by Bill Woodburn, MEd, LPC, LMFT, in her work towards private practice licensure.

Andrea M. Chartier, LMFTA, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate with a BA in Psychology and a MA in Counseling from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas.

Ms. Chartier worked with clients of all ages in a variety of settings.  She has experience with Camp Fire USA, where she created and provided after-school program curriculum and oversaw the behavioral and emotional well-being of the children as a counselor on weekend and overnight camping excursions.  Her extra training and areas of expertise include the following: Gottman Couples Therapy, trauma and attachment issues, anxiety, depression, chronic illness, autism, Asperger's, as well as divorce and blended family issues.

Essential to Ms. Chartier's work is her belief  that children are incredibly mindful, meaning that they live in the present moment and bring an air of curiosity, openness and acceptance to everything they do.  Ms. Chartier also leads Mindfulness Workshops for adults to help her clients reduce stress and cultivate self-acceptance, as well as to help them "pay specific attention" to everything they say and do.

Ms. Chartier works with children, adults and the entire family to foster being more emotionally present in everyday interactions so that authentic communication and connection is experienced.  She pays specific attention to understand the innate strengths of her clients, and provides the most appropriate therapeutic skills, such as communication skills and conflict resolution skills, to bring about immediate and long-lasting changes.

Sarah McCafferty, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Women's Studies from the University of Oregon.

Ms. McCafferty has worked with children, adults and their families for over 15 years in various settings, including community organizations, school settings, research settings and domestic violence centers.  She specializes in working with individuals, young adults, teens and tweens on a variety of issues, particularly in the areas of emotion-regulation, post crisis intervention and stabilization, adoption and foster care, parent advocacy in school settings, as well as relationship counseling with couples and GLBTQ issues.

An additional area of specialization is in parent coaching and support, particularly when working with children with significant behavioral and/or mental health challenges, with the end goal of improving family functioning as a whole.

Ms. McCafferty relies on various interventions to meet the needs of each client.  She draws heavily on elements of dialectical behavior therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy, as well as solution-focused therapy.

She has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work since 2009 and is on the committee of the Texas School Social Workers Annual Conference.



Lauren Dolph, LPC, LMFT, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University and a Master's degree in Counseling from St. Edward's University.

Ms. Dolph has worked with clients in a variety of settings, including group homes, non-profit counseling agencies and private practice settings.  She has extensive experience providing individual, family and group sessions, as well as parent consultations and filial therapy.

As a strength-based therapist, she often integrates components of the Family Systems Theory and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, as well as Narrative and Solution-Focused theories.  When working with younger children, she also uses play therapy to help facilitate the therapeutic provess.  Regardless of the age of her clients, her ultimate goal is to create a warm and welcoming, client-centered environment in which she is able to help her clients achieve a successful resolution of their problems and concerns.

During the sessions, Ms. Dolph is able to help her clients recognize and use their existing resources, whether they are seeking to increase  their sense of social connectedness, improve academic performance or increase positive interaction within their relationships.  she also helps her clients cope with their present difficulties, as well as their past traumatic experiences, and helps them grow as individuals.

Ms. Dolph is actively involved in various professional organizations, including her role as the Treasurer of the Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy and the Conference Chair for the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


Additional Affiliate Therapists

Shelly McCurdy, MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas State University in San Marcos and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Mary's University in San Antonio.

Ms. McCurdy specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults and their families, as well as groups, in a variety of settings, including schools, private practice settings and in-home settings.  She specializes in grief and loss, anxiety, depression, trauma and behavioral issues at home and in school.  When working with children, Ms. McCurdy encourages parents to be a part of the therapeutic process, through therapeutic parent consultations, psycho-education and family therapy.

During the sessions, Ms. McCurdy integrates Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with other therapeutic approaches to ensure that her clients are receiving the type of counseling they are needing at the time.  She adapts her approaches as her clients move through the therapeutic process, with the main focus on short-term goals that ultimately lead into the long-term goals.  She believes that small steps now create big leaps later.  With children, Ms. McCurdy also incorporates techniques, such as play therapy, into the counseling sessions to open up new doors and ways for her clients to view and relate to the world around them.

Christina Carson, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation (Applied Life Sciences) from the University of Illinois in Champaign and received her Master in Education (Guidance and Counseling) from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

With over 16 years of experience as a therapist, Ms. Carson specializes in working with children, adolescents and women, who are affected by abuse, neglect, trauma, loss, divorce, depression, low self-esteem, ADHD, and behavioral and school issues, among others.  She has provided therapy in numerous settings, including residential treatment centers, non-profit organizations, schools and in-home settings.  She believes in the importance of working with parents and other family members, as well as teachers, doctors and other providers out in the community to create a strong circle of support for her clients.

Ms. Carson uses various interventions to help facilitate the therapeutic process, including play therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, experiential therapy, Adlerian Therapy, and strength-based activities to help her clients develop better coping skills.  When working with adults, Ms. Carson also supports her clients to derive meaning from their struggles on both personal and spiritual levels.  She provides a safe place for them to work through their emerging issues, as well as their issues from past trauma and loss.  While honoring their past experiences, she challenges her clients to grow and to move forward.

As a holistic practitioner, she also believes in the importance of understanding family patterns, such as roles, rituals, and trans-generational influences.  Ms. Carson helps her clients to improve their communication and social skills so that they can express their feelings, wants and needs, as well as cultivate connections with their family members, friends and others out in the community.

Ms. Carson is the co-creator of the therapeutic game, "The Medicine Wheel Game," which helps people of all ages come to a closer understanding of their environment and relationship with others.  She is also a recipient of the Golden Apple Award in the past years for her supportive work with children with special needs at AISD.

Dr. Richard Yuen, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Texas.  He graduated cum laude from Carleton College with a B.A. in Psychology, his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and his Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from Loyola University in Chicago.

Dr. Yuen has worked in a diverse array of clinical settings and with clients from all ages.  Trained in many different styles of therapy, he uses a holistic and eclectic approach when working with clients and their families.  He believes that no one clinical approach can ever meet the specific needs of all clients and that each client brings a unique perspective, insights and experiences to the table.  Therefore, Dr. Yuen is highly adept at tailoring his approach to the personal strengths and specific needs of his clients and their families.

His expertise is in the area of conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations and in using strength-based, preventative psychology during the counseling sessions.  Dr. Yuen specializes in helping clients with depression, anxiety, abuse, neglect, grief and loss, PTSD, school or behavioral problems, ADHD, crisis and trauma, as well as chronic pain and medical conditions.  He focuses on using effective, evidence-based techniques, to not only treat the current symptoms, but to prevent other symptoms or problematic behaviors from resurfacing at a later time.

He provides assessment services for all age groups, including toddlers, children, teens and parents.  The most commonly requested assessments include General Psychological Evaluation, Child Custody Evaluation, Substance Abuse Evaluation, ADHD Evaluations for both adults and children, Evaluations for Autism or Learning Disabilities, as well as Intelligence and Achievement Evaluations.  Dr. Yuen works very closely with pediatricians, schools, psychiatrists and other providers out in the community to help advocate for his clients and to ensure continuity of services for his clients and their families.

Over the years, Dr. Yuen's excellence in scholarship has earned him a number of prestigious awards, including the Manuel Teurel Award, Heckler Fellowship, Dana Award, Okada Memorial Prize, Tanaka Fellowship, ACM Research Scholarship and a Ford-Mellon Foundation Fellowship.  Dr. Yuen has also taught and guest lectured at numerous colleges and universities, including the Carleton College, Southern Illinois University and the Loyola University.