SAFARI KIDZ KOUNSELING

SAFE AFFORDABLE FUN ADVENTUROUS RESILIENT IMAGINATIVE

At SAFARI KIDZ KOUNSELING LLC, we are focused on providing therapy and consultation services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction & we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. With a variety of offerings to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy working with us. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us. We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. Be sure to have the kiddos check out our Kidz Fun page for puzzles and fun animal facts. There's much more to come!

 

Meet our Staff

Christy Howard, LCSW, RPT-S, CAS

Hello everyone! I am Christy and I am the founder of Safari Kidz Kounseling LLC. This play therapy practice is a dream come true for me! I have over 15 years experience in the mental health field and well over 200 hours of play therapy specific training.  Graduating from the University of Louisville in 1997, with my Bachelor's Degree, I majored in Psychology and minored in Communications. I started out my career as a volunteer phone counselor for the then, Crisis and Information Center in 1996. I became staff there in 1998 and worked while attending graduate school.  I completed my Master's of Science in Social Work in 2001, via U of L's Kent School of Social Work. Since obtaining my Master's I have largely worked in Community Mental Health specializing in working with trauma victims and young children. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and State Approved Supervisor in both Indiana (Since 2004) and Kentucky (since 2008). In 2010, I was fortunate enough to complete my play therapy training hours and acquired the Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor Credential. New in 2015! I have now obtained additional credentialing specific to the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and have completed the AutPlay Level II Certification as well as the Certified Autism Specialist Credential. I have also worked with Integrated Listening Systems and offer ILS services in the office and home supervision programs for emotional regulation, ADHD, and much more! I am super excited to see what adventures lie ahead for me in the private practice world!  


On a personal note: I know what it is like to be bored and I can certainly relate to children who express those feelings. I think my favorite phrase when I was a young child was "Mommy! I'm bored!"  I probably said that hundreds of times a day and drove everyone around me crazy at times.  I'm sure my mother is thrilled I am past that stage now (believe me it took years!).  Perhaps all those days of being "bored" are what drives me to create, imagine, and dream of new and exciting ways to help children and their families make the most of their therapeutic journey. Although, I have to admit I can no longer say I'm bored. I have learned so much on this journey into private practice and each day is a brand new adventure!  I guess you could say I am on a learning safari adventure all of the time, and I love it! Please contact me if you feel I could assist you or your family in identifying new solutions! 

 

Safari Kidz Kounseling Is Growing!
 Meet Our Newest Staff Member.

 

Sharon V. Foley, M.Ed, LPCC, NCC

Message from Sharon:

Life can sometimes be difficult and in those times we really benefit from having someone to talk with...someone we trust, someone who cares, someone who wants to understand, someone who will be 100% present to listen, someone who is supportive; and it is really a blessing to have someone who also is trained to recognize troubling issues and to aid us in finding good solutions. 


Even though happy years were spent doing other things, interior design, computer programming, real estate brokerage, among them; I finally decided to obtain my master's degree in counseling in order to prepare to spend the remaining years of my life doing what I had really always wanted to do - being the special someone people could talk to and helping them to find answers.


My Master's Degree in counseling was obtained magna cum laude, from Lindsey Wilson College in 2011. As the class graduate assistant, I was charged with establishing and maintaining the Campus Counseling Center where the future counselors as students offered free counseling services to the community and the campus population. What a great learning experience that was!


Since obtaining my Master's I have largely worked in Community Mental Health, specializing in working with PTSD victims (spouse abuse, child abuse, traumatic memories). As a licensed counselor in community clinics in Elizabethtown and in Louisville, Kentucky, I did individual and group work with a variety of mentally and emotionally challenged adults, children, and families.


During the next three years as a therapist, I was privileged to work in an elementary school in the western part of Louisville, counseling  30-60 children and their families each year. 


In past years I have also worked at centers specializing in  spouse abuse issues and have done volunteer work in that field.


I hope you will contact me for an appointment. Let's talk!