My name is Amy Hutchinson and I am the owner of Olive Branch Counseling and Training, PLLC. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Southwest Texas State University and in 1996 earned my lifetime certification as a teacher. My focus for over 15 years was working with special needs populations including students receiving special education as well as those identified for gifted and talented programs. More recently, in 2012, I completed my Master of Arts degree in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio and am now a Licensed Professional Counselor. My career in education and the opportunity to work with students, teachers and parents has profoundly shaped me as a counselor and I am grateful for the experience. I live in the Boerne area and I enjoy being married to my husband and parenting our teenage children. I am also a lover of animals and believe whole heartedly in their ability to provide therapeutic support. If you want to know more about Animal-Assisted Counseling, click here.
I have enjoyed helping many families facing changes such as divorce, and relocations as well as offering guidance to client’s that need support as they navigate the typical developmental adjustments that everyone experiences in their life. I truly believe in the power of a strong therapeutic relationship between counselor and client. It is the greatest tool to empower change and I am mindful to take special care of the relationship. I am an existentialist and believe in making meaning of one’s experiences. Some of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves are to heighten our own awareness, be authentic, and present in our own lives. I work with children ages 3 and older, as well as tweens, adolescents, teenagers and adults. I have a select number of evening and weekend appointments available to accommodate new counseling clients.
MAUREEN A. JONES, MA, NCC, LPC
Registered Play Therapist
Maureen is a board certified Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist, and a licensed teacher. Maureen earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Mary’s University; she also has a Master’s degree in Elementary Curriculum and a degree in Early Childhood Education. Before counseling, Maureen spent 30 years teaching grades Pre-K thru grade 5. Maureen enjoys counseling both children and adults.
Maureen’s approach to counseling adults involves helping them to love and accept themselves and to make sense out of their lives. This involves creating an authentic therapeutic relationship and a safe environment for clients to identify their needs, feelings, beliefs, fears, and desires. She believes therapy for adults works for those who want to make changes and can be honest with themselves.
Maureen utilizes child-centered play therapy techniques and experiential approaches in play therapy sessions to help children explore their identities and build the confidence to face their insecurities.
Maureen describes herself as authentic, caring and committed to her clients. She holds a special interest in codependency and post-traumatic growth.
Lori More, M.Ed., LPC, NCC
Lori More is a board certified Licensed Professional Counselor that provides counseling services to children, adolescents, adults and families. Lori earned her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Arlington and spent many years working as an educator in the public education system. She earned her Masters of Education degree from Texas State University in 2011, where she continued her journey as a school counselor. Lori also provides professional training for schools, children and parents in hopes of sharing information that will improve behavioral and mental health. Lori, her husband, and 2 children are very involved in supporting foster children which she claims helps her to see life through a much different lens. Lori’s professional and personal experiences have allowed her to connect with children, adults, and families of all backgrounds. Lori is a Nationally Certified Counselor and proudly serves on the Alamo Chapter of the Texas Association of Play Therapy Board. For more information, visit www.LoriMoreLPC.com or email LoriMoreLPC@gmail.com.
When engaged in play therapy, children are allowed to distance themselves from difficult feelings and memories, which are frequently too hard for them to talk about directly with others. It gives children the opportunity to communicate their fears, worries, problems, wishes, and desires to others, which leads to an understanding of their own feelings which then leads to a decrease in the intensity of those feelings.
Families are a unique social system with their own structure and forms of communication. When one person in the family is impacted by something, it is likely that all members of the family will feel it in some way. Sometimes one person’s problems are a result of the way the entire family is functioning. Working together as a family in counseling can help each individual family member.
Attending individual counseling sessions allows you to talk about thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are troubling you. Together with a counselor, you can make meaning of your experiences and utilize a variety of strategies so you can gain control over your life and have a stronger sense of self.