Merideth K. Owens, MS
Meet Merideth! Distinctive’s newest Associate counselor working with the supervision and guidance of her supervisor, Julie Thigpen, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and Board Approved Supervisor in Texas.
Merideth would love to help you, your child, or your family in the process of healing and growth. She is passionate about the therapeutic power of loving families and close relationships, as well as the importance of self-acceptance and self-compassion in all stages of life. She is currently taking new clients, and is eager to help children, adults, couples, and families lead happy lives with healthy connections.
She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor – Associate in the state of Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Washington, and a Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi with an emphasis in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling. Merideth specializes in play therapy under the supervision of Julie Thigpen, LPC- Supervisor, RPT- Supervisor. In her play therapy work, she operates from a primarily child-centered theoretical orientation. This means that she believes in a child-directed play process that allows the child to use the toys and space freely to build self-esteem, appropriately express emotions, and engage in healthy, productive coping skills.
Merideth has several other areas of focus as well. She strongly believes that children are the future, but good parents are the future of those children. So, her counseling work has been focused on supporting and empowering pregnant individuals and new parents as they navigate the journey of child-rearing. She has experience working with couples, both parenting and non-parenting, and she is a Level I Certified in Gottman Couples Counseling.
Merideth is also a military spouse who has experienced the emotional turbulence that life in the Armed Forces can bring, and is highly motivated to support others in this population. She has worked with individuals struggling with past trauma, anxiety, depression, and other issues, and she works primarily from the frameworks of person-centered counseling and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help my clients work through difficult experiences and come out stronger. She is an open and accepting counselor, and passionate about empowering minority groups including the BIPOC, AAPI, and LGBTQ+ communities.
When Merideth is not working with clients, you can find her baking and decorating cakes, playing instruments, trying new restaurants, spending time at the beach, and performing onstage in plays and musicals at Harbor Playhouse and Aurora Arts Theater.