Meet the Therapists

Shannon Egg, LSCW, RPT-S

I am an licensed clinical social worker (LSCW) and registered play therapy supervisor (RPT-S).  I specialize in play therapy, individual therapy with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as family therapy.  I also offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy.  I maintain my private practice, Playful Healing & Counseling, LLC in Jasper, Indiana.

I have almost 10 years experience working as a therapist and graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 2010 with my master’s degree in social work.  Following graduation, I had the opportunity to work at the Evansville Psychiatric Children’s Center where I gained valuable knowledge and experience that is rare working with the most intense mentally ill children and families in the state of Indiana.

I am an interactive and fun therapist, and my therapeutic approach is to teach social skills as well as self-expression in appropriate ways, increase cognitive processes, provide stress relief, encourage imagination, and foster creativity.  I provide support and practical feedback to help children and families effectively address personal life changes.  I integrate several methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach to each client and their family.  With compassion and understanding, I work with each client and family to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Brittany Arnold-Hutslar, Pre-Licensed Professional, CMHC, Intern

I currently provide mental health counseling at Playful Healing and Counseling in Jasper, Indiana. I am most comfortable working with adults, adolescents, addiction issues, and I have some experience working with families. I like to help people seek their own best level of mental wellness so they can achieve their goals and realize their potential. I have experience working with a range of clients from those with diagnosed mental health issues to those seeking help with navigating through life’s challenges.
I will be finishing my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in April 2018 at which time I will also obtain a graduate level certificate in Clinical Addictions Counseling. I would describe my approach to counseling as one that is integrated to meet the needs of my client.
I am currently under supervision of certified play-therapist and LCSW, Shannon Egg. I offer afternoon and evening appointments and would be open to weekend times as needed to serve my clients.

*Brittany is only able to accept self-pay clients on a sliding scale currently.

Autumn Brown, MSW, LCSW, RPT

“Toys are children’s words and play is their language”.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist. I specialize in working with children ages 3 –12 by incorporating their natural language of play that allows them to understand and express their emotions. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (“EMDR”), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (“CBT”) which are evidenced-based treatments for children who have experienced traumatic events such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, and other life threatening events. In addition to trauma, I have experience in working with children through family transitions, divorce, anxiety, grief, and loss. I also work with repairing relationships between parents and children, and I offer parental guidance to assist in managing behavioral and emotional difficulties in the home and other environments. I have provided play therapy services in various settings such as schools, domestic violence shelters and community mental health centers.

My ultimate goal is to provide families and children with the skills needed for continued emotional and behavioral growth.

Whitney Eaton, LCSW

I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).  I specialize in play therapy, individual counseling with children and adolescents and family therapy.

I have almost 10 year experience as a therapist.  I  graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with my masters degree in social work in 2010.  I had the opportunity to become a therapist at Evansville Psychiatric Children’s Center where I worked with the most intense mental ill children in the state of Indiana.  I gained valuable knowledge and skills to help in my work with children struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Reactive Attachment Disorder.  I also have experience with working in the school systems and providing individual and group services to children in elementary, middle, and high school.  I have extensive training in trauma and the effects of trauma in children.

I enjoy using fun, interactive, and creative techniques in therapy.  I use play therapy and sand tray to help children and families work through and gain a better understanding of stressors in their lives.  My ultimate goal is to help children and families achieve their best level of functioning and reach their goals all while offering a safe space to heal.  I offer weekend appointments.

Christine Vaal, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Indiana. I specialize in working with adolescents (16 and up), adults, and families in the areas of trauma, grief, depression/anxiety, chronic illness, and relationship/family issues. Additionally, I have been trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I studied under and completed supervision requirements with Barbara Hensley, author of “An EMDR Primer: From Practicum to Practice”.

My preferred treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR, Trauma-Focused CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. I have extensive experience working with persons with chronic illness, trauma, depression/anxiety, and family issues. Per client request, I also offer Christian-based counseling and have experience working with post-abortive women.

I graduated from University of Southern Indiana in 2011 with a Master’s in Social Work. Before that time I had worked in community mental health for 9 years in many capacities, including group homes, case management, and in a residential day treatment program, which provided me invaluable experience in working with clients with severe and persistent mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, etc). After graduation, I completed two years of supervised therapy practice in community mental health, working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and also ran a substance abuse group for adults and adolescents. I then practiced in physical inpatient rehabilitation, geriatric inpatient hospitalization, and for 4 years in dialysis, helping patients to cope with chronic/terminal illness and assisting them in accessing needed resources. I have worked in conjunction with many state and community agencies, including DCS and multiple county courts, and have testified as an expert witness in custody, criminal, and DCS cases. Additionally, I have 4 years of experience working with incarcerated individuals in the correctional setting, and have been interviewed by national investigative magazines and CBS Evening News regarding the quality of mental health care offered to incarcerated individuals in the United States.

My ultimate goal is to utilize a highly personalized treatment approach to help my clients attain their best level of functioning, to adapt successfully to life changes, and to achieve their goals. I offer a casual, comfortable environment in order to help reduce any anxiety or trepidation regarding the therapy experience. I look forward to working with you!

Rhonda Parks, LMHC

Are you overwhelmed, stressed out, and feel like no matter how hard you try it’s just not enough? Do you have a defiant teen or child who is having behavioral issues? We all have a longing to be heard, valued, and respected. Helping families find peace and joy again is my passion. My approach with families is fun and interactive to give them the tools to learn to talk with one another about daily issues without feeling like every conversation turns into a battle. I work with families, couples, and individuals who often have difficulty communicating their emotions and needs without conflict. My goal is to empower you in discovering your inner strengths, and helping you recover from life events to renew your hope for the future. I can assist you in identifying maladaptive patterns of behavior and use this information to empower you to learn new perspectives that can move you toward a more balanced life. I believe in offering direct, honest, non-judgmental therapy while fostering a safe emotional environment.

I have practiced in various mental health settings which provided an opportunity to work with an array of people experiencing issues including: anger management, anxiety/panic, depression, family conflict, low self-esteem, neglect/trauma/abuse histories, relationship issues, and substance addiction issues that often procuce shame based thoughts and emotions. Using evidence strength based treatments, tailored to each individual and family, I utilize a variety of techniques and styles including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Brief Solution Focused Therapy (BSFT).

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and have certification in Family Centered Treatment (FCT).


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