Maggie Parker is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Supervisor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is also a certified Child Centered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and recently applied for certification as a Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor.
Maggie has provided mental health and play therapy services in a variety of settings, including pre-schools and elementary schools, community counseling clinics, private practice, and intensive outpatient facilities. She has been practicing since 2009, and received her license in Texas in 2012.
Maggie is also an Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Development at The George Washington University, where she teaches interview skills, family therapy, child/adolescent development, and play therapy courses. She serves as Secretary of the Virginia Play Therapy Association, is a 2018 graduate of the Association for Play Therapy Leadership Academy, and previously served on the board of the Mississippi Play Therapy Association and Mississippi Mental Health Counseling board.
Maggie is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where she studied play therapy and counseling under the supervision of leaders within the field. She is actively researching the mental health, neurobiological, and behavioral impacts of childhood trauma.
Maggie believes that people have the innate capacity to heal themselves, and she believes her role as a counselor is to provide a mirror to clients to view themselves and their experiences through a different perspective. Through the use of non-directive play therapy, children begin to process their experiences through a developmentally appropriate medium, providing support and acceptance throughout the process.
Maggie completed her Doctorate in Counselor Education from University of North Texas, her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Methodist University, and her Bachelors in Psychology and History from the University of Richmond.