Wendy Gray specializes working with adults, adolescents, and children (3 and older) who have difficulties with depression, anxiety, self-harm, trauma, sexual abuse, rape, parenting, child and adolescent behavior problems, ADHD in children and adults, severe medical issues, grief, and drug and alcohol abuse. Wendy believes that when people are given a safe place to process life experiences and given unconditional acceptance, they can learn about themselves and reevaluate their thoughts and behaviors.
Wendy utilizes Adlerian techniques such as the use of genograms, sand tray play therapy, family constellation, early recollections, and personal priorities. She also uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques that provides psychoeducation, learning new coping skills which include meditation and stress relief techniques, and challenging one’s thinking and language patterns. Christian counseling is offered upon request.
Education and Training
Wendy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from North Carolina State. She is currently attending Amberton University where she will graduate in March of 2022 with a degree as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Wendy is also a member of the Texas Counseling Association as well as the American Counseling Association. Wendy attended the American Play Therapy conference in 2019 where she attended workshops on Sensory Processing Disorder and Neurodiversity Through Play Therapy. She also attended the workshop on Using Play Therapy with Abused and Traumatized Children. Further training includes Trauma-Related Disorders and the Covid-19 Pandemic and Ethical Problem Solving: Working with Youth and their Families both from The Cognitive Behavior Institute.
Background and Experience
Wendy has professional experience working with teens with adjustment and drug and alcohol issues at Kidspeace Treatment Center in Pennsylvania. She has also spent her career with children in early education as a teacher trained in Conscious Discipline and as a Director in Christian Preschools. Wendy has volunteered at Wisdom’s Hope as a parent educator in Parenting with Boundaries.
Wendy is married to a software engineer who is the Director of Capacitive Touch for a Pennsylvania company. Together they have two adult children. Their eldest son is a UTD graduate with a Bachelor degree in History and currently runs conventions. Their youngest daughter completed her Bachelor’s degree at Austin College in Sherman, TX and has a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Their daughter is currently serving a Presbyterian church congregation in Georgia as a Children and Youth Director as she finishes her ordination process to become a Presbyterian Minister. Wendy is very active in her church serving on several committees, involved in Sisters in Christ women’s group and Prayer Partners, volunteers for Austin Street Homeless Shelter and Gateway of Grace that serves refugees, and has served two three-year terms as a Deacon. When not at church she enjoys reading, traveling, and playing board games with her family.
I believe that our interactions with our family and social groups and the personal experiences resulting from those interactions form our viewpoint of ourselves and others. I believe that God does not cause bad things to happen in our life, but God can use experiences to help us grow and become closer to Him. My aspiration is to help others to feel heard and valued whatever race, nationality, religion they profess. My mission is to walk aside others as they seek a healthier way of coping with life’s tribulations and helping them in their journey of hope, understanding, healing, and change.