About Renee Koutras
Renee Koutras is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, progressing towards licensure in the state of Florida. She obtained her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University, as well as a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida. In addition, she has a Special Education Certificate from George Mason University and she also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies.
Prior to entering the field of counseling, Renee spent over ten years working with children and adolescents in the school system dealing with challenges, including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and other behavioral disorders. Renee is currently working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist and often utilizes play therapy techniques in her treatment with children and adolescents. She believes that children’s natural language is play and so they must be given the opportunity to express themselves in a way that best meets their needs and development. She is also interested in the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy, and has seen the effects of working with animals first hand from when her therapy dog, Charlie, has accompanied her to the office.
Renee is experienced in helping clients dealing with stressors, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, negative body image, grief/loss, self-regulation, adjustment issues and other concerns. Renee understands the important connection between family, support systems and overall mental health and believes collaboration is an important element in the therapeutic process. She is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the American Counseling Association.
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” –Plato