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MEET THE TEAM

The Faces of Our Practice

 
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ELIZABETH KJELLSTRAND HARTWIG

PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S

Dr. Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig is the Owner and Director of Pawsitive Counseling, LLC. She had the honor of working with clients for over 20 years. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Supervisor (LMFT-S), Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S), and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S). She provides, individual, couples, family, and canine-assisted counseling. She also provides play therapy to children ages 3-17. She is a solution-focused therapist and believes that clients have internal strengths and external resources to help them work toward clinical goals.


Elizabeth is also an Associate Professor in the Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University where she teaches play therapy, animal-assisted counseling, and marriage and family therapy courses. Elizabeth is the author of the book Solution-Focused Play Therapy: A Strengths-Based Clinical Approach to Play Therapy and co-author of the book Canine-Assisted Interventions: A Comprehensive Guide to Credentialing Therapy Dog Teams. She is a Past President of the Texas Association for Play Therapy and currently serves on the Association for Play Therapy Board of Directors. She is also the founder and director of the Texas State University Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy

On certain days Elizabeth partners with her certified therapy dog, Holly Rae. Holly is a 3-year-old goldendoodle. She was trained through the Texas State University Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy. Holly is loving, playful, and kind.

LEE KELLEY

MS, LPC Associate 
Supervised by Elizabeth Hartwig, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S

Lee Kelley is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, National Certified Counselor, and is also working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist. She earned a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2019 and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Texas in 2011. She has over four years of experience as an investigator with Child Protective Services, which motivated her to pursue a degree in mental health counseling.


Lee has worked in a variety of settings providing counseling to a diverse group of clients. Lee is particularly well-suited to support children, adolescents, adults, and individuals in the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities. She has experience working with issues related to anxiety, depression, ADHD, self-esteem, grief and loss, trauma, substance use, parenting, divorce, and mental illness, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.


Lee’s personal theoretical framework is solution-focused therapy, which emphasizes a future-oriented, goal-directed approach. This approach encourages clients to construct solutions rather than focusing on existing problems. Lee uses a variety of interventions including mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and strength-based strategies. Lee supports and empowers people to achieve self-awareness and reach their therapeutic goals.


Lee is married, has one child and the sweetest dog. In her downtime, Lee loves traveling, listening to music, watching horror movies, and dining at vegan restaurants.

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SUMMER SAHD

MA, LPC Associate
Supervised by Elizabeth Hartwig, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S

Summer Sahd is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and is also working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist. She earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas State University in 2021 and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2018.


Summer has worked in a variety of settings providing counseling to a diverse group of clients. Summer is particularly well-suited to support children, adolescents, adults, and individuals in the LGBTQ+ community. She has experience working with issues related to grief and loss, life transitions, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, identity exploration, BIPOC experience, and trauma.


Summer’s personal theoretical framework is existential therapy, which emphasizes a focus on the unavoidable conditions of life: isolation, freedom, death, responsibility, and meaning. This approach works to address immediate and/or ongoing life experiences in order for people to gain deeper insight and create (or find) meaning that will help ground them in difficult life circumstances that they may endure.  


Summer uses a variety of interventions including mindfulness, expressive art activities, and strength-based strategies. Summer maintains flexibility in therapeutic techniques to ensure a fit between clients’ needs and desires. Summer joins and encourages clients on their healing journeys so that they feel well-supported, valued, and hopeful for the possibility of experiencing life and themselves more authentically.


Outside of session, Summer enjoys live music, running, yoga, being with friends, reading, and a good movie or TV show.

 

KATELYN PRESTON

MA, LMFT Associate 
Supervised by Elizabeth Hartwig, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S

Katelyn Preston is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. She earned a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling from Texas State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas. 


Katelyn has worked in a variety of settings providing counseling to a diverse group of clients. She is particularly well suited to support teenagers, adults, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, families, couples, and those needing relationship focused support. Her theoretical framework is emotionally focused therapy which emphasizes attachment and bonding in adult relationships. This approach can be used with a variety of clients to better understand how clients’ relationships have existed in the past and how those effect their present and future relationships. Katelyn will also include elements of solution focused therapy and narrative therapy to emphasize the strengths clients possess on their own and how they can use their strengths to find solutions. Katelyn will use interventions including mindfulness, play, expressive arts, outdoor/adventure therapy, music, and humor. Katelyn empowers clients to embrace their strengths, feel their authentic feelings, and attempt to repair previous trauma to be able to live their lives confidently. 

When Katelyn is not counseling, she is spending time with her two cuddly cats, traveling, exploring, and enjoying the outdoors with a hot cinnamon coffee.

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