MEET THE TEAM
The Faces of Our Practice
ELIZABETH KJELLSTRAND HARTWIG
PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S™
Dr. Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig is the Owner and Director of Pawsitive Counseling, LLC. She has 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 supports clients on a variety of issues including grief, trauma, self-compassion, anxiety, depression, and personal growth. Elizabeth provides couples and family counseling to support couples and families in reconnecting and communicating more effectively. She enjoys working with the LGBTQ+ community in both individual and relationship counseling and is affirming of all identities and cultures. She also provides play therapy to children ages 3-17. In her work with clients she utilizes expressive modalities, such as sandtray and expressive arts to support clients' growth. 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 5-year-old goldendoodle. She was trained through the Texas State University Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy. Holly is loving, playful, and kind.
Katelyn Preston is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. 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.
MA, LPC Associate
Supervised by Elizabeth Hartwig, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S™
Conner Breitling is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. He earned a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas State University. In addition, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on Interpersonal Communication also from Texas State University.
He has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families addressing a variety of topics including anxiety, depression, trauma, gender identity and sexuality, chronic illness, life transitions, and more. He practices from a Solution-Focused perspective which is centered on finding and using an individual’s unique strengths to help them meet their counseling goals and connect into their support networks.
Conner’s practice is heavily influenced by themes of trauma informed care, personal development and growth, and collaboration. His sessions include techniques such as play therapy, regulation through mindfulness, sand tray, and expressive arts. Conner strives to create a positive environment that is warm, comfortable, judgement free, and client affirming.
In his free time, Conner can be found watching movies or sports with his cat, Nala.