Tessa Hanlon

While your child or teen excels in school and seems to be “popular,” you’re noticing a constant need to be right and always in charge. At home, they are demanding, worry about every little thing and often compare themselves to others. You’re worried your child may actually be feeling disconnected and unable to be their true selves around others. The need to put on a “show” for others and be perfect has become exhausting. You’re noticing changes in your child that feel out of your wheelhouse, or your child has asked to talk with someone and you’re looking for support for the whole family.  

I specialize in helping kids feel seen and find their voice. Whether your child has low self-esteem, is shy and withdrawn, anxious or depressed, is in an adjustment period or is grieving a loss, I can help your child manage their thoughts and feelings more effectively. As a highly trained play therapist, I respond to children in therapeutic ways that are different from how other adults respond to children, which makes play therapy and teen therapy different than just playing or talking. With me, your child will become more aware of their feelings, develop new coping skills to manage these feelings, recognize their own autonomy and capability of doing things independently, increase respect for self and others, and develop the self-control to respond appropriately to boundaries and limits on behaviors.

Through a collaborative approach with parents, I help integrate you into your child’s therapeutic process. Through parenting support you will gain skills to better understand and communicate with your child, helping your child thrive.

As an adult, you’re needing individual support that’s more than the unhelpful advice you may get from your friends and family. You are a college grad, getting started in your first career, navigating relationships, and searching for yourself. You are dealing with women’s issues as you adjust and emerge into independent adulthood. Through adult counseling, I incorporate expressive activities to help you get out of your head and stop over-thinking. Here you will find a safe environment to explore your inner-critic, find your worth, and recognize your potential. 

I am a current doctoral student at the prestigious University of North Texas where I have learned from, collaborated with, and gained clinical experience under some of the most renowned play therapists in the world. My training and education has driven my passion to support holistic development and emotional growth in children. When I’m not in the classroom or at the office, I value living a balanced life by being in nature, running, doing fitness classes, cooking, and creative writing. I also love spending time with family, friends, and my sweet cat, Sprinkles.

It is truly an honor to help kids, teens, and adults through hard times and support them as they explore their strengths, fears, and identities. I am excited to partner with you and your family as you embark on a journey of transformation.  Contact me today to get started.

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Licensing & Certification

  • Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A) Supervised by Sarah Rees, LPC-S, RPT-S

  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)

  • Play Therapy Trained


  • PhD Candidate in Counseling, University of North Texas (Denton)

  • MS in Counseling, Eastern Illinois University

  • BS in Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Treatment Specialties

  • ADHD
  • Adult Therapy
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment
  • Attachment
  • Body Image
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Grief/Loss
  • Identity
  • Play Therapy
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm/Suicide
  • Social Anxiety
  • Teen Therapy