Jillian Olkowski is an LPC Associate under the supervision of Dr. Brooke West, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S. Jillian began her academic studies at Baylor University, where she received a B.A. degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies. She then completed an M.A. in Counseling with an emphasis in play therapy from Dallas Theological Seminary.
During her practicum experience, Jillian worked at Hope’s Door New Beginnings Center, a domestic violence agency. Here, she provided therapeutic services to children and adolescents who struggled with anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma. She also co-led healthy parenting and domestic violence groups for adults while at Hope’s Door. Currently, Jillian also provides services at HOPE Child and Family Center of Texas.
Jillian believes in the play therapy model as a meaningful way to help children process their emotional world. She is passionate about the power of empathy, trust, and unconditional positive regard in the context of relationships to bring change and healing. Jillian strives to create an environment of emotional safety for her clients in order to facilitate their growth.
In her free time, Jillian enjoys reading good books, going for walks, trying new recipes, and spending time with her friends and family.