Jaclyn N. Sepp is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Texas State University (CACREP Accredited Program) and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Applied Learning & Development from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to becoming a therapist, Jaclyn worked for 11 years in education, 4 years as a Professional School Counselor and 7 years as an Elementary School Teacher. She was one of three finalists for Austin ISD’s 2016 Counselor of the Year.
Jaclyn also is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department at The University of Texas at Austin. She teaches graduate level courses on Methods of Play Intervention, Assessment of Children & Adolescents, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, and Social Justice. Jaclyn also has facilitated trainings on play therapy at Texas State University, University of Texas at Austin Nursing School and The DFW Center for Play Therapy. She has had many years of experience with children of all ages and she regularly attends workshops, trainings and conferences in addition to reviewing the latest literature in the field of counseling. Austin has been her home for the last 17 years.
“I believe that children need a safe, accepting environment where they can learn about themselves and work through the feelings they are having. I recognize that human beings are motivated to preserve their current state of being and have the desire to enhance themselves. As children use play to explore and express themselves, their own perspective of the world emerges.
I believe that children are the experts on themselves, and my job is to assist them in finding the answers they are seeking inside of them. The emphasis moves away from a therapist telling a child what to do, and instead empowers the child to become more self-aware through the playing out of their inner world. The child dictates the pace and nature of our work, which in turn protects the child’s autonomy in the role of the engineer of the session. The relationship between the child and therapist becomes the technique for fostering change and understanding. In order to enhance our sessions, active involvement from caregivers is vital to seeing the whole child and situational concerns that might arise.” – Jaclyn N. Sepp, MA, LPC, RPT, NCC