About Brenna Hicks, PhD

Child Therapist Expert, Author, Speaker

About Dr. Brenna

Brenna’s Vision is: A world of happy kids, who become happy adults.

She helps parents and other play therapists create healthy and happy relationships with children through insightful discussions about play therapy on her podcasts and blog posts.

Brenna is a licensed private-practice play therapist. Working exclusively with children and their families, she created The Kid Counselor blog to offer parenting and play therapy tips in 2006. Brenna has been featured in The New York Times, and on CNN and iVillage. She earned her PhD from the University of South Florida, where she taught courses in counseling.

Brenna is also the author of the book, Device Detox: A Parent’s Guide To Reducing Usage, Preventing Tantrums, And Raising Happier Kids. A Play Therapy-based System For 3-11 Year Olds. She wrote this book as a solution to the growing epidemic of screen addiction in kids.

A native Floridian, she loves the beach, the sun, and Tampa Bay Rays baseball. She lives in the Tampa Bay Area with her husband and son.

Above all, Brenna has a passion for providing tools to increase confidence in parenting skills so that parents can create the family life that they desire. Her podcast, book, speaking engagements, private practice, and blog align with her commitment to provide skills and tools to every family, based in her expertise in Play Therapy principles.

Recently, Brenna began training play therapists all over the world in a 1-year training program that equips therapists to be wholly child-centered in their approach to therapy, as well as how to open their own private practice. This training program further extends Brenna’s vision of impacting children’s lives all over the world using child-centered play therapy skills.

Dr. Brenna Hicks

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