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Denette Mann, M.Ed.
LPC-S, RPT-S, AAT, Certified in EMDR

Denette Mann is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor, and Certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapist. Denette holds a degree in counseling from the top ranked play therapy program in the world, the University of North Texas. Denette has been in private practice in Dallas since 2002, providing counseling services to children and families. During that time she has also provided coaching and training for parents and provided emergency counseling to child victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita through the American Red Cross. She has spoken and trained both nationally and internationally on play therapy and the Child-Parent Relationship Training program.

Denette's passion for working with children and families moved her to change her business career for a counseling career after her daughter was born. She has a special interest in supporting parents in managing the hardest and most important job they have. She provides supportive coaching for parents working through rough patches with their children, and trains parents to use play therapy skills with their children in the Child-Parent Relationship Training program. Her priority is helping parents connect with their children through a strong relationship. Denette is available to speak on a variety of topics related to children.

Shaq is 5 years old. He is a black-and-white Maltipoo with a small body and huge heart. Denette tested him for temperament to be assured he would be a great certified therapy dog. He passed with flying colors. He enjoys going with Denette to work where he greets and loves everyone he sees. He has always preferred to be with people than chasing animals or playing outside. He has a perky, playful personality, loves to enjoy the excitement in each day. He has a older brother, Bailey, who has retired from office visits and patiently waits for him at home. Bailey helped train Shaq to potty outside, go to his crate on command, and share toys.


Gretchen N. ManesGretchen

Gretchen Manes is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She earned her Masters of Education degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas, the top-ranked play therapy program. She has worked with children, adolescent, and adult survivors of sexual and physical abuse and their family members at the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center. Gretchen has a range of experience counseling individuals in crisis including those suffering from severe trauma, suicidal ideation, chronic and terminal illness, self-harm, depression and anxiety, and attachment issues.


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