Julia Cedeño is a licensed clinical social worker supervisor, registered play therapist, and certified trauma practitioner. She specializes in working with children ages 2-18 and their families. She also supervises licensed master social workers seeking clinical licensure. Her areas of expertise include working with children of trauma, mood disorders, children with gifted capabilities, sexual abuse, attachment issues, anger issues, mother-daughter conflict, school related concerns, foster/adoptive parenting, and behavioral/conduct issues.
Julia is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with her Bachelors of Social Work in 2007 and Masters of Science in Social Work in 2009. She has experience in the elementary, middle and high school settings dealing with trauma, grief and loss, mindfulness and emotional regulation, body image issues, and non suicidal self injury. She utilizes sensory based interventions, expressive arts and play therapy with children and teens. She has formed and run therapeutic groups on the elementary, middle and high school levels. She chaired the RtI* (Response to Intervention) committee and was Section 504 coordinator at her previous campuses, so she has first hand knowledge to help guide families through the education system. (RtI is the gateway system in Texas for student access to psychological and intellectual testing and special education services)
After working for school districts in Texas for seven years, she decided to move full force ahead with her passion and open up her own private practice where she could provide families the highest quality of service in a safe and supportive environment. Play therapy and Theraplay® principles guide much of her practice with children, especially those who have experienced attachment disruptions and/or traumatic events in their childhood. She is also in process of becoming certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
In addition to being a prominent attachment based therapist, her therapeutic approach is to provide strengths based support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners (TSBSWE)—License 51329
Field Instructor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
Theraplay® Practitioner, Foundational Certification
Certified Trauma Practitioner (CTP), National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children
Level One Marschak Interaction Method Theraplay Training
Level Two Intermediate Theraplay Training
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT), Liana Lowenstein
Trauma Intervention Program: Structured Sensory Interventions for Children, Adolescents and Parents
Facilitator for Love U2® Curriculum, Child Builders
Good Grief for Kids, Bo’s Place
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Training, In Process
Professional Activities and Memberships
Board Member, 2017, Sam Houston Association for Play Therapy (SHAPT)
Member, Association for Play Therapy
Member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)