Yvette Martinez, MS, LPC

"Overcoming Obstacles, Accepting New Challenges"


When we are no longer able to change a situation, we’re challenged to change ourselves.”
— Viktor Frankl
My name is Yvette Martinez and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I currently reside and practice in Corpus Christi, Texas. She received her Play Therapy training during her 2 year internship with a RPT, Registered Play Therapist. She has worked in the social service field for over 14 years and for the last 4 years, I have been serving children and families where child abuse and/or neglect had occurred. While there, she assisted parents' improve their parenting skills while providing parent coaching and a Nurturing Parenting psychotherapy groups for the parents and these families. I have a passion for learning and will continue to make it my life's work to try to understand how to help people overcome obstacles that keep them from moving forward in life. My goal is to help others heal and lead joyful, meaningful and productive lives.  I am dedicated to working on personal growth for myself so that I might best be able to fully appreciate, understand and be present with my clients. My Current Interest lies in offering individual counseling to children, adolescents and adults. I am experienced and comfortable working in the areas of : Depression, Grief/Loss, past child abuse, relationships and parenting issues

What is Play Therapy? Play Therapy in Corpus Christi

Play therapy is to children what counseling is to adults. Play therapy utilizes play, children's natural medium of expression, to help them express their feelings more easily through toys instead of words.

Association for Play Therapy (APT) defines play therapy as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development." 

In the textbook Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship (2nd ed.), Landreth (2002) defined child-centered play therapy: 

 A dynamic interpersonal relationship between a child (or person of any age) and a therapist trained in play therapy procedures who provides selected play materials and facilitates the development of a safe relationship for the child (or person of any age) to fully express and explore self (feelings, thoughts, experiences, and behaviors) through play, the child's natural medium of communication, for optimal growth and development. (p. 16)


Play Therapy Objectives

The objectives of Child-Centered Play Therapy:

 1. Develop a more positive self-concept

 2. Resume greater self-responsibility

 3. Become more self-directing

 4. Become more self-accepting

 5. Become more self-reliant

 6. Engage in self-determined decision making

 7. Experience a feeling of control

 8. Become sensitive to the process of coping

 9. Become an internal source of evaluation

10. Become more trusting of self

Landreth, Garry, 1992. Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship