Krause Children’s Center, a residential treatment center in Katy, Texas, has named Amanda Martin, Ph.D., as Clinical Director. Krause, an affiliated program of Lutheran Social Services of the South (LSS), cares for children across the state, ages 12-17. Steven Lancaster, chief executive officer of Krause, announced the hiring of Martin, who brings vast knowledge and expertise in counseling those with experiences in childhood trauma.
“We are fortunate to have such an accomplished, licensed clinical professional as part of our staff at Krause,” said Lancaster. “Dr. Martin has an extensive background counseling individuals, families and couples who cope with painful experiences of abuse and neglect among other traumatic backgrounds. We’re confident that she will help these kids at Krause cope with their difficult pasts and prepare them for a more hopeful future.”
In her role as clinical director, Martin oversees the therapeutic program and counseling services provided for children at Krause. Martin reviews all admissions based on the referrals received. “Our goal is to provide intense, effective clinical treatment for youth with histories of extensive traumatic experiences and mental illness diagnoses,” said Martin. “Krause wants every child to be successful and to gain the skills necessary to have a happy productive life.”
In her role as clinical director, Martin oversees the therapeutic program, the clinically trained staff, and counseling services provided for children at Krause. Martin reviews all admissions based on the referrals received. The staff uses trauma systems therapy, which addresses the trauma of both behavioral and emotional dysregulation, to determine the best and most effective treatment for each individual child. Martin says it is a simplified system that can be easily communicated to all parties involved so that relatives, caregivers and school administrators can understand the unique challenges each child faces, and participate in the therapeutic healing of that child.
Martin received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from University of North Texas in Denton. She later earned her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in family therapy from Texas Woman’s University. Before coming to Krause Children’s Center, Martin worked as a therapist for Nelson Children’s Residential Treatment Center in Denton for three years and ran her own private practice. Her licenses and certifications include LPC, LMFT, LCCA and TF-CBT Qualified (Cenpatico Training).
“Ultimately, we at Krause want to help as many children as we can as much as we can,” said Martin. “I personally would like to see every kid who comes through our door leave feeling that they’ve made tremendous progress in healing and personal growth.”