ROCHELLE RITZI, PHD
Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
National Certified Counselor
Registered Play Therapist Supervisor
Certified CCPT & CPRT Supervisor
Certified First Responder Counselor
Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider
Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional
Co-Owner/Founder of Bright Spot Counseling Center
Rochelle Ritzi, PhD, is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Certified First Responder Counselor, and an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas, Texas A&M Commerce, and Palo Alto University. Dr. Ritzi holds a Doctoral degree in Counseling, with a specialty in Play Therapy from the top ranked play therapy program in the world, the University of North Texas. There, she became a Certified Child-Centered Play Therapist Supervisor, and a Certified Child-Parent Relationship Therapy Supervisor. Her areas of expertise include play therapy, activity therapy, crisis, geriatrics, child-parent relationship training, and group counseling. Dr. Ritzi also works with couples and is a Level One Certified Gottman Therapist. She has experience working with transgender individuals of all ages. Dr. Ritzi also specializes in helping individuals heal from trauma and abuse, and crisis counseling. She is a past president of the Texas Association for Play Therapy and a Mental Health Disaster Responder for the Red Cross. Dr. Ritzi provides full battery psycho-educational assessments with children aged 2 to 18. She has effectively worked with clients of all ages, with a multitude of presenting concerns, at various community counseling centers and schools in Collin, Dallas, and Denton Counties, including Parkland Hospital, where she worked with individuals and their families facing trauma, terminal illness, and women’s issues. She has also successfully worked with child and adult victims of domestic violence, and those who have a history of childhood abuse. Dr. Ritzi enjoys being involved in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing culture, and is fluent in American Sign Language and offers services in both ASL and SEE.
Dr. Ritzi has successfully conducted field advancing international research, presented regionally and internationally, given several keynote presentations, and is published in the field of counseling. She also provides mentoring and supervision locally, nationally, and internationally, and is a recipient of the Chi Sigma Iota Rho Kappa Outstanding Practitioner Student Advisor Award.
Dr. Ritzi appreciates that every person’s situation is unique and her experience has given her an understanding of the many challenges that both children and adults encounter. She applies understanding and empathy through the counseling relationship in a warm and accepting environment. Her passion is providing a safe and supportive setting for children, adolescents, and families, but most of all she loves spending time with her daughter and two furry babies.