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Dr. Carol Layton holds a doctorate in special education, specializing in assessment of learning strengths.  Carol is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor in Lubbock, Texas.    She is a StoryPlay® Practitioner.  With over thirty years of experience as a teacher, children's counselor, university professor, and play therapist, she currently maintains a private counseling and strength-based tutoring practice, The Growing Zone™, specializing in child therapy and positive educational outcomes.

Dr. Layton is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide 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.

In addition to providing counseling, The Growing Zone™ provides continuing education and training for counselors and therapists.   As an LPC-S and RPT-S, Dr. Layton is an approved provicer of continuing education for both the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors and the Association for Play Therapy.

  • Doctor of Education, Texas Tech University
  • Master of Education (Counseling), Texas Woman's University
  • Bachelor of Science (Education), Hardin-Simmons University

Licenses & Certifications

  • Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, Association for Play Therapy
  • Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, State of Texas Department of Health
  • StoryPlay® Practitioner and Level 1 Trainer
  • Teacher, Diagnostician, and School Counselor Certification, Texas Education Agency
  • Approved Continuing Education Provider, Association for Play Therapy
  • Approved Continuing Education Provider, Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
  • Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician

Professional Experience

  • Professor in Educational Psychology and Child Development, Hardin-Simmons University
  • Associate Professor in Special Education and Instructor in Counseling, Texas Tech Univ.
  • Teacher and School Counselor/Diagnostician, Texas Public Schools

Professional Memberships and Awards

  • Member, Association for Play Therapy
  • Member, American Counseling Association
  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Donald McDonald Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas Tech University
  • President's Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas Tech University
  • Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award Finalist, Texas Tech University
  • Texas Tech University Teaching Academy
  • Texas Professional Educational Diagnosticians Board of Registry
  • National Certification of Educational Diagnosticians Board of Registry
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • Council for Educational Diagnostic Services; National President, 2008-2010

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