by Hannah Milford, MA, LPC, LCDC, RPT on January 20th, 2017


by Hannah Milford, MA, LPC, LCDC, RPT on August 8th, 2016

  Emotional regulation isn’t something that comes easily to some children (or adults).  What can parents do to help their child learn to control their emotions? How about trying a calming jar?
 
  Calming jars are bottles filled with glitter and water used to help children take a moment to collect themselves during an emotionally turbulent time. Shaking the bottle and watching the glitter fall helps children settle down and become more peaceful and mindful.  It teaches children self-control, reflection and relaxation. 
 
  Check out the video below with counselor Hannah and her doggie assistant, Trixie. They are at Happy Camper Counseling to teach you how to build your own calming jar.


by Hannah Milford, MA, LPC, LCDC, RPT on February 6th, 2015


by Hannah Milford, MA, LPC, LCDC, RPT on February 1st, 2015

It's that time of year again:
Time for Girl Scout COOKIES!

    Years ago I saw the touching documentary, Troop 1500 Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (see video below). I knew I had to get involved. Last year I got my chance! I became a mentor for the very special Girl Scout Troop 1500.  Girls in this troop all have something unique in common, they all have mothers that have been incarcerated. It’s so hard for these girls to grow up without their mothers. Girl Scouts offers these girls so much support. I’m so proud to apart of it.
    When you buy Girl Scouts cookies, you aren’t just enjoying sweet delicious goodness; you are contributing to an amazing program that does so much for the community. You are helping provide services, such as counseling and transportation to visit their mothers. Selling Girl Scout cookies teaches girls about:
  • Goal Setting
  • Decision-Making
  • Money Management
  • People skills
  • Business Ethics
    This year Troop 1500 is selling Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, and Savannah Smiles. The new flavors for this year are Ra-Ra-Raisin and Toffee-Tastic. Yum!

   Check out the chart below to see how cookie revenue helps Girl Scouts:

Cookies go on Sale January 21, 2015!

    As you can see, your cookie purchase makes a difference. The Girl Scouts Beyond Bars helps girls in so many amazing ways. The documentary, Troop 1500 Girl Scouts Beyond Bars sparked my interest and motivated me to get involved with the program. 

by Kelly Rae for Foxes in the Graveyard on September 21st, 2014

    I'm really excited to introduce the lovely Hannah Milford and her business, Happy Camper Counseling. The adorable Airstream business is located in Austin, Texas.

Hi Hannah can you tell me more about your business and Happy Camper Counseling?

    Hello, my name is Hannah Milford and I am owner and creator of Happy Camper Counseling, the first and only Airstream counseling office. After working in the mental health field for 8 years, I launched my Airstream private practice in September 2013. Happy Camper Counseling is a fully operative therapy office located in Austin, Texas.
 

How did you come up with the idea to bring therapy into an Airstream?

    Austin is known for keeping it weird. We started the trailer trend with Airstream businesses offering tacos, taxes and cupcakes. Why not counseling?
 

I love the way your Airstream is decorated! Since I know you rather well, I know you love crafting. How does your business refelect your personality?

    Thank you! The Airstream’s decoration definitely reflects my personal style.  I sought to create an environment that’s quiet and comfortable yet colorful and fun; vintage shabby chic meets Peewee’s Play House.
 

How did the decoration process go?

    The decoration process took two years of weekend restoration. Designing and planning took a lot time, having to take into consideration space maximization and how color can affect a person’s mood. I still consider it a work in progress. I’m always changing and adding new things. It has been a fun process!
 

What kind of counseling do you do? Who comes to see you?

    I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. I counsel children, teens and adults on a variety of issues. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, child behavioral concerns and impulse control.
 

Tell more about your approach when working with children? How can counseling help?

    Happy Camper Airstream is a specially designed playroom that gives children a safe place to explore, learn, and build confidence.  I engage children using creativity and art with expressive methods, like Child-Centered Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy and creative Art Therapy techniques. Using play and imagination in counseling can help children successfully resolve core issues in a powerful way.
 

I saw on your website you also do parent coaching. How do you go about approaching parents?

    Parental involvement in counseling is so important. Parent coaching, also known as Filial Therapy, believes the parent is the most influential person in the child’s life. Working as a team, I help parents tune in to their child’s emotional needs and learn how to respond with greater understanding.  Counseling teaches parents how to create safe and affective boundaries, while strengthening their relationship with their child.
 

What about counseling adults?

    Individual Psychotherapy is also available to adults and teens.  Traditional talk therapy allows clients to address their personal concerns in a safe and supportive environment. While in therapy, clients are empowered to make significant life changes with increased self-awareness and practical coping skills.
 

What do you see for the future of Happy Camper Counseling?

    I have lived in Austin for over 20 years and I truly love this town. I am excited to establish my professional roots here.  I plan to keep creating, learning, growing and helping Austin families.  I want to contribute positivity and hope into our community.
 

How can someone schedule an appointment or get more information?

    The first step would be to visit my website, www.HappyCamperCounseling.com.  My website has information about scheduling appointments, pricing and office location. Anyone can contact me to discuss treatment options or for more information.