Keystone Acres Counseling and Play Therapy

Individuals . Couples . Families

Kids . Teens . Adults

Play Therapy

We specialize in therapy for children and families. Through the use of toys, games, and creative play, we help children and their families manage a variety of challenges of their past, present, and future. 








Individual Issues


Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. We have experience in counseling individuals dealing with such emotions and a range of many others. We counsel children, teens, and adults. As in all of our counseling approaches, we aim to help clients arrive at where they want to be. The number of sessions depends on a number of factors.

Trauma & TBRI


Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger after traumatic events. We have experience in the process of grief and healing. This includes children with histories of trauma. Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is an intervention we utilize in helping such children and their families.


Premarital & Marital


Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection in all stages of their relationship. We offer a series of 8-10 sessions of marriage preparation for engaged couples, and we offer various forms of marriage counseling. For many couples, a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions is what they need to to better strengthen their relationship.     

Who we are

The Keystone Metaphor


We are committed to helping individuals, couples, and families find what they need for strength, healing, and wholeness.   

A keystone is the wedge-shaped stone at the top of an arch. It is the final piece which locks all the building stones into position, allowing the arch to bear weight.  If the keystone is not in place the structure cannot stand. 

We are committed to helping those we serve:


  • Identify the building stones that form their lives and address ways to best manage, polish, reshape, or replace those stones.

  • Establish keystones that help them find completeness; enable them to bear emotional weight; and empower them to stand strong into the future.

Darren Daugherty, PhD, LPC, RPT, CFLE


Darren counsels clients of various ages and issues. He is a: 

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Registered Play Therapist
  • Certified Family Life Educator
  • TBRI Practitioner


He has worked with children for 30 years in a variety of roles: 

  • Professor of Child and Family Studies
  • Children's Pastor
  • Family Ministry Director
  • Founder and director of a camp for children in foster care
  • Trainer for Royal Family Kids
  • Biological, adoptive, and foster dad


Much of Darren's work and volunteer efforts has focused on helping children with trauma resulted from abuse and neglect. He volunteers throughout the year with the wonderful organization Royal Family Kids, whose efforts provide camping and mentoring experiences for children who have been abused and neglected


We accept cash, check, credit/debit cards, and PayPal

We do not accept payment through insurance.

Cost per hour $75-$90

Visits by Appointment Only

Our facility does not accept visits without appointments. 

If you find yourself in an emergency situation, please contact agencies equipped to give you immediate assistance.

Office Location

1107 Lone Elm Rd, Waxahachie, Texas 75167

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