Cameron Dumas works as a psychotherapist with children and adolescents. The mission of Cameron’s work is centered on a genuine collaboration in building a sanctuary with clients where their emotional mind, body, and soul are acknowledged, valued, and validated. Cameron fosters an emotional space for children, teens, and adults to tell their story, create heartfelt opportunities to be vulnerable, and ignite experiences to build on resiliency. The roots of her mission are stemmed from authenticity and steadfast compassion in the relationships formed both in and out of the therapy room.
Cameron received her bachelor’s degree in Texas Christian University in Social Work and her master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin in Clinical Social Work with a concentration in children and adolescents. Cameron’s wide range of experience with children, teens, and parents includes her work with chronically ill children, refugee resettlement and support, and ABA therapy with children with Autism. In Houston, Cameron has worked with in the hospital setting at Texas Children’s providing supportive services in the NICU and Pediatric Oncology and in schools with Communities in Schools Houston, as a Mental Health Specialist providing crisis intervention, groups, and individual counseling with pre-teens and teenagers. Modalities Cameron incorporates into her sessions include but are not limited to Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness (incorporating body movements with yoga and somatic tension release exercises), Narrative, Sand Play therapy, and Play/Art therapy.
Outside of her practice, Cameron spends much of her free time volunteering for local and international organizations that are involved with helping children suffering from mental health issues. She volunteered with the Sanctuary Squad during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey at NRG, facilitated a bereavement support group, and advocated as a child appointed advocate with CASA. Cameron also has a steadfast love for travel and learning about cultures. Cameron’s most recent volunteer role took her abroad to Kenya, Africa. Working with the nonprofit called Harambee Arts, Cameron assisted in providing therapeutic services including art therapy interventions for children living in the slums as well as imprisoned women.
Cameron believes the core element to healing is a trusting bond between child and therapist. This trust, having a sense of emotional and physical safety, paves the journey for healing to take place enabling the child to become aware of all parts of his or herself: emotional and logical self, physical body, and spirit.
“The cure for pain is in the pain.” –Rumi