Rana Hong


Rana is certified Theraplay® Practitioner, Supervisor and Trainer. She is also a certified Parent-Child Interaction therapy® (PCIT) Therapist/Within agency Trainer, and certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing® (EMDR) Therapist and Consultant, and certified DIR/Floortime expert training leader. Rana is specialized in treating children, adolescents, and their parents with issues of attachment, anxiety, autism, behavioral issues, and trauma. Rana earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000 and Ph.D. in Social Work at Loyola University Chicago in 2014. Currently, she is a full-time faculty at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work while running a group practice-Playful Healing Center in Des Plaines, IL. For her recent publication, she wrote an article on “Becoming a neurobiologically informed play therapist” (Hong & Mason, 2016) and co-edited the book “Theraplay: Therapy, Applications, and Implementation” (2021).

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