Alejandra Grez Valdes

Alejandra Is originally from Chile, where she completed her Master’s degree in Clinical and Educational Psychology at Pontifical Catholic University in 2005. She has worked in Chile since then as a child clinical psychologist with a specialty in early childhood. From 2013 to 2016 she lived in Miami, Florida; where she studied the Early Childhood Education program at the University of Miami and worked as a teacher assistant. 

She is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner and a Supervisor-in-Training under the supervision of Nicole Charney.

Since 2005 Alejandra has worked as a child therapist – at a school as a counselor and in private practice supporting parents and families with Theraplay. She has worked with both individuals and groups. She has provided courses and workshops for psychologists, teachers, parents and other professionals working with children. She is also part of an investigation group called Cuidemos a Nuestros Niños studying the pandemic impact on Chilean children’s mental health. Alejandra can be reached at [email protected].

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Katherine Vincent Lamb


Katherine Vincent Lamb is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a degree in Art Therapy and Counseling. She is currently working towards certification in Theraplay. Prior to returning to school to pursue clinical training, Katherine worked for over a decade in residential and community-based programs for children and youth, providing case management services and later co-directing an after-school program in a Chicago public elementary school. Katherine is certified in the ARC trauma treatment framework and has experience working with children and early adolescents who have experienced personal and communal traumatic events. In her therapeutic work, Katherine combines her understanding of art therapy, play-based approaches and sensory regulation techniques to support clients’ growth. Katherine strives to work collaboratively with parents and caregivers as they find ways of using their own strengths to build thriving family relationships.

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Chuck Culpepper


Chuck Culpepper (he/him/his) is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) who earned his Master’s degree in Counseling from Southern Methodist University. He is licensed to practice counseling in Illinois and Texas. Chuck has experience working with children and adults of all ages providing individual, couple, group, and family counseling services in various settings. He completed his internship at a university clinic and an inpatient hospital servicing a diverse population. There he provided case management, individual, couple, and group counseling services for clients who presented with mood disorders, substance abuse issues, Schizophrenia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and relationship challenges. During this time, he also conducted a supervised child custody evaluation with Collin County family court in Texas. After he completed his internship, Chuck worked in a community mental health setting providing case management, crisis intervention, and family psychoeducation services for individuals with severe mental illnesses in Dallas, Texas. During this time, he received training in Child-Centered Play Therapy and co-presented a workshop on adapting Emotionally Focused Therapy for lesbian couples at the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference. After Chuck relocated to Chicago, he worked at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine on a study that provided Behavioral Activation and Behavioral Therapy services for individuals with depression. At Northwestern University, he was asked to co-teach a seminar on how to implement these evidence-based treatments for a class of
psychiatrists. In Chicago, he has also worked at a pediatric outpatient clinic providing play therapy, parenting support, and case management services addressing issues with emotion regulation, depression, anxiety, trauma, anger management, relationship challenges, adoption, and symptoms of ADHD and Autism. Currently, Chuck utilizes techniques and interventions from Theraplay, Child-Centered Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and other modalities working with children and adults of all ages. He is also trained to implement Cognitive Processing Therapy for adults with PTSD. He has a passion for working with children in adoptive/foster care families. He is also devoted to serving the LGBTQ community, and he has particular interest in working with gay men experiencing challenges with relationships, family of origin issues, career concerns, and low self-esteem. He is a Certified Child-Centered Play Therapist, Certified Autplay Therapist, and Level One Theraplay trained. Chuck can be reached at [email protected]

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Phyllis Strauss

Phyllis Strauss is a Clinical Psychologist, Hypnotherapist, EMDR Consultant and Theraplay Therapist.  She has been living and practicing psychology in the public and private arena in Israel since 1986 and has been part of the Theraplay community since 2001.  She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University from 1992.  She has been involved with Dafna Lender in Theraplay trainings in Israel from 2008.

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Catalina Grez Valdés

Is originally from Chile, where she completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology, Pontifical Catholic University in 2015, and works since then as a child clinical psychologist.
She is Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Trainer-in-Training and Supervisor.
Catalina has worked as a child therapist since 2015, at school, with vulnerable population, parents and family interventions as a Theraplay Therapist, and programs for adoption and foster families.

Since 2014 she has been working with Nicole Charney, first assistant training Level 1, 2 and groups, and then as co-trainer and developing Theraplay in Chile. Catalina has provided several courses and workshops for teachers, parents and different professionals that work with children. She can be reached at [email protected].

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Amy-Lee Seward

B.Psych, Hons

Amy-Lee Seward is a registered Psychologist with 8 years’ experience working in the childhood trauma field, Out-of-Home-Care sector (OOHC), disabilities sector and private practice. Amy-Lee is a Certified Theraplay® Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor-in-training. 

Amy-Lee works from a trauma-informed and attachment-based framework and is passionate about strengthening the attachment relationship between a child and their parent. She has experience using Theraplay® with children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma, are in foster care, or who have been adopted, to support them to develop and strengthen relationships with their parents/caregivers. Additionally, Amy-Lee has extensive experience using Theraplay® to support children on the autism spectrum, connect with their families and peers. 

Amy-Lee is also passionate about extending the Theraplay® community in Australia through training and being a part of The Theraplay® Australia Advisory Board.  Amy-Lee can be contacted by email [email protected]

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Sanghee Lee

In the undergraduate department, I majored in child welfare at Sookmyung Women’s University. After that, I experienced as a daycare teacher by Seongnam Samsung Child Care Center. In order to become a good teacher, I entered the master’s course as a major in early childhood education.

I entered the Ph.D. program in 1999. At that time, I recognized the importance of parent-child relationships and attachment. I have continuously developed The Mother-Child Theraplay Program. I obtained a doctorate in literature in February 2003 to verify the effectiveness of the program.

From March 2005 to February 2007, I worked as a professor of child welfare at Namseoul University.  After that, from March 2007 to February 2011, The Heart Psychological Institute was established and managed.

I have been working as a professor at Duwon Technical University since March 2011. Doowon Technical University

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Seunghee Ju

Over the years, I have been providing Theraplay in the field for attachment relationship between parents and children. I was certified Theraplay therapist in 2010 and now I am in-training supervisor and trainer.

I also have extensive experience not only children who have psychological difficulties not also children who have developmentally delayed children.

I have run private counseling center for children, teenagers in south korea for 10years. My major is early childhood counseling and my interest is also to build secure attachment between young child and their parents.

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Leeseon Choi

She is a Gestalt Psychotherapist in private practice in South Korea. She has specialized in training in Counseling and Educational Psychology in Sookmyung Women’s University. She spent many years working with children, adolescents, and their families in school settings and private practice. She has taught graduate level courses at major graduate institutions. She is also a Theraplay Certified practitioner, training trainer, supervisor international and a WCI Certified Gestalt Therapist with Children and Adolescents.

I love Theraplay forever. 

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Park Seon Joo

Park Seon Joo is certified Theraplay therapist from Aug. 2011 and also one of the first Theraplay Therapists in Korea who were accredited by the SunShine Circle Leaders.   

She has been working at the Child Care Center for last 20 years and applied Sunshine Circle Theraplay theory and skills in the field and also experienced efficacy of Sunshine Circle and Theraplay. 

She opened her own Theraplay and Children Counseling Center in Nov. 2014 and is now mainly focused on Theraplay for Autistic Child.  

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