Kristīne Maže

MA, MEd

Kristīne Maže, MA, MEd, is a certified Theraplay® Practitioner, certified family psychotherapist, and certified supervisor, working in her private practice in Latvia. She received her MA in Family Ministry from Gordon – Conwell Theological Seminary, taught at the Latvian Baptist Seminary. She was a school teacher for 7 years before enrolling in the Systemic Family Psychotherapy training in Latvia and is certified there as a Psychotherapist. She received her Theraplay training in Latvia while extensively translating and supporting Theraplay trainings in Latvia since 2010. She has received her Masters in Pedagogy and qualification of Supervisor from Riga Stradiņš University and is a certified supervisor. Kristine and her husband have four children and are actively involved in their church. She can be reached at [email protected].


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Glenda Z. Villamarín

MA, LCP

Glenda Z. Villamarín, MA, LCP is from Ecuador (South America). She has a Phase II, trainer, certification for NMT (Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics), and Neurosequential Model in Reflection & Supervision Training from the Child Trauma Academy. She is certified in the Infant-Parent Mental Health Program (IPMHP) at the University of Massachusetts –Boston (2018 – 2019). She is a Certified Theraplay Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer. She has a Master’s in Cultural Studies from the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar UASB-Ecuador. She has researched Attachment and Culture with her thesis, “Consideraciones culturales sobre la práctica de la psicología: el caso de la Teoría del Apego,” 2017. She is a Certified EMDR Therapy therapist, approved consultant, Facilitator, and Full Trainer of the Iberoamerican Team and the EMDR Institute. She graduated from Universidad Católica del Ecuador – PUCE. She is the current director of “Serendipitá Ecuador.” She is a certified Brainspotting therapist, consultant, and trainer of the Brainspotting® Inc. She conducts training in Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Chile, and El Salvador and is a senior trainer for Latin America. She is a Therapeutic Psychodramatist certified by APSE (Asociación de Psicodrama y Sociometría del Ecuador), member of the Faculty (trainer in psychodrama) and former President of APSE. She works with children, adolescents and their families with various difficulties including: autism spectrum, adoption, ADHD, abuse, trauma, personality disorders and violence. Glenda was co-coordinator of the III Ibero-American Congress of EMDR and Psychotrauma. Glenda has conducted EMDR Therapy trainings in Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and was the trainer in charge of Bolivia from 2014-2016. Since 2006, he has taught courses in the Postgraduate programs in Health and Environmental Studies, Education and the Andean Program of Human Rights of the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar – Ecuador.


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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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Sivan Hartman

Psy.D

Sivan is a is a Certified Theraplay® Practitioner, Trainer, and Supervisor.

She is a licensed educational psychologist in Israel with more than 12 years of experience.  

Sivan spent a few years in Evanston, IL, where she trained in Theraplay and studied it deeply. 

Starting in 2018, Sivan returned to her home country, Israel, and became the Theraplay country leader there. She began to create a Theraplay community by doing trainings, presenting at conferences, and giving short workshops.

Besides Theraplay, she also teaches therapists at “Bar Ilan” university and at “Mifrasim” Institute. 

Sivan has a private clinic focusing on young children, using mainly Theraplay as well as Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and combining some mindfulness.

Sivan loves Theraplay and also uses it with her four daughters!


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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

Catalina 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 schools, with vulnerable populations, 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 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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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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Sarah Lewis

NMC

Sarah qualified as a mental health nurse in Northern Ireland in 1993. She is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and a member of both the Royal College of Nursing and the Association of Family Therapy. She has worked with Children and Adolescents and their families since 2002.  Sarah has a diploma in Systemic Practice and is an Certified Theraplay Practitioner. She uses a range of therapeutic models when working with children and young people, including Theraplay, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Sensory Attachment Intervention. She has experience in offering bereavement support to adults, children and young people. She is currently employed as Therapeutic LAC Nurse for Looked After Children in a Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland.

Sarah has experience of providing a range of mental health training to health and social care staff, volunteers and foster carers. She is on the Theraplay Supervision practicum.


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Marike Obdam

MA in Psychology, certified Theraplay Practitioner, certified Nurture and Play Practioner and trained to be a supervisor and trainer in Theraplay. She works  in her own practice and at a mental health care institution in The Netherlands. She is working with kids and their families and specializes in attachment issues and trauma. Marike can be reached at [email protected]


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