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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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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Sarah Lewis


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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