Joseph Serrano

Psy.D, L.P.C.

Dr. Serrano is a mental health clinician with over 14 years of varied clinical experiences in community mental health counseling centers, private practice, and inpatient facilities in rural, suburban, and urban areas within the Midwest. Dr. Serrano attended Northern Illinois University and received his Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. Then, after completing his Master’s Degree in counseling from Indiana’s Ball State University in 2008, he served as a therapist to the Southside of Chicago for over three and a half years. In 2012, he began his doctoral program in clinical psychology from Adler University in Chicago and graduated in 2017. Upon completion of his doctorate, he returned as a clinician to the Southside Chicago community while simultaneously working as the clinical director of a group practice in the Northwest Illinois suburbs. Dr. Serrano has an emphasis in treating behavioral challenges, mood and anxiety disorders, and relational difficulties amongst individuals, families, and couples ranging from childhood to geriatrics. 

Dr. Serrano also has clinical experience and interest in incorporating art, humor, and comic culture into therapy to promote growth and achievement of clinical goals. He is an avid comic book fan and has presented his research on the influence of comic books on moral development to various nationwide cities and audiences. He is also a founding member of a team that studies and nationally presents on the interconnectedness between comic books and their psychological significance to people and society. Lastly, he is a mixed media artist whose work has been displayed in books, events, and in various public locations around the United States. 


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Jennifer Obeid-Campbell

Jennifer (Nif) Obeid-Campbell, MS, LMHC is a Certified Group Theraplay® Trainer, Group Supervisor-in-Training, Certified Theraplay Practitioner, and Certified EMDR therapist. Nif received her Bachelors of Science in Marine Science and Biology and a minor in Chemistry from University of Miami in 1994. She returned to UM and earned a BS in Psychology in 1996. Upon graduating, she worked for four years with children with ASD in a home-based Discrete Trial Instruction (DTI) program. During that time, she worked in an ASD program and an intensive home-based family services program for teens at risk of being removed from their home. She relocated to Washington State in 2000 and earned an MS in Counseling Psychology from Central Washington University in 2002. After graduation, she began work in the Bonding and Attach program at a community mental health agency and received advanced training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), EMDR, CBT, and DBT. Nif was the agency coordinator for the DBT program. Recently, she has also added Emotionally-focused Therapy (EFT) to her arsenal and has begun delving into marriage counseling. Nif also served as the mental health consultant for her county’s Head Start program for 15 years and became an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department for Central Washington University. Nif opened a private practice in 2009 and currently works with a wide range of client issues, but maintains her passion for helping those with developmental trauma. She views lifespan development through an attachment lens and emphasizes neurobiological processes to help her clients create positive change in their lives. Discovering her passion for teaching has led Nif to create her own attachment-based, neuroscience-focused parenting model that has been used to train parents and foster caregivers, teachers, legal professionals, and childcare providers for the past 15 years. She is currently working with a local school district to bring attachment concepts into the school setting so children can consistently encounter adults who are emotionally available to support their academic, social and emotional needs.


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Dianne Nicholas

MS, LMFT

Dianne Nicholas, MS, LMFT, is a licensed marriage family therapist and a Certified Theraplay Practitioner, supervisor and trainer.  She holds a master’s of science degree in counseling from California State University, Northridge and a BA in psychology with a minor in developmental psychology.   She has worked extensively with children and families in the child-welfare system and specializes in attachment focused treatment for childhood trauma and abuse. Dianne has completed intensive training in Dyadic Development Psychotherapy with Daniel Hughes, PhD, trained in Trauma Focused-CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR). Dianne held the position of Clinical Director and Supervisor at a non-profit Agency until recently taking on a position as a Consultant to Children & Family Services with the objective of promoting Trauma- Informed Best Practice within the Agency.  Dianne resides in Ventura, CA where she has a private practice.  She views Theraplay as an integral component toward developing the relationship bond between the children and caregivers she sees in therapy.  Dianne can be reached at [email protected].


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Alexis Greeves

LPCC, RPT-S

is a Certified Theraplay Therapist, [Trainer] in private practice in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.  She graduated with her master’s degree in counseling from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC and is fluent in American Sign Language.  Alexis has a specialization in working with Deaf and hard of hearing children and parents. She is a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor and teaches Play Therapy courses at Gallaudet and at Bethel University in St Paul, Minnesota.  Alexis has a certification in Permanency and Adoption Competency. She is currently being trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. She can be reached at [email protected]om


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Jean Crume

MSW, LCSW

is in private practice in Little Rock, AR, since 1993. Jean uses multiple modalities in her practice and trainings; however the theory and techniques of Theraplay are core to all her relationship work including her treatment of children with severe attachment disorders, children with pervasive developmental disorders, adults recovering from childhood abuse, couples with marital problems, and for step-family issues.


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Kristen Borgmeyer

MS, MSW, LCSW

is a Certified Theraplay practitioner, Certified Group Theraplay Practitioner, and Certified Group Theraplay Trainer. She is also a Registered Play Therapist. Kristen earned a Masters in Child Development from the Erikson Institute and a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She has extensive experience working with children and families in a variety of capacities such as Early Childhood Educator, Family Support Specialist, Child Advocacy Worker in the Child Welfare System, and as a Child and Family Clinician in shelters, schools, and clinic settings.

Currently, Kristen is a Child and Family Clinician at Come Play, STL in St. Louis, MO. Kristen works with children of all ages and their caregivers, primarily working from an attachment framework. Kristen is passionate about the use of Theraplay and it has been an integral part of her professional work since the beginning of her career. In addition to Theraplay, Kristen is trained in other attachment modalities including Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Circle of Security, all of which inform her continued work with children and families.


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Julianna Wesolowski

M.A., L.C.P.C.

Ms. Wesolowski is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been a part of the Theraplay community since 2013. She’s experienced in providing therapy and support for children of all ages, and particularly enjoys working with young children and their caregivers to encourage healing and growth as well as bonding and resiliency in relationships. Ms. Wesolowski views therapy as a space for children and their parents to experience the connection, understanding, mutual joy, and attunement necessary for positive emotional and behavioral change.

In addition to Theraplay, Ms. Wesolowski uses a variety of interventions adapted to achieve the desired goals of the children and families with whom she works, including Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), TF-CBT, and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS). Ms. Wesolowski has received extensive training on child development, early attachment, self-regulation and parenting, as well as issues of child trauma and exposure to violence. She has specific training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and has a special interest in supporting families following the addition of a new child to the family. Ms. Wesolowski received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marquette University and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. 


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Allison Levine

LCSW

is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience. Allison completed her graduate training at Children’s Memorial Hospital and spent several years working as the social worker in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Northwestern Memorial Prentice Hospital. Allison worked for many years as the TTI Clinic Manager, Attachment Matters program coordinator, and a Staff Therapist at The Theraplay Institute. Allison is a co-founder of Healing Space Therapy, a child and family therapy practice in Chicago, IL, where she currently works. Allison’s areas of expertise and interests include medical trauma, anxiety, adjustment to chronic illness, transition to parenthood, family transition/separation/divorce, and grief and loss. Allison uses a strengths-based approach and a holistic care lens when working with families and, in addition to Theraplay, Allison is trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy, and Narrative Therapy. Allison is passionate about helping families through crisis, and her calming, reassuring nature allows children and parents to feel comfortable and understood. Allison earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Master of Art in Social Work at the University of Chicago. She can be reached at [email protected]


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Marlo Winstead

MSW, LSCSW, RPT-S

is a certified Theraplay Practitioner and Trainer. She is currently a Ph.D. student and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Kansas, a faculty member and clinical supervisor in MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Play Therapy Program, and is the CEO of Enriching Families, LLC.  Marlo has served in a clinical capacity with birth, foster, and adoptive families who have experienced trauma and loss, individuals suffering from eating disorders, adults with severe and persistent mental illness, Head Start violence prevention programs, and urban youth. Marlo is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and has extensive training in various therapeutic modalities. Including Non-Directive and Directive Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, Theraplay, Sandtray, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Circle of Security, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Narrative Therapy. She has been working with children, adolescents and families in a range of settings and environments for more than a decade. 

In addition to research and direct practice Marlo provides supervision for clinicians around the world seeking professional and personal growth. Some supervisees are working toward licensure, others obtaining their RPT or Theraplay Certification, and professionals focused on increasing the efficacy of their practice. Marlo is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers; she served on the National Child Welfare Committee for two terms. She is a member of The Theraplay Association and The Association for Play Therapy. Marlo is a graduate of APT’s Leadership Academy, served as chair of the Leadership Committee (2010-2011), and has been a member of the Registration and Continuing Education Committee for almost five years. Marlo is currently serving a three year term as a member of the The International Journal of Play Therapy Editorial Board. Marlo currently resides in Tallahassee, FL and can be reached at [email protected]


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Jessica Weidel

M.Ed., LMHC

Jessica is a Certified Theraplay Therapist, Trainer, and Supervisor. She has been using Theraplay in her practice since 2009. Jessica worked as an adoption preservation therapist in Chicago, IL where she served families who were struggling with their adoption or guardianship. She also worked as a therapist at the Theraplay Institute in Evanston, IL, and as an infant mental health consultant in the Healthy Families program. Jessica specializes in building healthy attachment. She has experience working with children who have survived abuse, neglect, loss, medical trauma, and other trauma. She is also skilled in supporting the parents of these children and helping them to learn how to help their child to heal.  

In addition to her Theraplay training, she is trained in ARC (Attachment, Regulation, and Competency); TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention); TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy); Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control; and DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy). She has recently started studying Internal Family Systems (IFS).

As a supervisor, Jessica strives to be very supportive and aims to give constructive feedback in a kind, compassionate way. Jessica is skilled at working with practicum students to identify their growing edges and challenges students to identify specific ways to improve those areas.  As the supervision relationship is built, Jessica helps the supervisee to build their skills in identifying moments of countertransference, and helps him/her to process these moments and plan for handling countertransference in the moment within theraplay sessions.  

Jessica has been doing Theraplay trainings and supervising practicum students since 2013. She was a collaborating author of the Theraplay for foster/adoptive parents curriculum. Jessica has an M.Ed in community counseling and is licensed in Washington as an LMHC. She can be reached at [email protected]


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