At The Theraplay Institute

Phyllis Booth18719Phyllis Booth, MA, LMFT, LCPC, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, is Clinical Director Emeritus of The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, Illinois. Phyllis began her career working with children and parents as a nursery school teacher. In 1967, she was among the first group of psychological consultants to the Head Start program in Chicago, where she began her long collaboration with Ann Jernberg developing the Theraplay method. She helped develop the theoretical underpinnings for Theraplay, and the structure and content of Theraplay training and certification practicum. In 2010, she rewrote and published the third edition of Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play. Phyllis is the 2003 recipient of the Ann M. Jernberg award for outstanding contribution to Theraplay.

 

Dafna Lender, MSW, LCSW, holds the position of Program Director for The Theraplay Institute, and is a member of our training committee. In her previous professional roles, Dafna was a foster care case worker for specialized children and a therapist for children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and orphanage neglect. Dafna’s main area of interest is in children with serious psychological problems caused by histories of abuse, neglect, trauma and/or multiple placements. Dafna’s focus is children’s development of a secure attachment with their caregivers while resolving issues in their traumatic history. She also is a certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist®. The treatment method focuses on affectively processing the child's traumatic history in the presence and help of his primary caregiver.

 

Sandra Lindaman, MA, MSW, LISW-CP, is the Senior Training Advisor for The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, Illinois. She has been with The Theraplay Institute since 1990, serving as Executive Director from 1993 to 1999. She is also a trained speech-language pathologist, and worked in that field for many years. In 2004 she received the Ann M. Jernberg award for outstanding contribution to Theraplay. Sandra leads our international training and supervision program, and is the author of many articles and book chapters about Theraplay.

 

 

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Sam Bunnyfield, LCSW, RPT Sam is a Certified Theraplay Therapist, Trainer, and Supervisor with extensive experience working with children and families who have experienced acute and chronic trauma. Sam has worked for the past six years as a Child and Family therapist in Evanston, Chicago, and Kansas City, working with children, teenagers, and adults and has previous experience providing therapeutic services for children ages 0-5 in a preschool setting. She also served as the Clinic Manager at The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, IL for three years. Currently, in addition to running her own private practice in Chicago, Sam is also a Core Field Consultant for The University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. Sam utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities to best meet the client's needs including Theraplay, EMDR techniques, non-directive play therapy, narrative therapy, art therapy, and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Sam earned undergraduate degrees in Women's Studies and History at the University of Kansas and later earned a Master's degree in Social Welfare, also from the University of Kansas. Prior to entering the field of clinical social work, Sam was an early childhood educator for many years.

Andrea Bushala, MSW Candidate

Andrea Bushala, LCSW, RPT has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Miami University with an emphasis in child development. She obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago with a dual specialization in School Social Work and Children and Families. Andrea previously worked at a community mental health clinic focusing on children and young adults experiencing anxiety and depression. Additionally, she has experience in the public school system providing individual and group therapy for children ages 4-6. In her clinical work, Andrea uses a strength-based perspective, incorporating the learnings of trauma, brain development and attachment theory in her work. In addition to Theraplay, Andrea is trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychology, narrative work and art therapy techniques. Andrea is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Group Theraplay Trainer and Supervisor-in-Training. She is currently a Fellow at University of Massachusetts in their Infant-Parent Mental Health Program run by Dr. Ed Tronick.She can be reached at andrea@theraplay.org


Gloria Cockerill, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor,
 has worked extensively with children and their families impacted by abuse, neglect, issues of abandonment and the traumatic separation from family as well as a broad range of emotional and behavioral problems. She is passionate about helping children and their caregivers find hope and the strength to persevere and heal together forming stronger relationships.  Gloria enjoys working with children and families from diverse backgrounds and has experience working with families who have adopted children both domestically and internationally.  

 

 

Rand Coleman, PhD, is a graduate of Hahnemann University, where he obtained his training in clinical psychology, specializing in neuropsychology.  After completing a two-year fellowship in the Department of Neuropsychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, he worked in Green Bay, WI, providing support services for individuals with developmental disabilities.  During this time, he and his wife, Anne, did emergency foster care, eventually transitioning to long term foster care, and adopting two children.  He is trained in EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and attachment based therapy and parenting techniques.  Work for the Devereux Foundation in Pennsylvania has focused on care and treatment of children with autism, intellectual disability, and severe behavior problems.   Family therapy work has used the Theraplay model in the service of helping families develop better relationships with their autistic children/siblings, and is integrated with other modalities, such as picture communication programs (e.g., PECS), teaching of daily life skills, positive behavioral supports, and community integration practice.  He developed and continues to supervise a neuropsychological evaluation program, part time, while a larger portion of his time is spent working for Theraplay as a trainer, supervisor, and researcher. 

 

Donna GatesDonna Gates, MA, LCPC, is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner and Trainer in private practice at David L. Gates and Associates in Gurnee, IL and Des Plaines, IL. For the past 14 years, she has done individual, couples, and family therapy as well as domestic violence treatment, anger management treatment for adults and children, and parenting training and consultation. In the past she has worked as a youth and family counselor with Warren Township Youth Commission, developed a children's program for Families in Touch/Teen Moms in Waukegan, and supervised college students as they worked in that program. She also worked with the teen moms in the FIT program, teaching parenting skills, life skills, and issues of domestic violence. Donna obtained her B.A. in Theology from Berkshire Christian College in Massachusetts before working with Campus Life/Youth for Christ in New York City. She then went on to obtain her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. In the past, she has presented at the Theraplay International Conference and has written an article for the Theraplay Newsletter on the use of Theraplay in Domestic Violence. treatment groups. Donna is the mother of 2 daughters and has 8 grandchildren, all of whom enjoy helping her practice Theraplay activities. 

 

Annie Kiermaier, LCSW, RN is a certified Theraplay Practitioner, trainer, and supervisor.  She holds an MSW from the University of Maine at Orono, an A.D. in Nursing from the University of Maine at Augusta, and a B.A. from Earlham College in Richmond Indiana.  Annie authored Chapter 7 of the 3rd edition of the Theraplay book, "Theraplay for Children with Regulation Disorders."   Annie has a lifelong passion for helping parents and their children have healthy, joyful attachment relationships.  After a 10 year career as a registered nurse, Annie provided home and office-based mental health therapy to families of young children in Mid-Coast Maine for 23 years, working with a wide variety of problems including families with attachment and trauma histories. She can be reached at annie@theraplay.org.

 

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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 allison@healingspacetherapy.com

mandyMandy Jones, LCSW, RPT, JD is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and attorney. She has worked almost exclusively with adoptive and foster families since she began her career. Mandy takes a particular interest in helping families with young children form strong attachments and work through sensory concerns. Mandy is also experienced in helping adopted individuals with identity, loss, and anxiety concerns throughout their lifespan. She is also adjunct staff for The Ties Program, Adoptive Family Travel. In this capacity, she provides logistical and mental health support as adoptive families re-experience birth culture. While in country, she assists with orphanage visits and provides support during birth/foster family reunions. Through her legal work, Mandy has advocated for children in both Illinois and Michigan's child welfare systems. She continues to use her legal knowledge and advocacy skills to help families gain Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and other essential resources for children. Mandy earned her BA in Political Science and her BS in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. She earned her Masters of Clinical Social Work and Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University. She is further trained in TBRI and ARC.

j wesolowski2Julianna Wesolowski, LCPC, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been a part of the Theraplay community since 2013. She sees supervision as the primary place to learn and grow as a therapist. Growth occurs when therapists are able to identify their confidence and strengths, and - perhaps more importantly - express their doubts and vulnerabilities regarding their therapy practice. Julianna works to ensure that the supervisory relationship feels safe and free of judgement. She respects the practice of reflection as the foundation of her supervisory work, and integrates theoretical and didactic feedback in line with the issues at hand.

In addition to Theraplay, Julianna uses a variety of interventions adapted to achieve the desired goals of the children and families with whom she works, particularly Child Parent Psychotherapy. She has received extensive training on child development, early attachment, self-regulation and parenting, as well as issues of child trauma and exposure to violence.

 

To request supervision from these supervisors, please contact:
practicum.application@theraplay.org, or call our office at 800-884-7914

 

At The Theraplay Institute

Phyllis Booth18719Phyllis Booth, MA, LMFT, LCPC, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, is Clinical Director Emeritus of The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, Illinois. Phyllis began her career working with children and parents as a nursery school teacher. In 1967, she was among the first group of psychological consultants to the Head Start program in Chicago, where she began her long collaboration with Ann Jernberg developing the Theraplay method. She helped develop the theoretical underpinnings for Theraplay, and the structure and content of Theraplay training and certification practicum. In 2010, she rewrote and published the third edition of Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play. Phyllis is the 2003 recipient of the Ann M. Jernberg award for outstanding contribution to Theraplay.

 

Dafna Lender, MSW, LCSW, holds the position of Program Director for The Theraplay Institute, and is a member of our training committee. In her previous professional roles, Dafna was a foster care case worker for specialized children and a therapist for children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and orphanage neglect. Dafna’s main area of interest is in children with serious psychological problems caused by histories of abuse, neglect, trauma and/or multiple placements. Dafna’s focus is children’s development of a secure attachment with their caregivers while resolving issues in their traumatic history. She also is a certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist®. The treatment method focuses on affectively processing the child's traumatic history in the presence and help of his primary caregiver.

 

Sandra Lindaman, MA, MSW, LISW-CP, is the Senior Training Advisor for The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, Illinois. She has been with The Theraplay Institute since 1990, serving as Executive Director from 1993 to 1999. She is also a trained speech-language pathologist, and worked in that field for many years. In 2004 she received the Ann M. Jernberg award for outstanding contribution to Theraplay. Sandra leads our international training and supervision program, and is the author of many articles and book chapters about Theraplay.

 

 

sam bunnyfield

Sam Bunnyfield, LCSW, RPT Sam is a Certified Theraplay Therapist, Trainer, and Supervisor with extensive experience working with children and families who have experienced acute and chronic trauma. Sam has worked for the past six years as a Child and Family therapist in Evanston, Chicago, and Kansas City, working with children, teenagers, and adults and has previous experience providing therapeutic services for children ages 0-5 in a preschool setting. She also served as the Clinic Manager at The Theraplay Institute in Evanston, IL for three years. Currently, in addition to running her own private practice in Chicago, Sam is also a Core Field Consultant for The University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. Sam utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities to best meet the client's needs including Theraplay, EMDR techniques, non-directive play therapy, narrative therapy, art therapy, and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Sam earned undergraduate degrees in Women's Studies and History at the University of Kansas and later earned a Master's degree in Social Welfare, also from the University of Kansas. Prior to entering the field of clinical social work, Sam was an early childhood educator for many years.

Andrea Bushala, MSW Candidate

Andrea Bushala, LCSW, RPT has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Miami University with an emphasis in child development. She obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago with a dual specialization in School Social Work and Children and Families. Andrea previously worked at a community mental health clinic focusing on children and young adults experiencing anxiety and depression. Additionally, she has experience in the public school system providing individual and group therapy for children ages 4-6. In her clinical work, Andrea uses a strength-based perspective, incorporating the learnings of trauma, brain development and attachment theory in her work. In addition to Theraplay, Andrea is trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychology, narrative work and art therapy techniques. Andrea is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Group Theraplay Trainer and Supervisor-in-Training. She is currently a Fellow at University of Massachusetts in their Infant-Parent Mental Health Program run by Dr. Ed Tronick.She can be reached at andrea@theraplay.org


Gloria Cockerill, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor,
 has worked extensively with children and their families impacted by abuse, neglect, issues of abandonment and the traumatic separation from family as well as a broad range of emotional and behavioral problems. She is passionate about helping children and their caregivers find hope and the strength to persevere and heal together forming stronger relationships.  Gloria enjoys working with children and families from diverse backgrounds and has experience working with families who have adopted children both domestically and internationally.  

 

 

Rand Coleman, PhD, is a graduate of Hahnemann University, where he obtained his training in clinical psychology, specializing in neuropsychology.  After completing a two-year fellowship in the Department of Neuropsychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, he worked in Green Bay, WI, providing support services for individuals with developmental disabilities.  During this time, he and his wife, Anne, did emergency foster care, eventually transitioning to long term foster care, and adopting two children.  He is trained in EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and attachment based therapy and parenting techniques.  Work for the Devereux Foundation in Pennsylvania has focused on care and treatment of children with autism, intellectual disability, and severe behavior problems.   Family therapy work has used the Theraplay model in the service of helping families develop better relationships with their autistic children/siblings, and is integrated with other modalities, such as picture communication programs (e.g., PECS), teaching of daily life skills, positive behavioral supports, and community integration practice.  He developed and continues to supervise a neuropsychological evaluation program, part time, while a larger portion of his time is spent working for Theraplay as a trainer, supervisor, and researcher. 

 

Donna GatesDonna Gates, MA, LCPC, is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner and Trainer in private practice at David L. Gates and Associates in Gurnee, IL and Des Plaines, IL. For the past 14 years, she has done individual, couples, and family therapy as well as domestic violence treatment, anger management treatment for adults and children, and parenting training and consultation. In the past she has worked as a youth and family counselor with Warren Township Youth Commission, developed a children's program for Families in Touch/Teen Moms in Waukegan, and supervised college students as they worked in that program. She also worked with the teen moms in the FIT program, teaching parenting skills, life skills, and issues of domestic violence. Donna obtained her B.A. in Theology from Berkshire Christian College in Massachusetts before working with Campus Life/Youth for Christ in New York City. She then went on to obtain her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. In the past, she has presented at the Theraplay International Conference and has written an article for the Theraplay Newsletter on the use of Theraplay in Domestic Violence. treatment groups. Donna is the mother of 2 daughters and has 8 grandchildren, all of whom enjoy helping her practice Theraplay activities. 

 

Annie Kiermaier, LCSW, RN is a certified Theraplay Practitioner, trainer, and supervisor.  She holds an MSW from the University of Maine at Orono, an A.D. in Nursing from the University of Maine at Augusta, and a B.A. from Earlham College in Richmond Indiana.  Annie authored Chapter 7 of the 3rd edition of the Theraplay book, "Theraplay for Children with Regulation Disorders."   Annie has a lifelong passion for helping parents and their children have healthy, joyful attachment relationships.  After a 10 year career as a registered nurse, Annie provided home and office-based mental health therapy to families of young children in Mid-Coast Maine for 23 years, working with a wide variety of problems including families with attachment and trauma histories. She can be reached at annie@theraplay.org.

 

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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 allison@healingspacetherapy.com

mandyMandy Jones, LCSW, RPT, JD is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and attorney. She has worked almost exclusively with adoptive and foster families since she began her career. Mandy takes a particular interest in helping families with young children form strong attachments and work through sensory concerns. Mandy is also experienced in helping adopted individuals with identity, loss, and anxiety concerns throughout their lifespan. She is also adjunct staff for The Ties Program, Adoptive Family Travel. In this capacity, she provides logistical and mental health support as adoptive families re-experience birth culture. While in country, she assists with orphanage visits and provides support during birth/foster family reunions. Through her legal work, Mandy has advocated for children in both Illinois and Michigan's child welfare systems. She continues to use her legal knowledge and advocacy skills to help families gain Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and other essential resources for children. Mandy earned her BA in Political Science and her BS in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. She earned her Masters of Clinical Social Work and Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University. She is further trained in TBRI and ARC.

j wesolowski2Julianna Wesolowski, LCPC, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been a part of the Theraplay community since 2013. She sees supervision as the primary place to learn and grow as a therapist. Growth occurs when therapists are able to identify their confidence and strengths, and - perhaps more importantly - express their doubts and vulnerabilities regarding their therapy practice. Julianna works to ensure that the supervisory relationship feels safe and free of judgement. She respects the practice of reflection as the foundation of her supervisory work, and integrates theoretical and didactic feedback in line with the issues at hand.

In addition to Theraplay, Julianna uses a variety of interventions adapted to achieve the desired goals of the children and families with whom she works, particularly Child Parent Psychotherapy. She has received extensive training on child development, early attachment, self-regulation and parenting, as well as issues of child trauma and exposure to violence.

 

To request supervision from these supervisors, please contact:
practicum.application@theraplay.org, or call our office at 800-884-7914

 

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k borgmeyerKristen 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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Karen Doyle Buckwalter, MSW, LISW-CP, specializes in working with attachment and trauma issues and adapting Theraplay for adolescents. She has used Theraplay in both residential and out-patient settings. Karen likes to help students assess where Theraplay can fit within a broad treatment approach and how to integrate Theraplay into child serving agencies and systems. She has been trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, Trust Based Relational Interventions, EMDR and Non-Directive Play Therapy. Karen does supervision both by phone and Skype, from Quincy, Illinois. She can be reached at: kbuckwalter@chaddock.org or 217-222-0034 x319.

 

Susan Bundy-Myrow, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo. She brings her background in Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling to her work with neurotypical and developmentally challenged children and adults. Dr. Bundy-Myrow has a special interest in helping families find ways to have fun together, and has developed Family Group Theraplay for children with autism, wherin multiple families enhance their parent-child relationships and play together.

Having trained with Ann Jernberg and Phyllis Booth, Theraplay's innovators, Dr. Bundy-Myrow is an Affiliate Trainer of the Theraplay® Institute. She also is a Registered Supervisor with the Association for Play Therapy (RPT-S), and Professor of Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapty with the International Board of Examiners of Certified Child and Play Therapists (IBECPT CPT-P). She has conducted training for mental health and educational professionals in the United States, Canada, England, Finland, Ireland, Morocco, Scotland, South Korea and Turkey. Her most recent publication, "Family Theraplay®: Connecting with Children on the Autism Spectrum", appears in L. Gallo-Lopez & L.C. Rubin (Eds.), Play-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders, (2012).


Jean Crume, MSW, LCSWJean 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.

 

 

 

alexis greevesAlexis 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 alexis@hopeandhealingmn.com

 

Rana Hong, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S has worked in a variety of capacities as a clinician, supervisor, director, educator, and trainer in community based mental health and academic settings. She is trained in many child therapy modalities including Biofeedback, Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP), Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Filial Therapy, Mindfulness, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), as well as Theraplay. Rana specializes in treating children diagnosed with autism (ASD), reactive attachment disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder. Rana currently works at the Theraplay Institute as a therapist while running her group practice in Des Plaines, IL. She does supervision in person and on-line, and can be reached at: rana@theraplay.org or 224-715-7755.

*Carol Josefson MA, LCPC is a therapist with Catholic Charities in Decatur, IL where she works in the Therapeutic Services Department doing individual, couples, and family therapy. She has experience with a wide variety of populations including adoption, foster care and blended families. Carol has three adult children and four grandchildren. She has a supervision group that meets the first Monday of each month, and can also do supervision via email. She can be reached at: josefson_dec@cc.dio.org or by phone, 217-428-3458 x226.

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Konrath, LPC, RPT-S, is a certified Theraplay Practitioner and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She spent five years in community mental health providing therapy for children in the foster care system in Washington D.C. before moving into private practice. Elizabeth, has devoted her career to helping children, adolescents, and adults heal from anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, and loss. She has extensive training in trauma, particularly working with children, adolescents, and families whose lives are affected by physical abuse, sexual abuse, family violence, neglect, bullying, and attachment issues related to adoption. 

She has substantial training in play therapy, expressive therapies, and trauma treatment. Elizabeth believes there is not one therapeutic technique that works for everyone; therefore, she uses an integrated, specialized approach to determine the most beneficial modalities for clients. She provides assessment services for children, including and Extended Play Based Developmental Assessment and the Marshak Interaction Method.


Evangeline Munns, PhD, C Psych, RPT/S, is a certified clinical psychologist in King City, Ontario, and is also registered with the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy as a Trainer and Supervisor. With over forty years of experience working with children and their families, she offers a rich knowledge in the children’s mental health field. She also has considerable experience working with Group Theraplay, including peer groups, parent/child groups and multifamily groups. She prefers video to be sent to her for an email response, and she can be reached at: efmunns@gmail.com or 905-833-5879.

 

 

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Kristi Muro-Dougherty, LCSW, RPT/S* is in private practice in Corvallis, Oregon where she provides play therapy, parent coaching, parenting classes and behavior consultation for local schools. She began her career in child welfare at Denver Department of Human Services working with children whose parental rights had been terminated and experienced some level of attachment disturbance. In addition, she has worked in a variety of settings which have included private non-profit, public schools and community mental health. She received her Master of Social Work at the University of Denver and has completed some post-master's coursework in School Counseling at Oregon State University's College of Education. She is a Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor, as well as a Certified Theraplay® Practitioner and was fortunate to have completed this certification under the wise supervision of Phyllis Booth. Kristi works with children ages 2 to 11 who have experienced trauma, significant attachment breaks, anxiety, depression and other developmental challenges. Her special interests include working with elementary age boys who have been labeled with "anger issues," as well as the application of Theraplay to parenting in the context of Interpersonal Neurobiology. Supervision with Kristi would involve awareness of the parallel process between supervision and therapy, with the integration of Theraplay's Structure, Nurture, Engagement and Challenge dimensions. Contact Kristi for a free 30-minute initial consultation to assess appropriateness of match. She can be reached at kristi@counseling4kidscorvallis.com and 541-224-3109.


David Myrow, Ph.D., has a private practice in the Buffalo, New York area. Dave has been involved in Theraplay from its beginnings, from his days as a college student to after he became a psychologist. He was supervised by Ann Jernberg and many of the other pioneers, including Phyllis Booth. Dave has worked in private practice since 1983. Dave’s special interest is in working in an outpatient setting with school-age children and young teens. He can be reached at: drdave@theraplace.com or 716-675-6702.

 

 

 

nicholasDianne 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 dnicholas7@yahoo.com.

 

 


CindyCindy Perkins, MA, LCPC is a retired school teacher, administrator and counselor of 32 years. She is a certified Theraplay Practitioner, certified Theraplay Trainer and a certified Thraplay Supervisor. She has been in Private psychotherapy practice since 1997. She specializes in Attachment and Trauma issues, and school and learning issues. Cindy works with all ages using Theraplay, DDP, Music, OT activities and the Listening Program in her practice. She trained at Lesley College in Clinical Psychology. Cindy can reached at cmperple@mac.com.

 

 


Mary RingMary Ring, MAMFC, MARE, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner,  Trainer and Supervisor. She received a B.S. in Special Ed. with Emotionally Disturbed Children from University of Houston in 1973. She taught school for various ages and grade levels during 1976 to 1981, and then focused on earning her Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling in 1991.  Mary worked as a marriage and family therapist with the Union Baptist Association for 7 years and since 1999, has worked as a Marriage and Family counselor for The Juliana Poor Memorial Counseling Center at Houston’s First Baptist Church. She is clinical coordinator of the family team and guides 8 therapists through the process of a structured family treatment program developed over the last 15 years. The work of the team has expanded to include hosting family camps (both biological and foster/adoptive). This has extended into a ministry of providing training for those going on mission from Houston’s First Baptist Church to support orphan care all over the world. Mary is trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and took training under Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross in Trust-Based Relational Intervention. Mary has led workshops for parents and therapists using Theraplay, Play Therapy and Play Parenting materials here in the United States as well as overseas in Latvia, United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, The Netherlands and South Africa.  Specializing in attachment and trauma, Mary is certified as an EMDR therapist and has completed the course of Integrative Team Treatment for Attachment Trauma in Children developed by The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska.  The Child Trauma Academy acknowledges that Mary has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase 2 Level.  Most important of all, she and her husband Earl, married for forty-eight years, have three grown children, two of whom are married. They thoroughly enjoy the times they get to spend with their 9 grandchildren. She can be reached at: mary.ring@hfbc.org



Phyllis Rubin, CCC-SLP, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist and licensed speech-language pathologist, with a private practice in Oak Park, Illinois. She created the Group Theraplay model while working in schools with special education students, and is currently working on a new book about Group Theraplay, co-authored by Marlo Winstead. Phyllis specializes in trauma/attachment issues, autism, very young children and children with developmental disabilities. Phyllis loves to travel and teach Theraplay all over the world. She prefers Skype or phone supervision with video send electronically or by DVD through the mail. She can be reached at: phyllis.rubin@comcast.net or 708-848-0938.

 

 

 

Patti Sutherland is a private therapist in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She has a Masters in Social Work and is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner and Theraplay Supervisor in training. She has been working in a therapeutic role with children and families for thirty years. Her experiences have included First Nations community agencies, the Child Welfare System and the School System. Her expertise lies in working with children who have experienced developmental trauma, and enhancing their felt-security with their primary caregiver. She is also a certified Play Therapist Supervisor with the Canadian Association of Child and Play Therapy. Patti is certified in both the individual and group model of Circle of Security and is a reliable coder for the Strange Situation protocol. Patti has completed level 1 and 2 training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). She enjoys facilitating training within Canada for professionals regarding developmental trauma and how best to work with the children and families we are most worried about within our homes, schools, and communities.

Lorie Walton, MEd, is the Founder and Lead Therapist of Family First Play Therapy Centre Inc, in Bradford, Ontario Canada, a center focused on assisting children and families dealing with attachment, trauma and emotional and developmental issues. She is a Certified Child Psychotherapist Play Therapist Supervisor. She has extensive training in working with adopted and foster care children who experience attachment related issues and trauma. Lorie was the President for the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy (CACPT) from 2005 to 2010 and is currently the Past-President. She provides clinical consultation and play therapy clinical supervision to several agencies in Ontario and to Theraplay Practitioners and Child Psychotherapists all over the world. Lorie provides supervision face to face, via Skype, or email. She can be reached at: familyfirstlw@bellnet.ca or 905-775-1620.

 

Jessica Weidel, M.Ed., LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in WA and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in IL..  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from John Carroll University and a Master of Education in Community Counseling degree from Loyola University Chicago.  Jessica is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner and Supervisor and is trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, and ARC: Attachment, Regulation, & Competency. 

Jessica has a particular interest in trauma and attachment, and enjoys working with adoptive and foster families. She uses a variety of therapeutic interventions (including Theraplay, Lifebook work, and Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control) to support children, adolescents, and families in forming healthy relationships and in healing from trauma. Jessica is skilled at providing education to help families understand the impact of trauma and disruptions in early attachment, and in working with parents to learn new ways of addressing extreme behaviors that can result. Jessica can be reached at weidel.jessica@gmail.com

In Illinois, Jessica worked as a therapist with the Theraplay Institute as well as an Adoption Preservation Therapist at Metropolitan Family Services in Chicago.  She also served as an infant mental health consultant for Healthy Families, an early intervention program. Jessica has been teaching Theraplay to parents and professionals as well as providing Theraplay supervision to professionals since 2013. She recently moved to Washington state, where she plans to begin working directly with clients in the near future.


Joan Wilson, M. Ed, RPT/S has three decades of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. As well, she is a site reviewer for Children’s Mental Health Ontario. Joan has trained extensively in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with Daniel Hughes. In her private practice and as a team leader with a children's mental health agency, Joan focuses her efforts on attachment and trauma work using Theraplay and DDP. Play therapy, expressive arts, narrative, and brief solution-focused modalities add to the range of services she offers to children and families. Joan can be reached at souldance49@yahoo.ca or 705-457-5732.




Marlo Winstead, MSW, LSCSW, RPT/S
is currently a Ph.D. student and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Kansas, a faculty member and supervisor in MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Play Therapy Program, and serves as the Mental Health Coordinator for The Kansas City Urban Youth Center. Marlo has served in a clinical capacity with foster and adoptive families, individuals suffering from eating disorders, adults with severe and persistent mental illness, Head Start violence prevention programs, and urban youth. Initially trained in Non-Directive Play Therapy, she is also skilled in Directive Play Therapy techniques such as Theraplay, Sandtray therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Filial therapy. Marlo also uses Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) to assist clients in the resolution of trauma. She has more than nine years experience working with children, adolescents and families in a range of settings and environments. She is currently co-authoring with Phyllis Rubin a new book about Group Theraplay. Marlo prefers to work “in person” via Skype, Adobe Connect, phone conferencing, or face to face. She can be reached at: mrevel4@aol.com or 816-914-9509.

 

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Currently inactive supervisors:

  • Heather Lawrence, MSW, RSW
  • Margery Rieff, PhD

 

Australia

Australia

 

Kathryn (Kate) Lewer, B App Sci (Occupational Therapy), Grad Dip Ed,  is a registered Occupational Therapist and Expressive Therapist. Kate has worked in Mental Health for some 20 years. Kate was inspired after participating in one of the first Theraplay® Trainings in Australia conducted by Phyllis Rubin in 2005. Kate incorporated Theraplay® in her work immediately and commenced supervision with Dr Phyllis Rubin. Since then Kate has worked tirelessly promoting and hosting Theraplay® in Australia. Kate is passionate about supporting others to integrate Theraplay® and embrace the road to certification to spread Theraplay® in Australia. Kate currently works at Nexus Primary Health Inc. with families and more recently with children affected by the devastating Victorian Black Saturday Bushfires of 2009. Kate is a Certified Theraplay® Practitioner and Trainer and currently Supervisor-in-training with Donna Gates.

Kate welcomes your contact on katel@nexuprimaryhealth.org.au

 

a saxtonAlison Saxton (PhD, B. Psych (Hons) MAPS) is a registered psychologist with over 15 years experience working in the child trauma field with health, statutory and non-government organisations.   Alison is a Certified Theraplay® Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor-in-training. Alison works with children and parent/carers from out of home care, adoption, reunification and child protection contexts. Informed by trauma and attachment theories, she has integrated Theraplay® into her practice to provide reparative relational experiences in the treatment of child abuse and neglect.  Alison also provides professional supervision and consultation and is a lecturer in post graduate psychology programs at two Sydney universities.

Alison can be contacted on alison.saxton5@gmail.com

Chile

Chile

 

Nicole Charney, MA, is originally from Chile, where she completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology and works as a child clinical psychologist.  She is a Certified Theraplay ® Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor.  Nicole has worked in a child clinic for 15 years, and also spent 10 years in United States where she trained and specialized in the topic of child brain development. She has been applying Theraplay in her work with emotional disturbed children, in early childhood prevention programs and in community playgroups.  Nicole was employed as a Behavioral Specialist at San Diego Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA before returning to her home country of Chile in 2011 where she has organized Level One and Level Two Theraplay trainings, and also formed supervision and consultancy groups. She can be reached at nicocharney@yahoo.com

 

Denmark

Denmark

 

Camilla Gravgaard Birkler is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner and Supervisor. Since she became a psychologist in 2002 she has been working with children (and their families) with complex trauma. She uses multiple approaches (play Therapy, Sandplay, EMDR, Storytelling, Systemic familytherapy and Neuroaffective Psychotherapy). Camilla is beside Theraplay trained I Play Therapy and EMDR. Camilla works in Esbjerg Kommune at the local treatment centre for children, youngsters and their families. They have specialized in treating clients with complex trauma history and serious attachments difficulties. They also has an important role as consultants for the local department of Social Service. Camilla also teaches and supervise professionals around the Danish country. Contact info: camilla.g.birkler@gmail.com

 

Annie Jakobsen is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Supervisor and trainer.  She has been working with children with complex trauma and their families. She uses multiple approaches including EMDR, Somatic experience , Systemic family therapy and Neuroaffective Psychotherapy. Annie works in Stevns Kommune one day a week implementeing Sunshine Circles and other interventions in different facilities. 

Annie has a private practice doing Theraplay with families and young people, and more general therapy with different clients. Before Annie became a psychologist, she worked with, children as a social worker which has given her broad experience within intervention in the treatment area. She has had her own private practice in Roskilde since 2004. Annie is a member of a group of other Danish pioneer Theraplay Practitioners. She has written a Chapter in Saaro Salos book about MIM and different Psychological approaches, together with Marie Olsen-Kludt. She teaches and supervises professionals and teaches workshops all over Denmark. Contact info: ajsa@os.dk

 

Marie Olsen-KludtMarie Olsen-Kludt, M.A., is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor and a Specialist in Child Psychology and Clinical Psychology.

Marie has specialized in NeuroAffective Developmental Psychology, an approach developed by psychologist Susan Hart, bridging theories of emotional development with brain research, and creating new ways to understand psychotherapy with children and families. Marie is one of the driving forces of introducing Theraplay in Denmark, and is working on establishing The Danish Theraplay Association together with a group of other Danish pioneer Theraplay Practitioners. She has written a chapter about the Marshack Interaction Method in a publication about attachment based assessment methods edited by the two Danish psychologists Susan Hart and Rikke Schwarz. She teaches and supervises professionals and gives workshops all over Denmark. 

Before Marie became a psychologist, she was a schoolteacher, and has a broad experience within the educational area. After she obtained her degree of psychology in 2002, she worked within the local Educational Psychology Department of Counseling for several years, and since 2007 she has had her own private practice in Copenhagen. Contact info: marie@kludtpsyk.dk / www.kludtpsyk.dk / www.theraplay.dk

 

 

Finland

Finland

 

Please contact The Finnish Theraplay Association for more information: www.theraplay.fi

 

German

Germany, Austria, Switzerland

 

Please contact Ulrike Franke, German Theraplay Institute for more information: www.theraplay.de

 

 

 

Ireland

Ireland

*Joanna Fortune (MICP; MIFPP; CTTTS; Reg Pract APPI; Ap Sup PTI) is a Clinical Psychotherapist and Attachment specialist specialising in child and adolescent Psychotherapy with over 15 years experience working with children and families. She is a Supervisor with Play Therapy International for over 7 years. She is also a Theraplay Practitioner, trainer and supervisor (World Theraplay Institute) and has trained in all areas of attachment work including SSAP (Story Stem Assessment Profile)/CAI (Child Attachment Interview)/MBT (Mentalisation Based Therapy) with the Anna Freud Centre. Joanna has completed an 18 month infant observation program. Joanna was previously a member of a child psychoanalysis clinical supervision group with members of Espace Analytique from Paris. She is a guest speaker and regular media contributor in the field of child development and psychology. Joanna has seen the benefit of early intervention and loves working with children and teens where she strongly believes small changes can make a big difference in young lives. Her practice and philosophy is based on the premise of less tears and more laughter. Joanna believes that parents are the experts in their own children and works in a dyadic way with parents and young children together in sessions.


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Japan

Japan

*Miwa Takai, MA, is a PhD student in child psychotherapy at Sookmyung Woman’s University in Seoul. She has a background in early childhood education and has worked as a kindergarten teacher. Miwa worked at the Theraplay Counseling Center in Seoul, South Korea and at a center for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Sapporo, Japan. In 2011, Miwa opened the Theraplay Counseling Center Tokyo. www.theraplay.jp.


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Netherlands

Netherlands

Marja Appel, certified mental health psychologist and certified as a orthopedagoog-generalist, has been working therapeutically with children and parents individually for 10 years in the Netherlands. She uses multiple approaches, Play therapy, Symboldrama therapy (Leuner), Videofeedback team coaching (Heijkoop), EMDR, and Cognitive behavioral therapy. She is trainer and supervisor in the post-graduate training Play therapy as well. Marja works in a small psychiatric treatment Centre for children 5-12 years old, as a clinical director.  She also has her own practice were she does a lot of attachment and trauma work. Marja is a consultant for the Centre of Consulting and Expertise. She helps professionals to solve the very severe problems of children and adults in residential care, schools or families.

Since 1983 she is specialist in the field of developmental and intellectual disabilities and brain injury; she worked in several residential care institutions for children and adults. She did a lot of projects to help with the transition to normal community-based living and wrote a book “Groeien naar gelijkwaardigheid” in 1992 about this subject (the book was translated in German language). After finishing her play therapy training, it was a challenge for her to develop therapeutic options for children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. She wrote a chapter about Play therapy with intellectual disabled children in a manual for Play therapy, Spel in psychotherapie 2010.

Marja was certified as a Theraplay Practitioner in 2011 and as a Trainer in 2013.  She can be contacted: Marja.appel@chello.nl

 

Judith Blaauw* is a certified Theraplay Practitioner residing in live in Noordholland and has worked with children with behavioral and developmental problems and their parents the past 16 years. In 2000 she graduated as an Art Therapist. In 2012 Judith completed Level 1 training and immediately started to practice Theraplay with great enthusiasm and in July 2015 became a Certified Theraplay Practitioner. She has had much experience working with parents and children who are mentally disabled and also with foster parents and the children who live with them. 

At this moment Theraplay in the Netherlands is getting more and more notoriety. In the past Judith worked both for a mental health organization and in her own practice: Judith Blaauw Therapie,  but since the demand for Theraplay in the Netherlands is getting bigger, she decided to work in her own practice full time. Judith served as an assistant trainer in 2014 and 2015 with trainer Marja Appel and is currently a supervisor in training, She can be reached at: info@judithblaauw.nl 

Erika Heinen-Lamboo* certified mental health psychologist and certified as a orthopedagoog-generalist, has worked for seven years at varies high schools as a schoolpsychologist and since nine years at a youth and family care organization. She worked a lot with foster families and traumatized children.  

In april 2013 she completed the level 1 theraplay training and started doing theraplay mostly with foster families. She is a fully certified Theraplay Practitioner since september 2015 and started besides her work at the youth and family care organization a private practice to do more theraplay with varies children and theire parents. She’s also focusing to use theraplay with very young children and their parents as a prevention program.

Erika is currently a theraplay supervisor in training. She can be reached at: erika@gezinspraktijkdebasis.nl

 

kooleMarianne Koole* works as a specialised child psychologist at GGZ Delfland, an organisation for psychological health care for children. At GGZ Delfland. She founded the Infant Mental Health Program (children aged 0-6). Marianne mainly works with young children and their parents who suffer from psychological trauma, attachment difficulties and/ or autism. She's always been fascinated by the interaction between parents and their child. The more experienced she got in her work, the more she valued the importance of this relationship. Marianne has been Theraplay Practitioner since February 2017 and is currently training to be a Theraplay supervisor and Trainer. She finds that she has a love for helping other people master their skills in Theraplay and also feeld that it is a way to help more children via this wonderful treatment. Marianne can be reached at marianne_koole@hotmail.com.

Bettie Sleeuw received her Master’s degree as a developmental psychologist at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and completed a post-graduate training as a parental therapist. She has worked in several institutions as a psychologist for children and adults with special needs and is specialized in children with autism and low IQ. For several years she worked in a child psychiatric clinical and daycare centre and at the moment she has a private practice, where she provides Theraplay, parent consulting and psychological assessments.  She became one of the first certified Theraplay® Practitioners in the Netherlands and spends a lot of time promoting Theraplay in her country. Bettie is a Certified Theraplay® Trainer, and is in training to become a Certified Theraplay Supervisor. Bettie can be reached at bettie.sleeuw@praktijkdb.nl.

 

 

Linda Stam is a SKJ Registered Social Worker, Certified Theraplay® Practitioner,  Associate Theraplay Trainer and  Theraplay Supervisor in training. Linda has also did the DDP level 1 training and completed a Post-Graduate Certificate as a Child and Youth Therapist. Linda works as a social worker in a psychiatric treatment center for children with low IQ in the age of 5-12 years where she provides parent consulting. And she works as a Theraplay Practitioner in a policlinical psychiatric setting for youth in the age of 5-18 years old. Linda provides advice, guidance and consultation to parents and has experience in working with adoptive parents and foster parents, parents with low IQ and parents with autism. Her clinical experience includes helping children with trauma through abuse and neglect as well as children with autism. As an Associate Trainer she was co-trainer for the level I Theraplay Training  in The Netherlands since 2015 and  is a Theraplay Supervisor in training since 2016. Linda can be reached at lindastam70@gmail.com.

 

 

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South Korea

South Korea

 

 

*Kim Kye Yeon, is the director of Kim’s Theraplay Counseling Center. She is a Certified Theraplay Therapist and a Theraplay Supervisor in training.

 

 

 

 


*Kwon Eun Hee, Ph.D., is the director of Kwon Eun Hee’s Theraplay Child Counseling Center. She is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner and a Theraplay Supervisor in training.

 

 

 

 

*Lee Sang Hee, M.Ed., Litt.D, is a Professor at Doowon Technical University, Department of Child Welfare. She is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner and a Theraplay Supervisor in training.

 

 

 

 

*Shin Hyun Jung, Ph.D., is a Professor and researcher of social welfare at Yeon Sung University. She is a member of the Alliance for Theraplay in South Korea board of directors, and a Theraplay supervisor in training.

 

 

 


Youn Mi Won, Ph.D.,
is the director of Youn’s Theraplay Counseling Center. She is a Certified Theraplay Trainer and Supervisor, President of the board of directors of The Alliance for Theraplay in South Korea and of the Korean Academic Association of Theraplay. She is also a certified social worker.

 

 

 

Please contact The Alliance for Theraplay in South Korea for more information about training and supervision: www.theraplay.kr

 

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Sweden

Sweden

Britta Sundberg, Psychologist, Umeå University, Umeå.
You may contact her at: britta.sundberg@psychiat.umu.se

 

 

 

 

 

Anna-Rosa PerrisAnna-Rosa Perris, MD, Child Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist and Supervisor in Theraplay and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-CBT
Umea.Sweden
Phone:+46702869632
You may contact her at: anna-rosa.perris@cbti.se
www.cbti.se

 

 

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

 

karen andorKaren Andor, BA, BA (hons), BEd (hons), MEd is Specialist Support Teacher, an Educational Psychologist and a Psychotherapist. She works in private practice. She has trained in Psychodynamic Play Therapy and Family Therapy. She is a certified Theraplay Practitioner and is in the process of completing the Supervisor’s Theraplay Practicum. She is currently completing her Level II Sensorimotor Psychotherapy training and has attended Level I of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Training. She has worked in the private sector as well as with deprived communities both in England and in South Africa. She specialises with working with trauma and attachment difficulties and likes to apply the principles of Theraplay within general school settings to support children’s development. Karen can be reached at karen.andor@gmail.com

 

 

 BarnbrookDr Emily Barnbrook, DClinPsy* is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Certified Theraplay® Practitioner and is now completing the Supervisor’s and Trainer’s Practicum. Emily is also accredited in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy® and is engaged in the DDP consultant’s practicum. Emily is the clinical lead for a multi-agency team specialising in providing attachment focused therapeutic intervention for children who are looked after and adopted and their parents/carers and professional networks. Emily also works part time for The Family Place. Through this work Emily has been privileged to work with many fostering, adoptive and residential families who have taught her so much about the challenges of living with the impact of trauma. Emily is passionate about helping children develop healthy, loving attachment relationships. She was excited when she began using Theraplay and experienced how quickly this can engage both children and their parents/carers and powerfully strengthen their attachment bond. Prior to working with children and families, Emily pursued her interest in trauma working with adults who were experiencing psychosis and addiction. You can contact her emily@thefamilyplace.co.uk.

 

 carly picUKCarly Barrett-Greening. BA Hons, DipSW., has Studied Social Science and attachment since 1998. Main field of experienced is working within children in care services and adoption. From 1998 studied Psychology, counselling and management diplomas as part of the Welfare diploma. Initially qualifying as a Welfare Officer in 1999, qualified as social worker in 2002. Carly has experience of undertaking Private fostering within own family. Carly qualified in Yoga for children in 2010. 2009- 2012: 3 years study in Specialist post graduate Degree in Children and Families to include, child development studies, psychology, neuroscience, Tavistock Child Observation skills training, practice teaching, Assessment Skills to include assessing environmental factors, child development and parenting capacity. 2013 Specialising in therapeutic Social Worker in post adoption: working with therapists, psychologists and occupational Therapists as part of therapeutic life story work, sensory integration interventions, dyadic working. Carly is a practitioner in training for Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Undertaking level one DDP in 2013 and level 2 2015. Carly is a Fully Certified Theraplay® Practitioner. 2017 completed module one Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY). Currently undertaking specialist Trauma studies Certification program in Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapist (TCTSY) to become a trauma focused Yoga therapist to use as a adjunctive therapy. Carly can reached at waveconnections@outlook.com

Sue Bellamy*, CQSW has over 40 years of experience of working with children and families in diverse settings and roles including as a Foster Carer for fifteen years. Sue has Qualifications in Residential work, youth work, field social work, practise teaching. She is Certified Theraplay Practitioner having used Theraplay techniques in her daily practise since have received Level One Theraplay training 2003. Sue has received training in Best Evidence, Narrative Therapy and DDP. She is also a certified trainer in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Family Care Providers. Sue recently retired after 15 years in a senior Post from Wirral’s Camhs Partnership Team, a specialist team which provides a mental health assessments and treatment Plans to Children Looked After, Adopted and Children on a Child Protection Plan. Sue is now working as an independent Social Worker and Theraplay Practitioner.  She specialises in working with children who have experienced Abuse, trauma and Placement disruption. She is particularly interested in supporting children in Transition, with the aim of enabling them gain stability while experiencing positive connections with their parents/carers. Sue at this present time is a Theraplay Supervisor in training. You can contact Sue at Sue.bellamy@ntlworld.com.

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Vicky Blackwell is a Trainee in advanced Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (PG-Dip), Certified Theraplay Practitioner and supervisor (in training) HCPC Social Worker. Vicky has been working independetly 4 years providing a therapeutic service to children and their families. Prior to this Vicky worked in the voluntary sector for 6 years providing therapeutic support using Theraplay techniques to adoptive familes. She has also attended Level 1 DDP training and uses the techniques within her practice. Vicky has worked in the social care sector for 15 years.

Vicky has been providing long-term therapeutic packages to fostered and adoptive families within the North West area, as well as child therapy for private families. She offers an integrative approach and is able to devise needs-led assessments and interventions to meet the complex needs of looked after and adopted children of all ages, and their families. Vicky has an extensive knowledge and awareness of attachment and trauma from working within the field for 10 years and uses attachment based therapy and Theraplay, working with the whole family, or child-led interventions using a variety of creative methods, including somatic/sensory, play, art and hypnotherapy/mindulness, in lots of creative ways. She is very passionate about her work and dedicated to finding ways to support children who have experienced trauma.

Vicky also offers consultancy to fostering agencies and has developed a mental health workshop to children and currently provides therapy to a children's service within a charity for victims of Domestic Violence.

j blundell jonesDr. Joanna Blundell Jones, DClinPsy, is a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist and Certified Theraplay Practitioner and is now working towards becoming a Theraplay Supervisor. Currently she primarily works with families where children (0-18) have been diagnosed with cancer or non-malignant haematological conditions, both during and after treatment. Joanna has also worked within a community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). These job roles mean she has used Theraplay with birth families as well as fostered and adopted children. Her therapeutic work generally involves Theraplay, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, solution-focused, Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches. She has attended Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy training with Dan Hughes and integrates elements of this into her work as appropriate. She sees Theraplay as integral in her workplace for strengthening parent-child relationships in the context of physical health conditions and medical trauma as parents often have to 'become' doctors and nurses to their child. Joanna resides in Sheffield, UK, where she works for the NHS. Joanna can be reached at j.blundelljones@gmail.com

 

*Anne Bone is an Independent & Family Services Professional who has run a successful private practice for the last sixteen years. She has a BA(Hons) in Social Work & Community Studies and is a qualified counsellor counselling supervisor and social worker. She is trained in both person centred and psychodynamic approaches. She is a certified Theraplay practitioner Theraplay trainer in training and Theraplay supervisor in training. She provides Theraplay intervention and attachment relating trainings to a number of local authorities and Theraplay intervention consultation and attachment based training to Community Foster Care foster carers and to staff in Lancaster. 

In Anne’s previous professional roles she was a (job share) Registered Manager for Community Foster Care and during her time working for After Adoption she was involved in designing, developing and delivering a hugely successful national therapeutic training programme for parents and professionals. Anne has worked as a counsellor in schools and she also currently supervises a number of counsellors who work in schools. She also has experience as a mediator through working previously for the special educational needs disagreement resolution service. Anne has been involved in adoption and fostering both personally and professionally for over thirty five years and she has a passionate interest in promoting healthy attachments between children and families. She can be contacted on www.u-in-mind.co.uk

c.coleyCarla Coley has have been a qualified social worker for over 7 years and has spent this time specialising in the adoption field.  Carla is a certified Theraplay practitioner, DDP level 1 trained, has Assisted on Theraplay Training, and Now in the Theraplay supervisor practicum. 

Carla has extensive experience and skills in providing therapeutic interventions, such as Theraplay, life story work, in providing attachment training, from this she has gained specialist knowledge of attachment and developmental trauma.

Carla has worked closely with professionals such as teachers, foster cares, social workers. Within this work she has developed bespoke packages of support including classroom observations, group work, consultations, and specialist training. Carla can be reached by email at carla.coley13@hotmail.co.uk,

 

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Dr. Amelia Fay Taylor, BSc Hons, PGCE, DAppEdPsy, HCPC Reg. CPsychol. 

Amelia is a certified Theraplay Practitioner and Chartered HCPC Registered Educational Psychologist. She works within a local Authority Educational Psychology Service in the North East of Engalnd and also independently provides assessment and therapeutic work through Tyne Therapies. Amelia specializes in work with children in care and post adoption where there is a history of trauma and attachment difficulties. Amelia also has a special interest in working with young children with social and communication difficulties. She facilitates parents' groups utilizing her skills in Theraplay to support relationships within families. Amelia is also trained in Video Interaction Guidance and to teach Mindfulness with children. She is passionate about developing Theraplay practice in her area to bring the highest quality evidence based interventions to families in need. Amelia is currently a Theraplay Supervisor in training. Amelia can be contacted at tynetherapies@gmail.com or via North Tyneside Educational Psychology Service.

 

sarah fosterSarah Foster is a Registered Social worker; State Registered Dramatherapist, Certified Theraplay® Practitioner and has completed level 1 & 2 DDP training.

Sarah is based in Merseyside. She has 10 years’ experience as a local authority Child Care Social Worker, including working in a fostering and adoption  team, followed by 16 years’ experience within tier 3 CAMHS, which has included a specialist role addressing the mental health needs of children who  are fostered, adopted and in residential care. She has extensive experience of issues relating to attachment and trauma, and has developed creative ways to engage children, young people and their families.

Sarah has been running a Theraplay clinic within CAMHS since Certification in 2013 which she has found to be highly effective in promoting healthy functioning.  Sarah is impressed by the versatility of Theraplay and its ability to overcome a child’s resistance. Using a combination of skills, where necessary Sarah is able to adapt interventions according to the child’s developmental progress.

Sarah welcomes the opportunity to use the benefit of her experience to guide others in the use of Theraplay recognising the positive, enduring impact that this intervention has upon children and their caregivers. sarolsa@aol.com

louise ukLouise Howarth, BSc (Hons), MSW, CQSW, PGDip (Play therapy) is a qualified social worker and play therapist. She is a certified Theraplay Practitioner, trainer in training and supervisor in training. Louise has specialised in therapeutic work with children and families impacted by abuse and trauma and disrupted Attachment relationships. She worked for NSPCC for over 16 years.

For the past 7 years she has worked within the field of adoption and adoption support as a practitioner and manager. She has experience of providing Theraplay interventions with adoptive families from early placement onwards. She has taken a lead role in developing and promoting Theraplay within the agencies she has worked and has supported and mentored staff to implement Theraplay techniques in their work. She has been involved in Theraplay Level 1 training as an assistant and trainer in training.

Louise now works freelance as a play therapist and Theraplay practitioner and is keen to support students to develop skills in Theraplay and achieve their foundational level. Louise is based in the North West of England and can be contacted at louisehowarth48@btinternet.com 

Helen Maund, HCPC registered Social Worker, Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor (in training) and has earned her post graduate certificate in therapeutic play and is a trainee Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Practitioner. Helen has worked as a Social Worker for 19 years in the field of child protection, children’s residential setting and for 12 years in adoption for a local authority adoption service. She now works independently providing Theraplay, DDP, Therapeutic Life Story Work, training and supervision to a wide range of clients, although she specialises in therapeutic work with children and families in the area of fostering and adoption. Helen is passionate about using Theraplay as a very effective intervention with children who have experienced trauma through abuse and neglect. She has an excellent understanding of developmental trauma which underpins all her work. Her work is influenced by Theraplay, Family Futures, Dr Bruce Perry, Dr Dan Siegal, Dr Dan Hughes and Bryan Post.

 Helen works with children who have experienced neglect, physical, sexual abuse and emotional harm.  The children that Helen works with may have other additional needs such as sensory processing problems or pre-natal alcohol exposure. As part of Helen’s therapeutic work with families, she supports parents in their parenting approach as they often need to learn a different way of parenting their children. Helen can supervise practitioners to Foundational Level status and looks forward to supporting practitioners through this part of the Theraplay practicum process. Helen is available for both face-to-face supervision or via video link. Helen can be contacted at helen@togethertree.co.uk

 

mccannJulie McCann, BA (Hons), PGCE, MA (Play Therapy)* Julie McCann is a BAPT Play Therapist and Certified Theraplay® Practitioner based in south London who offers face to face supervision from her home as well as supervision via the internet.  She works for the UK charity TACT and is attached to their Peterborough permanency team. The focus of her work is a BBC Children In Need funded project called the ‘Power of Play’ which supports adoptive families in the early stages of placement with Theraplay® based sessions and offers life story play therapy and long-term Theraplay® interventions for children who have been with their adopters for some time.  Julie has been working closely with the Theraplay® Institute in the US to re-write the practicum documents for UK settings and has students from a range of professional backgrounds at all stages of the practicum.  She uses her play therapy skills in private practice and in local schools, working with children and their families to build stronger attachments and process feelings around trauma and loss associated with deprivation, immigration status and temporary housing.  You can contact her at jpmccann106@gmail.com

Dr Vivien Norris, DClinPsy, DipMusicTh is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Music Therapist. She is also a Certified Theraplay® Practitioner, Trainer and Supevisor and is accredited in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy®. Vivien has been working as a Clinical Psychologist within the NHS in the UK for over twenty years specialising in therapeutic work with families and in the area of fostering and adoption. She has a longstanding interest in trauma and has worked in various roles in the field, in therapeutic communities with adolescents and leading national research into the impact of the Asian tsunami.

Alongside part time NHS work, Vivien is Clinical Director of The Family Place www.thefamilyplace.co.uk, an independent organisation providing flexible therapeutic interventions for families. Her main area of interest is in children with severe difficulties in forming relationships, arising from histories of abuse, neglect and trauma. Her clinical approach centrally includes foster carers and adopters in interventions and combines approaches to address complex difficulties. Vivien has many years experience delivering training. She has contributed to publications in the area of self-harm and the impact of trauma. Vivien can be contacted at info@thefamilyplace.co.uk 

Prof picture 9 2Heidi Pannell, BA, MA, DIPSW has been a social worker for 20 years and is dedicated to building better futures for children. Heidi is a Certified Theraplay practitioner and Supervisor-in-Training, a Practitioner in Training in DDP, and a Relax Kids Coach.  

Heidi has worked in the adoption arena for 6 years with my previous work experience comprising Safeguarding and Residential social work and different posts in community based Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS).  Through her work experience she has gained therapeutic skill, specialist knowledge of attachment and developmental trauma, and particular understanding of the services and processes within the adoption sector. 

In addition to direct work with families, Heidi also provides consultation and supervision to professionals including social workers, teachers, foster carers and Special Guardians.  Heidi regularly delivers attachment training to parents and provides therapeutic group work for children, in educational and other settings.   

Heidi has a strong academic background and early in her career spent a number of years working overseas with children experiencing deprivation.  Heidi lives in the North West of England and has 2 children. Heidi can be reached at heidipma@gmail.com 

 

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Fiona Peacock is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Certified Theraplay® Practitioner, Trainer and Supervisor.  In the past she worked in a highly specialised CAMHS team for Looked After and Adopted children as well as working in Education settings.  Now she has a private practice providing psychotherapy and Theraplay to children whose early experiences of attachments have been disrupted as well as consultation, supervision and training to other professionals in this field.  She also provides generic schools counselling.  She is a Teaching Associate at University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education teaching Psychotherapeutic Counselling for Children and Adolescents up to MEd level.  She is a contribution author to McLaughlin & Holliday (2014) Therapy with Children and Young People and to two of the modules in the MindEd programme (https://www.minded.org.uk) and co author of Fostering Good Relationships (Richardson & Peacock 2016).  Currently she is also studying for an EdD at Cambridge researching into the experience of Theraplay.  Contact details: fiona@peacockcounselling.com

ImageJenny Podd - Certified Theraplay Practitioner, Supervisor in Training, and fully qualified Practice Educator. Jenny is a registered HCPC Social Worker with many years' experience in working with children and families. Her specialism is developmental trauma and attachment and Jenny currently works within a spciealist CAMHS service for Looked After and Adopted Children. Jenny is also trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy to Level II and uses both this and Theraplay as effective intervention tools to support her work with children that have experienced trauma and abuse. Jenny is passionate about helping children to build trusting, attuned relationships with their parents and carers through the use of Theraplay.

In addition to her direct work with families, Jenny also offeres consultation to a wide range of professionals and delivers attachment training to foster carers and Social Workers. Jenny also oversees the use of Theraplay within her specialist service and supports and mentors colleagues across Nottinghamshire who are trained in and using Theraplay in their practice. She can be contacted via jennifer.podd@outlook.com

Dr Helen Rodwell* is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist.  She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a MSc in Forensic Psychology and a BSc(Econ) in Psychology and Sociology.  She is registered with the HCPC.  Helen has been working clinically with children, parents and families for over fifteen years.  She is a Certified Theraplay Practitioner and is now completing the Supervisor’s Practicum.  Helen considers the Practicum to be one of the highlights of her continual professional development and would highly recommend it to other professionals.  She currently works in independent practice in Derby where she offers therapeutic interventions to children, parents and families alongside being a long-standing Expert Witness to the Family Courts.  She also works with adoption and fostering agencies.  Helen previously co-managed a NHS Psychology service for Looked After and Adopted children in Stoke On Trent following many years working in generic camhs.  In addition to Theraplay, her modalities include Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, EMDR, Systemic Family Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Approaches.  Helen is keen to support and promote the use of Theraplay within the UK because ‘it works’!  She can be contacted via her PA, Lee at: la@jigsawpsychology.co.uk.

 

Pat roughanPat Roughan* is MA qualified Social Worker. She received her master’s in 1998 at Goldsmiths College. Pat has extensive including with 12 years in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Children Looked after and Adoption experience. She is certified as a Theraplay Practitioner with Level 2 DDP training. She has served as a training assistant in both Level 1 and Level 2 Theraplay training and is currently a supervisor in training. Pat offers consultations and Theraplay to the child and its network and also offers Therapeutic Attachment Training to groups. Pat can be reached by email at patriciaroughan@btinternet.com or 07462355087.

 

 

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Jo Williams M.A. Dramatherapist, Counsellor, certified Theraplay Practitioner, Supervisor and Trainer, Transpersonal and Integrative Supervisor Trainee: working for Northamptonshire County Council as their Therapy Services team manager. Jo has a wealth of experience in a variety of settings, working for 20 years in Adult Mental Health before moving to Children's services in 2003.

As Therapy Manager she has firmly established Theraplay services in Northamptonshire, especially in a number of Primary Schools settings. Her continuing initiative is to spread the Theraplay knowledge and skill base. She leads numerous learning events and conferences, has devised team building events and supervised the professional development of teams and colleagues. Jo is held in high regard for her enthusiastic style and has been the catalyst for many service departments for Northamptonshire. She supports local professionals and organisations in developing their Theraplay skills base and assists their desire to develop Theraplay as a leading edge practice initiative.

 

 

 

Jay Vaughan, MA, HCPC Dramatherapist, DDP, SEP is a State Registered Dramatherapist, a Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist, a Theraplay Practitioner, Supervisor and Trainer as well as a Somatic Experience Practitioner. Jay is a Clinical Director at Family Futures CIC, a Voluntary Adoption Agency based in London and is also the Agency’s Responsible Person.

Family Futures specializes in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children placed in foster families, adoptive families or kinship care. Family Futures offers an assessment and treatment program entitled Neuro Physiological Psychotherapy, which integrates Somatic Experience as part of the assessment and treatment approach. Jay, as Clinical Director, still carries out some direct work with families and children.

Jay has been working with traumatized children since qualifying as a Dramatherapist in 1989, and passionately believes in the use of arts, play and body-based approaches in helping traumatized children and their families heal. She has contributed to articles and books over the years and continues to consult and train around the UK on behalf of Family Futures.  Jay is a mother of two children and two step-children as well as a proud grandmother to her first grandchild. She can be contacted on jay@familyfutures.co.uk

 

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