Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Consultant, Trainer, and Neurodiversity Advocate.
I received my Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership (with a research emphasis in leadership qualities of counseling center and clinic directors), my Master’s Degree in Counseling, and my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, families, and adults primarily serving neurodivergent individuals (autism, ADHD, sensory differences, learning disorders, and developmental disabilities). I am the creator of AutPlay® Therapy, an integrative family play therapy framework designed to help address the mental health needs of neurodivergent children and adolescents. I am also trauma informed and trained and utilize EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
I am a supervisor, consultant, and life coach and I utilize several years of advanced training and my own lived neurodivergent experience to provide affirming services to children and their families. I have infused my experience and love for education and mental health care to create training programs for professionals and caregivers. I am an international trainer and keynote presenter having presented for the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and The World Autism Congress. I am also a multi-published author of several articles, book chapters, and books including the following titles:
The AutPlay® Therapy Handbook: Integrative Family Play Therapy with Neurodivergent Children
Understanding Sensory Differences: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens
Understanding Autism: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens
Understanding ADHD: A Neurodiversity Affirming Guidebook for Children and Teens
Implementing Play Therapy with Groups: Contemporary Issues in Practice
Play Therapy Theories and Perspectives: Diversity of Thought in the Field
In 2015, I was awarded Play Therapist of the Year by the Missouri Association for Play Therapy. In 2017, I was presented with the APT Service Award by the National Association for Play Therapy. I am currently serving as past chair on the board of directors for the Association for Play Therapy and am a board member for the Digital Play Therapy program. I am also a part time instructor in the Play Therapy Certificate program at Mid America Nazarene University (MNU). For speaking, training, and consultation inquires, you may contact me at (417)-755-9042 for more information. You may also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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