Certified AAPT Professionals/Therapists

Individuals listed below are fully certified by the IIAAPT either as Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapists (they have a master’s-level university degree and have attained both mental health and play therapy credentials, in addition to the AAPT competencies) or as Certified Professional Practitioners of AAPT (they have a master’s level university degree and have attained a mental health credential as well as some required training in play therapy, in addition to the AAPT competencies). They have demonstrated the competencies required and described in The AAPT Certification Manual that is on this website.

UNITED STATES

Alaska

Val Miraglia, LPA, RPT-S, CFT-I, Cert AutPlay Therapist, CAAPT-S

After more than 25 years of experience doing child therapy in Anchorage, Alaska, most of that time in private practice, Val Miraglia recently retired from seeing clients. She continues, however, to offer supervision for play therapy and Filial Therapy and is in the final stages of the supervisor certification program in AAPT. Val's background includes work in community mental health and in private practice with children and families and those experiencing disability. She has received advanced training in working with trauma, attachment issues, the autism spectrum, play therapy, Filial Therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment issues, cross-cultural issues, expressive arts therapy, Animal Assisted Play Therapy® and more. In addition to her license and being a Registered Play Therapist-Supoervisor, Certified Filial Therapist-Instructor, and Certified AutPlay Therapist, Val is a Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist. Dogs have always been a passion, and Luke was her approved AAPT dog (black lab). Recently she added Skye (English Shepherd) to her family.

Val was nominated for the 1996 Carolyn Frichette Award by the State of Alaska for her work with severely emotionally disturbed children, and honored as the recipient of the "Light of Hope" Community Recognition for her advocacy for Alaska's children in 2003.

Val can be contacted at:

PO Box 243636

Anchorage, AK 99524

vmiraglia634@gmail.com

California

Lisa Mink McGowan, LMFT, RPT-S, CAAPT-S

Lisa Mink McGowan is the owner of Therapooch Family Counseling Center in Camarillo, California. She started working with kids 25 years ago as a preschool teacher and often brought animals into her classroom. She graduated with her Master's degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Lisa has 20 years of experience conducting animal assisted therapy in a variety of therapeutic settings. Her first working dog was Koko, who accompanied her in a variety of therapeutic settings. Lisa and Koko also volunteered at Hospice, Paws for Reading, and other community programs. In 2008 she published an award winning children's book about Koko. Lisa and Koko opened Therapooch Family Counseling Center in 2009. Lisa designed her spacious therapy office and playroom specifically with AAT in mind. In 2012, her playroom earned runner-up honors as the nation's (USA) Top Playroom by the Association for Play Therapy (APT). Over the past 10 years Lisa has been presenting on AAT and has been featured in several newspapers and magazines.

Lisa currently works with her two chocolate labs, Mocha ( 8 years old) and Kona (2 years old). They are both AAPT-Approved and have their CGC certificate. Mocha has also earned the Distinguished Therapy Dog title from the AKC. Mocha and Kona both know many tricks and love to play games like hide and seek. They are enthusiastic and playful and love going to work.

Lisa can be contacted at:

805-276-8605

www.therapooch.com

lisa@therapooch.com

Debora McManus, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT-S

Debora McManus specializes in helping 3 to 15 year old children and their families. She uses play therapy and Animal Assisted Play Therapy® with her AAPT-Approved dog Keen. They develop activities that are fun and non--threatening to work on specific skills such as anger management, assertiveness training, or managing anxiety. She frequently meets with parents to provide feedback about the therapy process. She has been working in the mental health field since 1988, and has worked in an adult psychiatric hospital, in a school teaching youngsters on the autism spectrum, in day treatment and group residential settings with emotionally disturbed children, and in public preschool and elementary school settings as a school social worker. Deb started her own private practice in 2005, which is now in Lafayette, California.

Deb is a Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist who works with her AAPT-Approved dog Keen, a Labrador Retriever. Keen loves hiking, belly rubs, food, and tricks training (because she gets food). She understands over 50 cues. Deb is the mother of four children in addition to being a business owner and consultant.

Deb can be contacted at:

Paws and Play: Therapy for Kids and Families
936 Dewing Ave., Suite E1
Lafayette, CA 94549

415-260-1190

deboramcmanus@gmail.com

www.pawsandplaytherapy.com

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Jodi Smith, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT

Jodi Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California. She has been working with children, teenagers and their families, in various capacities, for over 25 years. Jodi is currently the Director of Norton-Fisher Child & Family Programs for West End Family Counseling and maintains a private practice called Play Is Powerful! in Claremont, California. Jodi is also certified with one of her dogs for animal-assisted disaster work by HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response. She is also a recipient of the IIAAPT Kirrie Award for her contributions to AAPT.

Jodi has two Australian Labradoodles, Daltrey and Daenerys (AKA Dani), who work with her. Jodi and her canine partners specialize in providing play therapy and Animal Assisted Play Therapy® to children, teenagers and families. Both Daltrey and Dani love people, but are particularly fond of children and enjoying working with them in their play therapy sessions. Daltrey will do anything for a treat and loves showing off. Dani is sweet and docile and will greet with exuberant kisses if allowed.

Jodi can be contacted at:

jodi@playispowerful.com

(909)213-0211

www.playispowerful.com

Sara Tsuboi, JD, LMFT, RPT, CAAPT

Sara Tsuboi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist in Palo Alto, California. With 12 years of experience in psychotherapy and certification in play therapy and Animal Assisted Play Therapy®, she specializes in individual and family therapy with children, teens, families, and adults. Her canine colleague is Satchel, a floppy-eared basset hound, who is AAPT-Approved as well. Sara and Satchel also volunteer their services through community organizations to support children and teens whose families have difficulty accessing psychotherapy, and to provide connection and support to people of all ages living in high-pressure Silicon Valley.

Sara has served on the Board of Directors of Friends for Youth, a mentoring nonprofit for at-risk youth, and as a Clinical Director for A Home Within, pro bono psychotherapy for children and teens who are in foster care. She volunteers with grieving children at Kara, a nonprofit providing grief support services. She is a Master in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She earned her Juris Doctor at Louisiana State University, and in her first career practiced law in Louisiana and Texas.

Sara can be contacted at:

tsuboisara@gmail.com

650-996-5844

Connecticut

Diane Dioguardi, LPC, RPT, CAAPT, CAEBS

Diane is Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified Animal Ethology and Behavior Specialist in Connecticut and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York. She is currently working with children, adolescents and their caregivers in an outpatient clinic setting in New Milford, CT where she partners with her eight-year-old golden retriever Shannon who is AAPT-Approved and a Certified Facility Therapy Dog. Diane and Shannon tirelessly dedicate their days to working with children and adolescents who are struggling to overcome and cope with challenges, such as past traumatic experiences. When working with clients Diane incorporates into her practice play therapy and Animal Assisted Play Therapy®, with the help of Shannon, to create a nonthreatening therapeutic environment that allows individuals to feel safe, understood and supported so they can reach their goals. The use of playful and creative activities, which are both fun and help target clients’ interests, help to decrease clients' resistance to the therapy process and create a trusting therapeutic relationship. Having Shannon in the playroom not only helps the clients engage more fully but, due to Shannon’s extraordinary ability to connect with children and adolescents, makes them feel special, accepted and loved, something that the clients we work with often lack in their lives. In addition Diane partners with Shannon during group therapy work and has created the BARK group, an anti-bullying social skills group where children and adolescents Build Acceptance Respect and Kindness towards themselves and others.

Diane is also a licensed veterinary technician and worked for over twenty years in the veterinary field as her first career. She has a strong background in animal behavior and canine training as a result of her experiences in veterinary medicine and showing her dogs in both conformation and obedience trials throughout the years. Diane’s present career is a dream come true as it combines her passion for helping individuals overcome traumatic experiences with her lifelong passion for the healing powers of the human-animal bond.

Presently Diane is training her second therapy dog, Takoda, a chocolate labrador retriever who became part of the family this past year. Though he is still young, Takoda has the innate traits, friendly temperament, and playfulness that will make him a wonderful AAPT dog. Diane is currently working with Takoda on becoming a Canine Good Citizen and will transition to more formal therapy dog training in the near future. Diane is actively working on starting a part-time private practice, in addition to her current work, where she can continue to partner with Shannon and Takoda to help others in an empathetic, nonjudgmental, supportive and creative therapeutic environment.

Diane can be contacted at:

diane@shannonsplacefc.com

914-760-8456

dianedioguardi.com

Florida

Tara Moser, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT

Tara Moser is the owner of Delta Family Counseling in Cape Coral, Florida, a private practice with a community heart! Tara specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families as well as supervising interns and providing training. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor in Florida and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She specializes in play therapy and also involves her dogs and hamsters in AAPT as a Certified AAPT Therapist-Supervisor. Her specialty areas are developmental needs, attachment, high conflict divorce, suicide prevention, trauma, and more.

Tara is the founder of Pawsitive Kids Camp, Inc., a collaborative non-profit camp offered to children during school breaks. It integrates AAPT and rescue dogs while helping children to work on self-control, self-esteem, boundaries, communication and social skills. At the same time, the children help the dogs to become more adoptable and to teach them some basic training skills.

Tara and her husband are the authors of an award-winning children's book, Bode the Beach Dog: Life is RUFF!, based on one of Tara's first AAPT dogs, Bode, and the amazing experiences he provided children. It focuses on helping children overcome their fears. Tara has been honored as Social Worker of the Year and Social Work Educator of the Year awards (Florida National Association of Social Workers) and the Viola Brody Play Therapist of the Year (Florida Association for Play Therapy). She is also a recipient of the IIAAPT Kirrie Award for her contributions to AAPT.

Tara can be contacted at:

Tara Moser, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT-S

Delta Family Counseling, LLC

www.deltafamilycounseling.com

tara@deltafamilycounseling.com

239-540-1155

Heather Payne, LMHC, RPT-S, CAAPT, CT


Heather is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, a Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist, and a Certified Thanatologist. Heather works in private practice at Delta Family Counseling, LLC in Cape Coral, Florida where she practices play therapy and Animal Assisted Play Therapy® with her approved AAPT dog Griffin and a hamster named Squirtle. Her other dog, Gretchen, sometimes visits the office. She works with children and families from age two years on. She is also the Pediatric and Pregnancy Bereavement Coordinator for Lee Health, the region’s largest hospital system, and provides grief support and education to families who have lost a child from pregnancy through eighteen years of age. She facilitates support groups for pregnancy and infant loss, and for parents of critically ill infants in the Golisano Children’s Hospital NICU. Her special interests include trauma, grief and loss, and perinatal mental health. She is a Qualified Supervisor for mental health counseling interns. She is active in staff education and has presented at the local and national level on topics of self-care, ethics, and grief and loss.

Heather can be contacted at:

Delta Family Counseling, LLC

www.deltafamilycounseling.com

heather@deltafamilycounseling.com

239-540-1155

Georgia

Brooke Robillard, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT

Brooke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and a Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist who lives in Aragon, GA. She has a small private practice and works a few evenings each week with her canine, Zoë. During the day, she is a farmer and a homeschooling mom of 3 children ages 12, 10 and 8. Brooke enjoys being outside and working, rather playing, with her children and her animals. She has been in the field of social work since she graduated high school and has over 19 years of experience working with children who have been abused and traumatized. In her spare time, she and her husband volunteer as youth soccer coaches for the YMCA and enjoy building relationships with the pre-teens they coach. Her dream, which is currently in the making, is building her practice on her farm, and using her farm animals in her therapy work.

Brooke can be reached at:

Brooke@Robillard.com

706-331-0207

 

Tracy Turner-Bumberry, LPC, RPT-S, CAAPT

Tracy Turner-Bumberry is the owner of Seva Counseling LLC in Milledgeville GA. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, Certified Autism Specialist and, in 2020 earned her Animal Assisted Play Therapist™ certification. She is also an AutPlay Therapy trainer and author of three books. In addition to her private practice, Tracy travels the country conducting workshops on AutPlay Therapy and Play Therapy interventions to help with emotion regulation.
Tracy currently brings her dog Carly to her Play Therapy office. Carly is AAPT approved, as well as having earned her Puppy Star, Canine Good Citizen, Therapy Dog and Novice Trick Dog certificates through the AKC. Carly loves spending time with clients, and although she knows many tricks, she seems to mostly enjoy laying down next to clients and getting belly rubs!

 

Tracy can be contacted at:

478-387-0576

187 Roberson Mill Road #203
Milledgeville GA 31061

Idaho

Lauren Symmonds Aboussie, LCSW, RPT, CAAPT

Lauren Symmonds Aboussie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist and Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist. Lauren has been in the field of social work for 10 years and has worked as a children’s therapist for 6 years. Lauren currently works at Warm Springs Counseling Center in Boise, Idaho where she works with children of all ages and their families to help foster healthier relationships and communication patterns. Lauren is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Animal Assisted Play Therapy®. Lauren uses a mix of art, play, bibliotherapy, story-telling and Animal Assisted Play Therapy® to help children feel empowered and loved.

Lauren is also on the board of a local non-profit, Mini Joys Inc., that works with mini horses to promote hope, joy and healing for children facing physical, mental or emotional challenges. Lauren is a native Idahoan and grew up on a farm in Boise where she learned a love for animals that she now incorporates into her work. When she and her AAPT-approved canine assistant, Stevie, are not in the office, they enjoy taking advantage of anything Idaho’s beautiful mountains and rivers have to offer including running, camping and backpacking.

 

Lauren can be contacted at:

208-343-7797 ext. 1508

laboussie@childrenshomesociety.com

Tori Beauclaire, LCPC, RPT-S, CAAPT

Tori Beauclaire is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist who lives and works in Boise, Idaho. She has twenty-five years experience in the mental health field working with children, adults, and families. Tori works as a Pediatric Mental Health Therapist for St. Luke’s Health System and as a Clinician at Warm Springs Counseling Center. She enjoys providing play therapy to children; assisting their parents with parenting challenges; and including her Greyhound, Charlie, in her counseling work whenever possible. As far back as she can remember, Tori has loved animals. She currently volunteers for Greyhound Rescue of Idaho and Best Friends Animal Society.

 

Tori can be contacted at:

toribeauclaire@gmail.com

 

Illinois

Cyndie Kieffer, LCSW, CPP-AAPT

Cyndie Kieffer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois who combines her passion for helping people with her love of dogs. Cyndie is a Certified Professional Practitioner of Animal Assisted Play Therapy through the IIAAPT. Along with seeing children in a private practice setting she also advocates for individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities through Southern Illinois Case Coordination Services. Cyndie enjoys helping others share their animals’ unique talents through involvement with Pet Partners as an evaluator, instructor and also a handler. She has authored several articles about animal assisted interventions. Additionally, she has spoken at many national, as well as state-level, conferences on the topic of animal assisted interventions. When she is not running around with her dogs she enjoys discovering new wineries with her husband, traveling and reading. Cyndie is currently assisted by Jack and Dori, Approved AAPT Dogs.

Cyndie can be contacted at:

618-240-0319

sit.stay.heal@hotmail.com

Kansas

Karla Hartlep, MS, LCMFT, RPT, CAAPT

Karla is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified Animal Assisted Therapist in Wichita, Kansas.  Karla has twenty years of experience working with children impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder with accompanying communication difficulties and challenging behavior.  Karla is presently Assistant Director of Pediatric Services and a Behavioral Health Therapist at Heartspring, located in Wichita, Kansas.  Karla takes a collaborative approach working with other disciplines within the organization, including Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, an Audiologist, and Applied Behavior Analysis professionals to meet the individual needs of the children served.
Josie—an AAPT approved dog—frequently accompanies Karla to help children and their caregivers build relationships, social skills, play skills, coping skills, and problem-solving skills.   In a goal-driven context, the presence of Josie provides a creative and relaxed atmosphere for children and their parents to learn and grow.  Kappy, a Golden Retriever is presently in training for her AAPT approval.

Karla can be contacted at:

316-634-8710

khartlep@heartspring.org

Jill Robinson, LCSW, LSCSW, RPT™, CAS, CAAPT

Jill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Missouri, Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW) in Kansas, and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). She is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy), is a Certified AutPlay Therapy Provider, and a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS). Jill is an adjunct professor at Park University and a co-owner of Clinical Counseling Associates of Kansas City LLC, a private practice in Liberty, MO and Mission, KS. Jill is passionate about helping individuals meet their goals and enhance their well-being. Jill works with all ages, including children (ages 2 and up), adolescents, adults, and couples. Before entering private practice, she worked in hospice and at a psychiatric hospital providing group therapy.

Jill is a Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist (CAAPT) who works with her AAPT-approved dog Mika, a Siberian Husky. Mika enjoys hiking, playing with her brother and sister, eating treats, and learning new tricks. Jill also has a cat, Todd, and two other Siberian Huskies, Ahri and Biscuit.

Jill can be contacted at:

Clinical Counseling Associates of Kansas City LLC
100 Westwoods Drive
Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: 913-721-6511

Website: www.clinicalcounselingassociates.org

Email: JRobinsonMSW@gmail.com

Michigan

Mary Rottier, Ed.D., LPC, RPT-S, CAAPT

Dr. Mary Rottier is the owner of Pawsitive Counseling Center, a private practice with offices in Michigan and Georgia. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist, Internationally Credentialed Sand Tray Therapist, and Certified Child Trauma Specialist with over twenty years of clinical experience. She obtained her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology. She also serves as the school counselor at Fremont Christian School.

Dr. Rottier has over 20 years of experience with animal assisted therapy in a variety of settings. She has presented on the topic of Animal Assisted Play Therapy® both nationally and internationally and has written several articles in the field. In 2008, her first play therapy dog, Razz, helped her complete the first controlled study involving canines in play therapy. Since then, she has had multiple trained therapy dogs to include Keegan and Jenga as well as her two current canine partners, Cali (age 4) and Fisher (age 5). Cali loves to play soccer and Fisher loves a good game of fetch. Both dogs are breed champions and have earned multiple agility titles.

Dr. Rottier has been training and showing dogs for 23 years and is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC as well as a certified therapy dog evaluator. She has volunteered much of her time with West Michigan Therapy Dogs, which is a formal animal assisted therapy program. She and her dogs have made rounds at the local hospital and cancer treatment center and have participated in reading programs in schools and libraries, Dr. Rottier’s current AAPT®-approved animal partner, Cali, has earned the AKC Advanced Therapy Dog title which means she has made over 100 therapy dog visits.

Dr. Mary Rottier can be reached at:

mary@pawsitivecounselingcenter.com
www.pawsforhealing.com

231-923-8568

Office address:
106 South Stewart Ave, Fremont, MI 49412

Missouri

Jill Robinson, LCSW, LSCSW, RPT™, CAS, CAAPT

Jill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Missouri, Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW) in Kansas, and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). She is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy), is a Certified AutPlay Therapy Provider, and a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS). Jill is an adjunct professor at Park University and a co-owner of Clinical Counseling Associates of Kansas City LLC, a private practice in Liberty, MO and Mission, KS. Jill is passionate about helping individuals meet their goals and enhance their well-being. Jill works with all ages, including children (ages 2 and up), adolescents, adults, and couples. Before entering private practice, she worked in hospice and at a psychiatric hospital providing group therapy.

Jill is a Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist (CAAPT) who works with her AAPT-approved dog Mika, a Siberian Husky. Mika enjoys hiking, playing with her brother and sister, eating treats, and learning new tricks. Jill also has a cat, Todd, and two other Siberian Huskies, Ahri and Biscuit.

Jill can be contacted at:

Clinical Counseling Associates of Kansas City LLC
100 Westwoods Drive
Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: 913-721-6511

Website: www.clinicalcounselingassociates.org

Email: JRobinsonMSW@gmail.com

New Jersey

Ana Dasilva, LCSW-C, RPT, CAAPT, CATP

Ana is a child, adolescent, and family therapist who uses an eclectic approach when treating clients and families, allowing each individual and family to be treated using the most helpful modality shown to be most effective for treating a particular concern. She and Willy (therapy dog) are dedicated to helping clients and families improve their quality of life. Ana’s work with clients and families begins with engagement and trust building because this is a key component to effective and quality service provision. She has experience working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, anger, behavioral problems, trauma, relational and adjustment issues, concerns related to chronic medical conditions, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, and developmental concerns. Ana loves working with adoptive children and families. She works with the family to ensure ongoing stability, permanency, and well-being. Ana helps family members strengthen their relationships and deepen their bond.

Hello, My Name is Willy and I am a therapy dog. I love working with children who are struggling. Life can be ruff, but I am here to help you in every step of the way. I am pawsitive that you and I will be best buddies and I will help you wag more and worry less. You and I will learn to dig life. I will help you unleash your talents, learn new tricks, chase after your dreams, sniff out negativity, and furever love yourself. If you need a faithful, loyal, and super duper fun friend, I am here for you! I will show you that life can be Pawsitively Amazing.

Contact by phone: 240-483-3850

Jennifer Celli, LPC, RPT, CAAPT

Jennifer is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and Registered Play Therapist working with children, adolescents, and their families since 2000. She specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) providing evidence-based treatment for suicidal/self-injurious children, adolescents, young adults and their families. In addition, Jennifer provides Play Therapy and EMDR treatment in her practice.

Jennifer has been intensively trained in Animal Assisted Therapy. This process is used to influence clients as the animals soothe to bring a loving and non-judgmental presence, often breaking down barriers that isolate clients whom experience physical and emotional difficulties. Jennifer and Matilda, her English mastiff and therapy partner, are certified in Animal Assisted Play Therapy® through the International Institute of Animal Assisted Play Therapy® and in AAT through Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs. She has also qualified as a Mental Health Specialist through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.

Her outpatient practice is located in Lawrenceville, NJ. Jennifer and Matilda often provide individual and family therapy to children and adolescents who struggle with anxiety and other emotional dysregulation issues.

Jenn can be reached at:

jennifer.celli@gmail.com

cell (908) 839-6585

Office address:
168 Franklin Corner Road, Suite 201
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(Suite B210 until 4/1/19)

New York

Diane Dioguardi, LPC, RPT, CAAPT, CAEBS

Diane is Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified Animal Ethology and Behavior Specialist in Connecticut and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York. She is currently working with children, adolescents and their caregivers in an outpatient clinic setting in New Milford, CT where she partners with her eight-year-old golden retriever Shannon who is AAPT-Approved and a Certified Facility Therapy Dog. Diane and Shannon tirelessly dedicate their days to working with children and adolescents who are struggling to overcome and cope with challenges, such as past traumatic experiences. When working with clients Diane incorporates into her practice play therapy and Animal Assisted Play Therapy®, with the help of Shannon, to create a nonthreatening therapeutic environment that allows individuals to feel safe, understood and supported so they can reach their goals. The use of playful and creative activities, which are both fun and help target clients’ interests, help to decrease clients' resistance to the therapy process and create a trusting therapeutic relationship. Having Shannon in the playroom not only helps the clients engage more fully but, due to Shannon’s extraordinary ability to connect with children and adolescents, makes them feel special, accepted and loved, something that the clients we work with often lack in their lives. In addition Diane partners with Shannon during group therapy work and has created the BARK group, an anti-bullying social skills group where children and adolescents Build Acceptance Respect and Kindness towards themselves and others.

Diane is also a licensed veterinary technician and worked for over twenty years in the veterinary field as her first career. She has a strong background in animal behavior and canine training as a result of her experiences in veterinary medicine and showing her dogs in both conformation and obedience trials throughout the years. Diane’s present career is a dream come true as it combines her passion for helping individuals overcome traumatic experiences with her lifelong passion for the healing powers of the human-animal bond.

Presently Diane is training her second therapy dog, Takoda, a chocolate labrador retriever who became part of the family this past year. Though he is still young, Takoda has the innate traits, friendly temperament, and playfulness that will make him a wonderful AAPT dog. Diane is currently working with Takoda on becoming a Canine Good Citizen and will transition to more formal therapy dog training in the near future. Diane is actively working on starting a part-time private practice, in addition to her current work, where she can continue to partner with Shannon and Takoda to help others in an empathetic, nonjudgmental, supportive and creative therapeutic environment.

Diane can be contacted at:

diane@shannonsplacefc.com

914-760-8456

dianedioguardi.com

Pennsylvania

Jamie Brett Moniak, MS, LPC, CPP-AAPT

Jamie Brett Moniak is the owner of In Balance Studio in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Professional Practitioner of Animal Assisted Play Therapy. Since her first introduction to play therapy in 1998, Jamie has sought out extensive training in Play Therapy, Filial (parent-child) Play Therapy and Animal-Assisted Play Therapy®. More recently, she has evolved her practice to include Social-Emotional Thinking Skills, Emotional Freedom Technique, Mindfulness, and Reiki.

In Balance Studio is dedicated to building calm minds, calm bodies, and positive connections for children, teens, and families. All counseling practices are based on the belief that we learn best in the present moment, in connection with others, when we feel safe, and when we are having fun. Unique to In Balance Studio is two approved Animal-Assisted Play Therapy dogs: Baxter and Sarah. Baxter is a Chocolate-Lab mix with a loving nature. He loves to learn and do tricks…anything for a treat! Many kids work with him on improving his listening and regulating his impulsiveness. Sarah is a American Staffordshire Terrier with a happy and sweet nature. She loves to meet new people, giving them lots of licks! Kids love to help Sarah find ways to overcome her anxiety so she can have fun doing tricks too!

Jamie can be contacted at:

717-623-1860
jamie@inbalancestudio.org
www.inbalancestudio.org

Stephanie Bridgehouse, LPC, CPP-AAPT

Stephanie Bridgehouse is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Lancaster Pennsylvania who is dedicated to helping children and families with the help of her beloved animals. Stephanie is a Certified Professional Practitioner of Animal Assisted Play Therapy® and is assisted by her AAPT-Approved dog Bailey. Using fun and creative activities , she and Bailey provide comfort and healing to children and families in her small private practice as well as in school where she works as a school counselor. Stephanie specializes in working with children ages 4 – 18 who experience anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, school difficulties as well as trauma. She has been working with children and families for over 25 years.

Bailey enjoys being close to all people, playing with his ball, belly rubs, treats and playing games created by Stephanie and their clients to help address treatment goals.

Stephanie can be contacted at:
sjbridgehouse@comcast.net
717-882-7336

Jennifer Celli, LPC, RPT, CAAPT

Jennifer is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and Registered Play Therapist working with children, adolescents, and their families since 2000. She specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) providing evidence-based treatment for suicidal/self-injurious children, adolescents, young adults and their families. In addition, Jennifer provides Play Therapy and EMDR treatment in her practice.

Jennifer has been intensively trained in Animal Assisted Therapy. This process is used to influence clients as the animals soothe to bring a loving and non-judgmental presence, often breaking down barriers that isolate clients whom experience physical and emotional difficulties. Jennifer and Matilda, her English mastiff and therapy partner, are certified in Animal Assisted Play Therapy® through the International Institute of Animal Assisted Play Therapy® and in AAT through Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs. She has also qualified as a Mental Health Specialist through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.

Her outpatient practice is located in Lawrenceville, NJ. Jennifer and Matilda often provide individual and family therapy to children and adolescents who struggle with anxiety and other emotional dysregulation issues.

Jenn can be reached at:

jennifer.celli@gmail.com

cell (908) 839-6585

Office address:
168 Franklin Corner Road, Suite 201
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(Suite B210 until 4/1/19)

Leah M. Corrigan, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, CPP-AAPT

Leah Corrigan is a licensed professional counselor, nationally certified counselor and therapist with TEAMCare Behavioral Health in Lancaster, PA. In addition to her work as a therapist, Leah has been in the field of counseling for 28 years and has worked as an elementary school counselor for the School District of Lancaster. Leah is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Animal Assisted Play Therapy®. Prior to working as a school counselor and therapist, Leah was the Education Director and a crisis response counselor for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center in Lancaster, PA. Leah uses strength-based, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, a mix of play, bibliotherapy, and Animal Assisted Play Therapy® to support children, teens and adults in improving mental and physical wellness and recognize their potential.

Leah can be contacted at:

leahmcorrigan@gmail.com

Jacqueline George, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT-S

Jacque George began practicing Child Centered Play Therapy in 1990 and has worked in preschool settings, in school with severely emotionally disturbed children, in outpatient settings, and currently in a private practice in York, Pennsylvania. She is a LCSW and a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor (RPT-S) who enjoys teaching the next generation of therapists, whether they are interns, graduates working toward their license, or participants at one of the many workshops Jacque leads. Jacque served on the Utah Association for Play Therapy Board of Directors, and she has been involved with the Pennsylvania APT Board of Directors since 2002. She served as President of PA APT for four years and received the Guerney Award from PA APT for excellence in promoting the field of play therapy.

Jacque is passionate about working with children and adults from families of domestic violence and is certified as a Diplomate of Clinical Forensic Counseling in the field of domestic violence. Her work as part of a research project funded by the state of Utah regarding treatment for children of domestic violence was published in The Journal of Emotional Abuse. Jacque also specializes in working with survivors of incest and sexual assault.

In 2015 Jacque became a Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist (CAAPT), and she has received the Kirrie Award for dedication to the development of the field of Animal Assisted Play Therapy®. Jacque has two cats who work with her: Deyanna, a Ragdoll cat who is very laid back and calm, and Skippy, a gregarious orange tabby who is constantly on the move. Both love being with clients and they add a dynamic element to the therapy process!

Jacque can be contacted at:

cats.upwithJacque@gmail.com

717-578-3664

 

Sarah LeBoon, MSW, LCSW, QCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT

Ms. LeBoon is a holistic and empathetic psychotherapist providing various modalities for ‘Emotional Clarity’ and self-awareness. Clinical therapy services offered range from Children, Adolescents, Adults, Families, and Couples. She is experienced in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Trauma/Abuse, Grief/Loss, and other emotional issues and diagnoses. Sarah facilitates various Group Therapy Sessions for Grief and Loss for children and adults; Play Sand Therapy and Teen Therapy. Supervision provided to clinicians acquiring hours for their LCSW and RPT.

Sarah is a Certified Animal Assisted Play therapist since 2018 and involves two brothers, Rocky and Oro, who are Havanese. They are great with children and adults, and both are friendly and patient. Rocky is very food motivated which allows for many different animal assisted play interventions. He has a great smile when he greets his clients. Oro loves to play with his toys, belly rubs, and sometimes shows off his weakness of being stubborn which makes for great learning for kids.

Sarah can be reached at:

Phone: (610) 745.0318

Email: sarah@theartofemotion.com

1220 Valley Forge Road Suite 38
PO BOX 987 PMB 91
Valley Forge PA 19482

psychologytoday.com

 

Haley Moskella, LCSW, CPP-AAPT


Haley has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work. She has worked in the human services field as a social worker for 6 years, with experience in a hospital setting, domestic violence agency, and her most recent experience in private practice doing therapy with children. Haley is currently working toward her Registered Play Therapist credential. In 2015, Haley began her AAPT journey with her Pitbull Mix Terrier, Amora. Despite the challenges that Amora’s breed sometimes raises due to considerable misunderstanding of it, she has been an asset to Haley’s work and the practice where they work. Amora is sure to bring many smiles and much laughter to all she meets. In July 2017, Haley earned her Certified Professional Practitioner of AAPT, and Amora became an Approved AAPT Dog.

While in the play therapy room, Amora enjoys playing hide-n-seek, learning new tricks, and playing games created by Haley to address the clients’ treatment goals. On those lazy dog days, Amora enjoys cuddling up close to clients to they can share their feelings with her or read her a book. Haley and Amora work mostly with kids who experience anxiety, self-esteem issues, ADHD, and attachment issues. She is located in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. Please contact Haley for availability.

Haley can be contacted at:

610-739-4882

hjboyko324@yahoo.com

Laura Tauzin, MS, MT-BC, NCC, LPC, RPT, CAAPT

Laura is a licensed professional counselor in PA, a National Certified Counselor, a Board-Certified Music Therapist, a Registered Play Therapist, and a Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist.  She has worked with children, teens, adults, and families for the past 24 years in an array of settings.  Laura is the owner of Sound Health Counseling Solutions, LLC, a private practice in York, PA where she integrates the creative arts (namely music, play, and counseling) with clients of all ages.  Specialty areas include: ADHD, anxiety, high functioning autism, developmental disabilities, adjustment disorders, and grief/loss.

Cody, her AAPT-approved canine therapy partner, is a golden-doodle.  He is the newest addition to therapy.  He enjoys working with children, teens, and adults.  Outside of work he enjoys games, agility activities, hiking, swimming, and spending time cuddling.  He is eager to greet others and loves working for treats!

Sarah can be reached at:

Sound Health Counseling Solutions, LLC
York, Pennsylvania

717-373-1743 (business line)

laura@soundhealthcounseling.com (email)

www.soundhealthcounseling.com

 

Katharine Wenocur, DSW, LCSW, RPT, CAAPT


Katharine Wenocur is a graduate of the master’s and doctoral programs in social work at The University of Pennsylvania, where she also teaches an elective on animal assisted therapy. A registered play therapist, Katharine works in private practice with children, young adults, and families, and provides supervision to social workers seeking clinical licensure. She often integrates Winston and Tallulah (“Tally”), her two AAPT-Approved dogs, into her work. Katharine conducted her dissertation research on the implementation of AAPT with children healing from trauma and homelessness, and she hopes to continue conducting research about the human-animal bond.

Katharine can be contacted at:

katharinewenocur@mlcwellness.com

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/katharine-wenocur-haverford-pa/259298

Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC, CAEBC-I

Author Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC, co-creator of the field of Animal Assisted Play Therapy with Tracie Faa-Thompson, is shown here with Josie Patches, Murrie, and Kirrie.

Dr. Risë VanFleet is a co-founder and director of the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy®. She is also the President of the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, Inc., in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, an organization specializing in the training and supervision of child, family, and play therapy professionals. She also provides therapy to families and runs the Playful Pooch Program. She is a Licensed Psychologist (PA), Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with 45 years of clinical, supervisory, administrative, and teaching experience. Her specialties include AAPT, Filial Therapy, chronic medical illness in families, disaster mental health, complex trauma and attachment issues. She has trained and supervised thousands of clinicians internationally. She also provides behavior consultation with family dogs, and specializes in highly fearful, traumatized, unsocialized dogs.

Risë is the author of a number of ground-breaking and award-winning books, and she has authored dozens of articles, chapters, and manuals. Books include (but not limited to) Animal Assisted Play Therapy, Filial Therapy: Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships Through Play, Child-Centered Play Therapy, The Human Half of Dog Training: Collaborating with Clients to Get Results, and more. Her materials have been translated into several languages. She is also featured in several video-based online courses and the American Psychological Association's DVD, Filial Play Therapy. She is on the editorial board of two major journals, and is a past president and board chair of the Association for Play Therapy.

Dr. VanFleet has been the recipient of 16 national and international awards, including the PPA's Distinguished Contributions to the Science and Profession of Psychology Award, several awards for her education and training programs such as APT's Play Therapy Professional Education and Training Award, 5 awards (Maxwell Awards and Special Awards from the DWAA) for her writing, and 2 awards for her wildlife photography.

Dr. VanFleet may be contacted at:

Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC, CAEBC-I

International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy®

PO Box 613, Boiling Springs, PA 17007

www.iiaapt.org - info@iiaapt.org

Texas

Janelle Alford, LPC, RPT, CAAPT

Janelle Alford is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist. She maintains a private practice in Arlington, TX. Janelle’s practice is geared towards providing counseling services to young children, with a focus on ages 2-5, as well as to clients of all ages who are recovering from issues related to complex trauma. Janelle’s primary approaches to work with children are Child-Centered Play Therapy and Animal Assisted Play Therapy®. Janelle completed additional training in expressive arts, biofeedback, and SMART (sensory based/trauma) and also incorporates these modalities into her work with clients. She is currently studying FirstPlay Kinesthetic Storytelling® and DRUMBEAT®.

Janelle’s AAPT-approved animal partners are Bosley, a Catahoula Leopard Dog mix and Kiki, a Siamese mix. Bosley is 9 years old and has been working with Janelle since 2013. Kiki is 11 years old and has been working with Janelle since 2012. Bosley and Kiki are both very easygoing, and their personalities fit well with a Child-Centered Play Therapy approach. Janelle is in the process of training a second potential canine therapy assistant, Tully.

Janelle can be contacted at:

janelle@mdofficemail.com
817-716-0455

Teri Holamon, LPC-S, RPT-S, CAAPT-S, CHST

Teri works full time as a crisis counselor for Garland ISD, one of the 70 largest school districts in the nation. She is stationed at a high school of 3,000 students, and is one of a 13-member team of crisis counselors for 71 campuses and over 60,000 students. Before his retirement this year her canine therapy partner, Gibbs Theradoodle®, (a goldendoodle) accompanied her to elementary, middle and high schools for both guidance and crisis interventions. Gibbs worked tirelessly for weeks in the aftermath of a rare, winter F4 tornado that decimated the area the day after Christmas in2015.

Teri also owns her private practice where she counsels children, adolescents, and families with Gibbs and her other two canine assistants, Zoe (a red toy poodle) and Khaleesi (a tuxedo parti poodle). Gibbs and Zoe are both registered therapy dogs with Intermountain Therapy Animals, as well as registered Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Both have worked extensively with elementary children in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area at libraries, bookstores, and other programs. Gibbs was the R.E.A.D.ing dog for a pilot program at Literacy Instruction for Texas, and worked at a center in one of the poorest areas in Dallas to help children and their families learn to read. Gibbs Theradoodle® is well known in the DFW area as he has his own theme song and music video, Facebook page, agent and modeling career. He has done print work for Pier 1 Imports, and was also seen on national television in the Adolphus Children’s Hospital Christmas parade. He and Zoe have both volunteered at Dallas Children’s Hospital.

Teri is an licensed instructor and evaluator for Intermountain Therapy Animals, as well as a licensed instructor for Reading Education Assistance Dogs. She is a Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist-Supervisor with the IIAAPT.

Teri can be contacted at:

www.teriholamon.com

tholamon@mac.com

214-315-9670

Washington

Wendy Pringle, LMHC, RPT, CAAPT

Wendy Pringle is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Play Therapist and Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist. She lives in Roy, WA and has 25 years of experience working with children, adults and families, specializing in working with children ages 4-14. Wendy is also trained in AutPlay® and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her work has included Head Start, community mental health, clinical supervision for therapists and the position of Director for Pediatric Healthcare Integration. She has an AAS in Early Childhood Education, a BA in Human Development and MA in Counseling Psychology. Bailey is an AKC registered shih tzu who has completed her AKC Therapy Dog Title. Bailey combines her playfulness with a calm, gentle nature to provide a supportive, welcoming and fun space for children engaged in therapy services. She loves people, treats, and tummy rubs. In addition to their AAPT work, Wendy and Bailey have volunteered with hospice and a children’s reading program at the library. Wendy volunteers with a group to support those who are learning to provide visitation to hospitals and nursing homes with their pets.

Wendy and Bailey can be reached at:

pringler@comcast.net
(253) 380-6156

Wisconsin

Erin J. Olheiser, MA, LPC, CPP-AAPT

 

Erin Olheiser is the owner of Positive Insights, LLC a private practice outside of Madison, WI supporting children and their families.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Professional Practitioner of Animal Assisted Play Therapy™.  Erin has worked in the field for nearly 20 years and has worked as part of interdisciplinary teams conducting neurodiagnostic evaluations and supporting children and families with special needs within a large academic medical center as well as serving as a mental health consultant for the state of Wisconsin.  In addition, she has worked as a family dog trainer teaching group dog classes, and as an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.  She opened her private practice in 2018 to combine her passion for working with dogs and children.

Erin has grown up with Dobermans and is dedicated to challenging the breed’s social stigma.  Buster has been a great ambassador for the breed and has proudly earned his Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and is an Approved Animal Assisted Play Therapy™ Dog.  He has been known to support children through happy tail wagging and demonstrations of his trained skills.  He excels in his specialty of a “Doberlean” that supports children’s regulation and has been known to tell a story or two about being misunderstood!!

Contact:
Child Therapy and Counseling | Positive Insights (positive-insights.org)

608-291-0107

erin@positive-insights.org

UNITED KINGDOM

Tracie Faa-Thompson, MA, AASW, PGdipNDPT, CAEBC-I

Tracie Faa-Thompson, BA, Social Work; MA, Crim; PG NDPT, Clin Hypno, Cert EAGALA, Certified Animal Ethology and Behavior Consultant-Instructor, and Certified Filial Therapist and Instructor is also a cofounder of AAPT. She is a specialist social worker in adoption working with traumatised children and their adoptive and foster families in the UK. She is a British Association of Play Therapists Qualified Play Therapist who uses a mix of individual play therapy, Filial Therapy, and group filial methods. Tracie is also a practice teacher of social work students and a trainer in Life Story Work and attachment theory. As a clinical hypnotherapist, Tracie incorporates Eye Movement Integration with Emotional Freedom Technique as an effective approach to trauma. She has conducted training programs for professionals on attachment and resilience, life story work, sibling contact in adoption, introductions of adoptive families and children, Filial Therapy, and AAPT.

Hailing from a Scottish/Romany Traveller family, Tracie has grown up with dogs and horses as integral to her native culture. Tracie is a member of the Classical Riding Club and the founder of Turn About Pegasus, an equine-assisted programme for at-risk youth and also for families with a variety of difficulties. She is EAGALA approved for both mental health and equine specialist roles. She is the founder, and for over 20 years, the Chairman of her local Riding for the Disabled Centre until its recent amalgamation with another purpose-built centre.

Tracie is coauthor of the internationally acclaimed book, Animal Assisted Play Therapy, and author and coauthor of dozens of chapters, articles, and training manuals. She regular conducts AAPT work with all ages as part of her Turn About Pegasus program and conducts training in AAPT throughout the world. Tracie has a lifetime of experience of living and working with dogs and horses and over 30 years of working with vulnerable children and families.

Tracie can be contacted at:

www.aaptbase.uk.com
helpuheal@therapist.net

Lucy Llewellyn, CAAPT -S-I, PG NDPT, AASW, NNEB

Registered with Social Work England & British Association of Play Therapists (PSA)

Lucy became a Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist in 2015. In 2020 she achieved her goals to become an AAPT®️ Instructor and supervisor.

She holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Non-Directive Play Therapy from the University of York, having studied with Dr. Virginia Ryan. Lucy has worked with children and young people for over 30 years since qualifying as a Nursery Nurse (NNEB) in 1981. She went on to study social work and gained the Advanced Award in Social Work in 2001. Lucy is a Certified AutPlay®️Therapist and has also undertaken Advanced Filial Therapy, Level 1 Theraplay and Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy trainings.

Lucy has worked within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health team for over 15 years as well as working for Family Service Unit and Sure Start.

She set up “Paws4Play” in 2009 and has worked with her AAPT Approved dog, Lykke, with children who have experienced abuse, neglect and trauma. Lykke is a rescued Lurcher who loves to play.

Lucy is the proud recipient of The Kirrie Award for outstanding contributions and dedication to the field of Animal Assisted Play Therapy®. Lucy attended the very first AAPT training held in the UK, and she has helped in many capacities with subsequent Level 1 and Level 2 workshops held there in more recent years. Lucy is an assistant dog trainer and relief dog walker at Bronte Canine Care. She is based in West Yorkshire, UK.

Contact Lucy at:

lucyplaytherapy@icloud.com

AUSTRALIA

Krystal Morier, Registered Occupational Therapist, CPP-AAPT

 

Krystal Morier is the director of Kids Compass Paediatric Therapy Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Helping people has been Krystal’s passion for as long as she can remember. This inspired Krystal to open her practice, Kids Compass in 2018. Krystal’s goal with Kids Compass isn’t just to help children and their families therapeutically, but to share with others the same opportunities to ‘find their way’ with professional support, encouragement, and understanding that she had experienced on her journey to pursue her dream of opening her own practice. 

Krystal is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist that enriches her work with children by utilising various play therapy modalities, including Animal Assisted Play Therapy. Krystal works with her beautiful chocolate Labrador, Magick, who is so named because ‘magic’ happens between kids and animals. 

Magick is a beautiful gentle giant whose gaze will melt any heart. Magick loves to play and be with his child clients (especially if they give him special treats). Magick also has a special knack of regulating the kids he sees and knows just when they need a cuddle. 

Krystal and Magick are an intuitive duo who loves incorporating AAPT into their work with children and their families. 

Krystal can be contacted at:

Info@kidscompass.com.au

www.kidscompass.com.au

CANADA

Lisa Evans, RP, RPT-S, CAAPT

Lisa Evans is a Registered Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor(RPT-S), Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist, and is trained in the Neuro Sequential Model of Therapeutics. Lisa lives in the beautiful wilderness city of Whitehorse, in Yukon, Canada. She has been working with children and families for over 20 years, both as a school counsellor and in private practice.  She has spent much of her career helping children heal from trauma through play therapy…and now Animal Assisted Play Therapy. Lisa first experienced the therapeutic power of animals 10 years ago when she starting bringing her Labrador Retriever to school. Lisa’s current lovely canine therapy partner, Luna, is a F1 Labradoodle who came into her life in January, 2017.   Lisa began pursuing AAPT certification the following year.  Luna, since she was eight weeks old, has been a therapeutic partner with Lisa in her role as school counsellor at Takhini Elementary.  They work together teaching social skills in the classroom, and with children in individual and group play therapy sessions.  Luna also meets with children on the playground, and on “Luna walks,” offering connection, companionship and fun.  From her morning visits with the school administrative assistant to helping calm a dysregulated child, she makes a difference in people’s lives. Luna regularly brightens up someone’s day, and as proclaimed from a student, “Luna is a little piece of heaven.” Lisa and Luna also work together as therapy partners with children, in Lisa’s part-time private practice.  They spend their leisure time running, mountain biking, skiing, and hiking in the beautiful wilderness of the Yukon.

Lisa can be contacted at:

(867)332-2307

levanscounselling@icloud.com

SINGAPORE

Yvonne Leong, CPP-AAPT

Yvonne specializes in working with differently abled children. She develops fun activities to help these children work on areas such as learning about big emotions and practicing coping skills. Having a therapy dog around to assist in the play sessions help the children shift their focus away from themselves. At the same time, they have lots of fun learning and practicing their skills with a furry friend. If only all learning could be done through play, how wonderful that would be!

Yvonne’s AAPT-approved dog is a Singapore Special (local mixed breed) named Dex. He thinks he can solve all of the world’s problems if he can get everyone to stop and give him belly rubs! He is also always up for a game or two. Yvonne was a volunteer at a local animal-assisted therapy group between 2012-2019 and has also been volunteering at an after-school care centre in Singapore for children with special needs. She is working on starting a part-time private practice and is based in Singapore.

Yvonne can be contacted at:

Email: leong.yvonne@gmail.com

SOUTH AFRICA

Monique van Loggerenberg, PhD

Monique van Loggerenberg, PhD, is a Registered Specialist Wellness Counsellor, Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist, and Multi-level Neuro-Processing Trauma Therapist. She lives in the tranquil small town in the heart of South Africa, called Bultfontein. Monique has been working with adults, children, families and corporate clientele for over 12 years, to restore broken relationships, resolve trauma and facilitate corporate team building events whereby colleagues learn how to resolve conflict and build better relationships. The inclusion of animals in her therapeutic work assists in the facilitation of sometimes difficult situations. This work led to a formal doctoral-level research study whereby she investigated the effect of Equine Assisted Play Therapy® on victims of bullying and concluded that the inclusion of an animal assisted the therapeutic process and emotional healing of the victims. She includes both horses (Blondie – a Palamino Mare; and Bushy – a Basotho Gelding) and a dog (Lilly – a French Poodle) during therapy sessions. Clients are able to choose if they prefer to work with horses or with the dog. Monique and Lilly also work together as therapy partners at an organization called Families South Africa (FAMSA) where they assist families to resolve conflict and assist children to overcome behavioural problems.

Monique can be contacted at:

Dr. Van Loggerenberg can be contacted at:

+27 83 271 2877

monique@effectivetherapyc.co.za

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