Certified AAPT Professionals

Debora McManus, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT

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