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|Julie Nash, Ph.D., RPT-SDr. Julie Nash is a licensed clinical psychologist and registered play therapist-supervisor. She obtained her Ph.D. at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and completed her internship and postdoctoral residency at the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT. Dr. Nash is the author of multiple book chapters on play therapy, with an interest in the development of social skills and using play therapy to treat social skills deficits. She has presented at national and international conferences on play therapy and has been trained in using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to work with children facing the results of a variety of traumas. The former Foster Care Clinic Coordinator and Training Director of the postdoctoral residency at the Community Health Center, Dr. Nash is now in private practice and teaching graduate level classes in play therapy. Dr. Nash is the owner of Riverside Psychological Associates, LLC in Centerbrook, CT where she provides individual and family therapy sessions for people across the age range. She is the President of the New England Association for Play Therapy|
|Susan Gestal, MA, LPC, RPT is Treasurer and Secretary of the Board. She is a Connecticut State Licensed Professional Counselor, New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. Susan is a Level 1 Theraplay Therapist and has extensive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Susan is an Adjunct Professor at Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. She received her MA from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. She has a private practice in Greenwich, CT where Susan’s areas of interest are attachment, trauma, divorce, sandtray therapy, Theraplay, and parenting. Susan also provides training for caregivers of orphans and at risk children in Jos, Nigeria. Susan has a passion for bringing healing and wholeness to children and families. Susan is serving as the secretary and treasurer of NEAPT and can be reached at email@example.com and 201-554-9085|
|Sara Lunea Swan,LMHC, RPT is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play therapist in a private practice in Jeffersonville, Vermont. Sara is a member of the Lamoille County Multi-disciplinary team which recently opened a Child Advocacy Center. Sara also holds a school counseling license from the Vermont Agency of Education. Her former roles as a school counselor and a mental health clinician has strengthened her ability to help systems understand the trauma response and working with educators to understand the power of play for building resiliency and creating positive coping strategies. Sara loves combining her trauma informed background with the power of purposeful play to support the healing of children. Sara’s self-care is skiing and enjoying her family which includes her dog. Sarah is our conference coordinator. To reach her, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org|
Mary Anne Peabody, Ed.D., LCSW, RPT-S is currently an Assistant Professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department for the University of Southern Maine, a licensed clinical social worker, and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She has provided play therapy or play-based interventions across a number of contexts including: public elementary schools, childrens hospitals, non-profits, as a consultant and in private practice. She has served as Chair of the National Association for Play Therapy and is currently on APTs National Foundation Board. Mary Anne is a graduate of APTs first Leadership Academy group and has remained active in APT for many years, participating in committee work and presenting at both the national conference and internationally. Regionally she was a co-founding member of the APT Maine branch, serving twice as branch president, and helped to co-create the initial play therapy courses at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Her scholarly publications consist of several articles in the International Journal of Play Therapy and a number of chapters in play therapy texts. Additionally, she is the creator of several therapeutic board games, and her most recent interest is as a certified Lego® Serious Play® facilitator which she utilizes in play therapy supervision, consulting with corporate partners and in her research. Mary Anne teaches undergraduate courses that focus on children and families that combine play studies with interpersonal neurobiology and is an active community partner serving in various roles with her local Head Start.
Stefani Misiph is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor in a private practice in Framingham, MA. She is an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University and previously taught at Simmons College. Stefani received her Masters in Expressive Therapy in 2001 and has been working with children and families in a variety of settings since that time. Stefani is currently the Past President of the NEAPT board and has coordinated the annual conferences for the past four years. She maintains the website and welcomes all suggestions for updates. She completed the APT national Leadership Academy. She provides trainings in the area and enjoys the supervision and teaching of play therapy. Stefani is the mother of two young children and enjoys infusing play into all the aspects of her life. Stefani can be reached at email@example.com or at 617-645-2193