|Barbara van Hoff is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an AAMFT approved supervisor. She is also a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She received her master’s in family therapy from Southern Connecticut State University and worked in private practice in CT until moving to NH in January of 2008. She opened New Hope North, a private practice in Lebanon, NH, in January of 2009. In addition to her practice, Barbara loves to teach. She has taught many play therapy classes and workshops both in CT and in NH. She has also taught workshops at the regional level. In the coming year she will be teaching at the national APT conference in CA, and at the British Columbia APT conference in Vancouver. She is a graduate of the national APT Leadership Academy. Barbara has been on the New England APT board for 13 years, most recently as president. She is now the NEAPT past president as of November, 2016. Barbara’s community involvement includes being on the board of the Special Needs Support Center and also being involved in her church. She has been married for over 35 years to her husband, Jack, and has 5 grown sons, 2 daughters-in-law and 2 grandsons. Along with babysitting for her grandchildren, she loves gardening and has recently learned to love zumba! Barb can be reached at email@example.com|
|Stefani Misiph is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor in a private practice in Framingham, MA. She has recently become 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 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 recently 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or at 617-645-2193|
|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|
|Susan Gestal, MA, LPC, RPT 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 of NEAPT and can be reached at email@example.com and 201-554-9085|
|Julie Nash, Ph.D., RPT-S is a representative to the Board from Connecticut. She is currently working at the Community Health Center where she plays multiple roles as therapist, training director for the psychology postdoctoral residency, and foster care clinic coordinator. In addition to providing therapy to the underserved, she performs evaluations with children who recently entered the foster care system. Dr. Nash also teaches through Post University and recently started a private practice in the fall and will hopefully including both therapy and training workshops. The author of multiple book chapters on play therapy theory and use, Dr. Nash enjoys sharing the power of play with anyone who will listen! To reach Julie via email please write- Drjulienash@hotmail.com|
Joyce Johnson, M.Ed., MS, LCHMC, RPT is a child and adoloscent therapist at Dartmouth Hitchcock Psychiatric Associates in Lebanon, NH and she is on the faculty at Dartmouth College, Geisel School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. She received a master’s in special education from Plymouth State University and is a certified special educator and guidance couneslor in NH. Joyce went on to earn a second master’s degree in community mental health from SNHU. Joyce has extensive community involvment in New Hampshire, she is a graduate of the UNH’s Institute on Disability’s Leadership program, earning an award in advocacy in 2004. Previously Joyce served on the board of the Autism Society of NH and The Governor’s council on Disability. Currently Joyce is on the Board of NE APT, and on the board of New Hampshire’s Becoming an Outdoorswoman where she shares her passion for all things outdoors. Joyce is the mother of two teenagers, her daughter, Emma experiences autism, and her son Ethan is a sports fantatic. Joyce is a competitive runner her most recent and proud accomplishment was the Tough Mudder endurance race.
|Wendy Monahan, M.S., School Counselor at Stowe Elementary School, and Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor (RPT – S). Her 18 years of experience includes counseling children in the school setting individually and in small groups. In October 2008, Wendy was the honored recipient of the James F. Cawley Award for “Outstanding School Counselor of the Year” awarded to her by the Vermont School Counselor Association. She has taught play therapy at the graduate level, provided numerous play therapy trainings, supervised practicing clinicians and was the President of the Vermont School Counselor Association. Her specialty is adapting play therapy techniques to fit the unique challenges of school schedules, groupings and setting. Wendy can be reached at Wendy.Monahan@stoweschools.com|