I'm pictured with Dr. Garry Landreth, who created Child Centered Play Therapy.
Over the years I have been able to attend many national APT conferences all over the country and have been trained by most of the legends in our field- from Eliana Gil and Violet Oaklander to Kevin O'Conner and Charles Schaefer and more. Through my work with TNAPT I have been able to bring in many of the "greats" to Tennessee as well. I still continue to learn new things and often get to combine my love of learning more about play therapy with travel opportunities to different parts of the country, sometimes with my family which is always an extra bonus.
Why am I so passionate about play therapy? It truly is the best way to "reach children", going back to those same first words when I was introduced to it back in 1990. Play is the language of children and there is mounting research supporting play therapy as an evidence-based treatment modality.
I also have to include that the worlds of imagination, make-believe and puppetry were forever opened to me as a child by watching such great shows as Mister Roger's Neighborhood and Sesame Street. I truly believed that Mister Rogers was speaking directly to me when he would say daily: "There's no person in the whole world just like you, and I like you just the way you are!" Now I get to speak those same words to children; sometimes as me, sometimes as a puppet character, but always with meaning. (And while I don't have the cardigan, I do sometimes have the sneakers!)