WHAT I DO FOR THE BOARD:
I have an interest in supporting the continuing education credits offered by PA APT as well as increasing our membership, especially at the student level.
WHY AND WHEN I JOINED THE BOARD:
I have attended board meetings over the years at the annual PA APT conference. In April 2019, along with my play therapy mentor and friend, I committed to attending board meetings more regularly to increase my understanding of the PA APT board and its operations. I was accepted as a board member in the fall of 2020.
I PLAY AT (WHERE I WORK AND WHAT I DO FOR FUN):
Meadville Community Health Center is where I work as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Outside of work, I play with my son, my dog, my husband, my siblings, and my nieces and nephews. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, gardening, house plants, traveling to national parks, and most recently, baking breads.
WHERE I LEARNED TO PLAY (SCHOOL/TRAININGS):
I was introduced to play therapy during my graduate internship in West Virginia in 2006. I completed my play therapy training in 2015 through Harbor House (Clearfield, Pa) under the instruction of the late Jean Camberg and current PA APT President elect, AnnJane Ross.
WHY PLAY THERAPY:
Play speaks the unspeakable.
MY FAVORITE PLAY THERAPY BOOK (WHY?):
My favorite “play” therapy book is one I use with adults called Recovery of Your Inner Child by Lucia Capacchione. It’s been an excellent resource to help adults heal their inner child through non-dominant hand drawing and dialogue.
MY FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK:
Personally, Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great by Judy Blume. Professionally, I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt—it is great for attachment!
MY FAVORITE PLAY THERAPY TECHNIQUE:
Projective drawings, puppets, and “Smell the Flowers/Blow out the Candles” to teach relaxation breathing.
MY FAVORITE PLAY THERAPY QUOTE:
“I’m here to see the play lady!”—child client