JESSICA COSBY LPC, RPT-S
WHAT I DO FOR THE BOARD:
I am currently serving as a Western region training coordinator, but COVID has stalled efforts to move forward in this role.
WHY AND WHEN I JOINED THE BOARD:
I joined the board last year because Jean Camberg, my mentor, had always encouraged me to do so. I have enjoyed this community and wish I would have joined years ago.
I PLAY AT (WHERE I WORK AND WHAT I DO FOR FUN):
I have a private practice in Clarion, PA. I enjoy the outdoors- hiking, kayaking, boating. My family has a camp on the Clarion River and it has been a great escape during a time when vacations have been cancelled.
WHERE I LEARNED TO PLAY (SCHOOL/TRAININGS):
I earned my Community Counseling/Child & Adolescent Specialization/Elementary School certification/ degree from Slippery Rock University. I attended a one day conference at IUP as a school counselor and had the privilege of learning about play therapy from Dr. Garry Landreth. Following that experience, I joined a cohort at Harbor House Trainings and pursued play therapy credentialing.
WHY PLAY THERAPY:
I am passionate about my work with children and I immediately fell in love with the approach.
MY FAVORITE PLAY THERAPY BOOK (WHY?):
I love Landreth’s Art of the Relationship. I am currently reading Schaefer’s The Therapeutic Powers of Play: 20 Core Agents of Change and wish I would have read it earlier in my career as a play therapist.
MY FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK:
I really like Hey Warrior by Karen Young. Many of the children visiting my office present with anxiety symptoms and this book does a fantastic job describing the mind/body connection. The book is informative and beautifully illustrated.
MY FAVORITE PLAY THERAPY TECHNIQUE:
I most often use Child-Centered Play Therapy and sand play therapy.
MY FAVORITE PLAY THERAPY QUOTE:
“Play is the highest form of research.” Albert Einstein