Washington Association for Play Therapy

 Promoting the Healing Power of Play in Washington

President - Jordan Klekamp, LMHC, RPT-S

Jordan Klekamp is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and Washington State Approved Supervisor. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2013 and has since worked with children and families in a variety of clinical settings. Jordan's current clinical focuses are preschool mental health, parenting, and family transitions, and she is passionate about training students and newly graduated therapists in play therapy. Jordan is the owner and director of Atlas Counseling, a Seattle-based group therapy practice that specializes in the treatment of children, teenagers, and their families. www.atlascounselingseattle.com

President Elect - Daisy Vergara, NCC, LMHC, RPT-S

Daisy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. She has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been working with children for over 17 years. She used to be a preschool teacher while in Hawaii, where she considers it home, and she has been working with children therapeutically since 2003. Daisy started private practice in 2010. She is the owner of Ohana Behavioral Health, a multi-specialty group private practice in Issaquah. She really believes in the therapeutic power of play and is invested in it. She loves helping clients through the power of play, as well as in educating others in the community about play therapy as an effective method of intervention, even for adults. It is an honor for her to be serving in the board for Washington Play Therapy Association. (daisy@ohanabehavioralhealth.com)

Secretary - Sarah Moran, LMFT, RPT

Sarah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist. She has a B.A. in Human Development from Eckerd College and a Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University Seattle. She has been working with children for over 12 years in a variety of settings across four continents. Sarah works at Olympia Therapy as a Child and Family Therapist. Her specialized training includes: Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), Sandtray Therapy, AutPlay® Therapy, and Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT). Sarah is excited to join the board this year and promote the power of play in WA state. (sarah@olympiatherapy.com)

Treasurer - Carrie Pipkin, LMHC

Carrie Pipkin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from Abilene Christian University and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from George Fox University. She’s been working with youth for over 14 years in various capacities such as; Residential Counselor, Special Education Para Professional, Kindergarten Teacher, School Counselor, and Child and Family Therapist. Carrie currently works as Assistant Clinical Director and Child and Family Therapist at Olympia Therapy. She is passionate about the power of play and excited to be part of an organization that embodies this healing practice! 

Eastern Washington Representative - Kade Sharp, LICSW, CMHS

Kade (he/they) is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Child Mental Health Specialist. He graduated from Walla Walla University. He is working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Kade previously served as a Wraparound with Intensive Services Program Supervisor and Mental Health Clinician for youth in the Tri-Cities. He utilizes Play Therapy techniques to promote healing, empowerment, attachment, and to help youth gain more insight about themselves and their needs. Kade has a clinician focus on youth who have anxiety, are on the autism spectrum, and/or are in the LGBTQ+ community. 

Western Washington Representative - Carly Beaulieu, LMFTA

Carly is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate. She is a therapist at Ohana Behavioral Health in Issaquah. Although she works with all ages, her focus is early childhood and couples. Carly is also a student in Antioch's Play Therapy Certificate Program and is working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist. She believes play therapy is the ethical treatment modality when practicing with children. Carly wants to expand the understanding and use of play therapy in the Pacific Northwest. She is passionate about play!

Director of Social Media - Cary Hamilton, MA, MFT, LMHC, CMHS, RPT-S

Cary has been working with children since 1998 and specializes in the field of play therapy. She believes in investing time training and supporting the next generation of therapists. Cary is the owner and CEO of Olympia Therapy, LLC and the Director of Antioch Center for Play Therapy. She actively supervises new therapists and regularly presents play therapy workshops to train both students and clinicians. Cary's experiences in event planning and coordination, combined with proven business acumen are an asset to the Washington state Association for Play Therapy. Cary looks forward to the opportunity to collaborate with fellow Board Members to propel the Association forward on a course of advancement and expansion. (caryh@olympiatherapy.com)

Newsletter - Heather Schilling, MS, LMFT, RPT-S

Heather is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2007 with a Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She also holds degree's in Early Child Development and Psychology. She has worked in the Mental Health field since 2004, in a variety of non-profit and community mental health agencies. In 2014, she transitioned full time to private practice in Puyallup, WA.  She specializes in working with children, specifically those impacted by abuse, neglect or other traumatic situations. She is passionate about play therapy and excited to be part of the movement to make it a bigger presence here in Washington. 

Membership Director - Tasha Perkins


Conference Chair - Christa Adams, LMHC, RPT

Christa Adams is a Licenced Mental Health Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist. She received her Masters in Community Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family from University of Northern Colorado in 2005. Early in her career she worked with children and families in various clinical settings, both in Colorado and Washington. She has since transitioned into serving clients in a private practice setting, having office locations in the Kirkland and Edmonds areas. Christa loves to provide a safe place for kids of all ages, using the tools of Play and Sand therapy.  She is passionate about her work with families and helping to create better relationships between parents and children. She is looking forward to being part of the WAAPT board and participating in some great conferences this year.  

Eastern Washington Networking Committee Chair (Spokane) - Fondra Magee, M.Ed., SB-RPT

Fondra Magee obtained her B.S. in Elementary Education from Union University in Jackson, TN and her M.Ed in School Counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University located in Hammond, LA. Fondra has taught in classrooms and been an elementary school counselor in public schools in four states. She is currently a school counselor at Stevens Elementary in Spokane Public Schools. Fondra's love and passion for the art of Play Therapy began when her school district in TN sent her to the tenth annual International Play Therapy Conference in Atlanta, GA in 1993. The very next year, she and her colleagues were thrilled to spend a weekend with Dr. Garry Landreth and by the next year, she found herself on the TN Association for Play Therapy board of directors. Fondra's passion for play therapy in the school setting has led to hundreds upon hundreds of hours filled with unforgettable relationships with the children she has served. She will obtain her SB-RPT this summer. (Fondram@spokaneschools.org)

Eastern Washington Networking Committee Chair (Tri Cities) - Kristina French, LICSW, RPT, CMHS

Kristina is a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist in private practice serving the greater Tri-Cities area of Washington State. She graduated with a Master in Social Work from the University of Southern California in 2016, and has a BA in Psychology from Washington State University (Go Cougs!).  She has been working with children and families from the beginning of her therapy career, first at Catholic Charities in Richland as a Child and Family Therapist, then at Lutheran Community Services in Kennewick as a therapist in the 3 Rivers WISe Program. WISe is an intensive outpatient program anchored in the wraparound model for youth ages 3-21 who are experiencing significant challenges in mental health.  Kristina works with children, teens, and some adults in private practice in Richland, Washington, specializing in trauma and anxiety. As a prescriptive play therapist, she utilizes play therapy in many forms depending on client need, including Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy, and Adlerian and Theraplay techniques, with a strong belief in family and systems work. www.desertgardentherapy.com (desertgardentherapy@gmail.com)

Western Washington Networking Committee Chair - Jill Forsberg, LMFT, RPT-S

Jill Forsberg, MA LMFT, graduated from Antioch University Seattle in 2005 and began her career in Community Mental Health. She began the transition from Community Mental Health to Private Practice in 2012 and has been full time Private Practice since 2015. Jill currently provides therapy for children, teens and adults. She is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and provides Clinical Supervision in individual and group format. She is also Teaching Faculty in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Antioch University Seattle. She has always valued play as an integral part of therapy and incorporated it into the work she does with children and teens. She completed Antioch University's Play Therapy Certificate Program with the intention of fully committing to Play Therapy as central to the work she does in her practice. Jill lives in West Seattle with her two dogs, Stuart Little and Charlotte Web (Charlie). They are often seen at Westcrest Dog Park, Lincoln Park and Alki Beach Trail. Jill is originally from Phoenix, AZ and goes back often to visit my four nephews and one niece.

Graduate Student Representative: Mary Southerland

Mary Southerland is a currently a student at Antioch University obtaining her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist. She has a B.A in Psychology from Columbia College. Mary is currently an intern at Greater Lakes Mental Health Center in Lakewood Washington in the child and family section. Her specialized training includes: Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Child Parent Relationship Therapy and Autplay. Mary is excited to be part of this board this year to promote Play therapy in different universities around Washington and encourage more students to learn the power of play. 

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