Washington Association for Play Therapy

 Promoting the Healing Power of Play in Washington

President - 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)

Past-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 is passionate about training other therapists in play therapy, and she 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 - 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)

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 Outreach Director - Taryn Brown, LMHC

Taryn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Spokane, Washington. She has completed the Foundational Certification in Theraplay, as well as full certification in Yoga Calm and Compassion Fatigue. Taryn has advanced training in CBT Plus, Motivational Interviewing, Gottman Method, and is currently working towards her RPT credential. Taryn obtained her Masters in Counselor Education from Eastern Washington University in 2016. She has worked with children in many different capacities for 16 years, working in child care, group foster homes, community mental health and is currently working as a Multi-Tier Support Specialist in Spokane Public Schools, while seeing a small amount of clients in private practice. Taryn's area of focus is attachment and working on creating attachment bonds with children, caregivers, teachers, and really anyone who is imperative in children’s lives. Play is Taryn's favorite language to speak! She loves helping others understand why play is so important, and recognizes that amazing progress can happen when children and families have the tools they need.

Western Washington Outreach Director - 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!

Newsletter - Alex Credgington

Social Media Director - Mary Hawthorne, LMFTA

Mary Hawthorne graduated from Antioch University. She is currently a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (LMFTA) as well as working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist. She has a B.A in Psychology from Columbia College. Mary currently works as a LMFT-A at Ohana Behavioral Health. 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 across different social media platforms around Washington as well as keep everyone up to date on upcoming training. To encourage more individuals to learn the power of play.

Membership Director - Lisa Dean, LMFT, RPT

Lisa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist. She graduated with her B.A. in Psychology from Western Washington University and M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University in 2009. She has worked with kids and families in several different settings including summer camps, group home, foster care, schools, clinic and now in private practice. When she is not helping individuals and families, you will find her supporting the local sports teams Sounders, Seahawks, and OL Reign. Lisa also enjoys reading and traveling. 

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 Director (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 Director (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 Director - Katie Accola, LMFT, LMHCA

Katie received a MA in Couples and Family Therapy in 2011 from Antioch University Seattle. She completed the post graduate certificate in play therapy. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) and is currently working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Katie has a BA concentration in “Ecopsychology and Diversity Studies through Outdoor Experiential and Environmental Education” from Western Washington University Fairhaven College. She’s been working with youth and families since 1996 in various capacities focused on youth and family empowerment, education, and behavioral health. She is currently works as LMFT at the Child and Family Clinic at Pacific Behavioral Healthcare. Katie has specialized training in Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), and Nurturing Parenting Programs. She has additional trainings on working with attachment and trauma, anxiety, and traumatic brain injuries. Katie is looking forward serving on the WAAPT board and fostering the therapeutic powers of play, curiously, and connection through networking.  

University Liaison - Sarah Rood

Sarah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate, and is working towards her RPT credential. She received her B.A in Liberal Studies: Psychology and M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University Seattle. Sarah works with children, teens, and families using creativity and play at Atlas Counseling where she also developed and manages an internship program for play therapy trainees. Sarah loves supporting and training other therapists and is passionate about spreading the joys of play therapy to university students. (Sarah@atlascounselingseattle.com)

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