Washington Association for Play Therapy

 Promoting the Healing Power of Play in Washington

President - Andrea Kunwald, MA, LMFT

 Andrea is a licensed marriage and family therapist, who graduated from Antioch University, Seattle in 2014. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. Andrea started her journey as a therapist in community mental health and is now specializing in working with children (4-12) and their families while practicing in a group practice setting. Her passion for play therapy and its therapeutic powers was ignited by Virginia Axline’s (1964) book Dibs in Search of Self, which changed her view of doing therapy. Andrea is currently working on her certification as a registered play therapy therapist and considers her theoretical orientation as Client-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) and Jungian Analytic Play Therapy (JAPT). Her commitment is to making play therapy more visible in Washington State and to offer more trainings as well as strengthening the existing play therapy community by bringing play therapists together for consultation and networking. (kunwalda@gmail.com)

President Elect - Jordan Klekamp, LMHC


Past President - 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 has always valued play as an integral part of therapy and incorporated it into the work she does with children and teens. Jill attended 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, Sasha and Stuart Little. 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 her four nephews. 

Secretary - Krissy Perry, M.Ed., LMHC, RPT-S

Krissy Perry is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with a Master's in Education in Community Counseling from the University of Oklahoma. She has worked with children and families in a variety of settings over the past 9 years – nonprofit agencies, head start programs, for-profit agencies, and private practice. Krissy started Eastside Play Therapy, a private practice in north Bellevue, where she has a special place in her heart for working with children from hard places and their families. Her specialized training includes: Play Therapy, Trauma Play Therapy, Trust Based Relational Intervention┬«, Theraplay┬«, and Child Parent Relationship Therapy. Krissy is excited to serve on the board for her 4th year as Secretary, and to help the play therapy community continue to grow and thrive in WA State.    (krissy@eastsideplaytherapy.com)

Treasurer - Denise Bower, MA


Eastern Washington Representative - Kade Hodges, MSW

Hello! My name is Kade Hodges and I am a Masters level Social Worker, having graduated from Walla Walla University. Currently, I am working toward becoming a LICSW. I work as a Wraparound with Intensive Services therapist for youth in the Tri-Cities. In my role, I utilize play therapy to promote healing, empowerment, and to help clients gain more insight about themselves and their needs. Previously, I worked with children who had severe behavioral health challenges that prevented them from attending school. I have a clinical focus on youth who have anxiety, depression, are on the autism spectrum, or are in the LGBTQ+ community. In my free time, I volunteer for local Pride and Freethinkers organizations to advocate for equality and diversity.

Western Washington Representative - Daisy Vergara, LMHC, RPT

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)

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

I have been working with children since 1998 and specialize in the field of play therapy. I believe in investing time training and supporting the next generation of therapists. As owner and CEO of Olympia Therapy, LLC, I actively supervise new therapists and regularly present play therapy workshops to train both students and clinicians. My experiences in event planning and coordination, combined with proven business acumen will be an asset to the Washington state Association for Play Therapy. I look 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 Committee Chair - Kathleen Goodman


Eastern Washington Networking Committee Chair - Kristina French


Western Washington Networking Committee Chair - Priya Raghav, MSW, LICSW

A warm hello! I am a clinical social worker and recent founder of my play therapy practice 'Play It Out!' in Kirkland, WA. I graduated from the University of Washington in 2009 with my Master's in Social Work. Since then I have had the privilege of working in multiple agency settings focused on working with survivors of domestic violence, homelessness, poverty and other kinds of trauma. In my journey as a therapist, I was so fortunate to find the Association for Play Therapy, as it was instrumental to my growth as a practitioner of play therapy. And I am eager to give back! I look forward to my new role and to serving the play therapy community this year. Please say hello at priya@play-it-out.com

Conference Chair - 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. 
 

Graduate Student Representative:

Carly Beaulieu (City University)  

Carly is a graduate student, working toward her Master’s in Counseling at City University of Seattle. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Western Washington University. Carly is currently an intern at Sound (Mental Health), in their child and family services department. She also works at the Organization for Research and Learning, working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Carly is passionate about the power of play, and hopes to see more students join the play therapy community!



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