Our Distinguished Faculty

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Rachel Altvater (Whelan), Psy.D., LCPC, RPT Mrs. Altvater completed her doctoral dissertation research on technology and play therapy. She is presently completing her internship at The Children’s Assessment Center in Houston, Texas.
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Amanda Bechtel, ATR-BC, LCPC, LCPAT Amanda Bechtel, ATR-BC, LCPC, LCPAT is a board certified registered art therapist, licensed clinical professional counselor and licensed clinical professional art therapist.Amanda Bechtel, ATR-BC, LCPC, LCPAT
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Pearnel Bell, PH.D Dr. Bell is currently the Regional Psychologist for the Northeast Health Regional Authority in Jamaica.PEARNEL BELL PH.D
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Christian Bellissimo, MSW, LCSW, RPT, LLC Christian is a graduate of Seton Hall University and Rutgers University, with degrees in Psychology and Clinical Social Work.
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Dr. Marina Bluvshtein Dr. Marina Bluvshtein is an Adlerian psychologist and a marriage and family therapist in MN.Dr. Marina Bluvshtein is an Adlerian psychologist and a marriage and family therapist in MN.
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Kristen Carey, PsyD Kristen Carey is a psychodynamically oriented psychotherapist who supervises and teaches at the Ann Martin Center in Oakland, CA.Kristen Carey, PsyD
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Susanne Carroll-Duffy, PsyD., RPT-S Founder & Director of By The Sea Seminars in Maine, where she has an active psychotherapy practice since 1998.Susanne Carroll-Duffy, PsyD., RPT-S
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Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S Athena Drewes is Director of Clinical Training at the American Psychological Association Accredited Doctoral Internship at Astor Services for Children and Families,Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S
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Ali Hall, JD Ali Hall, JD, Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).Ali Hall, JD, Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)
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Sonia Hinds, APRN/PMH-BC, RPT Founder and Director of Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars. Founder and Director of Barstow Acres Children’s Center, a non-profit organization that provides children’s mental health services.Sonia Hinds, APRN-BC, RPT
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Cheryl Hurst, LCSW-R, RPT-S Ms. Cheryl Hurst is a New York State Social Worker, Play Therapist Supervisor and a Sandplay therapist.Ms. Cheryl Hurst is a New York State Social Worker, Play Therapist Supervisor and a Sandplay therapist.
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Betty Jackson, LSW, CST-T Betty Jackson is a clinical social worker and Certified Sandplay Therapist/Teacher with over 35 years of experience.Betty Jackson, LCSW, Certified Sandplay Therapist
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Irene Javors, M.ED., LMHC Irene Javors, M.ED., LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice in New York City.Irene Javors, M.ED.
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Nikole Jiggetts, LCSW, RPT-S Nikole Jiggetts is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist and Certified Trauma Specialist.Nikole Jiggetts, LCSW, RPT
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Xanthia Johnson, LCPC, LPC, ACS, RPT-S Founder and Director of Urban Playology in Washington, DC area. She has been providing play therapy to urban youth and families for over eight years.Xanthia Johnson, LCPC, ACS, RPT-S
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Peggy Kolodny, ATR-BC, LCPAT In private practice in Baltimore where she specializes in trauma work with sexually abused children and adolescents.Peggy Kolodny, CPC, ATR-BC
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Arti Kumar-Jain, NCC, M.A., M.Ed. Co-Director and consultant for Barstow Acres Therapeutic Summer Day Camp implementing play therapy techniques.Arti Kumar-Jain, NCC, M.A., M.Ed.
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Garry L. Landreth, LPC, RPT-S Guest Faculty. Internationally known for his writings and work in promoting the development of child-centered play therapy.Gary L. Landreth, LPC, RPT-S
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Liana Lowenstein, MSW Liana is a Registered Clinical Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT specialist in practice in Toronto since 1988.Liana Lowenstein, MSW
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Philip Lucas, DSW, LICSW, ACSW Philip Lucas is a consultant and trainer. He is on faculty at the School of Social Work at Howard University.Philip Lucas is a consultant and trainer. He is on faculty at the School of Social Work at Howard University.
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Marcella Marcey, PhD Specializes in posttraumatic stress and sexual abuse issues. Co-author of the book, “Therapeutic Stories to Teach and Heal” with Nancy Davis, PhD.no Image Available
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Pamela Marcus, PMHCNS-BC Associate Professor of Nursing at Prince George’s Community College. Maintains a private practice in Upper Marlboro, MD.Pamela Marcus, PMHCNS-BC
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Gita Dorothy Morena, PhD, LMFT, CST-T Gita Dorothy Morena, PhD, is a Teaching Member of STA/ISST, an international seminar leader, and a licensed psychotherapist in private practice for over 40 years.Gita Dorothy Morena, PhD, is a Teaching Member of STA/ISST, an international seminar leader, and a licensed psychotherapist in private practice for over 40 years.
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Jodi Mullen, PhD., LMHC, RPT-S Certified Professor and Supervisor of Child Psychotherapy and Play therapy. Director of Integrative Counseling Services, PLLC.Jodi Mullen, PhD., LMHC, RPT-S
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Dennis Potter, LMSW, CAADC, CCS, FAAETS Dennis Potter, LMSW, CAADC, CCS, FAAETS serves Manager, Consultants Relations & Training at Crisis Care Network.Dennis Potter, LMSW, CAADC, CCS, FAAETS
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Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum, M.D. Board certified family physician that specializes in Selective Mutism. President & Director of the Selective Mutism Anxiety Research and Treatment Center.Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum, M.D.
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Cathi Spooner, LCSW, RPT-S, CTS-C, and Certified in Basic Sand Therapy Many years of experience with children, adolescents and adults, providing individual, family , marital and group psychotherapy.Cathi Spooner, LCSW, RPT-S
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Jessica Stone, Ph.D., RPT-S Dr. Jessica Stone is a Licensed Psychologist, RPT-S, and co-creator of the Virtual Sandtray App who works in a private practice setting in Colorado.
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Krista Verrastro, MA, RDT Krista Verrastro, MA, RDT is a Registered Drama Therapist who currently works in private practice and at an agency that helps people with various mental health needs in the Baltimore area.Krista Verrastro, MA, RDT is a Registered Drama Therapist who currently works in private practice and at an agency that helps people with various mental health needs in the Baltimore area.
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