DANIEL J. SIEGEL, MD
Daniel J. Siegel, MD
, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities.
Dr. Siegel's psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology, which includes over 70 textbooks. Dr. Siegel's books include his five New York Times bestsellers: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence; Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human
, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, The Whole-Brain Child
and No-Drama Discipline.
His other books include: The Power of Showing Up
also with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, The Developing Mind, The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, Parenting from the Inside Out
(with Mary Hartzell, MEd), The Yes Brain
(also with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, his Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx.
Financial: Dr. Daniel Siegel is the clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, the medical director of Lifespan Learning Institute, the executive director of Center for Human Development and Mindsight Institute, and the founding editor of Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology. He receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Daniel Siegel receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Daniel Siegel has no relevant non-financial relationships.
PARIS GOODYEAR-BROWN, LCSW, RPT-S
Paris Goodyear-Brown, MSSW, LCSW, RPT-S, certified EMDR therapist, is the creator of TraumaPlay®, a flexibly sequential play therapy model for treating trauma and attachment disturbances in family systems. She is the founder of the TraumaPlay® Institute, the Clinical Director of Nurture House, an Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatric Mental Health at Vanderbilt University, and an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant. Paris has an international reputation as a dynamic and compassionate speaker. She is a sought-after supervisor, a master clinician, and a prolific author. As a thought leader in the fields of child trauma and play therapy, she has received the APT award for Play Therapy Promotion and Education, given a Ted Talk on Trauma and Play Therapy and served as the Executive Director of the Lipscomb Play Therapy and Expressive Arts Center. She is on the board of TNAPT and is the author of multiple chapters and articles including Play Therapy with Traumatized Children and Parents as Partners in Child Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide. Her twelfth book, Big Behaviors in Small Containers, is hot off the press! Paris finds great joy in training clinicians all over the world in helping children and their families speak the unspeakable.
Financial: Paris Goodyear-Brown maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with TraumaPlay Institute, Vanderbilt University, and Nurture House. She receives royalties as a published author. Paris Goodyear-Brown receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Paris Goodyear-Brown is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the National Association of Social Workers.
TAMMI VAN HOLLANDER, LCSW, RPT-S
Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT-S,
is a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist-supervisor. She is the owner of Main Line Play Therapy in Ardmore, PA. Tammi is an international speaker, play advocate and founding board member for The World Association for Sand Therapy Professionals. She is an Advanced Certified Trainer for the Nurtured Heart Approach®, a certified FirstPlay® practitioner, trained in level one Theraplay® and EMDR. Her work and creative interventions in the field of play therapy and sandtray therapy have been published and internationally recognized. She specializes in attachment, sandtray play therapy & sensory integration working with children, families, and adults of all ages. Tammi is the author of an attachment-based multisensory story titled Casey’s Greatness Wings: Teaching Mindfulness, Connection and Courage to Children
and creator of Greatness Sticks and Greatness Cards. For more information on Tammi’s publications work, visit her website at www.mainlinetherapy.com.
Financial: Tammi Van Hollander is the owner of Main Line Therapy, LLC. and has employment relationships with the Expressive Arts Therapies and the Mid-Atlantic Play Therapy Institute. She receives royalties as a published author. Tammi Van Hollander receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Tammi Van Hollander is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the National Association for Social Workers. She is a board member of the World Association for Sand Therapy Professionals and a program committee chair for the Specialists of Schools.
CLAIR MELLENTHIN, LCSW, RPT-S
Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S, is an international speaker, author, psychologist, and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Throughout her career, she has specialized in providing play therapy to children, teens, and their families. She is currently the Director of Child & Adolescents at Wasatch Family Therapy. Ms. Mellenthin frequently presents professional play therapy and family therapy trainings on Attachment-Centered Play Therapy, Family, and Trauma issues both nationally and internationally.
Ms. Mellenthin is a sought-after supervisor, training graduate students and interns in play therapy, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California MSW program. She is the past-president of the Utah Association for Play Therapy and remains an active member on the Board of Directors. She is the author of the books Attachment Centered Play Therapy; Play Therapy: Engaging & Powerful Techniques for the Treatment of Childhood Disorders; My Many Colors of Me Workbookand has authored several chapters and articles. In addition to being an experienced play therapist and professor, Ms. Mellenthin also appears on local and national TV and radio as an expert on children and family issues. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.
Financial: Clair Mellenthin has an employment relationship with Wasatch Family Therapy. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. Ms. Mellenthin is a published author and receives royalties. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Clair Mellenthin serves on the Utah Play Therapy Association Board of Directors. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Association for Play Therapy.
SOPHIA ANSARI, LPCC, RPT
Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT,
is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Registered Play Therapist,™ international speaker, author, educator, co-host of the podcast Hero Nation
, and owner of the Let’s Play Therapy Institute. She is a leader in Positive Education who works with schools and organizations around the world to build safe, inclusive, and strengths-based education settings. Sophia is known for her work in incorporating pop culture and video games in therapy through her numerous publications, Comic-Con panels, media appearances, and play therapy workshops.
Sophia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wright State University and her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Cincinnati.
For more information on the Let’s Play Therapy Institute, visit: www.letsplaytherapy.org.
Financial: Sophia Ansari is the co-founder and owner of Let's Play Therapy Institute. She is a Positive Education Trainer and a Caped Crusaders SEL Curriculum Creator. Sophia Ansari is a published author receives royalties. Sophia Ansari receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organization.
Non-financial: Sophia Ansari is a member of the Association for Play Therapy.
LISA DION, LPC, RPT-S
Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is an international teacher, creator of Synergetic Play Therapy, founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute, co-founder of the Synergetic Education Institute, creator of the Business of Therapy and host of the Lessons from the Playroom podcast. She is the author of Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity and is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Play Therapy’s Professional Education and Training Award of Excellence.
Financial: Lisa Dion maintains a private practice and is the founder and president of Synergetic Play Therapy Institute and co-founder of Synergetic Education Institute. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lisa Dion is a member of the Association of Play Therapy.
JANET COURTNEY, PHD, LCSW, RPT-S
Janet A Courtney, PhD, LCSW, RPT-S,
is founder of FirstPlay Therapy®. She is a Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor, TEDx Speaker and past Chair of the Association for Play Therapy Ethics and Practice Committee and past President of the Florida Association for Play Therapy, FirstPlay Therapy was awarded third place overall in the Best Practices Showcase for FirstPlay Therapy at the First 1000 Days Infant Mental Health Summit (2018) along with the Children’s Healing Institute. She is author and editor of the following books: Infant Play Therapy: Foundations, Programs, Models and Practice
, and Healing Child and Family Trauma through Expressive and Play Therapies: Art, Nature, Storytelling, Body & Mindfulness
and Nature-based Play & Expressive Therapies: Interventions for Children, Teens and Families,
and Touch in Child Counseling
and Play Therapy: An Ethical and Clinical Guide.
Her research in practitioner experiences of training in touch and Developmental Play Therapy is published in the American Journal of Art Therapy
and the International Journal of Play Therapy.
She is a contributing author in several books including Play-based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders
and the book Environmental Expressive Therapies
(2017), and Play Therapy Supervision
(2023). She is also published in the Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture.
She offers a certification in FirstPlay Therapy® and provides training to professionals in the Ethical and Clinical Competencies of Touch, FirstPlay® Therapy, Ericksonian-based StoryPlay®, Expressive Therapies, and Nature-based Play Therapy. She has been invited to speak nationally and internationally including Bali, Indonesia, the Cayman Islands, England, Ireland, Morocco, Russia and the Ukraine. She is a provider through the Florida state boards of Mental Health and Massage Therapy, and an approved provider through the Association for Play Therapy. She specializes in infant mental health and infant play therapy, attachment, and Trauma related issues. Dr. Courtney’s new form of Kinesthetic Storytelling® can be found in her children’s book, The Magic Rainbow.
Financial: Janet Courtney is the founder of FirstPlay Therapy®, the FirstPlay Café Podcast, and the founder and editor of FirstPlay® Café. She receives royalties as a published author. Janet Courtney receives a speaking honorarium and product royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Janet Courtney is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the World Association for Infant Mental Health. She serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Play Therapy and USABP: International Body Psychotherapy Journal.
ANA GOMEZ, MC, LPC
Ana M. Gómez, MC, LPC, is the founder and director of the AGATE Institute in Phoenix, AZ. She is a world-renowned expert on the treatment of complex trauma, intergenerational trauma and dissociation and the use of EMDR therapy and adjunct approaches with children and adolescents. She is a psychotherapist with over 25 years of clinical experience and an EMDR Trainer of Trainers. Ana has led workshops and keynote presentations in five continents and over 20 countries and is the author of EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociation and several children's books, book chapters and articles on the use of EMDR therapy, dissociation, emotional awareness and literacy.
Ana has developed numerous training programs and protocols that include the EMDR-Sandtray Protocol and The Systemic, EMDR-Attachment Informed Program to Heal Intergenerational Trauma & Repair the Parent-Child Attachment Bond.
Financial: Ana Gomez maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as a published author. Ana Gomez receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Ana Gomez has no relevant non-financial relationships.
CARMEN JIMENEZ-PRIDE, LCSW, LISW-CP, ERYT, RCYT, RPT-S
Carmen Jimenez-Pride, is the creative mind behind Focus on Feelings®, an emotional literacy curriculum, she is a licensed clinical social worker, registered play therapist supervisor, certified AutPlay® therapy provider, certified EMDR Therapist, registered children’s yoga teacher, certified IFS therapist, and a certified LEGO® Serious PLAY® facilitator.
Carmen is a trauma therapist experienced in the clinical treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with culturally diverse backgrounds addressing a wide range of concerns. Carmen’s career in the mental health field spans more than 15 years.
She is an international speaker, award-winning best-selling author, and business consultant. Carmen is a visionary in the therapeutic community, working to create and develop a wide range of educational tools to assist the clinician, and the client to reach optimum goals. With a focus on cultural humility and cultural diversity, Carmen educates clinical professionals to address racial and cultural trauma within their clinical practices.
Carmen serves as the South Carolina Association for Play Therapy President and is the recipient of the 2021 Association for Play Therapy Emerging Leader Award. She also serves as the diversity and inclusion director of the Internal Sandtray Therapy Association.
Carmen is the developer of Diversity in Play Therapy Inc.; and the Diversity in Play Therapy Summit. She is also the developer and publisher of Focus on Feelings®.
Financial: Carmen Jimenez-Pride is the founder and Executive Director of Outspoken Counseling and Consulting. She is a published author and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Carmen Jimenez-Pride is the president of the South Carolina Association for Play Therapy. She is a member of the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina, the National Association for Addiction Professionals, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Association for Play Therapy.
DORA HENDERSON, LMHC, RPTS, TRAUMAPLAY™ CERTIFIED THERAPIST AND SUPERVISOR
Dora Henderson is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor Qualified Supervisor (LMHC-QS), specializing in integrating the power of play with EMDR and the integration of neuroscience with play therapy. She is also a TraumaPlay™ Supervisor and an EMDR Consultant-in-Training, and the co-host of the Neuroscience of Play Therapy Summit at the Beach. Dora is passionate about helping individuals of all ages heal from traumatic experiences and move towards a happier, healthier life. She has training and certifications in various areas, to include Sand Tray Therapy, TraumaPlay™ , Theraplay®, MAP, Adlerian therapy, as well as the Safe & Sound Protocol. Dora is also the creator of beautiful puppets and books, to include Neuro &the Ception Force Friends™ series, Polly Vagale, Neuro & The Ception Force Friends and The Vagus Nerve Super Highway, as well as the Adventures of Sandi & Clammy series. Her trainings, consultations and supervision, and professional work integrates play, puppetry, expressive arts and neuroscience in easy-to-use and family-friendly ways.
Financial: Dora Henderson maintains a private practice. She is the co-host of The Neuroscience of Play Therapy Summit at the Beach. Dora Henderson receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dora Henderson is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the EMDR International Association.
HEATHER FAIRLEE DENBROUGH, LICSW, RPT-S
Heather Fairlee Denbrough (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Certified Synergetic Play Therapy Supervisor with more than a decade of play experience. Her specialty areas are young children and early childhood, developmental trauma. Attachment issues, parent-child relational problems, suicidal ideation in young children, Synergetic Play Therapy, the nervous system and its role in therapy, parent reflective work/inner work, and reflective supervision.
Financial: Heather Denbrough has employment relationships with Playful Integration, Wonders Counseling Online School for Mental Health Professionals, and Children’s Center. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Heather Denbrough is a member of the Association for Play Therapy.
LILIANA BAYLON, LMFT-S, RPT-S
Liliana Baylon, LMFT-S, RPT-S, has a master’s degree in counseling & marriage, family & child therapy as well as an MBA from University of Phoenix in Colorado. Since entering the therapy field, Liliana has developed an interest and niche in treating children and families who have experienced trauma, abuse, and multicultural issues from an attachment lens. To better treat these populations, Liliana has received training in different modalities, some of which she is a trained educator. Liliana is also a AAMFT Approved Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant, EFT Supervisor, EMDR Certified, TheraPlay Level 1, Independent Facilitator of the Becoming a Love and Logic Parent Curriculum, Bring Baby Home Gottman Trained Educator, Gottman Seven Principles Program Educator, Completed Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. She brings a unique cultural lens into her therapy and supervision sessions. Liliana is passionate about working with fellow mental health professionals to embrace curiosity, inspiration, and discover meaning to rise to their full potential from attachment and cultural lenses.
Financial: Lilliana Baylon maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with University of Colorado and Healing Relationships Counseling SVC, PLLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lilliana Baylon serves on the board of directors for EMDR International Association and is the secretary for Synergetic Play Therapy Institute. She is a member of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, the Colorado Counseling Association, the Association for Play Therapy, and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.