Lisa Dion, MA, LPC , RPT-S is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, Certified Gestalt Therapist, Level II EMDR Practitioner, Parent Educator and Certified Demartini Method™ Facilitator. She is an international teacher, creator of “Synergetic Play Therapy”, clinical supervisor for various play therapy internship sites across Colorado, and is the founder and director of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado. Lisa also trains and supervises therapists across the world in therapeutic skill development and business creation.
“Lisa is a highly talented educator, trainer, and supervisor. She articulates concepts in a way that connects her to her audience, and uses an experiential approach to teaching that provides students and supervisees with a deeper understanding of the material at hand. Lisa’s passion for her work is palpable, and I believe that anyone lucky enough to be one of her students/ supervisees will be gripped by the same passion that informs her life.” Nicole H.- Play Therapist, Oregon
To view Lisa’s full bio, please visit our Instructor’s page by clicking here.
Kathryn Clarke, LPC, RPT-S, is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and Level II EMDR Practitioner. She has provided clinical supervision and educational experiences to interns and professionals for the past thirteen years in a variety of settings. She served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Association for Play Therapy. She has extensive background in family systems, child development and the neurobiology of healing trauma.
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Sandie Bershad is currently finishing her final year of a master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. Sandie received her BA in Somatic Psychology and Psychology of Health and Healing from Naropa University. In addition to her educational background, Sandie is also a long-term student and practitioner of integrative energy healing arts, meditation, art, music, and movement therapies. She is a certified Reiki Practitioner, Vibrational Sound Healer and self-proclaimed empowerment advocate.
Sandie’s desire to join PTIC and continue her study of Synergetic Play Therapy was inspired by her own sensory related challenges as a child and her deep yearning to support children and their families on their journey towards greater self-regulation, resilience, and healing. Sandie has worked with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds in her private healing practice and is experienced in facilitating groups for children, adolescents, and adults alike. Most recently, she worked with I Have A Dream Foundation with 6th and 7th graders. There she was responsible for classroom management, tutoring, and facilitating weekly groups. In these groups she utilized mindfulness and meditation exercises, creative arts therapy techniques, somatic expressive techniques/movement exercises, and group exploration around self-regulation and self-esteem.
As a therapist, Sandie wishes to provide a window for each child to see themselves more fully as they move towards greater self-attachment, empowerment, and actualization of their unique selves and gifts in a challenging and beautiful world.[/text_block]
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Megan Cronin Larson, is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Colorado. Megan received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2007 and completed her graduate training in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2010. Megan’s concentration in her graduate school studies was focused on the clinical family track. Megan has 10 years of experience working directly with children and their families in a variety of therapeutic settings. Megan began her social work career in an outpatient clinical facility running groups for juvenile adolescents. Her work in multiple school systems has provided her tremendous exposure and experience working with children struggling with social emotional disabilities and behavioral challenges. Her passion for working with children and their caregivers led her to the child welfare system, where for four years she strived to promote child well-being and family engagement for families in Boulder County.
Megan has also attended trainings in Brianspotting, which is another tool that she uses in treating a wide range of somatic and emotionally-based conditions with her clients. As a certified yoga teacher, with a holistic lens towards treatment, Megan continues to be amazed how Synergetic Play Therapy addresses the connections between the brain, the mind, the body and behavior. She continues to be astonished at the growth and transformation seen in her clients. The ability to help a child learn how to regulate his or her own nervous system, positively influencing their development across their lifetimes is something Megan finds exciting and remarkable![/text_block]
Avery McKenzie, M.A., LPCC received her Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in 2011. She holds a B.A in Psychology and Sociology from University of Hawaii at Hilo. She has over 10 years of experience working with children and their families in various capacities. Most recently she served as the Shelter Children’s counselor for Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence in Boulder, CO which provides services for individuals and families impacted by domestic violence. Avery completed her graduate internship with Judi’s House in Denver, CO that provides counseling services to bereaved children and their caregiver/s. Avery specializes in trauma, grief work, domestic violence, and attachment challenges.
Avery is energetic, devoted, and passionate about her therapeutic work and hopes to help children create greater joy in their lives through the powerful model of synergetic play therapy. She approaches clients with a cultural awareness and sensitivity towards their individual needs and identity. She believes in individuals innate healing abilities and trusts in their individual journeys towards authenticity. Avery deeply believes that the tools of synergetic play therapy aid children in cultivating their emotional intelligence and self regulation skills so they may be the authors of their own personal journey towards greater health and happiness.[/text_block]
Jordan is currently completing her Masters degree in Transpersonal Counseling, concentrating her work in Wilderness Therapy, at Naropa University. She earned her BA in Recreation and Outdoor Education from Western State University in the beautiful valley of Gunnison, Colorado. For the past 10 years, Jordan has worked with children in a variety of settings. From teaching outdoor education to counseling young girls in residential treatment, Jordan’s experience of bringing together the outdoors and therapy has prepared her for Synergetic Play Therapy. For Jordan, nature has been the number one regulator for her nervous system. She believes spending time outdoors, especially beginning at a young age, contributes to a healthy mind, body and spirit. With its roots in neuroscience, attachment and authentic expression, blending Synergetic Play Therapy and nature makes the most sense to Jordan. Jordan believes every child has the capacity and is worthy of living an abundant life, no matter what the circumstances. She loves building relationships with children and their families, supporting and encouraging them towards a life full of gratitude.[/text_block]