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Our Presenters

Here, you can find the people who will teach the LEAPT-approved classes and provide Consultation and Evaluation required for certification

All instructors are certified by LEAPT and use LEAPT-approved materials

Amy Harberg

Amy HarbergAmy Harberg is a psychotherapist and the owner of Harberg Counseling, LLC. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and a NBCC National Certified Counselor, Amy’s specializes in treating children, adolescents and parents struggling with emotional and social difficulties. Since earning her M.Ed. from the University of North Texas in 2001, Amy has done extensive work with children to treat a wide variety of presenting concerns.  She is one of a few globally certified Adlerian Play Therapists and the first in the DFW metroplex. Additionally, Amy is an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT). Amy is a dynamic national speaker and panelist and she is passionate about helping children and their families get through challenging times. Amy is currently the president-elect of the North Texas Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy. Amy and her husband, Joe, live in Dallas Texas where they raised their three children, Max, Samantha and Jeffrey. When not at work, Amy loves to teach, practice yoga and travel.

Amy Holsinger

Amy HolsingerAmy L. Holsinger, PhD, LPCC-S, NCC, RPT-S is an Assistant Professor at Lindsey Wilson College. Her educational experience includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Shawnee State University, a Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling, and a PhD with a specialization in Educational Psychology and a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development from Capella University. Her research focus was examining parenting practices in Appalachia. She is the owner of ABC Counseling, PLLC in Ashland, KY where she sees clients and supervises graduate students. Dr. Holsinger specializes in Adlerian play therapy, children and families dealing with high conflict custody cases, and children experiencing attentional and disruptive behaviors. She also has presented at the local, state, and national level on these topics. Amy and her husband, Rob, live in Ohio with their three children Jay, Drew, and Emma. When she is not working, Amy loves to travel to the beach and enjoy the ocean.

Amy is an Approved Adlerian Play Therapy Consultant. Her charge for a consultation session is $125.

Dalena Dillman Taylor

DalenaDalena Dillman Taylor, PhD, LMHC, LPC, RPT-S is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida. She founded and currently directs the Center for Play Therapy for Training and Research where she leads a team of Masters and Doctoral Students - Play Leaders Advocating for Youth (P.L.A.Y.). Dr. Dillman Taylor supervises, teaches, publishes, and presents (and basically breathes) Adlerian Play TherapyHer specialty is Adlerian Play Therapy, and she focuses much of her time on young children and children with disruptive behaviors. 

Dalena is an Approved Adlerian Play Therapy Consultant. Her charge for a consultation session is $125. 

Dana Holtz

Dana Holtz, EdS, NCC, LPC (in AZ), CPC (in NV), Certified School Psychologist (in AZ & NV), Certified School Guidance Counselor (in AZ & NV), Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, works as a School Psychologist in Nevada.  She began training and practicing Adlerian Play Therapy in 1998.  Dana incorporates aspects of AdPT into the school setting and is dedicated to improving the availability of play therapy in the educational system and mental health field.  She continues to serve as a training consultant for Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands in an effort to incorporate aspects of play therapy within the group foster home setting.  Throughout her career thus far, she has provided counseling in a variety of settings to include schools, facilities for children with emotional-behavior disorders, community mental health, and private practice.  When not working with children, families, and teachers, Dana loves traveling and going on adventures with her husband of 20+ years.

Dana is an Approved Adlerian Play Therapy ConsultantDana charges $125 for consultation sessions.

Darren Daugherty

Darren Daugherty, PhD, LPC, RPT, C-AdPT, CFLE

darrenDarren is a college professor and therapist. He counsels children, parents, and families at his private practice on his farm. In addition to the letters after his name, Darren is also a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner.

He has worked with children for 30 years in a variety of roles:

  • Professor of Child and Family Studies
  • Professor of Play Therapy
  • Children and Family Ministry Director
  • Founder and director of a camp for children in foster care

Much of Darren's work and volunteer efforts has focused on helping children and families who have faced trauma and loss. He volunteers throughout the year with the wonderful organization Royal Family Kids, whose efforts provide camping and mentoring experiences for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.

When asked where he is from, Darren has difficulty answering because he’s lived a third of his life in each of the following states: PA, MN, and TX. Darren and his wife, Wendy, have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. They share a love for kids and have been foster parents to 14. They also enjoy sharing creative ideas, as Wendy is an amazing kindergarten teacher.

Ellen Daly

EllenEllen Daly, MSW, LISW, CYT, RPT-S

Ellen is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, Certified Yoga Teacher, and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor in private practice in Iowa City, Iowa. Ellen graduated from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts and completed several clinical internships throughout California before returning to her home state of Iowa. She is deeply passionate about the theory and practice of Adlerian Play Therapy and is ever curious about the creative and unique processes that create significance, belonging, and meaning individually, relationally, and systemically. Ellen is also committed to social justice in her clinical work and community. She believes in and values play, laughter, connection, nature and fresh air, joy, creativity, breath, resiliency, and courage as healing and magical.

 Ellen is an Approved Adlerian Play Therapy Consultant. Her charge for a consultation session is $125.

Erica Wassenaar

Erica Wassenaar holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wayne State College. She specializes in play therapy, more specifically Adlerian Play Therapy.  She also holds a Level II certification in AutPlay Therapy, which is play therapy specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also trained in Traumatic Incident Reduction, Critical Incident Stress Management. EMDR.  She is a member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Play Therapy, Iowa Association of Play Therapy, and Erica is also a member of the NWIA Crisis Intervention Stress Management Team in which she leads debriefing for area first responders and law enforcement.  She is also a coordinator for KIDS Hope USA program through her church.  Erica's greatest accomplishment is being a mom to her three kids and a wife.  

Erica is an Approved Adlerian Play Therapy Consultant. Her charge for a consultation session is $125. Sliding scale available.

Jeff Ashby

JeffJeff Ashby is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State University, Director of the Georgia State Play Therapy Training Institute, and Co-Director of the Georgia State’s Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma.  In addition, he is a Licensed Psychologist, a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology.  Jeff has authored over 100 professional journal articles, numerous book chapters, and two books.  Jeff and his wife Lucy live in Atlanta and, when circumstances permit, love to travel and be outdoors.

Kim Feeney

KimKim Feeney is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She has a private practice in Davenport, IA where she sees school-based and in-office cases. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa MSW program. Kim is also president of the Iowa Association for Play Therapy. Kim has a strong foundation in Adlerian Play Therapy. She also incorporates EMDR and Theraplay into her work with children. Kim subscribes to the HIPAA compliant Zoom and has it available for use in consultations.

Kim is an Approved Adlerian Play Therapy Consultant. Her charge for a consultation session is $125.

Neal Petersen

Neal Petersen is a licensed mental health counselor working and managing the agency New Directions Counseling Services in Waterloo, Iowa. He Graduated from Upper Iowa University’s counseling program. Neal is a strong believer in the Adlerian Play Therapy and is eager to explore new opportunities to add something unique to it. Outside of work Neal likes to engage in learning and participating in stories. Theatrical performing, gaming, reading, and film are all aspects of Neal’s personal life that he now brings back into his work to better connect with anyone who walks into his office.

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