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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

Nikki Pauli

NikkiNikole Pauli, LMHC, NCC, RPT-S
Nikki runs a successful private practice in her college turned home town of Cedar Falls, IA. She is passionate about walking alongside adults, children, families, and couples. In addition to counseling, Nikki serves as a high school youth director at Orchard Hill Church. As a former collegiate and professional track and field athlete, Nikki now uses that passion to coach high school hurdlers and teach classes at Ninja U, a ninja obstacle gym she co-owns with her husband, Jacob. 
Outside of serving those in her community, Nikki enjoys spending time with her husband and their four children. You can find them enjoying the outdoors as often as possible or cuddled up reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Series of Unfortunate Events.
Nikki finds joy in time spent laughing with her people, dirtying her hands gardening, getting in a good work out, and enjoying good food.
Nikki is an Approved Adlerian Play Therapy Consultant. Her charge for a consultation session is $125.

Rebecca Dickinson

Rebecca Dickinson, PhD, LISW, RPT-S, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa.  Rebecca teaches across both the undergraduate and trauma-informed specialization graduate program.  Rebecca’s dissertation was a randomized-controlled trial, examining the effectiveness of group Adlerian play therapy.  She has extensive experience practicing as a play therapist and specializes in working with current and former foster/adoptive youth and others who have experienced trauma.  She operates a small private practice in Cedar Falls, Iowa, in addition to her university position. 

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

Terry Kottman

Terry PhotoTerry Kottman, Ph.D., RPT-S, LMHC, developed Adlerian play therapy, an approach to working with children, families, and adults that combines the ideas and techniques of Individual Psychology and play therapy.  She regularly teaches classes and writes about play therapy.  She is the author of Play Therapy: Basics and Beyond, co-author (with Kristin Meany-Walen) of Partners in Play: An Adlerian Approach to Play Therapy (3rd ed.)and Doing Play Therapy: From Building the Relationship to Facilitating Change, and several other books. In 2014, she won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Play Therapy, in 2017, she won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iowa Association for Play Therapy, and in 2020, she was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology.   She is also Jacob's mom and Rick's wife, the best accomplishments of her lifetime of striving. 

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