The time to elect our positions for President, President-Elect and board members is quickly approaching. Below is a short bio on each of the persons running for a position. This slate will also be posted online at www.oka4pt.com. The election will take place November 15-December 15. At that time, you will be given instructions on how to vote. Thank you so much and thank you to all the members that are running for a position!
Election Slate for 2016 OKAPT
Nancy Rumley Soliz, LMFT, RPT-S
My name is Nancy Rumley Soliz, and I would like to be considered to be your OKAPT President for the 2017-2019 term. My play therapy journey started when I received my BS at Oklahoma State University in 2004 with a major in Family Relations and Child Development and minor in Psychology. I then attended Kansas State University, a COAMFTE accredited program, and received by MS in 2008. During my time at KSU, I attended classes at KC Play Therapy Institute and received my training hours towards my RPT certification. During my time in Kansas, I worked with a variety of clientele at Ft. Riley and through the on-campus Family Center.
After returning to Oklahoma, I worked for a therapeutic foster care agency as a therapist and moved on to the role of clinical director. After over four years at that organization, I worked doing contract work and am now in private practice in NW OKC. I currently serve as a LMFT Supervisor and RPT Supervisor. In addition to play therapy, I have received training in EMDR and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. A colleague and I have also started Oklahoma Play Therapy Training Institute to bring play therapy training opportunities to the OKC metro. I have enjoyed serving you on the OKAPT Board the last 2 years and have tried to focus on making communication forefront though helping in the development of the new website, being on a news segment for National Play Therapy Week in OKC, and through helping to run OKAPT Lunch- and-Learn play therapy trainings in OKC. I hope to continue to work towards promoting play therapy in Oklahoma as your president. Thank you!
President-Elect (2017-2019)/President (2019-2021)
Sharon Beets, LPC, RPT
My name is Sharon Beets, I am a LPC-S and Registered Play Therapist. I am running for the President-Elect spot and Board member spot on the OKAPT board. I believe that it is very important to continue to spread the word about Play therapy throughout Oklahoma. I have attended three APT conferences, participated on the National Ethics Committee and 2016 APT Leadership Graduate. I have also presented at the 2015 OKAPT conference and other play therapy trainings. It will be my goal as a member of the board to increase communication about Play Therapy and the impact Play Therapy can have to those around us.
Nikkie Dunnigan, LPC
Nikkie Dunnigan is a Licensed Professional Counselor, whose therapeutic work focuses on children from birth to age 12, children with developmental delays, and their caregivers. Nikkie is a member of the Association for Play Therapy, Oklahoma Association for Play Therapy, and the Oklahoma Association of Infant Mental Health. Nikkie has completed the requirements for, and is awaiting approval as a, Registered Play Therapist; is a certified AutPlay Therapy provider; and is a registered parent educator for Circle of Security International. Nikkie serves children and families at her private group practice, The Play Place, LLC, in Stillwater, OK. In additional to therapy services, Nikkie regularly consults with teachers and childcare providers to help children succeed in school and childcare settings. Nikkie is contracted to provide classroom observations and mental health support at Perry and Guthrie head starts/early head starts and provides therapy services on-site at Perry Elementary School.
Nikkie gained counseling experience as an intern at The Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch, NorthCare for Kids, and Ripley Elementary School prior to completing her Master of Science in Counseling in 2013 at Oklahoma State University. Following graduation, Nikkie worked as a behavioral health rehab specialist, then as a therapist, for CREOKS Behavioral Health Services. Upon completing license requirements, Nikkie opened The Play Place as a private practice in order to provide high-quality mental health care for children, while maintaining low client-to therapist caseloads. Nikkie was thrilled to teach Developmental Interventions to masters counseling students for Oklahoma State University in the fall of 2014 and Nikkie and her partner, Ashley Weckstein, have recently began offering play therapy related CEUs and hope to continue to provide many education opportunities. Nikkie loves serving families in Stillwater and neighboring communities and hopes to provide service to fellow play therapists as a board member for the OKAPT.
OKAPT Board Members (2017-2019)
Sharon Beets, LPC, RPT
See bio above.
Phyllis Bowen, LCSW
Hi everyone! I am an Oklahoma native and have always lived in different areas of this beautiful state. I have three adult daughters that continuously inspire me, and have been blessed with two grandchildren. When not working, I enjoy time spent with family and friends. I’ve developed a hobby of taking drives to appreciate and capture nature and landscape photography. I have 20 years experience working with children and families in the field of early childhood, and have had a long time understanding of “Play being the work of a child.”
In 2006 I earned my Associates in early childhood, in 2009 my bachelors in family studies and gerontology, and in 2013 my MSW in social work. In August of 2013, I began working as a clinical therapist, and in January of this year became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In September of 2015 I began taking play therapy courses, and expect to apply for RPT by the end of this year. I am a member of APT. I do have a long term goal of perusing a doctoral degree for the purpose of further research with play therapy.
Thank you for your consideration,
Phyllis Bowen, LCSW
Courtney Chandler, LMFT Candidate
Courtney Chandler earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas in 2012. Courtney continued her education at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, where she earned a Masters of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2014. During her time at Friends University, Courtney received play therapy training from the Kansas City Play Therapy Institute and is currently under supervision to become a Registered Play Therapist. Courtney is dedicated to helping individuals, couples, and families who struggle with various issues including anxiety, depression, low self-worth, trauma, grief and relational difficulties, and aims to promote mental health awareness and education throughout the community. Courtney has received additional training in Sand Tray Therapy, Couples Communication, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).
Nikkie Dunnigan. LPC
See bio above.
Tiffany Hawkins-Berry, LPC, RPT
Tiffany is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s of Arts in Marriage and Family therapy with emphasis in child and adolescent play therapy from Southern Nazarene University. Tiffany completed her internship in an adult mental health inpatient facility where she gained the knowledge and experience of recognizing severe mental illness. Tiffany is trained and educated to work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, and specializes in play therapy and play therapy techniques. She has worked in infant mental health where she has worked closely with infants, children, and parents practicing bonding and attachment therapy. She has counseled persons with anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, adjustment disorders, physical and sexual trauma, and grief. She has experience working in infant mental health practicing bonding and attachment therapy, therapeutic foster care, school based therapy, mental health triage administering psychological assessments and determining crisis stabilization needs, and private practice. Tiffany believes in providing an integrative approach to therapy in a supportive environment where empathic understanding, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard transpires in order to provide children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families with the opportunity to achieve mental and emotional healing. Tiffany has a passion for play therapy due to the creative challenge and uniqueness required to work with children on their developmental level and in a therapeutic setting, bringing healing utilizing a language they understand and know best, Play!
Stephanie Horton, LPC, RPT
Stephanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. Stephanie received her B.S. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology in 2000 from Southern Nazarene University. She then completed her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2010, also from Southern Nazarene University. Stephanie became a member of RPT in February 2014. Stephanie is also a LPC-S and provides training and supervision to therapist who are working toward their LPC. Stephanie enjoys working daily with at risk children in her area to provide them with hope and a secure future. Stephanie strives daily to provide hope and security for all her clients and is passionate in this complex field of service.
Kay Johndrow, LPC, LBP, LADC-S, RPT-S
Kay Johndrow is a (RPT-S) Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and has served on the OKAPT Board for 14 years. She has served as Secretary, President, and Vice President Elect. She has been a play therapist for 26 years and is currently the Supervisor of BH Clinical Services at the Cherokee Nation Indian Clinic in Vinita. She has extensive experience and training in disaster response, traumatic stress, and working with child abuse and domestic violence survivors. She completed her Master’s Degree at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. She holds three licenses in the state of Oklahoma LPC, LBP and LADC-S. She is a Certified Therapist in EMDR, a Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist, a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, A Certified Domestic Violence Counselor, and a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Her desire is to keep working with children and help OKAPT reach & meet the needs of all therapists, in Oklahoma, who are working with children.
Robbin Keith, MSW
Robbin Keith, MSW, a therapist specializing in grief, hospice, trauma, adolescence and family dynamics. Ms. Keith has been a Oklahoma Association for Play Therapy Board Member since 2010, and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Human Services at Tulsa Community College. She facilitates empowerment and life skills groups for alternative learning high school students. Ms. Keith facilitates parent workshops and has been a Mental Health Consultant for Head Start programs. She has extensive experience in working with child welfare families and children in out of home placements. Ms. Keith was a co-presenter at the Association for Play Therapy International Conference in 2016.
Lea May, LMFT, RPT
Lea is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, and received her play therapy training at MNU in Olathe, Kansas. She is currently a supervisor for LMFT licensure and is working on becoming a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Lea the owner and a practitioner at Instilling Hope, LLC in Oklahoma City. Additionally, Lea is co-owner of the Oklahoma Play Therapy Training Institute and is dedicated to providing quality play therapy trainings in the Oklahoma City metro. Lea has served on the OKAPT board these past two years and has been a part of development of the OKAPT website and monthly Lunch-and-Learn trainings in Oklahoma City. Lea would like to continue to spread the word play therapy throughout the state of Oklahoma!
Cynthia Osuna, LPC, NCC, RPT
Cynthia Osuna is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist and an EMDR trained therapist. Currently, she works for Lawton Public Schools and owns her own private practice. She is also bilingual in Spanish! Cynthia received her Master in Arts degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. On top of being a therapist, she is also a military wife, mother of 3 boys (ages 18, 16 & 11) and mommy of 2 playful dogs. Her husband, Jaime, of 22 years is getting ready to retire in January from the Army after 24 years of service. Cynthia enjoys her family time, traveling, hanging out with friends, loves the color purple, dancing and playing!
As an employee of Lawton Public Schools, she is one of the licensed counselors employed by the district to provide counseling services to those wanting to add counseling to their IEP. She is assigned to two different high schools working with students who struggle with emotional disturbances and those that are in the self-contained classroom. When Cynthia is not working at school she works at her private practice, iTHRIVE Counseling Services, LLC. At her private practice she has an adult room, a play room and is working on creating a sand tray room. This is her baby and hopes to one day be able to make it her full-time gig. Her next goal is to finished the certification process for EMDR and begin the program to become a Registered Integrative Sandtray Therapist. Cynthia is a member of the APT (Association for Play Therapy), OCA (Oklahoma Counseling Association), SSI (Southern Sandtray Institute), EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association), and IATP (International Association of Trauma Professionals). Cynthia also volunteers her time as a provider with Give an Hour and the Silent War Foundation.
Julie Reising, LMFT
Julie Reising is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Beyond those titles, Julie simply has a desire to change the world – one person and one relationship at a time. She works with individuals, couples, children and families. Having worked with clients from ages 2-86, Julie has developed a passion for engaging children and adolescents beyond “talk therapy”. She utilizes activities and intervention techniques that address and work within the child and teen developmental stages.
Julie holds a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from Western Michigan University and has over 15 years of experience as a family therapist, working in both private practice and agency settings. She enjoys sharing her perspective with others through writing and speaking. Julie is an Oklahoma Approved LMFT Supervisor and is working toward her registration as a play therapist. She and her husband of 28 years have two children and a daughter-in-law, and they are completely smitten with their first grandchild.
All the best,
Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S