Promoting the ethical practice of sand therapy

Promoting the ethical practice of sand therapy

Promoting the ethical practice of sand therapy Promoting the ethical practice of sand therapy

About Us

John Burr, LCSW, RPT-S


Board of Directors

John is a founding member and current President of the Utah Association for Play Therapy and has served on the board for 23 years.   John  received his training in  the Sandtray-Worldplay method  with Giesela de Dominico. and in Adlerian Sandtray.  He is the author of "Expressive Arts Play Therapy Supervision Cards."   He has provided training in sandtray therapy and the expressive arts for the past 20 years and has been a practicing therapist for 32 years.  He is the owner of the Center for Sandtray and Expressive Arts located in Orem, Utah.  His greatest joy in life is having married  his best friend and being a father to 9 wonderful children.  

Sherry Fisher, LCSW, LCAC, RPT-S


Board of Directors, President

Sherry maintains a private practice in Evansville, Indiana.  She has previously served on the Indiana APT Board.  Sherry has received training in Adlerian Play and Sand Tray therapy and Sandtray-Worldplay with Gisela de Dominico.  Prior to private practice, Sherry was the Assistant Agency Director of Ireland Home Based services working with families involved with DCS.  She has experience working in school based settings as well.   Sherry provides consultation for clinicians interested in play therapy and sand therapy and has  worked as an adjunct professor of Social Work at the University of Southern Indiana.

Theresa Fraser, CYC-P, CPT-S, RP, MA, RCT


Board of Directors, Vice President

Theresa is the current President  of the Canadian Association for Play Therapy. She has a Play Therapy training centre and private practice in Nova Scotia, Canada and is passionate about sharing the powers of play in the sand tray with  a neurodevelopmental lens.  Theresa  studied under Gisela Schubach DeDomenico, creator of the Sandtray-Worldplay method. She, completed her intensive six level training program in 2010. Theresa has taught sandtray workshops in England, Italy, the US and across Canada. She provides supervision to therapists in Canada , the UK and Australia and has published many book chapters and articles on play therapy, foster care, and child and youth care. She is well known for her work with children and families who have experienced trauma and attachment disruption experiences. She is  currently completing her Phd in the use of sandtray with older adults with the University of South Wales.

Rita Grayson, LCSW, RPT-S


Advisory Board

Rita Grayson is the founder of SageSource Learning Center, a training facility dedicated to teaching Sandtray Therapy and Neurobiology. Rita began her study of Sandtray  Therapy in 2005 under Gisela Schubach DeDomenico, creator of the Sandtray-Worldplay method. She studied under Dr. DeDomenico for 5 years, completing her intensive training program in 2010. Rita has completed over 250 hours of instruction in Sandtray-Worldplay  and has received over 25 hours of clinical supervision from Dr. DeDomenico. Since 2015, Rita has been intensively studying Relational Neuroscience with Bonnie Badenoch. Combining her vast experience with the Sandtray with her knowledge of neurobiology, Rita  created The Body-Brain Approach to Sandtray Play Therapy™. Rita has been in private practice since 2000. Over the years she has conducted thousands of Sandtray Play Therapy sessions with children of all ages! 

Rosalind Heiko, PHD, RPT-S, ISST, NCSP


Board of Directors, Secretary

Rosalind  directs Pediatric & Family Psychology in Cary, North Carolina, specializing in working with trauma in children and families for over 35 years. She travels nationally and internationally, training and consulting with therapists working with children and families. Dr. Heiko is the founder of NC Play Therapy & Sandplay Training and is a former Board of Trustees Member of STA. She has published chapters in several notable play therapy books, as well as in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Dr. Heiko’s most recent publication is the 2018 book, A Therapist's Guide to Mapping the Girl Heronie's Journey in Sandplay which will be followed by Workbook for Mapping the Heroine’s Journey in Sandplay (at press).  

Dottie Higgins-Klein, LMFT, RPT-S, AAMFT SPV


Advisory Board

Dottie Higgins-Klein is the clinical and administrative director of the Family & Play Therapy Center in Philadelphia and around the globe. She is author of Mindfulness Based Play-Family Therapy: Theory and Practice.  She combines Mindfulness with Sandtray theory and practice and has been teaching Sandtray therapy in postgraduate courses since 1999. She is a life student of Tibetan and Zen Buddhism. Dottie was awarded the Professional Training and Education Award for 2016 by the Association for Play Therapy. 

Linda Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S


Advisory Board

Linda directs the Door of Hope Counseling Center in New Braunfels TX. She is a Distinguished Professor Emerita from Texas State University where she began the play therapy and sandtray therapy programs, teaching them from many clinical theory perspectives. She is also a Director Emerita and received the Lifetime Achievement Award with the Association for Play Therapy. Linda has several sandtray therapy publications, including the book, Sandtray Therapy: A Practical Manual, co-authored with Daniel Sweeney. Linda trains with a cross-theoretical model all over the world and in the States. 

Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT, RPT-S


Advisory Board

Elizabeth Kjellstrand Hartwig, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT, RPT-S, is an Associate Professor in the Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University where she teaches animal-assisted counseling, play therapy, and marriage and family therapy courses.  With her passion for sandtray, she has written and presented on using sandtray in supervision. Elizabeth is a Past President of the Texas Association for Play Therapy (TAPT). In 2017 she received the TAPT Nancy Guillory Award for Outstanding Service in Play Therapy.  Elizabeth is the founder of the Texas State University Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy and has a private practice in New Braunfels, TX called Pawsitive Family Counseling, LLC.  

Lisa Inman, MA, LPCC, CCTP


Board of Directors

Lisa M.S. Inman  holds a certificate in both Sandtray Therapy and Somatic therapy and uses both in the treatment of trauma and other conditions. Before going into private practice, Lisa was formerly the Director of Counseling Services at Crown College and provided outpatient therapy there for several years. Lisa has also taught at Crown college as an Adjunct Faculty member and has given several presentations both at Crown College and to the local community on various mental health topics. Lisa is the owner of Midwest Center for Sandtray Therapy where she provides experiential workshops for clinicians in the ethical and competent use of Sandtray Therapy. Lisa is a Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) approved supervisor and currently provides clinical supervision to interns and clinicians working toward licensure as well as provides outpatient therapy to individuals, families and couples at Lighthouse Counseling Ltd in Waconia, Minnesota. 

Jamie Lynn Langley, LCSW, RPT-S


Board of Directors

 Jamie is the President and Co-Founder of the Tennessee Association for Play Therapy.  She went into private practice in late 2016 in Smyrna, TN (right outside of Nashville) after practicing in community mental health for over 27 years.  Jamie was introduced to sandtray therapy early in her career, and over the years has learned from a wide variety of trainers, training experiences, and theoretical perspectives; incorporating a cross-theoretical model of sandtray practice.  She specializes in working with children, teens and families utilizing play therapy, sandtray and expressive arts, as well as nature-based practices.  Jamie offers clinical and play therapy supervision, and provides trainings in play therapy and sandtray.  She has presented nationally and internationally and is also an Adjunct Professor at both Lipscomb University in Nashville and Middle TN State University in Murfreesboro.  

Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S


 Board of Directors

Marshall has over 15 years of practice in family and play therapy. Drawing on lessons learned from working with attachment trauma in a variety of mental health settings, Marshall regularly teaches on trauma, expressive therapies, and attachment-informed family work around the globe. In addition to maintaining a small clinical practice, Marshall also conducts supervision and consultation sessions with counseling professionals who are pursuing EMDR certification and RPT status, with a particular focus on the use of sandtray therapy.  

Sabrina Thakur, LMFT, RPT-S


Board of Directors, Treasurer

Sabrina Thakur is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor in Southern California.  She works in private practice and community mental health, and has a passion for sharing her love of play therapy and sand tray with the community.

Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT-S



Board of Directors

Tammi Van Hollander, is the owner of Main Line Play Therapy in Bryn Mawr, PA,  Her work and creative interventions in the field of play therapy have been published and internationally recognized. Tammi is the author of a multi-sensory, attachment-based children’s book titled, Casey’s Greatness Wings: Teaching Mindfulness, Connection, and Courage to Children and creator of Casey’s Greatness Sticks.

She specializes in attachment, sand tray play therapy & sensory integration working with infants, children, families, and adults of all ages.

Yolanda Fountain, PhD, LPC, RPT-S, ACS, NCC


Board of Directors

 Yolanda Fountain is the owner and clinical director at Play Wellness LLC in Roswell, Georgia. For over a decade, Dr. Fountain has provided professional counseling, play therapy, and sand therapy services, supervision, and training.  She has extensive experience in higher education as a counselor, professor, and clinical supervisor and teaches master’s and doctoral level courses at Mercer University, Georgia State University, and for Morehouse School of Medicine’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship program.  Dr. Fountain has presented over 150 trainings locally, nationally, and internationally, has supervised more than 100 mental health clinicians, has shared at multiple speaking engagements, and has written several professional publications.