Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S
Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-SFounder, President, Lead Instructor
Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is the founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute. She is an international teacher, the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy®, host of the Lessons from the Playroom podcast and webinar series and author of Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity. She is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Play Therapy’s Professional Education and Training Award of Excellence.
Janelle Langeteig
Janelle LangeteigProgram Director
Janelle Langeteig is the Program Director at the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute, where she supports therapists throughout their SPT journey, from registration to certification. Janelle received her Masters in Transpersonal Counseling with a focus in Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University. She holds a certificate in Synergetic Play Therapy and a BA in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas.
Lindsay Ishman, LCSW, LAC, RPT-S
Lindsay Ishman, LCSW, LAC, RPT-SMarketing Director, Synergetic Play Therapy Certification Consultant
Lindsay Ishman has a private practice in Grand Junction, Colorado where she works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Her passion is in working in areas of complex trauma/developmental trauma, attachment, and resilience. Additionally, as a clinical supervisor, Lindsay is inspired to help other professionals grow while enhancing a belief in themselves and their abilities.
Kim Buller, LCSW, RPT-S
Kim Buller, LCSW, RPT-SStudent Engagement Liaison, Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Kim is a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist and Supervisor. She has a private practice near Salem, Oregon focused on serving children, teens and their families. Kim has been a SPT Intro Consultant since 2018 and loves the connections she has made in that role. Nature is her favorite external regulator and most trusted guide, feeling deeply is her superpower and she thrives in connection. Kim is honored to be in the new role of Student Engagement Liaison and looks forward to supporting SPT’s growing community.
Judith Norman, LPC, LSC, RPT-S
Judith Norman, LPC, LSC, RPT-SSynergetic Play Therapy Trainer, Co-Founder & Lead Trainer of the Synergetic Education Institute
Judith is a co-founder and lead trainer of the Synergetic Education institute™. She is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and is a Certified Synergetic Play Therapy Supervisor. She is a Parent Educator, Certified in EMDR Therapy and is trained in Mindfulness in Education. She has been utilizing the tenets of Synergetic Play Therapy in educational settings for the past 10 years. Her experience has led to the development of social-emotional, trauma-informed programming to support students and educators in schools.
Khristine Turner Rolfe, LCMHC, RPT-S
Khristine Turner Rolfe, LCMHC, RPT-SSupervisor Trainer, Synergetic Play Therapy Certification Consultant
Khris Rolfe is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHC), a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) and a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist Consultant with over 25 years of therapeutic and educational experience in a variety of settings. Her inspiration lies in helping children and families recognize their own innate capacity for healing and growth. She is also honored to guide others in their professional and personal journeys and seeks to provide a supervisory experience that facilitates one’s intuitive wisdom, strength and authenticity.
Polly S. Douglass, LPC
Polly S. Douglass, LPCLead Certification Program Consultant
Polly is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist and Supervisor, EMDR trained, an Autplay Therapist, and has a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. Associate with the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute since 2013, Polly’s inspiration is supporting play therapist in learning and applying SPT authentically. She also specializes in play therapy with children and adolescents, parent coaching and consulting with schools and daycare facilities.
Katherine Eastlake, LPC, RPT-S
Katherine Eastlake, LPC, RPT-SLead Intro Program Consultant, Synergetic Play Therapy Certification Consultant
Katherine has a private practice in Corvallis, Oregon where she offers counseling for children and families; parent coaching; supervision for play therapists; and classes for the community. All aspects of Katherine’s professional services are highly influenced by Synergetic Play Therapy, most notably helping children and families thrive in authenticity. Visit her website at www.katherineeastlake.com.
Mili Sarmiento-Shoemaker LPC, RPT-S
Mili Sarmiento-Shoemaker LPC, RPT-SSynergetic Play Therapy Certification Consultant
Mili was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She speaks Spanish as her first language and perceives herself as bilingual and bicultural. Mili has been studying SPT since 2010. She loves working with families and helping parents connect with their own wisdom in their parenting journey. Mili offers RPT supervision. She loves witnessing the growth and transformation supervisees go through during their supervision process. Mili has been in private practice since 2013. She is an RPT-S, EMDR trained, and continues to study Gestalt, Bioemotional Decoding and the Demartini Method.
Kelly Miller, LCSW, RPT/S, RYT+200
Kelly Miller, LCSW, RPT/S, RYT+200Synergetic Play Therapy Certification Consultant
Kelly Miller is the founder of Play Therapy Connection located in Littleton, Colorado. She is passionate about working with children, teens, and adults from around the world to help them find their way back to themselves. As a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist/Consultant, Kelly provides therapy, supervision, and training. She strives to be a guide in healing to make true transformation possible. When Kelly is not working, she is teaching or practicing yoga, spending time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, and traveling the world.
Corinne Elms, LPC, RPT-S
Corinne Elms, LPC, RPT-SIntroduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Corinne Elms is the co-founder of Grow Strong Play Therapy and Wellness Center in Salem, Oregon where she provides Synergetic Play Therapy to Children ages 3-12. She also utilizes SPT in her work with teenagers. Corinne’s passion is supervision. She loves helping clinicians free themselves from their “should’s” and discover their authentic self in and out of the therapy room.
Lauren Forsythe, LPC, RPT-S
Lauren Forsythe, LPC, RPT-S Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Lauren is a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist and Consultant with a private practice in Longmont, CO. Lauren provides Synergetic Play Therapy to Children ages 3-12, works with teens and young adults, and supervises new therapists. Her style is highly relational, down to earth, and experiential–working to guide clients towards wholeness.
Erin Bennetts, LCSW, RPTS
Erin Bennetts, LCSW, RPTSIntroduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Erin has a private practice in Littleton CO providing play therapy for children age 2-12 with a heavy emphasis on supporting parents to maximize identified goals and outcomes. Erin enjoys not only the clinical aspects of being in private practice but also the ins and outs of being an entrepreneur and business owner. A busy Mom of 2 quickly growing children Erin is learning to embrace the hours spent in her car transporting her kids and then hanging out while they are at a variety of activities, often filling that time by listening to audible books or podcasts.
Mary Margaret Hagen, LCSW, RPT-S
Mary Margaret Hagen, LCSW, RPT-SIntroduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Mary Margaret Hagen currently works as the Counseling Coordinator at a supportive housing facility in Denver, CO where she supervises interns, manages the counseling program, teaches classes for parents, and utilizes Synergetic Play Therapy with her young clients. As a former teacher in a low-income school, she has a passion for serving the mental health needs of children who live in poverty and those who have been through trauma, including abuse and neglect. Becoming certified in Synergetic Play Therapy was truly transformative for her, leading her down the path of authenticity and attaching to self, and she greatly enjoys consulting and supervising others who are on the same journey!
Liliana Baylon, LMFT, RPT, SPT-S, EMDRIA CIT
Liliana Baylon, LMFT, RPT, SPT-S, EMDRIA CITIntroduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Liliana is a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist Consultant, EMDR Certified, EMDRIA Consultant-in-Training, and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Liliana is a bilingual and bicultural therapist and the owner of Healing Relationships Counseling Services, PLLC, in Colorado where she provides therapy and supervision.
Kathryn Mathis, LPC, RPT, & Demartini Facilitator
Kathryn Mathis, LPC, RPT, & Demartini FacilitatorIntroduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Kathryn (Katie) Mathis is founder and owner of Inspire Coaching & Counseling, located in Littleton, Colorado and serving families living all around the globe – from Colorado to Asia. She is honored to walk alongside children, teens, and adults as they uncover their authentic selves, build new neural pathways to optimize brain health, and discover what inspires them! As a supervisor, she loves supporting therapists to discover their voice, intuition, and inner wisdom both within the play room and outside the playroom.
Jessica Kimak, LCSW, RPT-S
Jessica Kimak, LCSW, RPT-SIntroduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Jessica loves to work with developing clinicians’ intuition with Synergetic Play Therapy. She has experience working with ages 5-adulthood. She spent most of her career doing in home therapy and parent coaching. She is trained in EMDR, Animal Assisted Therapy and integrates all of them with SPT. She is therapeutic foster mom and has a trained therapy dog Marvel. SPT is the core of everything she does and has changed the way she interacts with the world and her career.
Johanna Simmons, MA, RCC, BCRPT-S
Johanna Simmons, MA, RCC, BCRPT-S Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Johanna has a virtual private practice in British Columbia, Canada where she works with children, teens, adults and families. She especially enjoys working with parents and watching the shifts in the family as they integrate the principles of SPT into their family life and discover its value for all relationships. For optimal growth, Johanna believes that connection to self is the cornerstone to healing. Johanna sits on the board of the British Columbia Play Therapy Association and is adjunct faculty at Adler University where she teaches child development and counselling and supervises counsellling interns.
Donna Scott, Arts Therapist (AThR), Certified Synergetic Play Therapist/Supervisor, ANZACATA Supervisor/Educator
Donna Scott, Arts Therapist (AThR), Certified Synergetic Play Therapist/Supervisor, ANZACATA Supervisor/Educator Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Donna is a registered Arts Therapist (AThR), Certified Synergetic Play Therapist and Supervisor, ANZACATA approved Supervisor, Educator, and heads a team of creative therapists in her private practice in Adelaide, Australia. Donna has a passion for educating and supporting clients, parents, and therapists in creative ways. The SPT principles underpin all the different work Donna does.
Rose LaPiere, LPC, RPT-S, ACS
Rose LaPiere, LPC, RPT-S, ACS Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Rose LaPiere, LPC, RPT-S is a family therapist, writer, presenter, and EMDR consultant. She works with children and adults through the lens of attachment, mindfulness, therapeutic powers of play, interpersonal neurobiology and family system theory. Rose has a passion for integrating nature and sand tray into her therapy practice. She is currently serving on the board of the World Association of Sand Therapy Professionals and is and one of the editor’s and author’s of the book Nature-Based Play and Expressive Therapies: Interventions working with children, teens and families.
Katrina Bell, AMHSW, APTA RPT-S, RYT-200
Katrina Bell, AMHSW, APTA RPT-S, RYT-200 Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Katrina is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist, Supervisor and Consultant based in Echuca/Moama, Australia. Katrina has a private practice, The Tree House Therapy & Wellness, where she provides therapy, supervision, consultation and coaching each with an SPT influence. She is particularly interested in working with children and young people and the adults and caregivers that heal, help and hold space for them. Katrina also teaches restorative yoga and yoga nidra at a local studio as she highly values supporting others to develop nurturing self care practices, find their authentic selves and nourish their nervous systems so they can both benefit and model this for others in their lives.
Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S
Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-SFounder, President, Lead Instructor
Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is the founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute. She is an international teacher, the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy®, host of the Lessons from the Playroom podcast and webinar series and author of Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity. She is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Play Therapy’s Professional Education and Training Award of Excellence.
Janelle Langeteig
Janelle LangeteigProgram Director
Janelle Langeteig is the Program Director at the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute, where she supports therapists throughout their SPT journey, from registration to certification. Janelle received her Masters in Transpersonal Counseling with a focus in Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University. She holds a certificate in Synergetic Play Therapy and a BA in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas.
Lindsay Ishman, LCSW, LAC, RPT-S
Lindsay Ishman, LCSW, LAC, RPT-SMarketing Director, Synergetic Play Therapy Certification Consultant
Lindsay Ishman has a private practice in Grand Junction, Colorado where she works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Her passion is in working in areas of complex trauma/developmental trauma, attachment, and resilience. Additionally, as a clinical supervisor, Lindsay is inspired to help other professionals grow while enhancing a belief in themselves and their abilities.
Kim Buller, LCSW, RPT-S
Kim Buller, LCSW, RPT-SStudent Engagement Liaison, Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Kim is a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist and Supervisor. She has a private practice near Salem, Oregon focused on serving children, teens and their families. Kim has been a SPT Intro Consultant since 2018 and loves the connections she has made in that role. Nature is her favorite external regulator and most trusted guide, feeling deeply is her superpower and she thrives in connection. Kim is honored to be in the new role of Student Engagement Liaison and looks forward to supporting SPT’s growing community.
Judith Norman, LPC, LSC, RPT-S
Judith Norman, LPC, LSC, RPT-SSynergetic Play Therapy Trainer, Co-Founder & Lead Trainer of the Synergetic Education Institute
Judith is a co-founder and lead trainer of the Synergetic Education institute™. She is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and is a Certified Synergetic Play Therapy Supervisor. She is a Parent Educator, Certified in EMDR Therapy and is trained in Mindfulness in Education. She has been utilizing the tenets of Synergetic Play Therapy in educational settings for the past 10 years. Her experience has led to the development of social-emotional, trauma-informed programming to support students and educators in schools.
Khristine Turner Rolfe, LCMHC, RPT-S
Khristine Turner Rolfe, LCMHC, RPT-SSupervisor Trainer, Synergetic Play Therapy Certification Consultant
Khris Rolfe is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHC), a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) and a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist Consultant with over 25 years of therapeutic and educational experience in a variety of settings. Her inspiration lies in helping children and families recognize their own innate capacity for healing and growth. She is also honored to guide others in their professional and personal journeys and seeks to provide a supervisory experience that facilitates one’s intuitive wisdom, strength and authenticity.
Polly S. Douglass, LPC
Polly S. Douglass, LPCLead Certification Program Consultant
Polly is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist and Consultant, EMDR trained, an Autplay Therapist, and has a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. Associate with the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute since 2013, Polly’s inspiration is supporting play therapist in learning and applying SPT authentically. She also specializes in play therapy with children and adolescents, parent coaching and consulting with schools and daycare facilities.
Katherine Eastlake, LPC, RPT-S
Katherine Eastlake, LPC, RPT-SLead Intro Program Consultant. Synergetic Play Therapy Certification Consultant
Katherine has a private practice in Corvallis, Oregon where she offers counseling for children and families; parent coaching; supervision for play therapists; and classes for the community. All aspects of Katherine’s professional services are highly influenced by Synergetic Play Therapy, most notably helping children and families thrive in authenticity. Visit her website at www.katherineeastlake.com.
Mili Sarmiento-Shoemaker LPC, RPT-S
Mili Sarmiento-Shoemaker LPC, RPT-SSynergetic Play Therapy Certification Consultant
Mili was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She speaks Spanish as her first language and perceives herself as bilingual and bicultural. Mili has been studying SPT since 2010. She loves working with families and helping parents connect with their own wisdom in their parenting journey. Mili offers RPT supervision. She loves witnessing the growth and transformation supervisees go through during their supervision process. Mili has been in private practice since 2013. She is an RPT-S, EMDR trained, and continues to study Gestalt, Bioemotional Decoding and the Demartini Method.
Kelly Miller, LCSW, RPT/S, RYT-200
Kelly Miller, LCSW, RPT/S, RYT-200Synergetic Play Therapy Certification Consultant
Kelly Miller is the founder of Play Therapy Connection located in Littleton, Colorado. She is passionate about working with children, teens, and adults from around the world to help them find their way back to themselves. As a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist/Consultant, Kelly provides therapy, supervision, and training. She strives to be a guide in healing to make true transformation possible. When Kelly is not working, she is teaching or practicing yoga, spending time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, and traveling the world.
Corinne Elms, LPC, RPT-S
Corinne Elms, LPC, RPT-SIntroduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Corinne Elms is the co-founder of Grow Strong Play Therapy and Wellness Center in Salem, Oregon where she provides Synergetic Play Therapy to Children ages 3-12. She also utilizes SPT in her work with teenagers. Corinne’s passion is supervision. She loves helping clinicians free themselves from their “should’s” and discover their authentic self in and out of the therapy room.
Lauren Forsythe, LPC, RPT-S
Lauren Forsythe, LPC, RPT-S Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Lauren is a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist and Consultant with a private practice in Longmont, CO. Lauren provides Synergetic Play Therapy to Children ages 3-12, works with teens and young adults, and supervises new therapists. Her style is highly relational, down to earth, and experiential–working to guide clients towards wholeness.
Erin Bennetts, LCSW, RPTS
Erin Bennetts, LCSW, RPTSIntroduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Erin has a private practice in Littleton CO providing play therapy for children age 2-12 with a heavy emphasis on supporting parents to maximize identified goals and outcomes. Erin enjoys not only the clinical aspects of being in private practice but also the ins and outs of being an entrepreneur and business owner. A busy Mom of 2 quickly growing children Erin is learning to embrace the hours spent in her car transporting her kids and then hanging out while they are at a variety of activities, often filling that time by listening to audible books or podcasts.
Mary Margaret Hagen, LCSW
Mary Margaret Hagen, LCSWIntroduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Mary Margaret Hagen currently works as the Counseling Coordinator at a supportive housing facility in Denver, CO where she supervises interns, manages the counseling program, teaches classes for parents, and utilizes Synergetic Play Therapy with her young clients. As a former teacher in a low-income school, she has a passion for serving the mental health needs of children who live in poverty and those who have been through trauma, including abuse and neglect. Becoming certified in Synergetic Play Therapy was truly transformative for her, leading her down the path of authenticity and attaching to self, and she greatly enjoys consulting and supervising others who are on the same journey!
Liliana Baylon, LMFT, RPT, SPT-S, EMDRIA CIT
Liliana Baylon, LMFT, RPT, SPT-S, EMDRIA CITIntroduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Liliana is a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist Consultant, EMDR Certified, EMDRIA Consultant-in-Training, and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Liliana is a bilingual and bicultural therapist and the owner of Healing Relationships Counseling Services, PLLC, in Colorado where she provides therapy and supervision.
Kathryn Mathis, LPC, RPT, & Demartini Facilitator
Kathryn Mathis, LPC, RPT, & Demartini FacilitatorIntroduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Kathryn (Katie) Mathis is founder and owner of Inspire Coaching & Counseling, located in Littleton, Colorado and serving families living all around the globe – from Colorado to Asia. She is honored to walk alongside children, teens, and adults as they uncover their authentic selves, build new neural pathways to optimize brain health, and discover what inspires them! As a supervisor, she loves supporting therapists to discover their voice, intuition, and inner wisdom both within the play room and outside the playroom.
Jessica Kimak, LCSW, RPT-S
Jessica Kimak, LCSW, RPT-SIntroduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Jessica loves to work with developing clinicians’ intuition with Synergetic Play Therapy. She has experience working with ages 5-adulthood. She spent most of her career doing in home therapy and parent coaching. She is trained in EMDR, Animal Assisted Therapy and integrates all of them with SPT. She is therapeutic foster mom and has a trained therapy dog Marvel. SPT is the core of everything she does and has changed the way she interacts with the world and her career.
Johanna Simmons, MA, RCC, BCRPT-S
Johanna Simmons, MA, RCC, BCRPT-SIntroduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Johanna has a virtual private practice in British Columbia, Canada where she works with children, teens, adults and families. She especially enjoys working with parents and watching the shifts in the family as they integrate the principles of SPT into their family life and discover its value for all relationships. For optimal growth, Johanna believes that connection to self is the cornerstone to healing. Johanna sits on the board of the British Columbia Play Therapy Association and is adjunct faculty at Adler University where she teaches child development and counselling and supervises counsellling interns.
Donna Scott, Arts Therapist (AThR), Certified Synergetic Play Therapist/Supervisor, ANZACATA Supervisor/Educator
Donna Scott, Arts Therapist (AThR), Certified Synergetic Play Therapist/Supervisor, ANZACATA Supervisor/Educator Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Donna is a registered Arts Therapist (AThR), Certified Synergetic Play Therapist and Supervisor, ANZACATA approved Supervisor, Educator, and heads a team of creative therapists in her private practice in Adelaide, Australia. Donna has a passion for educating and supporting clients, parents, and therapists in creative ways. The SPT principles underpin all the different work Donna does.
Rose LaPiere, LPC, RPT-S, ACS
Rose LaPiere, LPC, RPT-S, ACS Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Rose LaPiere, LPC, RPT-S is a family therapist, writer, presenter, and EMDR consultant. She works with children and adults through the lens of attachment, mindfulness, therapeutic powers of play, interpersonal neurobiology and family system theory. Rose has a passion for integrating nature and sand tray into her therapy practice. She is currently serving on the board of the World Association of Sand Therapy Professionals and is and one of the editor’s and author’s of the book Nature-Based Play and Expressive Therapies: Interventions working with children, teens and families.
Katrina Bell, AMHSW, APTA RPT-S, RYT-200
Katrina Bell, AMHSW, APTA RPT-S, RYT-200 Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Consultant
Katrina is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist, Supervisor and Consultant based in Echuca/Moama, Australia. Katrina has a private practice, The Tree House Therapy & Wellness, where she provides therapy, supervision, consultation and coaching each with an SPT influence. She is particularly interested in working with children and young people and the adults and caregivers that heal, help and hold space for them. Katrina also teaches restorative yoga and yoga nidra at a local studio as she highly values supporting others to develop nurturing self care practices, find their authentic selves and nourish their nervous systems so they can both benefit and model this for others in their lives.