Dr. Renee Turner is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor specializing in the advocacy and treatment of children of all ages. She specializes in the supervision and professional development of post-graduates and has 15 years of experience working in the areas of grief and loss, bereavement and hospice work, complex trauma, and identity and spiritual issues. In her clinical work, Dr. Turner integrates existential, Gestalt, and expressive therapies to create a dynamic, experiential form of therapy.
Dr. Turner is particularly passionate about promoting and increasing the field of play therapy and presents locally and nationally on the ethical application of play therapy, sandtray therapy, and expressive therapies with children, adults, and families. She actively participates in leadership at the local, state, and national levels and received the 2017 Association for Play Therapy Emerging Leader Service Award for her continued dedication to play therapy. In 2016, she created the Central Texas Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy where she continues to serve as a member of the Advisory Board. She is also President-Elect of the Texas Association for Play Therapy and currently serves as Chair of the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Awards and Recognition committee. She is a reviewer for the quarterly Play Therapy Magazine published by APT, an approved APT Education Provider, and is an APT Leadership Academy graduate. She actively supervises LPC-Interns and post-licensed individuals pursuing the Registered Play Therapist designation.
In addition to play therapy, Dr. Turner has advanced training in a number of mind-body-spirit therapies including EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Hypnotherapy, and Integral Breath Therapy. She is a certified trainer for Integral Breath Therapy (IBT), serves on the IBT Advisory Board, and actively teaches with Dr. Wen-Mei Chou in the Texas region. Her dissertation topic and future research focus on Integral Breath Therapy as a modality for healing complex trauma.
Her primary area of research is focused on creating empirical research for mind-body-spirit therapies and collaborating with other therapy fields to integrate whole person wellness.
Ph.D, LPC-S, RPT-S
Melissa Dilworth is an LPC-AT-S, ATR-BC and CCST Trainer from San Antonio,
Texas. Melissa’s graduate studies at The College of New Rochelle, were focused
primarily on psychodynamic theory, but other theories were explored throughout the
program. Currently, Melissa works at Clarity Child Guidance Center providing outpatient
therapy services for children and their families. She has been an Art Therapist for over
20 years, working in a full array of settings with children, teens, adults and families.
Throughout her long career as an art therapist, she has been a constant advocate for the
art therapy profession and a dedicated, compassionate healer for children and their
families. Melissa is also credentialed as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and
Sandplay Practitioner by Sandplay Therapists of America.
MA, LPC-AT-S, ATR-BC, RPT-S, CCST Trainer
Vicki Williams-Patterson, MCAT, LPC-AT, ATR-BC and CCST trainer, has worked as
an Art Therapist since 1983. Her graduate education at Hahnemann University was
strongly rooted in developmental psychology and psychodynamic theory, and she has
continued with that orientation throughout her career. Since 1990, she has been
conducting seminars on the therapeutic uses of art in the counseling process at local,
regional and national conferences. Since receiving her graduate degree in Art Therapy,
she has engaged in advanced professional training in the areas of trauma recovery,
Jungian psychology, and SandTray Process. In November 2009, she received the
American Art Therapy Association’s Annual Award for Clinical Services.
MCAT, LPC-AT, ATR-BC, CCST Trainer
Sheri Shulenberger, MEd, LPC, NCC, RPT, has a private practice in McKinney,
TX. She is a Certified Clinical Sandtray Therapist by TSTA. For the past decade,
Sheri has worked in a variety of mental health settings treating adults,
adolescents, and children.
M.Ed., LPC, NCC, RPT
SHERI L. SHULENBERGER
Yvonne Garza-Chaves received her Ph.D. in Counseling from the University of North
Texas with a specialty in Play Therapy. She is currently an associate professor and Play
Therapy Coordinator in the Department of Counselor Education at Sam Houston State
University in Huntsville, Texas. Garza’s research interests include play therapy, play
therapy with Hispanics, sandtray, filial therapy and counselor supervision. She has
lectured internationally in Italy, Mexico, and Costa Rica.