The North Texas Chapter of the Texas Association of Play Therapy (NTC-TAPT) wants you to know about what is available to help support you in your important work with children. We are part of the Texas Association of Play Therapy and the Association of Play Therapy.

Membership dues is based on a calendaryear cycle from August to August. In other words, our members all renew at the same time each year, your membership year is not based on when an you joined.


The objectives of NTC-TAPT shall be:

  • To promote training opportunities, research and development of materials which further the practice of play therapy;
  • To encourage active communication among those involved in play therapy;
  • To establish contacts with various organizations for support; and
  • To promote sound play therapy practices in the interest of society and the individual.


The purpose of NTC-TAPT is to:

  • Unite and provide a common meeting ground for persons involved or interested in the therapeutic use of child’s play;
  • Enhance the health, safety and well-being of children;
  • Advance the discipline of play therapy; and
  • Inform and educate the general public and the mental health and educational community about the play therapy profession.
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Kay Trotter, PhD, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor, National Certified Counselor and Certified Equine Assisted Counselor.
Dr Trotter strives to help families feel happier and whole in body, mind and spirit. But, Kay’s passion is working with children and adolescents.  Kay also has extensive experience counseling individuals wrestling with abuse, trauma, grief, depression and emotional and behavioral disorders. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Trotter is sought after by local and national media as an expert on a variety of topics, including parenting, internet addiction, bullying, depression, and equine assisted counseling. Kay is a published author and has established a strong social media presence by providing an abundance of play therapy, parenting and animal assisted therapy resources for both professionals and laypersons.




  • Elected President-Elect to The North Texas Chapter of The Texas Association for Play Therapy. A division of The Association for Play Therapy, a national professional society established to promote and applying the therapeutic power of play to communicate with and treat clients, particularly children.
  • Had the honor to presented Plugged-In and Tuned-Out: the Dangers of Internet Addiction to local civic and community organizations (Crossroad Bible Church, Bridlewood Elementary PTA, Metrocrest Moms of Multiples, Copple Early Childhood Association and LISD Greater Lewisville Early Childhood PTA.)
  • Completed Theraplay® Level 1 an essential treatment modality for professionals who work with children and families who struggle with attachment issues.
  • Completed Gottman Model Level 1 Couples Training – this training draws on extensive research that helps couples break through barriers to achieve greater understanding, connection and intimacy in their relationships.


Dr. Trotter is an avid organic gardener whose veggie and flower gardens provide her with a creative canvas to nurture her soul. She is a tree hugger and environmentalist who also enjoys refinishing furniture, cooking gourmet meals, and eating white bread, white rice and white potatoes. Kay also regularly plays softball and tennis with her husband, daughter and son-in law. She has been married for more than 25 years and is a member of The Village Church – Flower Mound. Kay also loves being a grandmother to toddler twins and infant sweet baby Piper.

Emerging Leaders

  • UNT: Audrey Malacara
  • SMU: Sarah Vaught

The Lone Star Award is given by the Texas Association for Play Therapy to local chapters exhibiting outstanding service to membership and to the promotion of play therapy and the credentialing of Registered Play Therapists. Several criteria need to be met in order to receive this award and our Chapter is proud to have received the Lone Star Award the last six years! We’re proud to announce that we’ve received the Lone Star Award again this year at the 2015 Texas Association for Play Therapy Conference in Austin!


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    The North Texas Chapter of the Texas Association of Play Therapy (NTC-TAPT) wants you to know about what is available to help support you in your important work with children.