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.

OBJECTIVES

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.

PURPOSE

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.

Laura McLaughlin M.Ed, LPC, RPT

Member at Large NTC-TAPT

Biography

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Laura McLaughlin, M.Ed, LPC, RPT

Laura completed her Masters Degree in Counseling at the University of North Texas in 2011 and received her undergraduate degree in Health Promotion from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. She is currently working full time at her private practice, HeadFirst Counseling in Dallas, TX. In her practice, Laura works with children, adolescents, adults, and parents to help them reach their full potential by developing their self-worth and becoming their true self. Laura specializes in working with children and teens struggling with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, emotional issues, sexual abuse, domestic violence, suicidal ideation, self-harm, trauma, or issues in the Parent-Child relationship.

Laura has previous experience working with victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse at The Family Place and the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center providing play therapy and activity therapy to help children and teens heal from past abuse and trauma. Laura has also worked in private practice and community mental health settings and under the renowned psychiatrist Dr. Roy Boorady at the Child Mind Institute in New York City. She is passionate about working with children, adolescents, adults, and parents and removing the stigma around mental health and therapy.

Laura has chosen to serve on the NTC-TAPT board to promote Play Therapy and to provide support to Play Therapist’s in the community. Laura believes Play Therapy is the most effective mode of healing for children and Laura aims to help make Play Therapy better understood and accepted around the community and in the mental health field. To contact Laura please email her at lmclaughlin@headfirstdallas.com.

 

 

Laura McLaughlin, M.Ed, LPC, RPT

Secertary

NTC-TAPT

HeadFirst Counseling

8215 Westchester Dr #145

Dallas, Texas 75225

Phone: (469) 665-9416

Work Email: lmclaughlin@headfirstdallas.com.

Website: http://www.headfirstdallas.com/counselors

Emerging Leaders

  • UNT: Audrey Malacara
  • SMU: Sarah Vaught
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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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