13737447_10154509891907249_9052441866792571062_oLisa is an international teacher, clinical supervisor, author, coach and entrepreneur.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and is at the cutting edge of her field creating new and innovative models of therapy with children and adults.

She is the founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute and the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy®. She is also a Certified Gestalt Therapist, Parent Educator, Level II EMDR Practitioner and Master Certified Facilitator of the Demartini Method™.

In her private practice, she works with clients of all ages from around the world on a full spectrum of issues.  In addition to her clinical work, she has also launched multiple for-profit and non-profit businesses and is a business consultant to various organizations worldwide.

She is often asked, “How do you do it all- run businesses, supervise therapists, teach on a weekly basis, maintain a private practice, consult internationally, create products and be a mother?”  The answer is simple: “I am clear about my purpose, am inspired and have organized my life in such a way that allows me to do what I love to do on a daily basis.  I face challenges like everyone else, but I have a calling and have learned the skills to help me manifest my vision.”


capt-teens-photo2Lisa is a highly sought after speaker.  Her experiential style of presenting engages audiences, both small and large.  Her ability to adapt the presentation to various learning styles makes complicated topics easy to understand.  Combining her background as a psychotherapist, mother, and entrepreneur, Lisa presents on over 50 different topics ranging from neuro-science to business creation.

Lisa was awarded the Association for Play Therapy’s 2015 Professional Training and Education Award of Excellence for her outstanding professional education and training that significantly developed, promoted, and advanced the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists.

Synergetic Play Therapy Institute-Founder and Executive Director

Lisa founded the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute (synergeticplaytherapy.com) in 2009 as part of her mission to educate therapists worldwide with the most cutting edge knowledge possible, so that they can deliver their skills with confidence, grow their businesses and stay inspired in their work.  She also wanted to create a place where children and families could go to receive quality and affordable mental health services.  In less than 4 years, she grew the Institute from a local business to having an international reputation and presence.

Lisa is also the creator of Synergetic Play Therapy®, the first researched informed model of play therapy blending together neuroscience, attachment, nervous system regulation, physics, mindfulness, and authenticity.


In addition to her own mission, she also believes in others’ missions.  She is currently the Board Chair for LionHearted Kids (lionheartedkids.org), an organization offering mindfulness based therapies using play, yoga, music, art, therapeutic touch and support services to children and families in South Africa.

She also serves as the Advisory Board Chair for the United Humanity Foundation (unitedhumanityfoundation.org), which is dedicated to cultivating communities where children are protected, women are respected, and men are empowered by providing specialized care for the treatment of addiction in parts of the world where no such services exist.


Lisa’s most important mission is that of motherhood.  She is the proud mom of an awesome 10 year old, who has been the catalyst and inspiration for her work in the play therapy field, her own personal development and her dedication to understanding human behavior and how to live authentically.

“Lisa has the uncanny ability to show up as a teacher and educator in many settings. I have studied with Lisa in a small intimate group setting and have also witnessed her connecting with a large room full of people with the same relational skills. Lisa’s passion, knowledge, empathy, and self-awareness aid her in creating a seamless connection with her students so that information may be passed, experienced, and integrated on a deeper level. I consciously choose to engage with the material and continue to place myself in the role of the student time and time again because she gets it, which ultimately translates to me ‘getting it’ too! I have grown leaps and bounds studying under her and would recommend her as a teacher for anyone desiring an experiential learning process.”
Sarah M., Therapist
“Lisa has an amazing ability to balance curiosity and compassion with wisdom.”
Jocelyn D., Therapist


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