Paula Knoll, MSW, LCSW, RPT

As a Licensed Clinical Worker (LCSW) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT), Paula understands the need to strengthen and empower children and families. Paula sees the impact that behavioral and mental health concerns have on children, and sees the value of addressing the entire family system.  She believes in providing caregivers with the tools to help them, help their children.

Her experience with children includes working as a Special School District Social Worker and…

Lily Pernoud, MEd, PLPC, NCC, Certified K-12 School Counselor

Lily graduated from the CACREP-accredited Master’s of Education Counseling program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. To be able to serve a wide population, Lily completed the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track as well as earned School Counseling certification for both the Kindergarten – 8th Grade and the Secondary levels. Lily has a wealth of experience in mental health, as prior to joining Agape, she worked in the counseling field in a range of therapeutic…

What is Sandtray Therapy?

Introduction

Sandtray TherapySandtray therapy was created by Margaret Lowenfeld, who got her ideas from reading H.G. Wells’ book Floor Games, where Wells spoke of the use of miniature toys while he played with his sons on the floor. This technique was adopted by many others, including Dora Kalff, a Swedish therapist who modified Lowenfeld’s knowledge of the use of sand and miniatures according to Jungian principles, and named her technique Sandplay (Homeyer & Sweeney, 2011). Sandtray…

Sensory Processing Disorder in Children

By Teresa Weeke, MA, PLPC

*note: this article has been edited for readability, for the original, scholarly article, click here: Weeke Aug 2015 Original Article – Sensory Processing Disorder in Children

What is it?

Those who have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), formerly known as Sensory Integration Dysfunction, experience sensory integration problems such that the input the brain receives from the senses does not match up with an appropriate response. Examples…