Oregon Association for Play Therapy

Board Members

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Jamie Bonfiglio - President

Jamie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (obtaining her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University in 2011), and the Mental Health Therapy Director at Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies, Inc. in Oregon City, NE Portland, and McMinnville. Jamie has had extensive training in Play Therapy, and is currently working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist and Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor, and is on the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT) and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) registries as an Approved Supervisor. Jamie is currently providing supervision for Graduate and Registered Interns, both at her agency and in her free time. She also completed additional training and post-graduate certification in Foster and Adoptive Family Therapy through Portland State University in collaboration with the Department of Human Services, specializing in attachment and trauma. In addition to play, Jamie also believes in the power of Animal Assisted Therapy, and is a certified Pet Handler along with her certified Therapy Dog, Simon, who she brings to work every day. Jamie's specialties include working with children with special needs and their families, foster care and adoptions, the affects of trauma, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and systemic issues within families. Jamie has been a member of the Association of Play Therapy in congruence with the Oregon Association for Play Therapy since 2009, and has been a member of the Board of Directors for ORAPT, on and off, since 2010.

Linsday Balboa - Vice President/President Elect

Lindsay Balboa is a licensed clinical social worker through the Oregon State Board of Licensed Clinical Social Workers. She also is the continuing education director for the Firefly Institute of Research and Education. Lindsay received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with a specialization in early childhood development from the University of Texas at Austin School of Human Ecology. Lindsay received her Master's of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School of Social Work with advanced coursework in child development and play therapy practices. Lindsay works in partnership with her dog, Olive, and received training and certification in animal assisted human health through the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Lindsay has received additional training and post-graduate certification in Adoption and Foster Care from Portland State University and is currently pursuing certification in Infant and Toddler Mental Health from Portland State University. Lindsay is certified through Imagination Yoga as a child yoga instructor and she is a member of the Association for Play Therapy. Lindsay is co-writing a book "Integrating Yoga and Play Therapy: The Mind Body Approach for Healing Adverse Childhood Experiences" due to be released in Fall 2018. Lindsay's areas of specialty include issues affecting divorcing families, foster care or adoption, infant mental health, abuse & trauma, anxiety, depression or behavioral issues at school or at home. Lindsay has extensive experience working with families moving through the legal process of separation and divorce, foster care and family court or juvenile justice systems. Lindsay works collaboratively with parents and community partners to create treatment plans based on each individual or family's unique needs utilizing a prescriptive approach of directive and non-directive practices.

Tony Lai - Past President, Treasurer

Tony is a Mental Health Specialist III for Yamhill County Family and Youth Porgrams in McMinnville, OR. His primary duties include working with children, teens, and families. Tony supervises graduate interns and provides supervision for clinical supervisors. Tony is a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S) and approved supervisor for LPC/LMFT interns on the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT) Registry. Tony is currently serving a 3-year Board term with OBLPCT.

Rebekah Springs - Secretary

Rebekah Springs is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in working with children and families. Rebekah is currently working on her certification as a Registered Play Therapist and on endorsement in Infant Toddler Mental Health. She received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and her Bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific University. Rebekah began her career at Real Connections Child Development Institute where she provided parent support and education, DIR/Floortime therapy focusing on children and families with diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing differences, medical fragility and Down Syndrome. The approach here was based in interpersonal neurobiology, child development, and the DIR model for intervention. Rebekah now works as a Child and Family Therapist at Firefly Counseling Services, P.C. in Portland, OR. Rebekah currently provides one-on-one child centered treatment as well as family systems and dyadic work. She believes that supporting children and parents in their choices, ability to manage stress, and in celebrating their successes is integral to family and individual health.

 Emily Mitchell - Director of Social Media & Outreach Co-chair

Soon to be licensed professional counselor, Emily Mitchell is an Oregon native who pursued her Master of Science graduate degree by moving across the United States to attend Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida. Knowing Oregon was her home, she moved back in 2016 to pursue her passion of working with children and families. Currently, Emily works at Yamhill County Family and Youth as a school-based therapist. She is excited to be a new board member of the Oregon Association for Play Therapy as she believes play is an important and effective modality when working with children.

Katrina Thatcher - Membership Director/Graduate Student Representative
...Biography coming soon!

Dawn Williamson - Outreach Chair

Dawn Williamson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor specializing in clinical practice with those who have experienced trauma. She received her MSW in 1991 from Portland State University where her areas of focus were child sexual abuse and play therapy practice. She originally received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Montana and retains a strong foundation in the generalist perspective. Dawn also teaches both at the PSU School of Social Work and the PSU Trauma-Informed Services program.

Dr. Kimberly Jayne - Member at Large

Kimberly M. Jayne, PhD, LPC, NCC, RPT-S is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Portland State University. She completed her doctorate at the University of North Texas and specializes in child-centered play therapy. Kimberly has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families in school and clinical settings through counseling, consultation, and psychoeducational assessment. In addition to her clinical experience, Kimberly has authored numerous chapters and articles on play therapy and conducts research exploring the effectiveness of play therapy with vulnerable and minoritized populations. She is also a certified child-centered play therapy supervisor and trainer and a certified child-parent relationship therapy supervisor and trainer. Kimberly is passionate about play therapy and excited to be a part of ORAPT!

Gerardo Jimenez - Member at large

Gerardo Jimenez is a social worker in the Gervais School District counseling program for k-5th grades. Gerardo graduated in 2015 from Portland State University and received his Master’s Degree in social work with an emphasis in direct services. Currently, he is a certified Clinical Social Worker Associate and working on becoming a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Gerardo went to Salem public schools and graduated from North Salem High School. As a youth, Gerardo became involved in the community through advocacy, volunteerism and leadership opportunities on many important civic issues. Through social services he found a new passion for helping people,  leading him into the social work profession. Gerardo loves to spend time with family. Gerardo has three children who he adores, as they inspire him to continue his work with supporting future generations. Gerardo loves art, hiking and exploring new places with his family.