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BOARD MEMBERS

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Shannon Grant, LPCC, RPT-S

Past President

Shannon is an LPCC and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. This is Shannon’s second year on the board and she is excited for her new role as President Elect! Shannon has a private practice in Albuquerque where she uses Experiential and Jungian play therapy techniques and specializes in trauma, parental bonding, depression and anxiety with children 3-18. On top of play and art, Shannon has been studying SandPlay since 2006 and is working on her own process in the sand and in a consultation groups in order to apply for the Sand Play Practitioner credential with the STA (Sandplay Therapists of America).

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April Lewis-Ramirez, M.S. LPCC, RPT

President

Hi! I'm April!  I enjoy working with all ages and backgrounds. I got my bachelors from the University of New Mexico in Sociology then went to pursue my M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of the Southwest. I enjoy using a wide range of approaches including Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, EMDR, Narrative Therapy, CBT, mindfulness, and have a passion for Play therapy with trainings in different play techniques. I specialize with Complex Trauma and Anxiety with all ages. Children speak/work through their trauma and anxieties through play. Play can help children process in a way they need with a safe environment. I can help provide that “safe place”. I can also provide parent support and education along the way.​I strive to make an impact on the community of New Mexico and help individuals with their mental health needs for many generations to come. Remember it’s okay to not feel okay and reach out! We can work on this together! If you or a loved one has any unresolved trauma, current things you want to work on, or certain behaviors you have a concern with, I am here to support you on the journey to wellness. 

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Stay Tuned

President Elect

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Kelsie Bacon, LCSW-S, RPT

Secretary

Hi all, I’m Kelsie, LCSW-S, RPT, and I reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico where I work at The Treehouse as a clinical therapist. I got my bachelors in Psychology and Family Studies from the University of New Mexico. I attended New Mexico Highlands University to pursue my masters in Clinical Social work. I began studying play therapy in 2018 and went on to receive my RPT in 2022. I consider myself a prescriptive play therapist and enjoy using approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy, CBT, DIRFloor Time, Autplay, Experiential Play, Attachment Therapy, Sand Tray, and Child-Centered Play Therapy. I enjoy learning and strive to continue my skills by taking a variety of trainings. I specialize in working with Neurodivergent children, adults, and families. I am currently working on my Level 3 PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) Certification and my Down Syndrome Awareness Diploma. I also love working with teenagers and find it fulfilling to connect with them and help them feel understood and supported.  I am passionate about working with children from a trauma-informed perspective using nondirective play therapy and sand tray techniques. Additionally, I enjoy working with parents and their children using Theraplay techniques to promote attachment and deepen connections. I pride myself on being someone people can feel safe and understood with. I love play and find that it helps all of us as we journey through life. 

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Waldo Winborn, LPCC RPT

Treasurer

Waldo Winborn is a professional counselor at Winborn Wellness & Counseling and is independently licensed to practice in the state of New Mexico.  He has decades worth of behavioral health experience and specializes in working with children and families who have suffered trauma.  He is a Registered Play Therapist and certified in EMDR. Waldo is a recognized supervisor by the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board as well as the Board of Social Work Examiners.   In 2009 Waldo and Renee Winborn, LCSW founded Winborn Wellness & Counseling, a group practice in Southern New Mexico.  Together they built an agency that supports over 20 mental health clinicians and provides direct services in Grant, Hidalgo, Catron, and Luna counties. Today he continues as its clinical director and facilitates an environment of collaboration and support. For more information about Waldo or his work go to WinbornWC.com.

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Breena Tafoya, LCSW, RPT-S

Member At Large

Breena is the Executive Director at Kids Counseling Inc. in Las Vegas, NM. She has served on the NMAPT Board since 2015 and has been the Treasure for the last 4 years. She has held numerous positions throughout New Mexico ranging from clinical to administrative over the last 35 years. Breena has practiced in the areas of child abuse, attachment, anxiety and infant mental health. She currently specializes in new program development and management.

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Aretha Amundson, LPCC

Member at Large

Aretha Amundson is an LPCC from Silver City, NM. She began learning about and using play therapy during internship and has continued her training in play therapy ever since. Aretha has worked in multiple settings over the years – a early childhood education center, a federally qualified health center, and most recently, doing contract work for an agency specializing in early intervention and children’s services. Her focus has been on working with children and families living in rural areas with few services and having a wide variety of issues related to mental health, gender identity, intergenerational trauma, and poverty. Aretha is a New Mexico Association for Play Therapy member.

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Megan Delaney LCSW, RPT

Member at Large

My name is Megan Delaney and I am a Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist located in Roswell, NM. I recently pursued and became an RPT to help support the needs of the children whom I work with in my community. I have worked as a special education social worker within my community’s social district for the past 10 years and previously I did outpatient therapy with children and adolescents at our community mental health agency. I am a native New Mexican and completed both my undergraduate and graduate education at NMSU. I am passionate about bringing play therapy to my community and the state as we respond to increasing mental health needs of our children and families!

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