Tara Moser, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT-S, owns Delta Family Counseling, LLC in Southwest Florida where she specializes in play therapy and animal-assisted play therapy with kids 2 through 18. Tara is the founder of Pawsitive Kids Camp, a non-profit integrating play therapy and animal assisted play therapy. Tara has created play therapy courses for local universities and taught as adjunct, as well as traveled the country teaching on play therapy and animal assisted play therapy, most recently with Cross Country Education. Tara and her husband have co-authored a children's book to help children overcome fear. Tara is a graduate and past chair of APT’s Leadership Academy and has served on numerous APT committees, including Ethics and Practice, Nominations Board, Conference Program, Leadership Program, and Key Awards. Tara has served locally and most recently as Vice President for NASW- Florida in which retaining members was a goal along with retention. Her professional excellence has been recognized by both the SW Florida Unit of NASW as 2009 Social Worker of the Year and 2017 Field Educator of the Year, as well as FAPT in being awarded the 2009 Viola Brody Award. Tara and her team of therapists are often called for debriefing through animal assisted play therapy across the state as the only credentialed therapists in this modality.
Kerry Berner, EdS, LMHC, RPT-S
Dr. Dalena Dillman Taylor, LMHC, LPC, RPT is a tenure earning Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida in the Department of Child, Family and Community Sciences/Counselor Education Program. She earned her doctoral degree in Counseling and completed her master’s degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas. Dr. Dillman Taylor is the Director of the Center for Play Therapy Training and Research at UCF, the play therapy certificate coordinator, and was the past president for the North Texas Chapter of Texas APT. She is a certified child-centered play therapist supervisor, a certified child parent relationship therapist supervisor, and a trained Adlerian play therapist. She currently is serving on APT’s research committee and served on the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling’s conference and position statements committees. Dr. Dillman Taylor is active in scholarship with over 20 publications and her primary research interests include: advancement of Adlerian Play Therapy field towards evidence-based practice; counseling and educational services for high need children and families; and counselor development and supervision.
Aimee Jennings, LMHC, RPT-S has been in the field for 25 years. Aimee has worked in a variety of settings throughout her career. For the past 17 years she has worked for the CHILL Program, a non-profit grant founded program that delivers free counseling services to children and their families in the Winter Park school system. Originally she started with CHILL as a school-based counselor and is now the Program Coordinator of the highly successful and recognized program. Outside of the CHILL Program, Aimee runs a successful private practice in which she conducts play therapy and expressive arts therapy with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She provides counseling as well as supervision for fellow mental health professionals for licensure and play therapy. Aimee, along with her husband Sean, co-founded the Institute of Playful Healing and co-facilitates a certification program in Sand Tray Therapy in conjunction with and based upon the work of Dr. Theresa Kestly from the Sand Tray Institute of New Mexico. Aimee and her husband often speak locally to agencies and universities on the benefits of play therapy.
The Florida Association for Play Therapy
President - Tara Moser, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT-S
Vice President - Aimee Jennings, LMHC, RPT-S
Secretary - Kerry Berner, EdS, LMHC, RPT-S
Treasurer - Dalena Dillman Taylor, Ph.D., LMHC, LPC, Registered Play Therapist™
The Florida Association
for Play Therapy
Big Bend Chapter Chair - Victoria Espinoza
First Coast Chapter Chair - Tayler Papke
Central Chapter Chair - Amanda Cypret
West Central Chapter Chair - Jessica Gilbert
Southwest Chapter Chair - Dr. Ann Tilman
Southeast Chapter Chair - Carrie Longest
South Chapter Chair - Andrea Vargas
Amanda Cypret, LMHC, RPT-S, QCS(FL) has been working in Florida’s mental health field since 2009. She attended the University of Central Florida and Webster University to receive her degrees and certificates. Amanda is a Qualified Supervisor for mental health interns and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She currently works at LifeStream Behavioral Center, a non-profit community mental health agency, as the Children’s Outpatient Director overseeing a children’s outpatient therapy program that serves hundreds of children and families in schools, homes, and outpatient offices. Amanda has received extensive training and supervision in play therapy including Child Centered Play Therapy, Adlerian Play Therapy, and Child Parent Relationship Therapy. She has secured multiple grants to bring quality play therapy programs to the community and collects data to support the effectiveness of these play therapy practices. Amanda has been putting on trainings for parents, teachers, therapists, and community agencies for nearly 10 years. Amanda also teaches Play Therapy and Internship courses as an adjunct at the University of Central Florida. She has an intense passion for play therapy and working with families to strengthen child parent relationships and enjoys spreading this passion with people in the helping profession.
The Florida Association for Play Therapy
2020-2021 Chapter Chair Board Members
"I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist™. I am currently in the process of becoming a Child-Parent Psychotherapist. I have a comprehensive understanding of children on the autism spectrum and how to treat them. I have worked extensively with and I continue to treat children who have trauma, anxiety disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and more. I am passionate about play therapy and I am excited about serving my community as the Chapter Chair for the Big Bend region."
Jessica Gilbert, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist™
Carrie Longest, LMHC, NCC, RPT-S, has worked in various settings over the years. Currently, she works in a group private practice, provides supervision, and is completing her doctorate education at Capella University in Counselor Education and Supervision. Her dissertation is examining the use of supervision theories/models in play therapy supervision. Carrie is excited to be able to help spread play therapy in the community through her position.
ANDREA VARGAS is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Play Therapist -Supervisor™, a Qualified Supervisor for MHC interns and a Certified FirstPlay® Practitioner. She has been in private practice since 2012. She serves children, teens, families and college students. Andrea is bilingual and offers therapy in both English and Spanish. She has specialized in child and adolescent counseling for over 12 years. Prior to private practice, she provided home and school-based therapy under a variety of different grants to children, teens and their families while working at a children’s mental health agency. Andrea obtained her Bachelor's degree (B.A.) in Psychology from Florida International University and her Master's degree (MS.Ed.) in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami.
Andrea fell in love with play therapy during her practicum in graduate school. She is a proud advocate of play and uses social media to educate parents, teachers and other professionals about the importance of play in child development. Andrea is looking forward to serving the South Florida community as Chapter Chair.
Tayler Papke received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from the Florida State University in 2014 and continued to complete her Master’s in Social Work in 2015. After completing her graduate degree, Tayler worked in an outpatient setting with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorder, attention difficulties, and other chronic medical diagnoses.
Tayler moved to Jacksonville in 2016 where she continued to work with children in the foster care system. Through a nonprofit, Tayler assisted children and families through the reunification and adoption process. She also has experience counseling children through Duval County Public Schools Full Service Schools Plus program. Tayler has experience working with children through anxiety, OCD, adjustment issues, grief and loss, anger management, and trauma.
Tayler is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist™ and is working at The Healing Playroom in Jacksonville, Florida. In her free time, Tayler enjoys traveling, going to the beach, walking her dog, and cheering for FSU football.
Ann Tilman, Ed.D., SB-RPT, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling at Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Tilman has been an educator for over twenty years, with thirteen as a Professional School Counselor where she regularly provided play counseling as part of her responsive and prevention services to students. She uses that experience to inform her work as a School Counselor and Mental Health Counselor Educator. Dr. Tilman has developed courses geared towards counseling children and adolescents, including in play counseling/therapy. In addition to being full-time faculty, Dr. Tilman volunteers at FGCU’s Community Counseling Center to provide play counseling services to children in the community. She is a Certified AutPlay Provider and has scholarship interests in school counseling, autism, school counselor use of play and expressive counseling, and a Solution-Focused Approach. Dr. Tilman is a 2020 APT Leadership Academy graduate and serves on APT’s Registration & CE Committee and hopes to continue to develop training in play counseling/therapy in Southwest Florida, including among school counselors.