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.
Aimee L. Jennings is a licensed mental health counselor, RPT-S, certified SandTray therapist and has been in the field 30 years. She has been in private practice over 17 years working with children, adolescents, and adults. Aimee utilizes expressive arts within counseling, though she works with a variety of clients she has a deep interest in working with highly sensitive individuals.
Zandra Cue is a licensed mental health counselor, a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, an Autplay provider, and a qualified supervisor for mental health registered interns. She is the owner of Little People, Big Feelings in Miami. She's been working with children and parents for almost a decade in treating, assessing, and helping little ones with challenging emotions and situations.
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.
The Florida Association for Play Therapy
President - Tara Moser, LCSW, RPT-S, CAAPT-S
Vice President - Ann Tilman, Ed.D., SB-RPT
Secretary - Aimee Jennings, MS, LMHC, RPT-S
Treasurer - Zandra Cue, LMHC, RPT-S
The Florida Association
for Play Therapy
Big Bend Chapter Chair - Victoria Espinoza
First Coast Chapter Chair - Maren Villavisanis
Central Chapter Chair - Amanda Cypret
West Central Chapter Chair - Eric Davis
Southwest Chapter Chair - Diana Salazar
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
2022-2023 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."
Eric Davis, PhD, NCC, School Based-Registered Play Therapist™ is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida. He is a Certified School Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and School-Based Registered Play Therapist. Prior to completing his PhD in Counselor Education at the University of Florida, Dr. Davis was a school counselor at the elementary and high school levels in Tennessee. His research and pedagogical interests include the use of aggressive toys in play therapy, integrating play therapy with speech language pathology, creative counseling and teaching interventions, and male school counselor experiences.
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.
Maren Villavisanis, MSW, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™ has enjoyed counseling, playing with and learning from children, adolescents and their grown ups for the past twenty four years. Maren worked for 20 years in non-for profit agencies with children impacted by abuse, neglect, sexual assault, domestic violence and trauma. Maren now currently enjoys providing services to children, teens and families in the St. Augustine community in private practice. Maren received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor as well as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Maren has been an active member of the First Coast Chapter of FAPT for over a decade. Continuing to learn, grow and connect with other play therapists and advocating for self-care and work/life balance are Maren's greatest professional values. Being with her family, hiking, chocolate and cats are her personal joys.
Diana Salazar, MSW, LCSW-S, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™ is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Qualified Supervisor in the State of Florida. A nationally Certified Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and fully trained in: Gottman’s Method for Couple’s Therapy, Sand Tray Play Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). In 2004 Diana attained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogota, Colombia and in 2012 a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL. In April 2015, Diana co-founded Sunshine State Counseling Center in Bonita Springs, FL. A center that focuses on providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Through her practice, Diana empowers clients to build and develop their inner strengths by providing compassionate, ethical, and professional therapeutic services. She has more than fifteen years of experience providing individual, group, couples, and family psychotherapy. Currently at Sunshine State Counseling Center Diana focuses on the treatment of emotional and behavioral challenges, difficulty adjusting to new and/or challenging life situations, high conflict divorce and co-parenting, relational conflict, grief and loss, trauma, post-trauma stress, and mood disorders such as but not limited to depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders. She utilizes modalities such Play Therapy, Sand Tray Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Gottman Method for Couple’s Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Mindfulness.
In addition to psychotherapy, Diana has specialized in providing Mental Health Assessments with the purpose of supporting the Immigration cases several individuals within our communities are enduring. These Mental Health Assessments focus on the evaluation of psychosocial factors and current mental and emotional challenges the individual applying and or their families are suffering. She strives to offer a collaborative approach to empower clients in finding a path to healing and fulfilling life.