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Meet the Therapists

Ashley Sutherland, LCSW, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist

Ashley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Synergetic Play Therapist. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2012 and has specialized in working with children, adolescents, and families for the past ten years as an in-home behavioral coach, school-based therapist, school social worker, and outpatient therapist.

Ashley works with a variety of issues that kids and families may face, such as parent-child relationship struggles, behavior problems, academic and social difficulties, anxiety, depression, and stressful or traumatic experiences. Through co-creating trusting and authentic relationships with clients, she offers a safe space for children and adolescents to explore and make sense of their inner and outer worlds while guiding them towards a greater sense of connection to themselves and their ability to navigate and grow from life's challenges.

Ashley's therapeutic approach is grounded in person-centered principles, attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and mindfulness. She is committed to ongoing learning and evolution as a therapist and person and is honored to support others on their healing journeys.

Services: Play Therapy, Parent Coaching

Watch her YouTube interview here!


Aimee Hartwell, LCSW, Play Therapist

Aimee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Play Therapist, trained in Synergetic Play Therapy. She is passionate about working with children and families and believes every child, and every human, deserves to be seen, understood, and is allowed to show up authentically in the world.

She joins Play Therapy Connection with 6 years of experience working as a school social worker in Denver Public Schools with children and adolescents ages 3-14. During her time in the public school system, she has provided direct educational, behavioral, and mental health services for children and youth, while working with families and other professionals to create supportive learning and social environments and eliminate barriers to accessing their education.

Aimee earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver with a Concentration in Family Systems and earned a Certificate in Animal Assisted Social Work. She is also bilingual in English and Spanish.

Aimee loves anything and everything water, growing up in California, but has embraced the beautiful Colorado landscape that she has called home for the last 14 years.

Services: Play Therapy, Parent Coaching // Multilingual: English & Spanish

Watch her YouTube interview here!


Lindsey Boland, LCSW, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist

Lindsey earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University with a Clinical Concentration in Violence Against Women and Children in 2014. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist.

In addition, she completed an Adoption and Foster Care Certificate Program through Rutgers University. Lindsey is originally from New Jersey but has lived in Colorado for the last six years and now calls Denver home. The only thing Lindsey believes Colorado is missing is a beach. She lives with her husband, son, and cat named Figaro.

Lindsey has worked in many different roles including in-home play therapist, outpatient child and adolescent therapist, permanency caseworker and school-based social worker for children with serious emotional disabilities and mental health needs. She knows how to help families navigate complicated systems and work with outside providers.

Lindsey is currently enrolled in the Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy certification through The Embody Lab. She loves exploring various therapy modalities and is always looking to expand her knowledge and skill set.

There are two main reasons Lindsey loves being a play therapist. The first is witnessing authenticity, growth and empowerment in children. The second is working with parents and caregivers to increase compassion and curiosity regarding challenging behaviors and co-regulation to become more grounded and present.

Parenting is hands down the hardest job in the world. Lindsey provides ongoing coaching and support to caregivers and loved ones who are looking for an additional layer of support. She loves working 1:1 with adults to explore the messages, either implicit or explicit, they received from their parents during their own childhoods, which undoubtedly impact the way they show up and parent today. She also loves providing additional resources and tools and will provide you as many articles, books, podcasts, videos, etc., as you would like!

Lindsey’s therapeutic approach is holistic and based in mindfulness, authenticity, attachment and psychoeducation on the brain and nervous system. She is informed by Relational Neuroscience (how brains behave in relationship) and Polyvagal Theory (the science of safety). She has worked with children and adolescents experiencing depression, anxiety, grief and loss, chronic trauma, ADHD, developmental delays, sensory processing and many other areas of need. She primarily works with children ages 3-11.

Lindsey's passion is working directly with youth and families and empowering them to be the best versions of themselves. Progress, not perfection, is her favorite saying.

Services: Play Therapy, Parent Coaching

Watch her YouTube interview here!


Maria Arias, MS, LPC, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist

With 24 years of experience as an educator and mental health professional, Maria’s career focuses on helping children and their families cope with challenging behaviors and emotions using insight and practical tools. She uses a holistic approach to healing based on the latest neuroscience and developmental science.

Maria is a highly specialized mental health therapist for children ages 3 to 12, specifically practicing play therapy via telehealth. She offers “intensive sets” for the children she works with and draws from interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness, and attachment approaches. Maria is also multilingual in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Maria began her career as a student of child development in the Montessori method. She graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a bachelor's in History in 2007 and with a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology in 2015. She has served children and families since 1995.

Services: Play Therapy via Telehealth, Parent Coaching // Multilingual: English, Spanish & Portuguese

Watch her YouTube interview here or learn about her Intensive Telehealth Sets here!


Matt Canale, LPC, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist

Matt Canale is the founder of Finger to the Moon Counseling and a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist. He holds his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling from Naropa University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Matt comes from a body-centered, mindfulness based therapeutic lens, using an eclectic blend of therapeutic modalities including: Synergetic Play Therapy, Mindfulness based body centered psychotherapy, and EMDR to help clients expand their awareness and knowledge of self in order to grow.

Matt works with children and teens in a supportive and compassionate way; focusing on healing through mindfulness, body-awareness, and authenticity. He specializes in working with children suffering from anxiety, self-esteem issues, anger/behavioral issues, and high conflict divorce. Matt believes in a holistic approach to healing and has the ability to draw from past traumas and difficult experiences to relate with clients. He seeks to foster self-esteem, self-knowledge, and create a caring atmosphere for growth and self-development.

As an active member of jiu-jitsu (he's a black belt!) and yoga communities, Matt understands the importance of developing the mind-body connection as an essential tool for healing.

Services: Play Therapy, EMDR Therapy

Watch his YouTube interview here!


Kelly Miller, LCSW, RPT/S, Senior Consultant & Certified in Synergetic Play Therapy, RYT-200

Kelly Miller is a healing therapist, inspiring teacher, dedicated supervisor and founder of Play Therapy Connection. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT/S), and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), she is constantly seeking and implementing the most cutting-edge research in the field to help heal children and adults.

Kelly was also the co-founder of Play Therapy i.n.c with her esteemed colleague Erin Bennetts. Kelly is a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist/Supervisor and a Level II EMDR practitioner, both of which guide most of her clinical work.

Kelly is passionate about working with children, teens, and adults from around the world to help them find their way back to themselves. Through therapy, supervision and teaching Kelly strives to be a guide in healing to make true transformation possible. As a self-described wounded healer, Kelly believes that within every challenge and pain there is opportunity for growth and abundance.

Kelly specializes in helping people connect with their own mind, body, and hearts natural healing power. If you are looking to explore a path of healing that is medication free or would like to avoid medications and not sure your alternatives Kelly is a great resource. Kelly excels at working with clients who struggle with anxiety and or have experienced trauma in its many forms.

Services: Play Therapy, Adult Therapy, Teen Therapy, EMDR Therapy, Parent Coaching, Play Therapy Supervision & Consultation

Watch her YouTube interview here!


Sharlyn Francis, MA, Intake, Marketing & Administration

Sharlyn earned her MA in Communication and a minor in Addiction Disorders & Recovery Studies from Texas Tech. After both of her daughters experienced medical trauma, she became determined to get the word out about how Play Therapy can help heal children and families from the inside out.

Sharlyn spent the first four years of her marketing career in the retail sector and is thrilled to finally follow her passion to “help the helpers.” She’s been with Play Therapy Connection since 2018.

Read her blog about what it’s like to answer your calls.

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