Promoting the value of play!
The Let’s Play Therapy Institute (LPTI) provides high quality, experiential, research-based professional development programs to equip mental health professionals and educators in utilizing evidence-based modalities that incorporate the therapeutic power of play.
Continuing Education Information
Let’s Play Therapy Institute (LPTI) is an Approved Provider for the Association for Play Therapy (APT). Approved Provider 20-609. Play therapy workshops are offered to psychologists, play therapists, counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and all other mental health professionals. Play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.
We support helpers, healers and educators!
In addition to playful therapy trainings, the Let’s Play Therapy Institute provides programs to educators, students, public organizations, the general public as well as the private industry. For more information contact us.
LPTI was founded by Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT and Josué Cardona, MS.
Sophia Ansari, LPCC, RPT, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, author, educator, and co-founder of the Let’s Play Therapy Institute. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She provides workshops on play therapy to mental health professionals and educates parents and teachers on the importance of play as it relates to development and learning in the school setting.
She is a passionate research trainer who has bridged her knowledge of neuroscience and creative therapies to provide in-depth and highly experiential trainings.
Sophia co-hosts Hero Nation, a podcast on the Geek Therapy Network, which celebrates diversity in the media and explores how to use geek culture in therapy.
Sophia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wright State University and her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Cincinnati.
Josué Cardona, MS, earned a master’s in mental health counseling and trained in Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy (REBT) at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. He has worked with clients ages 4 to 84 through in-home, community, and outpatient counseling.
As an educator, Josué has designed curriculum for social-emotional skills, technology, and language learning for K-12. At the university level, he co-created the course Geek Culture in Psychotherapy, taught at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and co-authored Gamification: A Pilot Study in a Community College. Josué also acts as a diversity and inclusion Design Researcher for the Office of the Provost at the University of Chicago.
Josué is the founder of Geek Therapy, a therapeutic approach that believes the best way to understand people is through the things they care about. He created the Geek Therapy Network and community to educate parents, teachers, and helping professionals on how to use their favorite hobbies, pastimes, and interests to connect with others. Since 2011, Josué has presented on Geek Therapy through podcasts, blogs, book chapters, and presentations around the world.