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Counseling & Play Therapy


Play Therapy Training & Consultation


About Amy Williams Long


Amy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S). She earned a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Northern Colorado.  As a high school student, Amy was introduced to play therapy and was hooked.  Her graduate studies and subsequent education enabled her to pursue her longtime dream of becoming a play therapist.  


Amy’s primary professional goal is to advocate for children, their families and the field of play therapy. Her desire is that all children and families will have knowledge of and access to play therapy when needed...she wants to help them thrive!  Amy embraces her inner-nerd, is passionate about furthering research in play therapy, and is honored to be serving on the International Journal of Play Therapy (IJPT) editorial board.  Clinically, she specializes in working with children and families impacted by trauma, abuse, foster care, and adoption.  In addition to her clinical work, she advocates for children and the play therapy profession as a play therapist supervisor, consultant, researcher, conference presenter, approved provider of play therapy education and training, and adjunct faculty member at several universities in Colorado.

​Alphabet Soup: What do all the letters mean?

  • PhD: doctorate in Counselor Education & Supervision with an emphasis in counseling children & adolescents

  • LPCLicensed Professional Counselor in Colorado

  • RPT-SRegistered Play Therapist Supervisor

Areas of Expertise

Counseling & Play Therapy

Although I'm trained in working clinically with all ages, my passion is working with young children through adolescents.  I believe everyone should have the opportunity to thrive and my focus is working with you (and your child) to attain your unique, individual goals.  I truly believe you are the expert in your own life and your child's, and I have expertise in mental health; together we can work towards meeting our common goal - to help you and your child thrive! 

When working with young children, I use a developmentally appropriate, evidenced-based approach to treatment called play therapy.  This approach allows children to move towards healing and thriving through play, which is their natural language and way of processing.  For more information, please visit the                   page on this website and explore the Association for Play Therapy webpage 

Play Therapy Supervision & Consultation

My doctoral education in supervision as well as my Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) credential enable me to supervise mental health clinicians pursuing their Registered Play Therapist (RPT) or Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) credentials.  I offer both individual, group, face to face, and distance supervision in play therapy.  My passion is to create an environment where my supervisees can continually grow and develop as play therapists.

Counseling Supervision & Consultation

My PhD is in counselor education and supervision, meaning I have specialized training in both mental health consultation and clinical supervision.  My training allows me to supervise clinicians working towards licensure in the state of Colorado in addition to those pursuing their Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor (RPT/S) credentials.  I love working with supervisees to help them develop and thrive as mental health professionals.

Play Therapy Continuing Education & Training

Thrive Play Therapy, LLC is an Approved Provider of Play Therapy Continuing Education and Training through the Association for Play Therapy (APT).  All training meets the standards outlined by APT for continuing education units and count towards APTs training requirements for RPT & RPT-S credentials.  Although Thrive Play Therapy, LLC became an approved provider in 2018, Amy has been an approved provider through APT since 2010. For a list of upcoming trainings, visit the Trainings page

My Approach
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