Colorado Association
for Play Therapy

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Colorado Association for Play Therapy (CAPT)


(719) 422-9410


Jamye Rico




Lisa VanderGriend

Jenna Ingram Roe




Alyson Hatten


Mary Ellen Hudson

Conference Chair

Kathryn Raley


970-266-2678, ext. 3

Dustin Baker



Kristi Gallego



Val Bruno


Sam Torres

Student Representative

Your CAPT Leadership Team
Jamye Rico, President

Jamye Rico

Jamye Rico is a Licensed Professional Counselor located at A Children’s Counseling Center in Colorado Springs. She is a graduate of University of Colorado – Colorado Springs with her BA in Psychology. She then continued her education at the University of Phoenix – Colorado Springs and completed her Masters degree in Community Counseling. Jamye specializes in working with children and families in both Play and Family Therapy settings. She has over 16 years of experience working with children and families and she is currently working toward a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor credential.


Lisa VanderGriend, President-elect

 Lisa VanderGriend is a Licensed  Professional Counselor and a Registered  Play Therapist with a BA in Sociology from  Davidson College and a Masters in  Counseling from Denver Seminary. Lisa  works primarily with children ages 2-11 who  have experienced trauma and abuse. She  also works part time as an adjunct at Denver  Seminary, teaching and supervising students  in the counseling program. In her spare time,  Lisa loves to fly fish and hike with her dog,  Cayenne!



Jenna Ingram Roe, Secretary

Jenna Ingram Roe

 Jenna Ingram Roe received her Master’s degree    from Regis University as well as a Post-Graduate    certification in Child and Adolescent Counseling in  2012. During her graduate studies, Jenna quickly  found a love for Play Therapy and decided to  pursue  trainings in order to become a Registered  Play  Therapist. Jenna has over 10 years of  experience  working with teenagers but found a  passion for  working with Early Childhood children  and families.  Jenna has worked in the public and  private field for  the past 3 years.  Jenna lives in  Larkspur and has a  private practice office in Castle  Rock. Jenna will  continue to pursue hours toward  icensure as well as becoming credentialed as a play therapist. 



Alyson Hatten, Treasurer 

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Alyson Hatten is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) with specialty training in child and adolescent mental health, play therapy, individuals with chronic or ongoing medical needs, and individuals with developmental differences.  She received her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and completed post-graduate training in Child and Adolescent Counseling and Play Therapy at the University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy.

Over the past decade, Alyson has worked in a variety of settings, including academic medial centers, schools, and community mental health centers.  She has spent much of her career working on multidisciplinary teams, collaborating with allied health professionals, medical providers, and school personnel.

Mary Ellen Hudson, Conference Chair

Mary Ellen is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate located in the Denver Metro area. She received her masters degree in Clinical Mental Health from Denver Seminary in 2013. During her time at Denver Seminary, she served as the student representative for the Colorado Association for Play Therapy. She continues to serve on the board as the event chair. Mary Ellen is in private practice at Child and Adolescent Counseling Center of Denver. She is currently working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist.

Kathryn Raley, Member-at-Large

Kathryn Raley graduated from Regis University in 2012. She has a certificate in  working with Youth and Adolescents and a  certificate for Transpersonal Counseling. Growing up in Wyoming, she early learned the therapeutic value of an outdoor setting, animals and physical  health integral to mental health. She  began the program at Regis in 2007 to complete one lifelong goal of working with children and adolescents as a counselor. She says, “The idea of Play as a language assists my conceptualization when working with clients of all ages. When the psych speaks, it is often in the most innocuous and seemingly general context. Listening and responding with the ears of a play therapist often assists me throughout the therapeutic process.” Kathryn lives in Lafayette and is becoming established as an outdoor/wilderness play therapist.


Dustin Baker, Member-at-Large

Dustin Baker Dustin Baker graduated from the University of  Colorado, Colorado Springs with a Masters  degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  He  has been working with children and families for  six years. Dustin's experience is in family  therapy, non-directive play therapy and he has  extensive experience working with families  involved with the Department of Human  Services. Dustin also specializes in working with  children and an families in the foster care  system, and with the LGBT population. He is  trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral  Therapy. Dustin works in private practice in  Colorado Springs.


Kristi Gallego, Member-at-Large 


As an educator with 5 years experience working with children in international school settings in Madrid, Spain and Beijing, China, Kristi Gallego has experience working with culturally diverse populations.  Her fluency in Spanish and ability to converse in French and Mandarin allow for assisting a broad range of individuals and their families.  Kristi’s goal is to enhance equity in the service of mental health needs for non-English speaking populations.

Kristi is a recent graduate of the Master’s Program in Counseling & Human Services at UCCS.  While there, she discovered her passion for Play Therapy.  She is currently pursuing certification as a RPT by attending local workshops and trainings.  In April 2013, Kristi assisted in presenting Translating Group Process Into Children’s Language at the Colorado Association for Play Therapy Conference in Denver.

Kristi began her professional counseling career in August as the School Counselor at Mesa Elementary School in Fountain-Fort Carson School District.  She enjoys utilizing Play Therapy techniques in group settings.

As a board member for the Colorado Association for Play Therapy, Kristi offers a unique cultural viewpoint, language skills and experience working within an educational setting.



Val Bruno, Member-at-Large 


  Val BrunoMy “before therapist” life was filled with military, law enforcing, regulations, and salutes.  I am an Air Force veteran and a mom of two amazing young boys.  My husband and I enjoy spending time working out at our Crossfit gym, sitting on our back porch in front of a cozy fire, and loving on our boys.  

I’ve spent the last four years practicing counseling in Colorado Springs, focusing most of my attention on working with children and adolescents.  I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist.  I love teaching grownups how to love, cherish and connect with their children (and themselves) and make them functioning, thriving, happy members of our community.  I thoroughly enjoy integrating models of treatment and personalizing therapy for each client I work with.  I work primarily with domestic violence and dependency neglect cases, but I also have a growing population of military families.

Sam Torres, Student Representative 
  Susan Ham "Sam" Torres is currently a Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) student intern at A Children's Counseling Center in Colorado Springs. She is working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist and is very grateful to also learn from her amazing colleagues and mentors in the field. Children hold the future of humankind in their little hands and those precious little hands lie in our adult hands for only a short while. Play Therapy is the ideal way to reach children struggling with the challenges of growing up and a wonderful way to help kids and their family units become positive contributors to society and humanity's future. Sam earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism at the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana, her Master's in Community Counseling at Regis University, and is an LPCC and NCC. 

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