About Bay Area Play Therapy Training

In-Person Play Therapy Workshops

Bay Area Play Therapy Training

Emily Keller, PhD, LPCC, RPT-S and Susan Kelsey, LMFT, RPT-S created Bay Area Play Therapy Training to bring practical, informative–and fun!–play therapy training events to the Bay Area.

Both Susan and Emily have experience presenting at the local, national, and international levels. They are committed to building community resources by designing play therapy training events that empower clinicians working with children, teens, and families. This way, they are reaching beyond the limited clinical hours they can offer to help meet the increasing need for youth services that are developmentally appropriate. Emily and Susan are both self-professed nerds with creative spirits. They enjoy creating workshops that are unique, inspiring, and evidence-based.

Learn more about Susan and Emily below.

Emily Keller, PhD, LPCC, RPT-S

Emily Keller, PhD, LPCC, RPT-S

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

Dr. Emily Keller has extensive training in working with couples, families, children, and teens. Prior to moving to California, she was vice president and co-director of the Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy, where she co-facilitated ongoing advanced training and supervision of post-graduate clinicians. While there, Dr. Keller extended the services offered by the Institute by bringing play therapy services and training. Prior to working at SEI, Dr. Keller lived in Texas, where she offered clinical services in a variety of settings, including a child and adolescent inpatient unit, a private practice, and a children’s bereavement center.

Today, She lives in Livermore, CA, where she has a play therapy and expressive-arts-based private practice. She balances her work and family demands with a regular yoga practice. She expanded her yoga knowledge by becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher, and has advanced training in yin yoga and certification in Yoga Nidra. She is an iRest Level One Teacher and offers yoga classes for children, teens, and healers. 

Dr. Keller and her husband are raising four boys aged 10 to 18. They enjoy adventuring throughout California and beyond.

Learn more about Dr. Keller: http://www.dremilykeller.com

Susan Kelsey, LMFT, RPT-S

Susan Kelsey, LMFT, RPT-S

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

Susan Kelsey is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She is retired from clinical practice yet still offers play therapy supervision and training. 

Susan is an internationally recognized speaker and presenter on subjects related to the quality treatment of children and adolescents. She has been featured in numerous parenting magazines as an expert on issues relating to children and was interviewed on the local television news show, “Daybreak OC.” She is the author of “Therapy Has Gone to the Dogs! A Therapist’s Guide to Animal Assisted Therapy.”

Susan is very involved in her field. She founded and is past president of the Orange County Chapter of the California Association for Play Therapy (and served on their state Board of Directors), and continues to serve on several Boards of Directors of her Play Therapy and Marriage & Family professional associations.  She has also been an adjunct professor in the Play Therapy Certificate Program at University of California, San Diego and at Argosy University teaching “Counseling Children and Adolescents.”

Learn more about Susan Kelsey at Fremontchildtherapy.com

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