KSAPT Board Members

Amanda Petrik, LCPC, RPT-S
Board President

Amanda is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor in Topeka, KS.   Amanda is in private practice specializing in anxiety disorders and the feelings and symptoms that accompany anxiety.  She is trained in the evidence based cognitive behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders, EMDR and prolonged exposure therapy for trauma, and Gottman Method Couples Counseling.  As president, Amanda hopes to increase opportunities to connect with KSAPT members, provide additional play therapy resources to the community, and spotlight our amazing play therapists in new and exciting ways!

Lois Neace,  LCPC, RPT-S
Board Advisor

Lois is a licensed specialist clinical social worker (LSCSW), registered play therapist supervisor (RPT-S), have Individual Certifications in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) Phase I and Phase II through Child Trauma Academy (Dr. Bruce Perry), and EMDR training in the basics, attachment and trauma.  Lois loves working as a child and family therapist at Prairie View in Wichita. KS. She has served on two non-profit boards in the past and has a variety of leadership experiences over the years.

Carmy Goodwin, LSCSW, LCSW, RPT-S
President-Elect & Conference Chair

Carmy is a full-time bilingual clinical therapist at SAFEHOME where she works with adults and children who have experienced domestic violence, is an owner of Heartland Play Therapy Institute and is Conference Co-Chair for KSAPT. Carmy obtained her undergraduate degree in Spanish from Kansas State University in 2004, her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2008, and her Play Therapy Certification in 2011.

Before clinical work at SAFEHOME, Carmy worked for the Independence School District as a bilingual Family School Liaison, the Olathe School District as an interpreter, the Child Abuse Prevention Association as a part time bilingual therapist and at KC Play Therapy Institute as an instructor of play therapy teaching in Kansas City, Omaha, St. Louis, and Wichita. Carmy is passionate about working with trauma victims, enjoys supervising clinical social work students and believes strongly that play therapy is an essential tool for understanding trauma through the eyes of a child.

Angie Lynn, LSCSW, RPT-S
Conference Co-Chair

Angie is a clinical social worker and registered play therapist - supervisor in Wichita, Kansas.  She received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Washburn University in 2000 and prior to that, her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Wichita State University.  Angie began her career at a mental health agency in 2001 and currently is in private practice, providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults.  She focuses her practice on working with individuals impacted by trauma, grief, depression and anxiety and providing supervision to therapists working toward their clinical license.  She has specialized training in play therapy and EMDR.   Angie Is passionate about her work as a therapist and is dedicated to the therapeutic growth of her clients.  

Angie is honored to be serving on the Kansas APT board.  She looks forward to networking with play therapists across Kansas and increasing awareness of the importance of play therapy when working with youth.

Catherine Sterchi, LSCSW, LCSW, RPT-S
Member Services Chair

* Bio Pending

Sylvia Schmidt, LMHP, SB-RPT

Sylvia has been a counselor in Wichita USD 259 since 1994.  She has initiated several innovative programs including the use of professional therapy dogs, Boys Town social skills, Zones of Regulation, and developed trainings and staff development for other counselors in the district.  Sylvia began working toward her RPT in 2007 taking play therapy classes under Rick Gaskill at WSU. In 2008, she took the first level of Rise VanFleet's Canine Assisted Play Therapy workshop. 

Sylvia plans to work on providing as many opportunities as possible for present RPTs and those wishing to learn more about play therapy to attain CEU's throughout the year and in various locations around the state.  "With the introduction of the new SB-RPT, it is important to promote this new credential among school mental health personnel."

Erika Walker, LSCSW, RPT
Board Secretary

Erika Walker a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Newman University in 2013 and her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies from The University of Kansas in 2006.

Erika provide's psychotherapy to families and individuals, specializing in the areas of developmental delays, Autism, trauma, abuse (physical, emotional, and sexual), grief and loss, depression, anxiety and play therapy for ages 2 and up.

Within her work, Erika utilizes EMDR®, Child Centered Play Therapy, Faith Based Counseling and AutPlay Therapy®.  Erika strives to offer clients the utmost quality of care. Erika works with toddlers, children, teens, adults, elderly, and families through a combination of respect, knowledge and compassion to promote personal growth and development. Whether a client is struggling with trauma related symptoms, anxiety, depression, a developmental delay, social deficiencies, family relational problems, attention difficulties, or any number of other struggles, it is Erika's goal to guide the client and/or the client’s family through individualized goals to improve their quality of life. There seems to come a point in each of our lives where we need guidance and someone with whom to talk. Erika has chosen to be that ‘someone’ that will assist her clients on their path to a fulfilling and mentally healthy future.

Mission Focus

The mission of The Kansas Association for Play Therapy is to promote, encourage, and educate others in the use of Play Therapy techniques to effectively treat mental health issues in people of all ages. The board holds the responsibility to facilitate and carry out this mission and to provide the members with the best opportunities to fulfill the objectives of this mission. We want to create and maintain a positive, encouraging and competent professional community for the members to enhance awareness, education, and sustainability of Play Therapy as a viable mental health modality to help children, families, and adults.

Any feedback is welcomed. Please email president@ksa4pt.org with ideas on ways to practice our mission statement and any improvements that the board can make to best serve the members.