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Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S

LISA DION, LPC, RPT-S, is the founder and President of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado and the creator of “Synergetic Play Therapy”, a model of play therapy that bridges the gap between neuroscience and psychology. She is the author of Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity (forthcoming W.W. Norton). Lisa has been in private practice since 2003. Her specialties include working with adoption, trauma, anxiety, and depression. She has extensive experience in school settings, social service departments, foster care and adoption agencies, children’s hospitals and orphanages around the world.  Lisa is adjunct faculty at Naropa University, her alma mater, teaching the child and adolescent courses in their Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Program. 


Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, Certified Gestalt Therapist, Parent Educator, Level II EMDR practitioner, and Senior Certified Facilitator of the Demartini Method™. She is the recipient of the Association for Play Therapy's 2015 Professional Education and Training Award.


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Financial: Lisa Dion is the owner of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado. She receives royalties from Norton Publishing Company and Healbright, as well as speaking fees from the Association for Play Therapy and its state branches.  She receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education.

Nonfinancial: Lisa Dion is a member of the Association for Play Therapy, Colorado Counseling Association, and American Counseling Association. She is a member and serves as board chair for Lionhearted Kids.