Wendy A. Caplin, Ph.D., RPT- S

"Therapy is a unique, shared journey and the therapeutic relationship is essential for healing and change."

I am a Licensed Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S). I have a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University and extensive training in various therapeutic approaches and philosophies for people of all ages. Since 1984, I have worked with adults, children and families in a wide range of clinical settings. Currently, I am in fulltime private practice which includes working with adults, couples, families, children and providing supervision and training to mental health clinicians.

Professional Training:
My professional training includes certificates/and or specialized training in Gestalt Therapy for children and adults, Contextual Family Therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, and Sandtray Therapy. Recently, I received a Certificate in Adoption Therapy from Hunter College and became a Certified Filial Therapy Trainer through the Family Enhancement and Play Therapy Center.

Clinical Services:
I use an integrated treatment approach including talk, play, and sandtray therapies and other creative techniques. In my work with children and families, I use a special approach in which the parent becomes pivotal to the change process by learning how to do "special play" time with their children. My areas of specialty include, but are not limited to treatment of problems of childhood, parent education, interpersonal problems, affective disorders, women’s issues, gays and lesbians, chronic illness, physical and sexual abuse, trauma and adoption/fostercare issues.

Training Services:

  • Present workshops on a variety of topics related to children and families
  • Conduct trainings for clinicians in play therapy and sandtray therapy and as a Certified Filial Therapist conduct Intensive Filial Therapy training (co-sponsored by The Family Enhancement and Play Therapy Center)
  • Provide individual and group clinical supervision for mental health professionals

I have presented at numerous conventions (American Psychology Association), conferences (Association for Play Therapy International Conference, Gestalt Institutes of Cleveland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, PA Association for Play Therapy), mental health agencies and hospitals on various topics including play therapy, sandtray therapy, grieving children, children in foster care, attachment problems, self-esteem, sandtray, and Filial Therapy. Recently (2008), my colleague (Karen Pernet) presented a day long workshop at the Association for Play Therapy International Conference on our creative Filial Parenting Group Program based on Filial Therapy.*

*My colleague Karen Pernet and I were consultants to the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, a children’s mental health facility in Philadelphia, and developed and co-led the Filial Parenting Group Program for child abuse prevention, funded through the Philadelphia Department of Human Services. We are currently working on a manual on the Filial Parenting Group Program.

Address: Philadelphia, PA 19119
Email: wendy@growththroughplaytherapy.com
Phone: 215-248-9446
Fax: 215-248-3704