About Dr. Nash

Dr. Julie Nash is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She obtained her Ph.D. at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and completed her internship and postdoctoral residency at the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT. Dr. Nash is the author of multiple book chapters on the development of social skills and using play therapy to treat social skills deficits, as well as introductions to play therapy and working with preschool children. She has presented at national and international conferences on play therapy and has been trained in using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to work with children facing the results of a variety of traumas. The former Foster Care Clinic Coordinator, On Site Behavioral Health Director, and Training Director of the postdoctoral residency at a multi-site community health center, Dr. Nash is now in private practice. Dr. Nash is the owner of Riverside Psychological Associates, LLC in Centerbrook, CT where she provides individual and family therapy sessions for people across the age range.

Dr. Nash is a member of the Association for Play Therapy (APT), and is currently serving as Secretary on the Board of Directors for APT. She is former president of the board of directors for the New England Association for Play Therapy. A graduate of APT's Leadership Academy, she is a reviewer for Play Therapy magazine published by APT and is past chair of the APT Conference Committee.

Workshops and Seminars in addition to trainings offered here:

Creating Powerful Play Therapy: The Therapeutic Powers of Play in Action.

Foundations of play therapy.

Group play therapy.

Treating trauma reactions in the school.

Using play group therapy to teach social skills.

Introduction to Sandtray in Play Therapy.

Integrating Nature into Sandtray and Play Therapy.

Email [email protected] to discuss trainings for your group. Multiple options are available and customizable for your group, with APT credits available.


Nash, J. B. (2023). Nature-based play therapy: A prescriptive approach to integrating the therapeutic powers of nature and play. Routledge.  http://routledge.pub/Nature-Based-Play-Therapy  available November 21, 2023!

Nash, J. B. (2021). Doll play. In H. G. Kaduson and C. E. Schaefer (Eds.)., The Nuts and Bolts of Play Therapy with Children. New York: Guilford.

Nash, J. B. (2019). Videoconferencing in psychotherapy: Removing barriers to mental health care for vulnerable and underserved populations. In J. Stone (Ed.)., Integrating Technology into Modern Therapies. New York: Routledge.

Nash, J. B. (2018). Play therapy interventions for children's nighttime fears. In A. Drewes and C. Schaefer (Eds.)., Childhood Anxieties, Fears & Phobias . New York: Guilford.

Nash, J.B. (2013). The power of social competence. In A. Drewes and C. Schaefer (Eds.)., Therapeutic Powers of Play, 2 nd Edition . New York: Wiley.

Nash, J.B. (2013, March). Incorporating play therapy into an integrated care model. Play Therapy, 8, 1, 16-19.

Schaefer, C. E. & Nash, J. B. (2012, March). Top 10 things that every play therapist should know about play therapy. Play Therapy, 7, 1, 20-23.

Nash, J. B. & Schaefer, C. (2011). Play Therapy for Children with Disruptive Behavior Disorders. In C. Schaefer (Ed.)., Integrative Play Therapy. New York: Guilford Press.

Nash, J. B. & Schaefer, C. (2011). Basic Concepts and Practices in Play Therapy. In C. Schaefer (Ed.)., Foundations of Play Therapy. New York: Wiley.

Nash, J. B. & Schaefer, C. (2009). Clinical and Developmental Issues in Psychotherapy With Preschool Children: Laying the Groundwork for Play Therapy. In C. Schaefer (Ed.)., Play Therapy for Preschool Children. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Nash, J. B. & Schaefer, C. (2007). Play group therapy for social skills deficits in children: A ten session training manual. (Available from Julie Nash).

Blundon, J . & Schaefer, C. (2006). The role of parent-child play in children’s development. Psychology and Education: An Integrated Journal, 43, pp. 1-10.

Blundon, J. & Schaefer, C. (2006). The use of play group therapy for children with social skills deficits. In H. Kaduson & C. Schaefer (Eds.), Short-term play therapy for children, second edition . New York: Guilford Press.

Blundon, J., Neubauer, J., Mesnik, J., Candan, K., & Sigal, J. (2006). The effects of patient age and diagnosis on perceived necessity of psychological and medical treatment by young adults. The Graduate Student Journal of Psychology, 8, pp. 33-38.

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