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). She is
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 incoming chair of
the 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.
to discuss trainings for your group. Multiple options are available and
customizable for your group, with APT credits available.
Nash, J. B. (in press.). Doll play. In H. G. Kaduson and
C. E. Schaefer (Eds.).,
The Nuts and Bolts of Play Therapy with Children. New York:
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:
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:
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
Nash, J. B. & Schaefer, C. (2007).
Play group therapy for social skills deficits in children: A ten session
(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:
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.
Contributing Author: Dumont, R., & Willis, J. O. (2005). Test
descriptions and reviews. In E. Fletcher-Janzen & C. R. Reynolds (Eds.),
The special education almanac (pp. 39-146). New York: Wiley.