Cynthia Sniscak, M.Ps.Sc., LPC, RPT-S
Ms. Sniscak specializes in the use of play therapy, Filial Therapy, parent consultation, behavior management, and other interventions with children and families with a wide range of problems. She has many years of experience with school problems, anxiety, depression, divorce-related difficulties, oppositional behavior and other behavior problems, and AD/HD. Cindy has also worked extensively with children who have experienced medical problems, trauma, abuse, domestic violence, or attachment difficulties, including reactive attachment disorder. She is a leading therapist and trainer in the use of Filial Therapy with foster care, kinship care, and adoptive families. She works closely with parents throughout the therapy process, and coordinates her work with foster placement, adoption, child protective, medical, educational, and mental health organizations.
Cindy was honored with the Family Enhancement and Play Therapy Center’s inaugural Award for Outstanding Contribution to Filial Therapy Practice and Training in 2007. In 2010, the Pennsylvania Association for Play Therapy presented her with the Louise and Bernard Guerney Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Play Therapy. Cindy has also served as a Board Member and Conference Chair for the Pennsylvania Association for Play Therapy. She is the author of numerous chapters and articles on play therapy and Filial Therapy, and coauthor with Dr. Risë VanFleet and Dr. Andrea Sywulak of the acclaimed 2010 book, Child-Centered Play Therapy (Guilford).
Ms. Sniscak also provides training for child-related community organizations, and has been a featured speaker at state, national, and international conferences on adoption, attachment, domestic violence, play therapy, and family therapy. She has also presented more advanced trainings for the University of York and several adoption/foster care organizations in the United Kingdom.
Risë is the author of Filial Therapy: Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships Through Play (3rd ed.), A Parent's Handbook of Filial Therapy (2nd ed.), coauthor of Child-Centered Play Therapy, coeditor of the Casebook of Filial Therapy, and author/photographer of The Faces of Play. She is featured on three best-selling play therapy DVDs: Child-Centered Play Therapy, Overcoming Resistance: Engaging Parents in Play Therapy, and Introduction to Filial Therapy, as well as an American Psychological Association DVD, Filial Play Therapy.
Risë is also involved in the development, practice, ethics, and research of Animal Assisted Play Therapy™ , and regularly works with her dogs in play therapy.
Jessica Merideth, LPC
Jessica brings a playful, strength-based, systemic focus to her clinical practice. She brings over a decade of clinical experience working with families both in their homes and in outpatient settings. She has the skills and training necessary to provide Structural Family Therapy and both directive and non-directive Child Centered Play Therapy. Her clinical experience and ongoing passion is to support individual, couples and families through a range of expected and unexpected life transitions. Jess believes that each child and family are unique and looks forward to partnering with you to rediscover your strengths, supports and sense of connection.
Jessica enjoys spending time playing with her husband, two young children and her two dogs.