Dr. Whitehead

Dr. Shenae Whitehead, PhD, MA, LPCS, RPT-S

Dr. Shenae Whitehead received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. She has worked in the mental health field serving children and families for 12 years. She is a psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and Army Veteran. Dr. Whitehead is also an Adjunct Faculty at Webster University and is the owner of Heart to Heart Counseling and Wellness Center, PLLC in Fayetteville, NC.

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  • Play Therapy with EMDR

    $60.00

    (Non-Contact) 2 CEs. Presenter: Dr. Whitehead

    Similar to EMDR in adults, the use of EMDR in children allows them to be able to heal from emotional distress caused by their negative life experiences. EMDR can be used with children who are both verbal and even pre-verbal, and can be a great supplement to play therapy. As the therapist, your role is to help the child identify a target memory that causes them emotional distress and the child will then identify a negative thought that is associated with that accessible memory. Dual Attention Stimulation or Bilateral Stimulation (e.g. “EMDR buzzies”) is utilized in order to help the child think about the distressing event while engaging in something else. Therefore, with the use of “buzzies” children are able to relax and essentially reduce their negative emotions.

  • Play Therapy with Children with ASD (2 CEUs)

    $60.00

    (Non-Contact)-2 CEs. Presenter: Dr. Whitehead

    1 in 88 children are diagnosed with ASD, with males being diagnosed more than females (1:54 vs. 1:252). In addition, many children with ASD do not play in a manner that is beneficial to their development, may engage in inflexible, repetitive play patterns, may not exhibit symbolic or pretend play, and may not develop play scripts or understand the scripts of other children. Given this, it is important for clinicians to really understand the dynamics and symptoms of ASD, and learn creative ways to incorporate play therapy, and work with families of children with ASD.

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