Our staff of child therapists have all been trained specifically in play therapy by Carla Sharp, A.P.R.N., R.P.T.-S. The play therapists at the Play Therapy Center of Hawaii, LLC are licensed professionals in a mental health discipline which might include clinical social workers, licensed mental health counselors,clinical psychologists or psychiatric nurses.
Meet our staff:
Carla Sharp, A.P.R.N., R.P.T.-S., C.S.T.-T.
Carla Sharp is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Child Psychiatric Nursing, a
Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and a Certified Sandplay Therapist-Teacher who offers:
- Child Psychotherapy Using Play Therapy and Sandplay
- Family Play Therapy
- Assistance for parents
- Training for therapists
- Consultation and supervision in play therapy and sandplay therapy
Marilyn Choy-Gibson, L.C.S.W., Q.C.S.W., R.P.T.
Marilyn Keikilani Choy-Gibson has been a Social Worker for over 30 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Speech Communication, and a Masters degree in Social Work, both from the University of Hawaii. Her experience includes direct services as well as supervision, administration, and training. Born and raised on Oahu, Marilyn has worked with children, adolescents and their families all of her career. She has worked in emergency shelters, outpatient and aftercare settings, residential treatment programs, day treatment programs, in-home programs and private practice. Twenty of those years were spent in the same organization in case you were beginning to think she was incapable of staying in one place. Marilyn does love working with children big and small, and their families. She is also serious about playing which brings her to the Play Therapy Center and to her own Private Practice in Honolulu. A mother of three, a grandmother of five, Marilyn will deny being a day over thirty.
Marilyn is also a Registered Play Therapist with the Association of Play Therapy.
Mary Greaney, M.A., M.F.T., R.P.T.
Mary Greaney is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She attained a dual Masters at the College of Notre Dame in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy. Born and raised on Oahu, Mary has worked with youth in Hawaii’s schools for over ten years, mainly as a Behavioral Health Specialist. She has also worked in residential programs, in-patient hospitals, and in-home programs. Her professional interested include but not limited to working with military populations, bereavement, trauma and parenting and Filial Play Therapy.
Mary is also a Registered Play Therapist with the Association for Play Therapy.
Sue Bergman, M.Ed., L.M.H.C., NCC
Sue Bergman, M.Ed., LMHC, NCC is a licensed mental health counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor in the State of Hawaii. She has a background in regular and special education, early childhood education and broad fields of study in art and drama. She received M. Ed in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Hawaii, specializing in Community Service Counseling, School Counseling, and College Counseling. She has worked in all three of her specialty areas. She has counseled children for twenty years in a variety of settings working both with the D.O.E. and non-profit agencies prior to going into private practice. She utilizes play therapy, sandplay therapy, Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Restructuring (EMDR). She has extensive experience in working with victims of childhood sex abuse, domestic violence and catastrophic loss.
Alie Muhsin, M.F.T.
Alie Muhsin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Hawaii. He received an M.S. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has a background working with early intervention and special education populations. He has been a parent facilitator running the Nurturing Families of Hawaii Program with the Institute for Family Enrichment. Alie continues to work as a behavioral specialist with children enrolled in public schools. He has extensive experience working with children on the autism spectrum. He recently completed the Year Long Training in Play Therapy with Carla Sharp.
Rebecca Rinehart Caneda, M.F.T., L.M.H.C.
Rebecca Caneda is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Hawaii. Rebecca has a Master of Science degree in counseling psychology from Chaminade University in Honolulu with dual majors in Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Counseling. She has also been trained in play therapy with Carla Sharp.
Rebecca has over 13 years of experience working with children who may be on the autism spectrum, who have suffered a trauma, who are anxious or aggressive or who may be oppositional and defiant. She has worked with children within the school and home setting. Rebecca has worked with local, military and blended or foster/adoptive families.
Rebecca's experience includes providing evidence-based individual, sibling and family therapy utilizing play therapy, behavioral therapy, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) for which she is specially trained.
Julia Bellamy Lee, LCSW
Julia Bellamy Lee, LCSW, MSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a MSW degree received from the University of Georgia. Julia’s experience in the field consists of working with children and their families in a variety of settings including refugee resettlement, the school system, the acute care hospital setting as well as home hospice care. She was one of the first LCSWs chosen to spearhead the pediatric program for a local hospice agency and worked closely with families facing the unimaginable loss of a child. It was during this time that Julia felt drawn towards working with children through the use of play. Currently, Julia has her own private practice in Honolulu and has recently joined the Play Therapy Center of Hawaii after completing a yearlong training in play therapy with Carla Sharp A.P.R.N., R.P.T.-S., C.S.T.-T. Julia considers herself first a child centered non-directive play therapist who strives to help primary caregivers to understand the uniqueness of their child and his/her experience of this world in order to foster total acceptance, understanding and love. In her free time, Julia enjoys reading, watching compelling movies and documentaries, dancing, cooking and relaxing with her husband and their two four legged children.