Lea May, LMFT-S, RPT-S, is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy and Play therapy, and maintains a private practice in Oklahoma City, OK. As a marriage and family therapist, Lea is a graduate of University of Central Oklahoma specializing in Play Therapy. She is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad range of clients. Among her areas of expertise are play therapy and family therapy.
My personal philosophy regarding therapy is to focus on the family unit and meet each individual member of the family where they are and treat them as an important part of the therapy. Parents often call me and state they need help for their child and my first response is to treat the child but consider the whole family unit as a part of the therapy treatment plan. Meeting the individual needs of the client is of the utmost importance. Play therapy is most important to me, I believe that play is the way that children express themselves and make sense of their on world and begin to heal though their therapy play experiences. Respecting children and meeting them where they are is important. Also being an advocate for children in all instances is important. For information on play therapy, marriage and family therapy, parenting and general mental health information, go to my Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/leamaylmft. I am a member of the OkAMFT, Association 4 Play Therapy, and AAMFT.
Gaye Backer is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 15 years of experience working with individuals and families who are seeking a brighter future. Her specialty is working with children and foster families. She received her Masters Degree in Counseling from UCO in 2002 but continues to be a learner of methods and ideas to enrich lives of clients. She accepts Soonercare and private pay.
“ I believe we all can find ourselves or our loved ones in need of emotional support due to life events, loss or traumatic experiences. As a Client-Centered Therapist I believe in providing a safe and confidential space for self-discovery and positive change. I am here to listen and help identify options as you discover your own strength and your ability to choose. I am here as support for change. I am passionate about supporting children to find their way toward resilience using play therapy techniques.”
Jana L. Neufeld, MSW, LCSW
Jana has devoted over 40 years to enhancing the health and well-being of children, parents, families, and individuals in various community and educational settings. Beginning in 2011, her practice has focused on working with children, families, and individuals in the Oklahoma City metro area. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Oklahoma, an Oklahoma Board Approved Supervisor for LCSW candidates, and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.
“My clients reinforce my belief in the inner resilience of humanity, and people’s ability to adapt and navigate life transitions and relationships. My counseling philosophy comes from the belief that problems visit people, but people are not problems. We all are practicing life. Problems cannot be understood in isolation from interactions and connections with families/primary caregivers, communities (including our work, school, friends, teachers, and neighborhoods), society and cultural norms. Through practice, play (with toys and ideas), and collaboration, we are able to understand and map the effects of problems and create alternative pathways in our brains and lives to help us respond to life’s situations, and hardships.”
Jana works with persons challenged by life transitions, grief and loss, trauma, abuse, neglect, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and the need to learn new behaviors and find new pathways to live life in preferred ways. Multicultural practice is important to her; she speaks Spanish, and has great appreciation for the beliefs, values, and customs of persons from diverse traditions.
Jana’s training and theoretical approaches that support this person-centered work include: Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Attachment Theory, Family Systems, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Katelyn Lamb-Swanigan, LMSW
Katelyn Lamb-Swanigan is a Master Social Worker under Supervision. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University, Katelyn worked in the non-profit and human services field until she returned to school for her Masters in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.
Katelyn believes in creating an accepting, non-judgmental space for children and their families. Through self-discovery and the power of connection, Katelyn believes all families can grow. Utilizing theory and skills from Play Therapy, Attachment Theory, Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Katelyn enjoys partnering with children and caregivers to meet their needs and goals.
Katelyn is currently accepting Sooner Care and private pay clients.
Clarissa Webb is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist who works with Instilling Hope & Wellness, LLC and iAspire, LLC to help children, adults, and families who need individual and family therapy services. Clarissa also has her private practice, Clarissa Webb, LLC. She is currently a provider for BCBS and SoonerCare.
Clarissa is passionate about helping children, adults, and families strengthen their relationships, co-create a path for change, and thrive in life.
Clarissa holds a Master’s degree in Christian Counseling and a Master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Oral Roberts University. She has her certification as a Registered Play Therapist from the Association for Play Therapy (APT) and is a member of APT.
Elaine Demke M.S., LMFT-Candidate
Elaine Demke is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate. She received a Bachelors degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has had training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative, and Play Therapy.
She has experience assisting children, adolescents, and adults through trauma, anxiety, depression, social skills, and behavioral issues. She also has experience developing parenting and communication skills with families.
She believes it important to collaborate with her clients as each client is the expert of their own lives. Her personal goal is to empower her clients and develop the skills they need to address any issues that are prohibiting them from living the life that they want live.
Elaine is currently accepting Soonercare and private pay clients.
Paige Nation, LPC Candidate
Paige Nation is a Licensed Professional Counselor under supervision. She received her Master’s degree from Southern Nazarene University. During that time, she worked with children, adolescents, and adults in community mental health, private practice, and school settings.
Paige believes that all people have the capacity to create their own change if they are given an environment to express themselves that is safe and accepting.
Paige is especially passionate about working with children, utilizing creative therapeutic techniques such as art, music, movement, and play.
Paige is currently accepting private pay and Sooner Care insurance.
McKenzie Goff, LPC Candidate
Danielle Dunrud, LMSW
Danielle is a licensed master social worker under clinical supervision. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development in 2006 from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She then served in the US Air Force for several years before spending time as a stay-at-home parent. She has experience working as a special education preschool teacher and non-profit program manager. She received her Masters of Social Work degree in 2020 from Western New Mexico University.
Danielle believes in collaborating with clients by using elements of connection and empowerment in order to navigate life’s issues. She understands that clients are the experts of their own lives and that strengths-based approaches can often help overcome many challenges. She uses skills and principles from cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, narrative therapy, attachment theory, and TBRI (Trust-based Relational Intervention). Danielle works with children, adolescents, and families. She has experience working with clients who are involved with the child welfare system and understands the unique challenges that come along as a part of that experience.
Danielle currently accepts Soonercare and private pay clients.
Anne Lafferty, LPC Candidate
Anne Lafferty is a licensed professional counselor candidate. She received her bachelors from the University of Central Oklahoma, and her Masters from Southern Nazarene University where she studied play therapy techniques. She uses a variety of therapeutic methods including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Client Centered to help meet the needs of her clients.
Anne has experience working with children, adolescents and their families who experienced victimization and trauma. She has experience helping clients through depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and social problems. She believes that play is the language that children use to communicate and is as natural to them as birds flying or fish swimming. She also believes that children need to space to play out their thoughts, feelings and experiences in a way that is healing to them. I enjoy helping children, adolescents and their families achieve their goals and move forward to a healthier place.
Our Treatment specialization includes:
- Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
- Play Therapy
- Couples Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Parenting Support
- Grief Counseling
- Work and Career issues
- Stress Management
- Addiction & Recovery
- Conflict Resolution
We work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, we offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of our clients individual needs to help attain the personal growth they are seeking.
Child–Parent–Relationship (C-P-R) Training
Learn the Keys to Helping Your Child Succeed in School and in Life.
A 10-Session Parenting Program for parents of children under 10 years of age.
Insurance accepted: • Aetna • HealthChoice • Coventry/First Health • OK Health Network • Tricare Standard • Soonercare • Blue Cross & Blue Shield