Dr. Yolanda Fountain Hardy has worked in the mental health field helping infants, children, adults, and families overcome life’s challenges since 2006. She is a licensed counselor in the state of Georgia and North Carolina, a clinical and play therapy supervisor and trainer, a mental health forensic consultant, and an emerging yoga practitioner. Dr. Fountain Hardy is the owner and executive director at Play Wellness LLC in Roswell, Georgia, where she specializes in helping those with experiences of grief and trauma, helping BIPOC business professionals find balance and wellness, and helping parents develop healthy relationships with their infants/children. Dr. Fountain Hardy founded the Child Loss Center Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit that helps grieving parents and families who have experienced infertility, pregnancy, infant, and child loss. She is also the President of the Georgia Association for Play Therapy. She presents locally and internationally and has taught master’s and doctoral level courses at multiple universities since 2011, including as adjunct faculty in Morehouse School of Medicine’s Children and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship program.
Ed.S, LPC, NCC, RPT-S, CPCS, ACS, BC-TMH
Vice President and Board Member, GAPT
Director of Play Therapy at View Point Health
Gloria has always been very passionate about her work with children and families and decided to further her knowledge by completing her education specialist degree with a track in Play Therapy from The University of Mississippi. Shortly after, she became a Registered Play Therapist. In 2013, Gloria assumed the position of Clinical Director for Children and Adolescent services at CETPA and started supervising interns from Georgia State University. In her new role, she was responsible for increasing children and adolescent services and programming as well as, revenue for the organization. Gloria created and expanded 3 playrooms and an expressive arts room, implemented the GA APEX project, and started 3 schools that expanded to 5, assisted in the implementation of the mental health resiliency clubhouse and collaborated with and supported the substance abuse support clubhouse. Gloria expanded the internship program from 2 schools to 6, including an international university (Universidad Del Norte, Colombia). Gloria moved into several leadership roles within the agency with the last being Center Director in late 2017.
As of March 2020, Gloria is the Director for Play Therapy for View Point Health. In her new role, Gloria has supervised more than 25 clinicians which has enhanced View Point’s programming and internship opportunities. Additionally, Gloria has made it possible for View Point Health to be an approved Provider for Play Therapy. She has infused play therapy through children and adolescent programs by training, supervising, and educating clinicians and staff on the power of play. In early 2021, Gloria was able to build new playrooms for the outpatient centers (Newton, Rockdale, Norcross and Lawrenceville) in collaboration with Dr. McNary and Christ the King’s Community Outreach Program. Gloria co-facilitates clinical supervision consultation groups and is very passionate about utilizing her play skills with her supervisees. Gloria has presented on Play Therapy topics in person and online starting with the Alabama Counseling Association in 2015 in a content session and as a keynote speaker. She continues to provide trainings for View Point Health and will start offering trainings to the public later in 2021 and into 2022.
LCSW, RPT-S, PMH-C
Secretary and Board Member, GAPT
Owner and Director of
I am the founder and owner of The Journey Counseling Services in Kennesaw, GA, where I’ve been in private practice since 2010. In 2020, I decided to expand my practice and became a group practice. This was done, so I can help more people in the community. Now with five therapists at my practice, we’re able to do so. Diversity, Representation, and Inclusion is very important to me. So, it was also important that my practice represented that, especially as a place where BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) can see a therapist that looks like them. We are also an anti-racist, pro-social justice, and inclusive practice.
In 2015, I created The Ebony Journey Facebook group, out of a personal and professional need. The goal of this group is to assist with balancing some of the images that children see or find (easily) in mainstream society. To help Black and Brown children see and be exposed to more (positive) images of people that look like them, while assist with exposing ALL children, no matter their race, to more (positive) images of Black and Brown people (dolls, books, events, activities, etc.), promoting and embracing diversity. In 2018, I created The Journey of Cultural and Racial Diversity in Play Therapy Facebook group, for child and play therapists. The purpose of this group is to provide support and assist play therapists with building and maintaining a culturally and racially diverse play therapy practice, as well as share culturally and racially diverse resources. Currently both groups have over 1000 members in each group. I’m also a 2021 Leadership Academy Graduate.
Dr. Lucinda "Cindy" Grapenthin
PhD, RPT-S, EMDR Certified, Certified Theraplay Practitioner
Treasurer and Board Member, GAPT
Clinic Director, North Atlanta, Brenau University
Dr. Grapenthin is a Licensed Psychologist, a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, certified in Theraplay and in EMDR. She has over 25 years of clinical experience with specializations in psychoeducational assessment, filial therapy, and play and expressive therapy techniques. Her background includes a wide range of clinical experiences working in various schools, psychiatric facilities and in community mental health in California, Illinois and South Carolina. Dr. Grapenthin is the founder of the Family and Child Development Center. She regularly presents at academic conferences and professional institutions on topics related to pediatric mental health disorders while maintaining a clinical practice providing psychotherapy and clinical supervision to mental health professionals
Dr. Grapenthin is an Associate Professor at Brenau University in the School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling, and Director of the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. To advance the study of child centered therapy for graduate psychology students she initiated and is now the Director of the Brenau Institute of Play Therapy Training. Dr. Grapenthin’s teaching responsibilities include Psychopathology, Psychological Assessments and Clinical Supervision for students in the Master and Doctoral programs. She recently was certified as a Rehabilitative Facility Dog Handler and utilizes her facility dog, Currier in her psychology practice. Dr. Grapenthin authored her first children’s book Toby Toby, Worry Free which addresses childhood anxiety. For the past three years she has supervised graduate students to Moultrie, GA to assist migrant farm workers and their families.