Kristina Chance, Ed.S., LMHC, Registered Play Therapist,
Owner of Play & Wellness Center of Gainesville
Kristina a licensed mental health counselor, with specific training as a play therapist. She works with children and families who are in transition, experiencing a stressor, or at times, just need a little extra support.
Kristina sees her time with children in the play therapy room as inspiring. It is in there, when she get to witness their inner strength, self-direction, and tendency to process through play. Children are naturally drawn to the creative materials around them and will use them as tools to understand and organize their world. The value of play therapy arrives when Kristina becomes more than just a witness to this process and moves into a partner in their eyes. Children are resilient beings who can move through this confusing world on their own but when there is a trained partner, that process becomes less lonely and scary.
Kristina’s specialties also allow her to work with adults and teenagers, as well, in individual counseling and parenting consultations. Often, she will incorporate creative and playful techniques into her work with those who are not in the playroom. This process often allows for a connection to the powerful resiliency we had as children and to move forward with a spirit of growth and meaning.
Outside of the therapy room, you can find Kristina in her kitchen cooking meals for her family, at the gym to balance out all the yummy food she cooks, or on Lake Santa Fe hanging out in the Florida sun.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), FL Department of Health, MH12711
Registered Play Therapist (RPT), Association for Play Therapy (APT),
Christopher Newport University, VA, BA, Psychology and Leadership Studies
University of Florida, FL, Ed.S. and M.Ed., Counselor Education –Mental Health Counseling
American Counseling Association, Member
Association for Play Therapy, Member
Florida Association for Play Therapy, Member
Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling, Member
Florida Counseling Association, Member
Alea Wise, M.Ed., Ed.S., NCC,
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
Alea is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, with specific training in trauma and play therapy. In her work, she takes the journey with clients, walking with them during times of difficulty and discomfort until they’re able to discover more peace and stability within.
Alea creates collaborative experiences with the children who come in for play therapy sessions. Children teach her about their world through play, words, and feelings and Alea meets them in there, honoring each child’s individual way of connecting to and experiencing their environments. Within the freedom of the playroom, children deepen their own sense of self, furthering their ability to express needs, desires, and strengths.
Alea is often inspired by children’s innate wisdom and resiliency, and relies on these traits to guide their work together.
Alea also works with adolescents and adults, helping them access more balance, understanding, and connection. By using creativity and mindfulness techniques, she allows clients to grow, discover inner strengths, and foster healing. Alea is a skilled guide, moving with people as they uncover their truths and reconnect to their inner knowing. She supports her clients in owning all parts of their story, and in doing so, gaining more self-acceptance and self-compassion.
In her free time, Alea enjoys painting, nature, and spending time with her dog, Ellie. She also finds joy in helping people as a Reiki Master in the community.
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern (RMHCI), FL Department of Health, IMH15023
National Certified Counselor, National Board for Certified Counselors
University of Florida, FL, BS, Psychology
University of Florida, FL, M.Ed. and Ed.S, Counselor Education – Mental Health Counseling
University of Florida, FL, Certificate in Spirituality and Health
Devin Bogart, Office Assistant
Devin is a graduate student in the Counselor Education M.Ed./ Ed.S. program at the University of Florida. She is working towards a license in Mental Health Counseling to help those who may need extra support during difficult times, and to encourage living purposefully. She was born and raised in Gainesville, FL with a short stint in Valdosta, GA. She returned to her hometown to pursue a B.S. in Psychology, and began to gain valuable experience towards a career in this field.
She has worked with many organizations during her undergraduate years, as well as maintaining steady employment in various retail positions. Her experience includes a position as Senior Research Assistant to a Comparative Psychologist working on her doctoral research within the Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab, and assisting a professor teach the undergraduate Introduction to Counseling course. Habitat for Humanity, After School Gators, and the Hope Lodge/ American Cancer Society are a few of the groups she volunteered with during her undergraduate years that led her in the direction of wanting to help people.
Devin’s interests range from children to adults, and one day she hopes to incorporate nature/adventure and play therapy into her work. She is eager to continue learning from the counselors at Play and Wellness Center and her program.
Devin is a huge Florida Gator fan, loves to be outdoors, and read a good book. When not at school or work, you can find her on a trail or at the springs. She loves to travel and create photobooks from her trips. Devin also has a rambunctious fur baby named Wilson.
B.S. Psychology, Cum Laude, University of Florida
Psi Chi Member
Chi Sigma Iota Member
American Counseling Association Member
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