Sophia Ansari, LPCC, treats mental health issues in children and adolescents and has spent much of her career working with school systems to facilitate improved behavior and academic performance for students by identifying strategies that work in the classroom and helping teachers and staff put them into action.  Her experience and specialization involve working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, attachment disorders, adjustment disorders as well as substance use and addictive disorders.

The coordinator for the Midwest Play Therapy Institute-Chicago, Sophia provides workshops on play therapy to mental health professionals and educates teachers on the importance of play as it relates to development and learning in the school setting.  She is a passionate research trainer who has bridged her knowledge of neuroscience and creative therapies to provide in-depth, highly experiential trainings at local and national events and conferences.

Sophia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wright State University and her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Cincinnati.  She is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and the Illinois Counseling Association.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Sophia Ansari has an employment relationship with Midwest Play Therapy Institute; and The Counseling Source. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Sophia Ansari has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.