Solana Beach resident earns play therapy credential

Shannon Lerach, Ph.D., of Solana Beach, has earned the prestigious Registered Play Therapist credential conferred by the Association for Play Therapy, according to its CEO, Kathryn Lebby.

Lerach is licensed by the California Board of Psychology.

To become a Registered Play Therapist, applicants must have earned a traditional master’s or doctoral mental health degree from an institution of higher education, have 150 clock hours of play therapy training, two years and 2,000 hours of clinical experience, 500 hours of supervised play therapy experience, and be licensed or certified by their state boards of practice.

Play therapy continues to gain popularity as an effective modality by which licensed mental health professionals use developmentally appropriate play therapy theories and techniques to better communicate with and help clients, especially children.

Visit APT at