Carmy is co-owner of the Heartland Play Therapy Institute, Inc. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Spanish from Kansas State University in 2004, her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2008, and her Play Therapy Certification from KC Play Therapy Institute in 2011.
Carmy began her career working in the public education system, first in the Olathe School District as an interpreter and then in the Independence School District as a Family School Liaison. After gaining experience in early childhood behavioral, emotional and psychological evaluations and intensive in-home case management, Carmy’s interest in clinical social work blossomed and she began looking for opportunities to transition to a clinically focused practice. In 2011, Carmy was hired on at SAFEHOME, Inc. and became the full-time Bilingual Clinical Therapist. In addition to her work at SAFEHOME, Carmy expanded her experience by working part-time as the Bilingual Clinical Therapist at the Child Abuse Prevention Association in Independence, MO and facilitated three classes for KC Play Therapy Institute.
Carmy currently is in private practice at Creative Connections in Overland Park, KS, provides clinical social work and play therapy supervision and passionately teaches play therapy workshops for Heartland Play. While Carmy uses Play Therapy as a primary therapeutic modality, she also is skilled in utilizing Theraplay techniques, Sandtray Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Psycho-drama, Group Therapy, and Expressive Art Therapy. Carmy enjoys working with adults, children and families and is passionate about increasing the number of skilled therapists providing mental health services in the Latino community. In Addition, Carmy currently serves on the Kansas Association for Play Therapy (KSAPT) board as President and is a graduate from the Association for Play Therapy’s Leadership Academy. Carmy believes that Play Therapy is an essential tool for understanding trauma through the eyes of the child.