About the Founder

Brandy Schumann, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, RPT-STM, CCPT-S, CPRT-S

Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
National Certified Counselor
Registered Play Therapist SupervisorTM
Certified Child-Centered Play Therapist Supervisor
Certified Child-Parent Relationship Therapy Supervisor
Clinical Telemental Health Provider Trained

Dr. Brandy Schumann is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist-SupervisorTM, National Certified Counselor, Certified Child-Centered Play Therapist-Supervisor, Certified Child-Parent Relationship Therapy-Supervisor, Professor at Southern Methodist University (SMU), and is a past President of the Texas Association for Play Therapy.

Dr. Schumann holds a Doctoral degree in Counseling, with a specialty in Play Therapy from the top-ranked play therapy program in the world, the University of North Texas. For over a decade, she has worked with children and families in a variety of settings including private practice, agencies, and as a school counselor for Denton ISD. She has worked for and with community organizations including the Red Cross, The WARM Place (A Grief Support Center for Children), Cancer Care Services, Galaxy Counseling Center, Friends of the Family, and the Child Advocacy Center of Denton County. She also provides crisis-counseling services, aiding community members in tragedy including victims in New York, post 9/11, and in Texas, for Hurricane Katrina victims and in response to COVID-19’s community impact.

Dr. Schumann is a full-time counseling program faculty member at SMU, serving as a Clinical Associate Professor and Internship Director. For over 10 years prior to this appointment, Dr. Schumann taught as a Lecture Professor for the University of North Texas (UNT) and as an Adjunct Professor at both SMU and UNT. She has worked as the Assistant Director for the Center for Play Therapy, a facility recognized worldwide for research and training contributions to the Play Therapy field. She continues to serve as a Supervisor for the center’s Intensive Play Therapy Training Institute. As an experienced presenter and author, Dr. Schumann is sought around the world. She also serves as an advisor for the Play Therapy Infinity Association of Hong Kong and Australia’s Pacific Play Therapy Association.

She has been recognized for her counseling service to the community as an Altrusa International Outstanding Women of Today Nominee, Chi Sigma Iota’s Rho Kappa Chapter’s Outstanding Practitioner Award Recipient, Living Magazine Best Therapy Service and as a Dallas Child’s Mom Approved Wellness Professional for multiple years. Her areas of expertise are helping children, teens, and families. Services she offers include play therapy, child and adolescent counseling, child-parent relationship training, supervision and consultation with other counseling professionals, and public speaking. Brandy enjoys the life she shares with her family, which includes three human children, three furry, two feathered, and two gilled ones.


Custom presentations available upon request.

Parenting Specific

  • Helping Children Cope with Today’s Issues
  • Saying Goodbye, Don’t Cry: Dealing with Separation Anxiety
  • What is your Child’s Play Saying: A Child’s Language
  • Children and Divorce: Keep it Healthy
  • Normal Reactions to Abnormal Circumstances: Childhood Trauma
  • Turn if off! The Effects of Technology on Your Parenting
  • Parenting Children with Challenging Behavior
  • Becoming Your Child’s Agent of Change

Professional Specific

  • Awkward Moments in Therapy
  • Enhancing Play Therapy Supervision
  • Counseling with a Sensitivity to Family Diversity
  • Discovering Themes in Your Sessions
  • Dealing with Difficult Behaviors in Session: Limit Setting
  • Incorporating Play into Teen/Adult Therapy
  • The Other Client: Involving Parents into Therapy
  • Play Therapy: Back to the Basics
  • Advanced Play Therapy: Beyond the Basics
  • And Then There Were More: Group Play Therapy

School Specific

  • Effective Parent Conferences: Delivering Difficult Information to Parents
  • Play and the Preschooler: They are trying to tell you, You Are you listening?
  • Teachers as Therapeutic Agents
  • Understanding Play-A Child’s Language
  • Sticks and Stones: Impact of a Teacher’s Words
  • Relationship Enhancement Between Learner and Teacher (RELATe)

Licensing & Education

  • Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Registered Play Therapist SupervisorTM
  • Ph.D. Counseling, with a specialty in Play Therapy, University of North Texas
  • M.S. Counseling, University of North Texas
  • B.S. Psychology, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Associations & Organizations

  • American Counseling Association
  • Texas Counseling Association
  • Texas Association Humanistic Education and Development
  • Association for Play Therapy
  • Texas Association for Play Therapy
  • North Texas Chapter, Texas Association for Play Therapy


  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Families
  • Parenting
  • Child-Parent Relationship Training
  • Social Skills and Support Groups