Center for Play and Art Therapy


Ellen P. Lacter, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY 9382), a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor (S444), and a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC17912). She is Past President of the California Association for Play Therapy.

Dr. Lacter is currently Academic Coordinator of the Play Therapy Certificate Program at the University of California, San Diego- Extension, where she is also a continuing education instructor, training psychotherapists in play and art therapy techniques and treatment of trauma.

Dr. Lacter has 30 years of clinical experience. She has been an art therapist in various agencies since 1975. Since 1984, she has been a psychotherapist and play therapist in private practice and instructor of graduate classes and conference presentations in child abuse, family violence, and treatment techniques with children through adults.

Dr. Lacter specializes in the treatment of abused children, adolescents, and adults abused as children, Dissociative Disorders, adopted children, and ritual abuse trauma, in addition to general practice with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

Play, art, and the written and spoken word are the therapy tools available here to you and your child.

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