The Founders

Brian Carl Quinones, Ed.D., LPC, ACS has been a licensed counselor since 2009. He has the experience of 15 years working in the field. Is a certified as an Autplay Therapist and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. As a member of the Association for Play Therapy, he believes in the core principles of the Therapeutic Powers of Play. His dissertation “Home-based Services: From the Therapists’ Perspective,” explored the themes that became the foundation of his values as a therapist. Since completing his doctorate in 2013, he has focused on studying game theory and design, and how game play affects the therapeutic process through social emotional learning and skill development. He attends professional game design conferences, panels, and seminars yearly for continued career development in counseling, play therapy, and the gaming industry.

Moses L. James III, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, ACS, BC-TMH, CCBT has worked in the in-home from 2005. His dissertation entitled, "Exploring Multicultural Counseling Competence Within Intensive In-Community Counseling: A Mixed Methods Study," explored the perceptions of counseling experiences within the family, examined the perceptions of multicultural counseling competence in the family, and provided a document that explores the viewpoints of the home based counseling experience. In his over 19-year Career he has become a National Certified Counselor, Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider, and specializes in Cognitive behavioral Therapy. Currently he is still working as a Licensed Counselor, while helping further develop programs for GATE.

Timothy Grant, Program Director designed his first Role-Playing game in 1995 and has been designing games since. From 1999 till 2012 he has worked in various levels of management. While working his way up corporate roles he was studying game theory and how games affect people socially and mentally. After his son was born in 2012, he decided to solely focus on game theory and design. In 2014 he started working as a Consultant, and Community Outreach Liaison for Quinones Counseling Services, LLC. In 2018, he co-founded Gaming Approaches Towards Education, LLC with Dr. Moses L. James III and Dr. Brian Carl Quinones. Currently, Timothy is using all the skills learned from years in management and game theory studies to help develop therapeutic interventions through play for GATE.

Therapists

Ruby Valles, DSW, LCSW

Dr. Ruby is a Spanish speaking clinician who specializes in interpersonal issues within the family, justice system involvement, and trauma history. She runs English and Spanish IIC group, IIC individual, and social skills groups with an emphasis on female empowerment.   

Behavioral Assistants 

Taryn Ney

Taryn Ney is an Intensive In-Community Behavioral Assistant. She utilizes behavioral modification techniques to educate clients who have issues related to Anger Management, ADHD, Depression, and the Autism Spectrum.  

Social Media & Office Staff

Fannie Arocho
Fannie started working in social media in 2016 and is now managing all of our social media outlets. She also helps organize free community game days based off social media goals. If your wondering when the next game day is ask her on one of our social media platforms @therapyinplay
 
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1036 Amboy Ave.
Edison, NJ 08837
732-587-5339

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