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 is working on becoming 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 play affects the therapeutic process through socially emotional learning and skill development. He attends professional game design conferences, panels, and seminars yearly for continued career development.
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.
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.
Sasha Ney, MA., LPC
Sasha is a licensed clinician who has been working for G.A.T.E with children and adolescents developing their social skills through group therapy. Many of her group sessions focus on the use of expressive arts and learning how to be assertive in a healthy and productive way.
Chequanna Freeman, Bachelors in Psychology
Chequanna 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.