Meet Our Staff

The Center for Play Therapy is staffed by counseling department professors, doctoral students, a brilliant office manager, hardworking undergraduate students, and volunteers (who we are very grateful for!). Below are some of the people that keep CPT going strong with a little reminder with our photos to remember how important it is to enter the child's world.


Nicki Allen

Hi, my name is Nicki, and I am a second year doctoral student in the Counseling program at the University of North Texas. I spent most of my life in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I received my bachelor’s degree in child development and my master’s degree in counseling and development from Texas Woman’s University in Denton. I have utilized child-centered play therapy and expressive arts in my clinical experiences which include working at a non-profit agency with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, at an inpatient hospital and a children’s hospital, at a university clinic, and in an elementary school. I am honored and excited to contribute to the advancement of play therapy with my position at CPT!

Damian McClintock

Damian McClintock 

Hello! My name is Damian McClintock and I am a third year doctoral student in the Counseling program at the University of North Texas. I was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my Master’s degree in Counseling at East Tennessee State University. During my Master’s program, I completed a year-long internship at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Sullivan County. My clinical and research interests include: Play therapy with children who have been abused or neglected, filial therapy, and couple therapy. I am ecstatic to be working here at the Center for Play Therapy where I have the opportunity to learn and to advance the field of counseling with children and families. 

  Kirsten Kram

Hi! My name is Kirsten. I am currently a third year Counseling doctoral student at the University of North Texas.  I am from the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, but I have been a North Texas resident for the past decade.  I received my bachelors in Psychology from the University of North Texas and my master’s degree in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman’s University.  My current clinical and research interests include: play therapy with children who have experienced adverse childhood experiences, working with the domestic violence population across the lifespan, and utilizing expressive arts with clients from across the lifespan.  I am so grateful to be a member of the Center for Play Therapy team and working with all of the children and families we serve!