Stephanie Pratola, Ph.D., PC • pratola@pratola.com

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About Stephanie Pratola, Ph.D.

1978-79-APA Internship : Milwaukee County Mental Health Center

1980 –Ph.D. in Clinical –Community Psychology , the University of South Carolina. 

1982-Licensed by the Virginia Board of Psychology

Honored in 1995 and 2004 for Professional Contribution by the Mental Health Association of Roanoke Valley.

Dr. Pratola is a Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor credentialed by the Association for Play Therapy

Dr. Pratola has completed Beginner and Intermediate Levels of Training in Hypnosis through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Dr. Pratola is a student of Gisela Schubach De Domenico, Ph.D., MFT, RPT-S founder of Sandtray-Worldplay and Dynamic Expressive Play Therapy.

Dr. Pratola was an Age Group Member of TEAM USA: Duathlon World Championship Rimini Italy 2008; Duathlon World Championship Charlotte, NC, USA 2009

Professional Activities: 

Service to the Association for Play Therapy:

Leadership Academy Committee: Graduated 2005, Committee Member 2006

E-Learning Committee: Member 2007-08

Conference Program Committee: Member 2007-present

Registration & Continuing Education Committee: Member 2009-11

Director Nominations Committee: Member 2009-present

Member:  American Psychological Association, Division 42 Independent Practice, Virginia Psychological Association, Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists and Blue Ridge Academy of Clinical Psychology.

Through the American Psychological Association Dr. Pratola   serves as an “expert” to popular media.  She has been quoted in Business News Daily, Time Magazine, Psychology Today. Com, Parents, Parenting, Woman’s World, Woman’s Day,  Self, Glamour and others .  See Media Links

Member:  American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

Co-ordinator of the KIDS Group:  a support and networking group for Child Mental Health Professionals in the Roanoke Valley.  Honored in 1995 and 200 for Professional Contribution by the Mental Health Association of Roanoke Valley.

Recent Publications:

Guest Editor :  Autism. In Play Therapy, Vol5, Issue 1, March 2010. P.19

Book Review:  The Couch and the Stage:  Integrating Words and Actions in Psychotherapy by Robert Landy.  In The National Psychologist.  July/August 2010. P. 24.

2009-2010 Contributions to popular media and publications: WebMD, Glamour Magazine, Parents Magazine.