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Felicia Carroll, M.Ed, MA.

Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor is in private practice in Solvang, California. She is the Founder-Director of the West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents, LLC Felicia is a master’s graduate of the University of Oklahoma and University of California at Santa Barbara with credentials in educational psychology, child development, and counseling psychology. She was a classroom teacher for 12 years and on the staff at Esalen Institute/Gazebo School prior to becoming a therapist. Felicia teaches at Gestalt institutes in Europe, Latin America, and throughout Asia in addition to offering training programs in the United States. Her international experience as a trainer has been in Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Georgia, Poland, Morocco, Italy, Brazil, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and China. She is often a guest lecturer at conferences on child psychotherapy and play therapy. She has published several chapters and articles about Gestalt therapy with children and on topics related to Gestalt theory and practice including serving as the guest editor for a special edition of the International Journal of Gestalt Therapy on Gestalt therapy with children and adolescents, which was published in fall 2010. Her most recent (2019) article, Gestalt Play Therapy, was included in a special edition of the APT (Association for Play Therapy) Magazine, which recognized nine seminal theories in play therapy. She is the invited author of the Foreword to the book, Play Therapy in Asia (2019), Siu and Pon (Eds). As Director of the West Coast Institute LLC, Felicia established a certification program which encourages clinicians to deepen their knowledge and experience with Gestalt Therapy in general with a specialization in therapy with children and adolescents. At present there are over twenty international clinicians who have completed the certification program. Her full resume is available on the website: