Dr. Renee Turner is an author, researcher, and trainer with nearly 20 years of experience working in grief and loss, complex trauma, and identity and spiritual issues. She is the co-editor of the book Disenfranchised Grief: Examining Social, Cultural, and Relational Impacts (2024), published by Routledge. Working from a Gestalt perspective, she values embodied awareness and relational practices using an expressive arts framework. Renee incorporates somatic and body-centered practices into her teaching, resulting in an interpersonal educational process. She has been an Association for Play Therapy Approved Provider (#11-302) since 2011 and has provided countless hours of training to Texas play therapists. Renee was honored to lead the research team responsible for establishing APT’s Play Therapy Competencies in 2020.
Renee’s passion is promoting and increasing the field of play therapy and expressive arts. She presents locally and nationally on the ethical application of play therapy, sandtray therapy, and expressive therapies with children, adults, and families. Professionally, she has held many service leadership positions, including Past President of the Texas Association for Play Therapy and multiple committee leadership positions for the Association for Play Therapy. She also serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal for Play Therapy and the World Association of Sand Therapy Professionals.
Due to her service and contributions to the field, in 2017, Renee was recognized with the Emerging Leader Service Award by the Association for Play Therapy for her continuous dedication to the field of play therapy. She also received the 2019 Outstanding Supervisor Award given by the Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES) and the Nancy Guillory Award by the Texas Association for Play Therapy.
What professionals are saying about training with Dr. Turner
Dr. Turner was not only my LPC and RPT supervisor, but someone who changed the course of my life. Her knowledge of Play Therapy is invaluable to the profession. She mentored me through every transition in my professional life and helped me to see the possibilities, even when I couldn’t.
Christina H., LPC, RPT
I couldn’t had find a better RPT-S in my journey to become a Registered Play Therapist. Dr. Turner’s nurturing mentorship and encouraging support has been essential in developing my clinical skills and confidence. Her play therapy trainings are full of knowledge and strategies I can use the very next day and her passion inspires me to continue to learn and grow personally and professionally!
Claudia O., LPC, RPT