Our Board Members

Lori Houston, LCSW, RPT-S

Lori has bee the president of AKAPT since 2012.  She is the co-owner of Playful Journeys, Inc in Wasilla and has been seeing children in the Mat-Su Valley for 22 years.  She works with children of all ages and their families, helping them find fun, creative, positive solutions to depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, anger, and abuse issues.  She is a life-long Alaskan and loves hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking, and many other outdoor Alaskan activities with her husband and two sons.

Vice President

Position open!

If you are interested in joining the Play Therapy Board, please email us at


Position Open!

If you are interested in joining the Play Therapy Board, please email us at


Noah Shields, LPC, LMFT, RPT

Noah is currently in private practice in Soldotna where he specializes in working with couples and families, child play therapy, individual and group therapy, parent training, DV recovery, co-parenting, grief and loss, trauma recovery and career planning.  In addition, Noah also works with Infant Learning Program providing early infant mental health counseling for families with children 0-3.  He is the Co-President of South Central Parenting and an adjunct professor at Multnomah University where he teaches a course in play therapy.​   Noah is our resident sea kayaking expert.

Member at Large

Donna Henry, LPC, RPT

Donna is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist, CDCI and NCC.  She obtained her MSEd from Old Dominion University in 2007 with an undergraduate degree in Forensic Psychology.  She has presented internationally on Cultural Competency in Play Therapy.  Donna enjoys traveling at every opportunity, volunteering in my community, and wild blueberry picking during the fall.  She does not enjoy shoveling her way out of her house during the winter time but feels it’s a pretty good trade-off for living in beautiful Alaska.  Donna is thrilled to be part of the Alaska branch of the Association for Play Therapy. 

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