Natalya Ann Lindo

Associate Professor, Counseling and Higher Education
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Originally from the island of Jamaica, I came to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in professional counseling at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta. While there, I was introduced to play therapy and decided to enter the doctoral program. Although my graduate studies at GSU allowed for a variety of clinical experiences with diverse clients, my passion firmly lies with play therapy. I am privileged to be a part of the UNT counseling program which is world-renowned for its play therapy program.

I have specialized training and experience in working with children and families, in particular diverse and at-risk populations. My primary research areas are play therapy, filial therapy, and counselor supervision. My dissertation work involved examining the acceptability, integrity and perceived effectiveness of kinder training for a group of early elementary school teachers. Kinder training is a play-based approach to strengthening teacher-child relationships and improving the social, emotional and academic adjustment of students. The kinder training project was a part of a larger intervention which also involved filial therapy with parents of at-risk students. 


In addition to conducting research, I have 10 years of experience working with children and adolescents and a strong interest in serving children in the public school system. Consistent with this agenda, I am now involved in several school-based research projects with parents and teachers.  


UNT Position: 

Associate Professor   


Teaching Areas:

Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, Master's Practicum, Child and Adolescent Appraisal, and Advanced Counseling Skills 


Research Interests:

Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, and Counselor Supervision



Child parent relationship training: Parents’ perceptions of process and content

Edwards, N.A., Sullivan, J., Meany-Walen, K.,& Kantor, K.R.

International Journal of Play Therapy



Play Therapy Effects on Child Relationship Stress. In J. Baggerly, Ray, D., & Bratton, S (Eds.), Effective Play Therapy: Evidence-Based Filial and Child Centered Research Studies and Guidelines

Ray, D., & Edwards, N.A.

Hoboken, NJ: Wiley



Teachers’ perceptions of kinder training: Acceptability, integrity and effectiveness.

*Edwards, N.A., Varjas, K., White, J., & Stokes, S.

International Journal of Play Therapy



Popular Culture in Counseling, psychotherapy, and Play-based Interventions

Edwards, N.A.

American Journal of Play



Child centered play therapy: Research theory and practice

Bratton, S.C., Ray, D.C., Edwards, N.A., & Landreth, G.

Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies