Natalya Ann Lindo

Department Chair, 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

Department Chair, 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