Why Play Therapy?

Play therapy along with other expressive therapies is a powerful vehicle of change to help individuals and families go from hurt to healed and achieve a restored sense of safety and security. Play therapy has an incredible range of therapeutic benefits and is an effective approach to treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. It is sheer magic to witness the therapeutic healing power of play instill hope and increase resiliency.

Our Services


We offer training for mental health professionals interested in applying the therapeutic power of play in their work with individuals and families. Mental health professionals learn to apply therapeutic concepts in multiple clinical settings. Training can be used to renew licensure and obtain play therapy credentials. All trainers are licensed clinical professionals with expertise in the topic area.


Supervision is provided to mental health professionals to develop clinical and professional skills. Supervision is intentional and uses practical strategies focusing on theory, demonstration, practice and observation to achieve the purposes of supervision. Supervision is genuine and grounded in being a collaborative effort. It displays compassion, positive regard and communicate empathy while promoting growth and development through teaching.


Consultation is NOT supervision! It can be used as a great learning opportunity. Its focus is to build the capacity of professionals to improve outcomes of clients. Clinical consultation istypically used for consultation and review of difficult cases or for those wanting to develop a particular skill set. Cases are explored in a respectful and collaborative environment.

Althea Simpson


Althea is the founder of Brighter Day Therapeutic Solutions and Unicorn Life Training. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and Certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator. Althea has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Southeastern University. In 2006, after spending four years researching mental health disorders in the Quality Improvement Department at the American Psychiatric Association, Althea received a Master of Social Work in Organizational Leadership from George Mason University. Althea’s passion grew for helping individuals and families go from “Hurt to Healed” and aided in her decision to return to George Mason University in 2008 to complete requirements to become a Clinical Social Worker and specialize in trauma recovery. She has an active psychotherapy private practice in Northern, VA.

Althea has experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with diverse backgrounds and ranges of concerns, including anger, substance use/abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, and depression. My career in the mental health field spans for more than 18 years in the provision of research and diagnosis, behavioral mental health, and employee assistance services. I use a prescriptive approach to treatment, tailoring interventions to the unique needs of the client. I bring a range of educational, professional and life experiences to my work as a therapist, clinical supervisor, and mental health consultant.

Helping Individuals and Families Go From Hurt to Healed.

Contact Unicorn Life

If you have question about whether the Unicorn Life Training Academy would beneficial to you, please contact us.

(703) 595-6988
Unicorn Life Training
12781 Darby Brook Court Suite 202
Woodbridge, VA 22192
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