About Infanta White, EdS, Registered Play Therapist
Infanta White, EdS, MEd, LPC, NCC, Registered Play Therapist
As a native of Gulfport and a Hurricane Katrina survivor, I knew at a young age that I was meant to help children and families through life’s unexpected moments that can come when we least expect them. My dream has always been to serve those who need me right here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to do so and to make this dream a reality. Regardless of what a child may be going through, I am passionate about meeting each child where he or she is at emotionally by providing a warm, caring, and non-judgmental atmosphere in order to allow the therapeutic agents of change to naturally take place through play.
My Approach to Counseling:
Children often do not have the words and vocabulary to fully express to us everything that has happened or how it has impacted them. I strongly believe that “in play therapy, toys are like the child’s words and play is the child’s language” (Landreth, 2002). When given a safe and nurturing environment in which the child can feel comfortable expressing feelings and working through life’s obstacles, so much can be positively accomplished regardless of the presenting issue. The healing power of play can help a child to express feelings in a healthy and safe way, communicate more effectively, cultivate problem-solving skills, gain self-esteem, learn to relate to the world around them, change behavior, work through traumatic events, and so much more. I utilize child-centered play therapy, directive play therapy techniques, strengths-based therapy, and solution-focused therapy.
I began working in therapeutic settings with children, adolescents, and adults in 2010. Since then, I have experienced working in a variety of therapeutic settings such as a play therapy clinic, a children’s hospital, a children’s home, a local elementary school, a school for children with autism and emotional and behavioral disorders, community mental health agencies, and a military base, to name a few. I also have advanced training in play therapy from the Child Advocacy and Play Therapy Institute (CAPTI) at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS in which I provided play therapy and counseling services for children, as well as counseling services for adolescents, parents, and families. I have served as Vice President of Active Minds at Mississippi State University as well as secretary of Chi Sigma Iota at the University of Mississippi, where I also received the Distinguished Leadership Award. My research experience includes serving on teams analyzing weather phobia, autism, risky behaviors, and juror decision making.
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a theme in Child Clinical Psychology from Mississippi State University (2010 – Magna Cum Laude), a Master’s degree in Counselor Education – Professional Mental Health Counseling from the University of Mississippi (2014), and a Specialist degree in Play Therapy from the University of Mississippi (2015).
I am the first Registered Play Therapist (RPT #T3141) with the Association of Play Therapy on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. To become a Registered Play Therapist, Master’s level therapists must have earned at least 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience, 500 hours of supervised play therapy experience, 150 clock hours of play therapy specific education, and be licensed by the state board of practice. My advanced training in play therapy at the Child Advocacy and Play Therapy Institute (CAPTI) and my Specialist degree in Play Therapy both allowed me the opportunity to be able to go above and beyond these minimum requirements, and I am committed to obtaining additional continuing education each year through workshops and professional conferences.
Additionally, I currently serve on the board for the Mississippi Association for Play Therapy. I am also a Mississippi Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC #2104) and National Certified Counselor (NCC #340021).
My specialties include Play Therapy and Child Parent Relationship Therapy. I have helped children with a variety of issues including but not limited to: trauma, abuse, domestic violence, natural disasters, being in the foster care system, anxiety, depression, grief/bereavement, anger, bullying, social difficulties, adjustment issues, behavior struggles, and parenting concerns.
Having been born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I enjoy exploring our community and all it has to offer. Being with family brings me the most joy, and in my free time I love to travel, read, ride horses, go to the beach, and play with my dog, Nugget. I am a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in which I was initiated in the Spring of 2010 at Mississippi State University. I enjoy providing community service through my sorority as well as spending time with my sorority sisters.
Services and Fees:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Advanced Health Systems
- Mississippi Physicians Care Network
- First Choice Health Plan of MS
- Select Administrative Services
- Lockard & Williams
- Southern Benefit Services
- HUB INTERNATIONAL / Fox Everett Insurance
- Group Resources
- Millette Administrators
- Pittman & Associates / HealthSmart
- HealthSmart Benefit Solutions, Inc.
- Rockport Community Network, Inc.
- Benefit Management Systems / HealthSmart
- MPE – Employee Benefit Trust
- Cornerstone Care Management, LLC
- Out of Network
Upon scheduling your first appointment, I will e-mail a link to you. Please follow the link to securely complete the forms prior to your intake session.
Please contact me at 228-224-2258 for a free phone consultation or to schedule an appointment. If I am unable to answer, please leave a voicemail and I will return your call.