Loretta Gallo-Lopez is a licensed mental health counselor, a registered play therapist and supervisor, and a registered drama therapist and board certified trainer with over 20 years of clinical experience. Loretta's private practice in Tampa focuses on providing creative, effective and innovative treatment interventions for children, adolescents and families. She specializes in work with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental and social skills challenges. Loretta is co-editor of the books, "Play Therapy with Adolescents," and "Play Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders," and has authored numerous articles on the use of drama and play therapy with various client populations. Loretta has been an invited and keynote presenter at major national conferences and in the process has trained thousands of mental health professionals. In 2008 Loretta and co-director Lisa Powers Tricomi developed and established The ACT Project. Loretta is a founding board member and the Clinical Director of Focus Academy, an innovative new charter high school for students with developmental and social skill challenges.
Lisa is a practicing theatre artist, drama therapist, and educator. As a Visiting Associate Professor in University of South Florida’s College of the Arts from 2009-2011, she introduced the field of Drama Therapy to students through a service learning class in conjunction with The ACT Project. She co-authored the chapter "The ACT Project: Enhancing Social Competence through Drama Therapy and Performance" with Loretta Gallo-Lopez, which can be found in the book "Play Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders," and has presented at several conferences on drama therapy and The ACT Project. She is currently the drama therapist for Focus Academy, an innovative charter high school for students with developmental and social skill challenges.