Cares for: Business and Helping Professionals, Infants to Geriatrics, Parents/Families, Grief/Trauma Overcomers
Owner, Play Wellness LLC
Dr. Fountain is an Atlanta, Georgia native (which is apparently rare these days)! She enjoys helping others to embrace mental health wellness and helping families to build stronger caregiver-child and sibling relationships. Dr. Fountain specializes in play therapy, sandtray therapy, and counselor education and supervision. She has overcome adverse childhood experiences, post and secondary traumatic stress, parental loss, child loss via a missed miscarriage after a car accident, and a host of other life events that fuel her passion to carefully walk alongside individuals who experience grief and trauma. She has gained quality clinical experiences working in a variety of mental health settings since 2006 (including an elementary/middle school, community/outpatient, residential and crisis stabilization psychiatric hospital, college counseling, and private practice settings).
Dr. Fountain has extensive experience in higher education as a counselor, professor, and clinical supervisor. She loves and teaches play therapy and mental health master's and doctoral level courses at Mercer University and Georgia State University. (She has previously taught at the University of Mississippi, Clark Atlanta University, and for the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children.) She has presented over 150 trainings locally, nationally, and internationally on multiple topics related to mental health (wellness and illness), has shared at 15+ speaking engagements, and has written six professional publications. Dr. Fountain strongly advocates for the effective care and wellbeing of clinicians to stimulate optimal client care and wellness. When in "relaxation mode," she loves being with family, traveling, reading, learning, crocheting, and playing tennis. Dr. Fountain's credentials include the following:
Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Mercer University
Post-Graduate Certificate in Working with Survivors of Violence, Torture, and Trauma, University of Maryland
M.S. Community Counseling, Mercer University
M.Div. Pastoral Care & Counseling, Mercer University
B.S. Business Administration, Alabama State University
Fountain, Y. N. (2019). Physical activity games. In J. Stone and C. E. Schaefer (Eds.), Game play: Therapeutic use of childhood games (3rd ed.). Manuscript in preparation.
Fountain, Y. and Gardener, T. (2019, March). Go PLAY! Advocating for the integration of play therapy in the school setting. Play Therapy, 14(1), 4-7.
Fountain, Y. N. (2015). Important factors that contribute to the professional quality of life for registered play therapist and supervisors (Doctoral dissertation). Available from http://search.proquest.com.
Larkin, R., Fountain, Y., Glenn, C., Crumb, L., Smith, J., and Morgan, A. (2015). A behavioral intervention team at a two-year college: Responding to a case of suicidal ideation. The Journal of Campus Behavioral Intervention [J-BIT], 3, 44-48.
Larkin, R., Crumb, L., Fountain, Y., Glenn, C., and Smith, J. (2015, June). Managing mental health situations in the advising office. Academic Advising Today, 38(2). Retrieved from http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/resources/academic-advising-today/view-articles/managing-mental-health-situations-in-the-advising-office.aspx
Bayonne, L., Fountain, Y., and Rowland, K. (2014, Spring). Supervisee resistance: Shame in supervision. Southern Association for Counselor Educators and Supervision (SACES), 10(1). Available from http://www.saces.org/
2018 Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, International Association of Healthcare Professionals
2016 Leadership Academy Graduate, Association for Play Therapy (APT)
2015 Outstanding Doctoral Student, Mercer University
2015 Dissertation Grant, Georgia Association for Play Therapy
2014 Behavioral Health Development Leadership Program, Project LIFT, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)