Mary began her career as a special education teacher in Arlington, Texas. After several years of teaching, she felt like God was calling her to pursue counseling to better understand and care for children. She received her Master of Education and PhD in Counseling from the University of North Texas. While at UNT, Mary specialized in play therapy and working with young children and families. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor since 2006. Mary is also a trainer for Child-Centered Play Therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy at the Center for Play Therapy in Denton, Texas. After 11 years as a professor in the Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University, Mary retired from academia to be home with her own children. Dr. Bennett is a frequent speaker and presenter across the United States and in Europe. Dr. Bennett has published resources on the play therapy process, trauma, and play therapy supervision in professional journals and books. She is the co-author of Child Parent Relationship Therapy-Toddler Model and Child Teacher Relationship Training.