As a member of Core Faculty at UC, Dr. Rachel McRoberts currently serves as the Subject Matter Expert for Introduction to Counseling and Introduction to Play Therapy, teaches Clinicals, and is a Faculty Advisor. She researches, writes, and guest lectures on topics including non-directive play therapy, creativity, symbology, and counselor professional identity development. She was recently awarded the UC Summer Immersion Grant, supporting her book on Jungian oriented counseling and play therapy. She is an Emerging Scholar with the Journal of Child & Adolescent Counseling (2022-2024). Her work has also been recognized by the Association for Creativity in Counseling (2021) and the Sandplay Therapists of America (2022). She is active in her APT, ACA, TLPCA, ACS, SACES, ASERVIC, and CSI memberships, and is a reviewer for several journals.
Before entering academia, Dr. McRoberts accrued nearly 20 years of experience holding space and advocating for survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking. In her small private practice, she now provides consultation for other non-directive play therapists, counsels counselors, and works with those who wish to enhance their creativity and connection to the Self.  
In her free time, she is likely in the studio, kitchen, or a used book shop.

PhD Counselor Education & Supervision, Leadership Concentration, University of the Cumberlands, 2020
MA Clinical Art Therapy, Long Island University, 2002
BS Art Education, SUNY New Paltz, 1999

  • Belser, C., Dillman Taylor, D., McRoberts, R. & Sami, W. (2023). Introduction to the special issue on outcome and evidenced-based research with children and adolescents. Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, 9(2), 67-71. DOI: 10.1080/23727810.2023.2229218
  • McRoberts, R. (2023). The white rabbit: Sacred & subversive. The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism. ARAS Connections: Image and Archetype, 2, 1-32.
  • McRoberts, R. & Epstein, J. (2023). Creative self-concept, post-traumatic growth, and professional identity resilience in counselors with traumatic experiences: A conical correlation analysis. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 1-15. DOI: 10.1080/15401383.2023.2232730
  • McRoberts, R. (2022). Addressing the creativity crisis: Sandplay therapists’ mode-shifting and professional identity development. Journal of Sandplay Therapy, 31(2), 129- 142.
  • Wiersma, J. K., Freedle, L. R., McRoberts, R., & Solberg, K. B. (2022). A meta-analysis of sandplay therapy treatment outcomes. International Journal of Play Therapy, 31(4), 197–215.
  • McRoberts, R. & Pool, A. (2022). Chapter 11: Counseling for students k-college. In S. M. Todd, T. M. Mikolon, & D. M. Perez (Eds.), Synchronous online counseling and supervision in the 21st century (pp. 203-222). Cognella.
  • CES
  • Professional Identity
  • Play Therapy
  • Jungian Theory
  • Creativity




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