Play Solutions INC.

Sherry M. Waters, MSW, LCSW, RPT

"Every kid is one caring adult away from 

being a success story."

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About Us 

Play Solutions INC. in Hampstead, North Carolina is owned and led by 

Ms. Sherry M. Waters, a passionate child therapist who has years of experience in the field of mental health. 

Continue reading to learn more about her background and personal story.

Meet Sherry M. Waters, MSW, LCSW, RPT

Sherry was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina. She lives in Surf City with her daughter, fiance', three rescue cats, a rescued Chi mix named "Chipper", "Leo" the Collie, and Dachshund, "Riley."

She graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a BA in Psychology in 1995 and received her Master's Degree in Social Work from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina in 2001.

She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, licensed by the State of North Carolina, and a Registered Play Therapist. She is also a member of the North Carolina Association of Play Therapists.

Sherry began her career in 1996 in community mental health. Over the past 25 years, she has worked in a variety of clinical and administrative settings.

Her love for children with special needs led her to pursue licensure as a Play Consultant with the PLAY Project, where she trained directly with Dr. Richard Solomon, the founder.

Sherry has been in private practice since 2012 under the business name of Play Solutions INC. She has worked with children 2-13 years of age who have experienced the following issues:


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


Adjustment Disorders

Mood Disorders

Separation / Divorce

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Reactive Attachment Disorder

Intellectual Disability

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Foster Care and Adoption


In her spare time, Sherry enjoys spending time with her daughter and fur babies. She loves hunting for sea glass and creating artwork from her treasures. Additionally, she enjoys reading and gardening and can usually be found on the beach on a sunny weekend.

Continuing Education and Training that Ms. Sherry has obtained:

Trauma and Attachment in Children

Child Centered Play Therapy


Play-based Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Attachment Security Intervention with Caregivers

Art Strategies in Play Therapy

Sand Tray Therapy Strategies

Play Therapy with the Angry and Frustrated Child

Play Therapy and Sibling Rivalry

Play Therapy and Nighttime Anxiety

Play Therapy with Grief and Loss

Play Therapy with Selective Mutism

Play Therapy with ADHD

Play Therapy with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Child Maltreatment on Brain Development

Nurturing Healthy Brains in Infants

Play Therapy to address Dysregulation

Ethical Decision Making

Sensational Play Therapy

The Impact of Deployment and Combat Stress on Families

Solution Focused Therapy

Play Therapy with Traumatized Children 


Ms. Sherry is in the process of obtaining training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Please click on the link below to learn more about EMDR and how this proven treatment method can help with trauma.

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