About Christian

Christian BelissimoChristian is a graduate of Seton Hall University and Rutgers University, with degrees in Psychology and Clinical Social Work. He is a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified School Social Worker, and a Registered Play Therapist with the Association for Play Therapy.

In private practice since 1999, Christian worked with a number of children who lost parents and family members on September 11, 2001. His work is cited in the book: Middletown, America: One Town’s Passage from Trauma to Hope, by Gail Sheehy, 2002.

Between 2003 and 2010, Christian was also employed as a play therapist by 180, Turning Lives Around, an agency devoted to treating domestic violence.

As a contracted provider with New Jersey’s Division of Child Protection and Permanency, Christian works with the youngest victims of physical and sexual abuse, emotional neglect, and trauma.

Christian is currently employed by Asbury Park Schools as an Early Intervention Specialist. His work with teachers and children in the preschool classroom influenced the development of Universal Play Therapy.