Play Therapy in Atascadero, CA

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Malissa Staton
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
For kids, we do this through play and art therapy strategies.
Have you been experiencing anxiety, depression, unwanted memories, upsetting bodily sensations, or anger you struggle to control? I am here to help. My therapy dog, Toby, is also on your team! I have helped children, adults, couples, and families to heal through these issues over the past 12 years. The services I offer fit well with clients who have short or long term mental health goals, relationship or social problems, and/or existential work they would like to explore. Helping my clients to heal and thrive through life’s adversities is my passion. To me, therapy is an art, so let’s create something beautiful together!
(805) 410-1399
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Wendy Ann Clodfelter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I use CBT, solution focused brief therapy, directive and non directive play therapy , EMDR, EFT, mindfulness and DBT.
My passion is working with kids and families. I can help with anxiety, depression, relationships and attachment, trauma, school concerns and low self esteem. I also support parents and offer solutions to behavioral concerns at home and in the school setting. I work with families to help with improved communication and better functioning. I encourage parents to take care of themselves and focus on what is working as well as change what is not working.
(805) 391-7914
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Laura Tomlinson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Furthermore, I have specialized training in art and play therapy to support younger children sort through trauma, increase coping skills, and self-esteem.
I work with children, parents, families and couples that are experiencing current or generational stressors, challenges or difficulties in their lives. I have a passion for working with children ages 0-5, pre-and postnatal individuals, and couples experiencing the hardships of being new parents, starting a family or simply needing some extra support in their relationship.
(805) 819-2214
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Amber Hollarman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
In working with children, I use play , art, and traditional talk therapy to understand a child's experience of their difficulties, and as modes of intervention.
I believe that each person has a unique self that must be respected, recognized and understood. My practice focuses on helping people understand their specific challenges, and utilizing their particular strengths in order to heal, change, and grow. I utilize a compassionate and empathetic approach that offers customized treatment to the specific needs/goals of each individual or family.
(805) 719-7491
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Amy R Overby
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified
Verified
I have been trained in several types of play therapy and may use play to help your child (any age) if she is uncomfortable or unable to do talk therapy.
I know you want your child to be happy and successful and are doing your best to help him. You'd like to have less arguing and enjoy your family more. Parenting is such a hard job. It can really help to have someone with experience to look at your situation from the outside. I believe you have what it takes to improve your family relationships, but you could use a guide. Your child may need to learn how to cope with new situations. I would like to help you to bring out the strengths in yourself and your family.
(805) 804-3753
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Irianna D Montes
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, RPT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, a registered play therapist and a certified clinical anxiety professional in California with over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field and providing direct service to adults, children and families. I have worked in private and public settings and have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including but not limited to anxiety, depression, relationship issues, parenting problems, trauma, and ADHD. Having worked in systems of care in the educational system, I also have experience working with educators and work-related burnout.
(626) 600-0410
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Marcia Bronstein Lcsw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Feeling overwhelmed with life, parenting, love, family issues, Are your relationships suffering? Are you feeling stressed or overwhlemed with change in life, school, college, work or family issues ? I help adults, children and family's reach their potential, find connection and improve relationships. If you are considering therapy for yourself or your loved one I am here to help. I support children to express themselves through play , art, and social emotional activities to learn healthy ways to express big emotions while learning coping skills. I provide a safe place to talk, to be heard and understood, and for families to talk.
(805) 317-4493
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Sheri Shaffer Hewitt
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I use a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, (EFT), and EMDR approachs along and Play Therapy for children.
Has life become overwhelming or unsatisfying. I have many years of experience working with individuals, couples and children ages 5 and up. Come in to learn how to find better communication, and a more productive and fulfilling life. Acquire information and skills to overcome anxiety, loneliness, sadness, resentment, anger and just plain feeling stuck. Find out how you, as an individual, can make a big difference in the way you and/or your relationships work. I do specialize in working with the whole family. Find out why the most stable and enlightened people get help before more serious problems arise.
(805) 918-5074
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Christine T Tran
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified
Verified
I have training in play therapy , trauma informed care, and specialize in Asian American mental health.
First, I want to acknowledge how brave you are for being here and seeking help. There is no problem too big or small to ask for help. My hope is to create a space for you to feel truly safe and supported while having your experiences in life honored and validated. I help children, teens, and college students overcome anxiety, depression, trauma, school stressors, behavioral challenges, and family relationship issues. Through a collaborative approach, I help clients recognize healthier patterns, positive coping skills, and behaviors to help them move towards a place of healing.
(805) 429-6440
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Holli Rodriguez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Hello, I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist serving the San Luis Obispo County area. I also provide online therapy to those residing in California. I provide counseling to a variety of individuals in a compassionate, safe and nonjudgmental environment. My approach to therapy is client-centered, collaborative, and strength-based.
(805) 242-3242
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Alice Lenore Sutton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have over 30 years experience in treating children, adults, couples and families undergoing crisis situations requiring urgent intervention. Treatment modalities specifically matched to individual needs. Shorted Treatment Time and Help In Recovering Your Life. NO CHARGE FOR 20 MINUTE "GOODNESS OF FIT SESSION". Psy.D from the Graduate Center for Child Development. Former UCLA Faculty Lecturer teaching family and couples counseling.
(805) 856-6724
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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John Siemens
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
There comes a time when we need help. I appreciate the courage anyone demonstrates when they make that call. I hope to create a space where individuals and families can receive that trusted assistance. I have been a therapist for thirty years. I was a tennis pro for ten years before that. I am aware of the process of change. There is a timing when an individual, or family, is ready to make those adjustments. In working with children, I involve the whole family. I especially enjoy the travels that the adolescent makes, and the perplexing attempts parents make in adjusting to this challenging phase. I work with addictions.
(805) 250-4117
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Susana A. Lopez Phd
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Thank you for visiting my profile. I'm a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience as a child, adult, and family psychotherapist and assessor. I have specialized training from Children's Hospital L.A. and UCLA. I help my clients heal, find their own long-lasting solutions, and build resilience. I believe a strength-focus and culturally humble framework facilitates the therapeutic process and I work collaboratively with YOU to customize your comprehensive therapy or psychological evaluation treatment based on your specific needs and goals.
(805) 590-7567
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Jessica Dawson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Accepting new clients....My goal is to provide you with a supportive, safe and trusting environment. We will work with your strengths to help problem solve, increase coping skills and overcome stress and challenges you are facing. I am passionate about working in this field and highly committed to each and every client I see.
(805) 664-2121
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Kelsey Ann Kehoe
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I believe that reaching out for help is one of the hardest things an individual can do and engaging in the therapy process is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. My focus is on helping individuals, families and couples heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths so they can live their purest life possible. I hold and create a safe place to explore traumas, dis-ease and help to build a better relationship with self and others. www.puravidacounselingservices.com
(805) 323-9917
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Neil Giannini
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
Verified
Our developing years can often be filled with confusion, fear, and other big emotions. Whether I’m working with children or the inner child, speaking with someone who can present a different vantage point and offer tools of healing from a non-judgmental and supportive place can be what we need to achieve wholeness. From coping and managing stressors, self-esteem and confidence building, social and relationship concerns, or self-discovery, I'm dedicated to supporting the growth and development of children, teens and young adults.
(805) 723-2565
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Rachel McCarthy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Perhaps you found this page because you are familiar with the struggle of being in unsatisfying relationships and/or feeling unhappy in the life you are living. There may be a part of you that thinks "This is all you deserve" or "This is the best it will ever be, so you better make it work." Or maybe even another part of you telling you that you aren't good enough because nothing you have tried so far has gotten you to where you want to be. Maybe all of this is on top of the everyday stressors that we all have in this crazy world we live in, especially during COVID.
(805) 219-7046
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Hannah Warren
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
Big sigh...what a year. I believe that, in one way or another, we are all striving to be our best and most authentic selves. In a time like this, where the highs are high and the lows are low, managing the shifts can be really overwhelming. Pain gets in the way. Grief gets in the way. We hit road blocks that we feel are too big to pass. You have tried changing others. You have tried avoiding. You have tried all the self help ideas. You feel like you have lost control. And now you are in this spot in your life, where you are asking a lot of questions and wondering if there is something more.
(805) 356-3185
Atascadero, CA 93422
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Brianna Harvey
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I have been successful in helping children, teens, and adults process trauma, walk through transitions, and release their burdens. I work with parents whose children have specialized needs and behavioral issues. My parenting techniques help parents feel confidant and equipped to parent their children. Teenagers who have experienced depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem have found success in utilizing the tools they learn with me.
(805) 924-7961
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Monica Blandford
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified
Verified
I am an associate marriage and family therapist and under the Supervision of Tisha Aronsen LMFT 105558. I believe that each person has their own unique journey and I believe that it is important to use an individualized approach to help clients. I work to develop positive relationships with my clients with a foundation of both trust and honesty. I have worked with individuals, families, and children. Some of the most common challenges I have helped clients address are stress, depression, anxiety, family conflict, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and addiction.
(805) 624-3414
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Atascadero, CA 93422
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Play Therapy

Who is play therapy for?

Play therapy is generally targeted to children between the ages of 3 and 11 who have social, emotional, or behavioral difficulties. Play therapy has also been found helpful for children who have experienced physical or emotional abuse or witnessed atrocities. Play therapy is also often recommended for children who are undergoing major medical procedures or who are suffering from chronic illness; many children’s hospitals are equipped to offer play therapy on-site. Play therapy is also sometimes used for adults; creative writing, music, and art are expressive forms that can all be adapted for therapeutic purposes.

Why do people need play therapy?

Children often do not have the language skills or words to know or to express what is troubling them. Yet they often spontaneously draw or use playthings to depict scenarios that reflect problems in their everyday life. Play therapy provides children with an array of objects and play situations to act out their feelings or experiences so that therapists can get a clear picture of what children might be struggling with and help them find solutions. In addition, play therapists are skilled at helping children understand their inner experience and find words for them, necessary steps toward helping children learn to control their own behavior and come up with solutions to problems they encounter.

What happens in play therapy?

A child enters a comfortable playroom where they are free to choose the objects they want to play with. The play therapist will typically observe how they play with the toys—whether a sandbox, puppets, dolls and action figures, trucks, costumes, drawing and painting materials, or more—because such play provides clues to a child’s family and social relationships, difficulties they are encountering in the world, and what going on inside themselves. Sometimes the therapist may ask the child to use the play objects to tell a story about their family. Using the same instruments of play, therapists can help children discover more advantageous ways of thinking and behaving.

What kinds of problems do play therapists treat?

Play therapy can help children who display destructive or self-destructive impulses; children who seem angry, sad, or fearful; children who experience frequent social, emotional, family, or school difficulty. Play therapy is often of value to children who have experienced a loss or distressing family experience, who are regularly exposed to family conflict, or who have been physically or emotionally abused. Play therapy can help children who are perpetrators of bullying as well as those who are targets of bullying. It helps children learn to identify their feelings, to express them in constructive ways, and to regulate them so they can get on with the business of development.

How long does play therapy last?

Play therapy sessions may last for 30 to 45 minutes, and they usually occur weekly for about 20 sessions. Each session is tailored to the individual child and the kinds of problems they are struggling with. Play that is highly repetitive often indicates a problem requiring further exploration. Therapists typically measure progress through session-to-session changes in play behavior.