Play Therapy in Burlingame, CA

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Cindy Lin
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified
Verified
My role is to guide and help you in developing insight, greater satisfaction, and symptom relief. I provide support by discussing your concerns and feelings, and by helping you resolve and move towards your goals, such as fulfillment, belonging, to cope with hardship or to feel 'unstuck'. I guide you in examining your situation, struggles and relationships, facilitating deeper understanding and strengths to make positive shifts. My style is warm, collaborative and engaging. I compassionately promote therapeutic healing, growth & change. For youth, I practice a combo of play , talk and behavioral therapy, parent coaching/support.
(650) 753-5068
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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Leslie Baxter, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I can provide a careful play based assessment for this and other early childhood concerns, such as behavioral or developmental issues, or challenges based on life events, such as medical treatments, accidents, loss or divorce.
You are so worried about your child. She cries everytime you drop her off at preschool and she is so shy at birthday parties that she won't leave your side. You thought she would outgrow this, but instead she seems to be more and more afraid of things. She is happy at home, but she still follows you from room to room. You just want her to relax and enjoy her childhood. You remember when your child first started school, how excited you were! You thought she would soon warm up and make friends. You want to be able to pick your child up from school and hear from the teacher that she was just fine once you left. You want to hear about what your child learned, and that your child played well with friends.
(650) 516-4235
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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Lori Smiley-Klingler
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
I also use play therapy , sand tray therapy, music/movement and drama therapy as additional modalities.
My practice primarily consist of working with children, adolescents and adult women with a variety of issues such as: grief & loss, tramua, relationships, anger, bullying & aggressive behaviors, oppositional and conduct disorder, depression and anxiety, post-partum depression, divorce/blended families and issues of abuse. I offer Children/Teen/Adult Groups such as: "A Woman's Journey", "Raising Safe Kids", "Girl Talk" and Grief, Anger and Life Skills groups for children and teens.(See groups for more details) New groups are contionusly being formed.My therapeutic style is one of flexibility and creativity.
(650) 727-9535
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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Center for Assessment & Learning
Verified
Verified
You have so much potential, if only...... Have you been told this about yourself or your child? Do you keep hoping this phase will sort itself out, but it just doesn't? Let us help you find answers through assessment or counseling. Our evaluation process is supportive and comprehensive. Neuropsychological testing provides the why, while our psychologist focuses on developing the story of "you." Testing should be a journey of self-discovery, for any age. Our counseling services include play therapy , somatic approaches, social skills, educational therapy, executive function coaching, behavior therapy, school & parent collaboration.
(650) 539-6307
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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Wendy Alexander
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
With over 25 years of Mental Health experience the last 18 years having specialized in the treatment of children, adolescents and their families. My approach is primarily based on who is in the room and how I can be most helpful to my client. I utilize mindfulness, art therapy, sand play and cognitive behavioral therapies.
(650) 684-5280
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Burlingame, CA 94011
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Laurie Ruth Weiss
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
With children I use a combination of play , talk, and behavioral therapy.
As a child, adult, and couple's psychologist, my goal is to provide treatment with care and integrity. Children come in for school problems, behavioral problems or mood disturbances including anxiety. I provide support and coaching for parents along side the therapy for their children. Adults come to see me for desire to live with less pain, more peace. Couples engage in work to improve communication or manage a stress that is effecting the relationship. The therapeutic relationship is a powerful medium for change. Regardless of the reason for starting therapy, most people get tremendous relief.
(650) 200-3152
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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Krysta Banazek
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
I have a separate play -therapy room for children where I offer sand-tray, play and art therapies.
I help clients define how they want their lives to be different and help them identify the steps they will need to take to reach their goals. I've built a practice with the goal of strengthening families by increasing communication between its members and helping them focus on problem solving versus placing blame. Adults going through a life transition is a specialty - relationship issues, birth of a baby, balancing work & family, divorce and blended families. I also have a passion for children/adolescents and their welfare. I can provide valuable support to help them work through the challenges they are facing.
(650) 200-3906
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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San Mateo Child and Family Counseling Center
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I also incorporate sand tray therapy, art and play therapy , especially in my work with children.
I enjoy working with children, teens, individual adults, and couples! Are you stressed out because your child or teen is dealing with anxiety, depression, academic, or behavioral problems? Are you yourself feeling anxious, depressed? Perhaps you are experiencing numbness and a sense of disconnect from a recent illness, trauma, or life transition such as divorce? Are you struggling in your marriage to feel that emotional and physical connection you once felt? I believe you are unique and special, and I look forward to working together to create growth and change in your life!
(650) 288-6615
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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Karla Fakhouri
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
As your therapist, I maintain curiosity about your unique perspective, assessing your threshold for growth within your cultural context. I work with you, tailoring the work to your need. I utilize various modalities, including somatic, art and play therapy . I work with you in the present moment, accessing and resolving past traumatic experiences. I work with individuals, couples, families and children.
(650) 336-5252
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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Tanner Hickman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
In my therapy, I use cognitive behavioral therapy, and aspects of play therapy , and I enjoy parenting interventions—I am informed in the evidenced-based parenting model generation PMTO.
Hi, I hope your browsing or search for a therapist is going well. I know it can be a lot of pressure to find and choose a therapist based on a picture and bio on a website. If you feel like we would be a good match I would be excited to work with you and if not, I wish you wellness. I am an LCSW and have been practicing therapy for 5 years. I am currently seeking my Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies in the Couple and Family Therapy track.
(209) 457-7601
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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Ashley Boyer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I gravitate towards Mindfulness and Art and play -based interventions.
Hi, I am a San Francisco Bay Area Child Psychologist. I specialize in anxiety and other related concerns such as perfectionism and difficult life adjustments. In my practice, I focus on the relationship and making you and your child feel comfortable through developmentally appropriate interventions. I want to help you work through your worries and achieve your best life.
(628) 228-6535
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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Caroline Siu
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
In supporting children, teens, and adults with emotional and behavioral challenges, I utilize a combination of Play Therapy , Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Parent Coaching interventions.
Are you looking for support for your child, family, or maybe you? I have experience working with children, teens, and families in Community and School-Based settings. I specialize in working with individuals who have experienced trauma and who also may be experiencing a range of additional presenting concerns or diagnoses, such as ADHD, PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, family or other relational challenges.
(415) 941-5937
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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Jessica Teng
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Hi, Are you feeling burned out, frustrated, or discouraged from doing the daily grind, providing for your family, and being the best parent possible? Are you “stuck” in relationships with your loved ones? If your answer is yes and you’re ready for positive changes in your life then I would love to be your guide to a better you. My style and practice can help you and/or your family reach a better, healthier place, full of emotional wellness.
(650) 412-7958
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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Barbara Seifer
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I have been in private practice for over 30 years. I provide therapy to individuals, couples and families. I also work individually with children. I try to help people understand their relationships with others, as well as gain clarity about their own view of themselves, finding positive approaches to difficult situations.
(844) 805-9744
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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David Arbulú
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Do you or someone you know worry way too much, feel tired all the time, or feel overwhelmed? Are you having difficulties with social situations or communication in your relationships? Not getting enough sleep, losing focus, or tend to procrastinate? If so, I can help! For over 15 years I have worked with individuals and families to connect, heal, and thrive. Hi, I'm David Arbulú, your friendly neighborhood therapist.
(650) 419-8173
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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Rocio B Rodriguez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I am a licensed bilingual, bicultural therapist who has been working in the mental health field for over 16 years. I enjoy working with the person who is ready to take that first step to make change. I support them by promoting a safe space in order to begin the therapeutic work. I normally work with individuals and families with multiple siblings. Recently I have been working with couples coming to address relationship challenges: intimacy and infidelity, finances, gambling and addictions, co-parenting and blended families, domestic violence and child abuse, as well as other relationship challenges.
(415) 763-6455
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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Brenda Joe-Matsuo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
We often have good intentions to take care of ourselves, but too often, we put ourselves last. There will never be a perfect time to start, but now is the time to make an investment in yourself for a happier future. Maybe you're depressed, anxious or unhappy about your relationship, work or life. Don't delay your chance for a happier life. Learn ways to manage stress and your mental health. Call me for a free brief phone consult to find out if I am the right therapist for you.
(650) 681-0878
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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Deanna Wong
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Welcome! We all face stress at some point in our lives. It may be caused by transitions, major life events, or day-to-day life itself. You may be struggling to cope more than usual and may benefit from additional support. I hope to collaborate with you towards understanding your emotions and feeling you have better control of them, improving your experience of life, changing unhealthy behaviors, relieving emotional distress, and improving your role in relationships.
(650) 830-3073
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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Jackie Sage
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Loss of self and self-doubt can manifest in young people as anxiety, depression, burn out, anger, and more. Highly sensitive children and teenagers are especially vulnerable right now to struggles with these symptoms and may need guidance to (re)discover their purposes and passions. I help adolescents and adults become congruent with their best selves. This in turn leads to increased knowledge of self which can lead to increased self-esteem and a satisfaction with the world around them.
(650) 629-3201
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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Amilia Rodriguez
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
How are you REALLY doing? Whatever you are experiencing now that has led you to be curious about therapy I am grateful you are here. Welcome! It takes courage taking steps toward finding the support you need. I work with people helping them gain awareness of who they are, so they can start living life fully! I have no hidden agendas and am committed to meeting you where you are and supporting your process. I help clients through inquiry of the present moment with topics such as: life transitions, depression, anxiety, grief and trauma tailoring my approach to your unique individual needs.
(650) 383-1881
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Burlingame, CA 94010
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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.