Play Therapy in Carlsbad, CA

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Toni Rivera-Watson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
Verified
I became an MFT with the goal of providing a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment to a diverse group of individuals, couples, and families of all ages through an attachment lens. My passion includes incorporating play and offering collaborative and creative interventions to help individuals meet their goals.
(442) 233-6484
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Carlsbad, CA 92008
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$110 per session
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Soudabeh Rahmankhah
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, M-RAS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
There is an undeniable urge toward growth, wholeness and healing within each individual. The journey of healing and growth is unique process for every individual. My approach to psychotherapy is holistic, creative, and embodied within a framework of Jungian psychology. It is tailored to meet the unique needs of individual and build on existing strengths. I implement evidence based treatment modalities such as CBT, DBT, and ACT as well as creative approach. I tailor my approach for each client using a variety of tools including play therapy , sand tray, expressive art, active imagination and dream work.
(760) 858-3386
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Carlsbad, CA 92008
$80 per session
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Janet K Bastien
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Let's play ! I offer play therapy with games, sand tray and books.
My passion as a therapist is to help individuals, parents, and children explore their challenges, from either the present or past. When clients are self-motivated to apply methods and skills whether for themselves or their family, positive transformation will happen! If you want to learn positive parenting skills, teach children the value of self-esteem, or identify behaviors and maladapted attachments, all of this is talk-able and worthy of investing your time and energy. I am here to listen and help dissolve trauma from childhood or social-emotional experiences in order to regain a healthy and happy life!
(858) 537-4488
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Carlsbad, CA 92008
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$130 (individual)$160 (couples)
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Laura McDaniel
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I also value a holistic approach that connects mind and body specifically through the use of expressive arts, sand tray and play therapy .
Accepting new clients for in-person sessions as of: 01/11/23 Are you worried about your child? Are they struggling with social-emotional or behavioral difficulties? Reaching out for help is the first step. I have experience working with children in both therapeutic and academic settings. I have a relaxed, easygoing demeanor and quickly build rapport with children, as trust is the first step toward building a strong therapeutic relationship. Ultimately, I believe the relationship is what heals and the child intrinsically knows how to and has the capacity to heal.
(442) 200-2216
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Carlsbad, CA 92008
$150 per session
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Healing Hearts Counseling Center
Counselor, MS, LPCC
Verified
Verified
Certifications include EMDR specialist, trainings include play /sand tray therapy and somatic experiencing.
Our overall mission is to promote behavioral health and wellness for our clients to obtain a high quality of life within themselves, their family, and their community. We work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that include assessment, short-term solution focused interventions, consultation with other providers, and crisis intervention. If you are feeling stuck, stressed from life circumstances, or having trouble adjusting to new transitions, then please contact us. We are here for you!
(760) 648-4057
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Carlsbad, CA 92008
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$100 (individual)$100 (couples)
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Kathryn Walker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Play therapy is a great modality that I often use while working with younger clients.
It is a helpless feeling when your child is struggling and you don't know how to help them. This pandemic has created a totally new and unexplored environment for our children. I am here to help both you and your child through this difficult time. I work solely with children from birth to 17 years old. I meet my clients where they are by creating a safe and fun space for them so that they feel comfortable talking about tough subjects and facilitating change. I believe that in working with children you must also incorporate their family and I encourage family involvement in all of my treatments.
(858) 358-7406
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Carlsbad, CA 92011
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$150 per session
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Michelle May Balke
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
With children, I use play therapy .
Congratulations on being a step closer to a happier, more fulfilling, loving, and harmonious life. If you would like help with any of the following you are in the right place: Adoption concerns, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders, Anxiety, Panic, and Phobias, Depression, Children’s Behavior Disorders, Adolescent Struggles, Parenting Concerns, and Relationship Challenges. I have been a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1980. Call for a complimentary, get acquainted phone call : (619) 322-0681. Let's see if I can help.
(619) 512-2920
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Carlsbad, CA 92009
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Rachel Porfirio Kelley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
I AM CURRENTLY ONLY AVAILABLE FOR TELEHEALTH. My training goes beyond traditional talk therapy and encompasses Play Therapy for children; Somatic Experiencing Training and the Neuro Affective Relational Model (NARM) for teens and adults that enables people to get to the root of their disconnection so that they can feel more alive and connected to themselves. I utilize these specialized trainings in both play therapy and trauma resolution to resolve concerns such as: family stress, divorce, relational trauma, discipline and behavioral problems, and anxiety.
(760) 496-5446
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Carlsbad, CA 92009
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$125 per session
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Hallie Miller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C, RPT
Verified
Verified
My current specialty areas are children, more specifically play therapy , tweens and teens, maternal mental health, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
I am a psychotherapist located in San Diego, CA who brings over 10 years of experience in the field of mental health. You came across my profile because either yourself or loved one is in need of help. Reaching out takes a significant amount of courage and I am glad you did. I am here to offer my help and support. People are my passion. I truly value the therapeutic relationship I establish with my clients. It is an honor to be a part of an individual’s life journey. It is my goal to create an empathetic and compassionate environment to assist others in identifying the tools they need to heal and accomplish their goals.
(442) 200-2682
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Carlsbad, CA 92008
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$160 per session
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Dr. Danielle Parker
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
My treatment style includes a mix of play , art, music, CBT, DBT, psychodynamic and relational therapy.
Asking for help is one of the most difficult things to do for yourself or your child. You've taken the first step, so let us help you with the next. My goal is to provide a safe space and build strong therapeutic alliances with all of my clients. I promise to make each treatment plan unique to you in order to fully capture your individual needs and facilitate lasting change. My therapy dog, Bowlby, may greet you at the door and is present to provide comfort and cuddles.
(760) 407-3102
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Carlsbad, CA 92008
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$225 per session
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Colleen Woodall
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW, PPSC
Verified
Verified
This may include play therapy , art therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy.
Has your child or teen recently been experiencing issues that leave you feeling down? Possibly anxiety, fear, or depression? Maybe they are struggling at school academically or with friends? Have they gone through trauma, grief, separation, or major life changes? Or maybe you feel they could use someone to talk to that values their feelings, opinions, and goals. I would love to provide a safe space for your child or teen.
(760) 274-0398
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Carlsbad, CA 92010
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Waitlist for new clients
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Kristen Ackerman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I also use solution focused techniques and play therapy with youth.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (114822) in the state of California. I specialize in working with preteens, adolescents, and young adults. I am passionate about supporting individuals navigating life transitions, academic pressure, social adjustments and relationships, work challenges, stress and feeling overwhelmed, peer pressure, exploration of identity, anxiety, depression, personal growth, & self-esteem.
(619) 567-1487
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Carlsbad, CA 92009
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$175 per session
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Behavioral Healthcare Partners
Psychologist
Verified
Verified
At Behavioral Healthcare Partners, our goal is to promote behavioral health and wellness to achieve life's potential and fulfillment within the individual, family, and community. Dr. Vincent Castro and Dr. Denise Gonzales, both Licensed Psychologists, have 43 years combined experience in providing therapeutic services on concerns related to child/adolescent behavioral problems, abuse and neglect, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, coping with medical concerns, family discord, parenting, couples therapy, military/law enforcement concerns, personal growth/wellness, stress/anger management, trauma, and work/career issues. BHP services also include assessment and evaluation, short-term solution focused interventions, consultations, and psychological testing.
(760) 684-8835
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Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Not accepting new clients
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Taryn Marmet
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MSW, ASW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
You don't have to go through life challenges alone! My goal as your therapist would be to help guide you through life’s challenges while empowering you to find your inner resiliency. I strive to provide a safe, supportive, empathetic and validating experience to all of my clients. I provide individual therapy for preteens, teens and adults of all ages. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, mood disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, trauma, PTSD, self-esteem, codependency, relationship issues, adjustment issues, and life transitions.
(760) 254-8673
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Carlsbad, CA 92008
$160 per session
Not accepting new clients
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Caitlin Elizabeth Mikulicich
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
It’s been found that the most important factor for creating change in therapy is the therapeutic relationship. I offer a safe, non-judgmental space to process emotions and transmute pain into growth. I consider all aspects of an individual and implement a bio-psycho-social-spiritual , culturally-sensitive and client-centered approach with individuals, couples, families and groups. I’ve used various research-based modalities including DBT, EFT, Internal Family Systems/parts work, EMDR, and art therapy.
(442) 276-5427
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Carlsbad, CA 92011
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$125 per session
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James Sheppard Largent
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
All of us are on a journey and need support getting through the difficult times we face. I offer culturally humble services that start where you are and build on your strengths to help you leverage the challenges you face. In a comfortable safe setting, I help patients make the best of the situation they're in, whether facing problems of the past (like trauma), the present (like chronic pain), or the future (like life transitions). I'm here to help you find joy and energy again and get back to living the life that you want to live!
(760) 671-2069
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Carlsbad, CA 92008
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$150 per session
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Ashleigh Thomas
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, EMDR
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
We all struggle sometimes. Fighting a constant battle within yourself is exhausting, and I know it can be scary to let someone in. As a therapist practicing through an attachment lens, it's my belief that at the end of the day we all have a need to feel connected - with others, with ourselves, and with life. Everyone experiences moments where they feel a disconnection, and sometimes, we just need a little help recognizing where it is.
(442) 200-0819
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Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Kendra Claire Wilhelm
Marriage & Family Therapist, BS, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, shame, loneliness or want to better understand yourself, therapy can help. Do you feel stuck? Have you had difficult experiences in your past that are emotionally overwhelming? Have trouble sleeping? Are you hard on yourself? Feel guilt or shame? Overwhelmed? Irritable? Angry? Do you seek freedom and joy? If so, you don't have to work through these struggles alone. It would be my honor to support you. I believe our wounds are often the most beautiful parts of ourselves. Let me join you, as "Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter."
(619) 367-8413
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Carlsbad, CA 92011
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$175 (individual)$200 (couples)
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A Guided Journey Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, Individ, Relatio, Family
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Hi, do you want deeper peace, love & joy for yourself, your relationships, and your family? Providing you with tools, perspective, and support is one of the most rewarding aspects of life for me. I can't wait for you to turn life's challenges from stumbling blocks into stepping stones to a much better life than you ever thought possible. I look forward to our meeting, until then, take care. Your journey to a better life awaits. Call for a free phone consultation: 442-888-0873. Glenn
(442) 244-9159
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Carlsbad, CA 92008
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$275 (individual)$275 (couples)
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Paola Wilckens-Gjata
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Welcome! I began working with children, adults, and families over 30 years ago as a social worker and have been providing psychotherapy services in the North County since 2003. My unique approach to psychotherapy combines multiple styles and techniques both traditional and holistic that will help you balance your mind, body, and spirit. I specialize in the treatment of psychological/emotional trauma. Emotional trauma is the result of an extraordinary stressful event/s that voids you of your sense of self, safety, trust, well-being, and control. Trauma recovery is possible - start your journey to healing today.
(760) 523-2521
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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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.