Play Therapy in Kentfield, CA

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Jennifer Couture LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT 90337
Verified
Verified
Empathetic, mindful and highly motivated with a sincere devotion and interest in an individual's care and well-being, I offer mindful psychotherapeutic support for adults, parents, children and their families. With a capacity to provide hope and an openness to change, I provide support and enhanced coping strategies, along with a goal to play up clients’ strengths and shore up weaknesses in an effort for clients' to better manage personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues and the hassles of daily life.
(628) 500-7786
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Kentfield, CA 94904
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Jessica (Jesse) A. Strassman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I draw from several therapies including play therapy , mindfulness therapy, psychodynamic therapy, family systems, and cognitive behavioral therapy/ERP, for children preschool through high school.
Are you concerned or confused by your child's behavior? Has your child's teacher suggested your child work with a therapist? Are you worried that your child is under stress? Do you feel like you are not a good parent for your child? It is very difficult to parent a child who is struggling with challenging feelings and behaviors. I provide therapeutic support to kids who struggle with ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, adoption issues, learning disabilities, behavioral challenges, academic or social issues, or major life changes. I offer support for parents.
(415) 360-1273
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Kentfield, CA 94904
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Amy Allerheiligen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I weave in play -based therapies in my work with children, and use Theraplay to help strengthen parent-child attachment bond.
I help clients of all ages process and heal from traumatic experiences; these are things that happened earlier in life that may have been overwhelming and created false, negative core beliefs about oneself, others, and the world. Beliefs such as “I’m not good enough, I can’t trust people; I'm not safe” can significantly impact how a person feels, thinks and reacts to the world, and lead to issues such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. I help clients process those experiences, transforming the negative beliefs into positive, helpful ones. This allows clients to experience more joy and ease in their life and relationships.
(415) 612-6290
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Kentfield, CA 94904
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Dr. Myra Gueco Bernecker
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
I work with women in many different phases of life. Professional working women, stay at home moms, single moms, all face their own set of challenges. Every woman has her/their own set of unique experiences. We will work on whatever is important to you. Some common topics and issues are: anxiety, overthinking, worry, stress, life transitions, grief and loss, parenting stress, relationships, irritability or frustration, anger or resentment, avoidance, sleep, depression, responsibility conflicts, work distress, self-care, wanting more joy, learning to say no, and so much more!
(415) 354-4241
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Kentfield, CA 94904
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Bert Faerstein
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I treat adults as well as adolescents and children, most frequently through individual therapy. I also work with couples. I work with people with a wide range of problems and especially enjoy working with people experiencing anxiety in relationships or at work . I also enjoy working with people who are unhappy and don't know why, and people who are repeating self-defeating patterns they feel unable to change. Meeting with a well-trained and experienced therapist can be a powerful and effective way of strengthening one's confidence and developing a personal sense of control over one's life.
(415) 787-4616
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Kentfield, CA 94904
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Eileen C. Brown
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
While your relational style helped you to navigate your childhood, you, like many people, may feel frustrated by painful life-long patterns of relating (to yourself and others) which seem to repeat. I empathize with this frustration and work with you to more deeply understand yourself so that you can enact real and lasting change.
(510) 878-4322
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Kentfield, CA 94904
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Nikoo Khansari
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
In the past decade, I helped clients to create long lasting meaningful relationships with their partners, family members, and other significant people using effective methods such as psychodynamic and family system therapy. Also, my clients and I are deeply invested in reducing their emotional distress and to improve their quality of life. I work with individuals using a collection of proven and effective techniques for a range of problems, including depression, bipolar, grief, anxiety, substance abuse, panic, phobias, and trauma.
(415) 630-2900
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Kentfield, CA 94904
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Sue Kessner
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, LPCC
Verified
Verified
Welcome to Serenity Psychotherapy. Feeling Stressed? Overwhelmed by Challenges in your Life? Living life on life's terms is not always easy. The stresses of daily living often encroach on our happiness and serenity. Learning to have a solution focused and positive perspective on life's challenges through psychotherapy can change your life. If you're looking for extra support and guidance for you or your children, or you're ready to move in a new direction in your life, I can help you to free up your life!
(415) 669-5836
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Kentfield, CA 94904
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Diane E Donnelly
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Therapy can be a source of tremendous relief and gratification. Unhappiness and anxiety that feel unbearable can lessen and disappear when you have someone who can help you understand the reasons for your suffering. A good therapist can also help you more easily get your mind off upsetting thoughts that preoccupy you. Or if you find yourself acting in self-defeating ways, studying it with a therapist can be of enormous help. Ideally, you will leave an initial consultation with a new way of thinking about the problem that brought you in.
(415) 702-3387
Kentfield, CA 94904
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Christina Leone Klein
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, R-PLC
Verified
Verified
I bring a warm, client-centered style to working with my clients. My approach incorporates psychodynamic principles, developmental and attachment theory as well as CBT and ACT strategies and tools. I see it as a true honor to walk with individuals as they discover their own story and begin to experience positive change in their own lives.
(415) 534-4291
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Kentfield, CA 94904
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Sarah Alexander
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I hold a deeply calm, present, and nurturing space for your brightest dreams and your darkest wounds. Whatever your concerns, you will feel sincerely heard, held, and guided in a safe and constructive way. You will be supported in discovering and reclaiming hidden or submerged parts of your fullest self, as well as the positive and promising reasons behind the challenges that you face. Together, we will creatively explore new and vital directions for you, internally and dynamically, into the world. My commitment is for your purpose to become more grounded, more meaningful, more genuinely alive.
(415) 801-0119
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Kentfield, CA 94904
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Wendy A Calomiris
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Any scary event or even a medical diagnosis can wreak havoc & any daily routine is quickly found unmanageable. If the physical body fails you, it affects your mood. If emotions are out of wack, it affects your health. Either way, you deserve to feel in control and you can reclaim control. The goal is to highlight your strengths and minimize or eliminate any obstacles to healthy wellness. A direct benefit of engaging in effective help elevates your protective factors against emotional decay now a known correlate with disease. Together we can restore a sense of control, balance, and develop your future goals. You deserve to be happy.
(707) 743-4082
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Kentfield, CA 94904
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Golda Michelson, MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Are you finding that your relationships are not working so well? It can be your relationship to yourself (just not feeling good about your self), your relationship to work (such as difficulties with co-workers or a boss), or your relationships with your family and/ or partner or friends. I believe that we are always striving to move towards personal growth and health. Our work is to remove these blocks with compassion and understanding so that you can achieve the changes that you want to make. My style is an interactive,individualized one with warmth, support, insight and humor.
(415) 408-7705
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Kentfield, CA 94904
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Karen Shay
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
My style is collaborative, engaged and supportive. I will work with you to overcome depression, anxiety, substance abuse or relationship issues that are holding you back from leading a more fulfilling life. In individual work we will explore your past experiences and family of origin that may have brought you to hold on to many negative unconscious beliefs and behaviors that are leaving you unhappy or unsuccessful in both your work and intimate relationships. In couples work we will work to dismantle destructive communication patterns, learn new ways of reaching toward your partner and increase levels of true intimacy.
(415) 259-9669
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Kentfield, CA 94914
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Carolyn B Cooper
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, SEP, SAP, EMDR
Verified
8 Endorsed
Verified
8 Endorsed
Somatic Experiencing (SE) takes healing to a deeper level. Combined with 'top-down' approaches, SE helps identify strengths and intentions beneath painful survival patterns. Shame, fear and anger transform into vital life energy. Surviving becomes thriving. As a private practice psychotherapist based in SF & Marin, I primarily work with adults, but also love to assist children in the healing process.
(415) 342-5196
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Kentfield, CA 94904
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Sheila Michele Clifford
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Life can be challenging and I am thrilled to be able to work with kids, families and individuals experiencing many of life's challenges. I individualize my approach with each client, child or family. I use CBT and a strengths based perspective to reflect the positive traits in all of my clients/family systems. I specialize in loss, anxiety, depression and school related issues. Please call me for a 15 minute consultation to see if I am the right therapist for you. My overall goal is to keep everyone healthy, supported and whole.
(415) 630-6572
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Kentfield, CA 94904
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Stephanie Morris
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I have been in practice as a licensed psychologist for the past 28 years in Marin County where I was also born and have raised my two boys. My approach to assessment and therapy is integrative as it attempts to consider all relevant biological, psychological and environmental influences on a person’s current well-being. Sessions leave ample space for depth-oriented, psychodynamic/attachment based processing of inner struggles and vulnerabilities. They also include collaborative, practical, and hands-on problem solving as well as exploration of cognitive behavioral tools and strategies appropriate to the developmental age.
(415) 316-1502
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Kentfield, CA 94904
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Ilene Ava Serlin
Psychologist, PhD, ADTR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I'm a very experienced psychotherapist with over 30 years experience in many settings. I'm warm and compassionate, but also practical. I work from a growth model that helps you access your own wisdom and make a commitment to change. My background in the arts and Jungian psychology attunes me to the dreams and imagery that can inform you about your life course, but I also help you bring these dreams into action. My experience with mind/body can help you prepare for and recover from surgery, develop resilience, stress reduction, confront mortality and life changes, find meaningful work, and appreciate relationships.
(415) 594-4898
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Kentfield, CA 94904
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Andrew M Lamden
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
(415) 799-7990
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Kentfield, CA 94904

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Casey Hineline
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Specializing in child/teen therapy. Specializing in attachment concerns, suicidal ideation, self-harm, relational issues and more... I treat the whole child/teen by providing our youth in the greater community with a space to explore, process and express their own emotional experiences through play , art and talk therapies. Therapy has proven to help kids improve self-esteem, identify their strengths, lean into their growing edges, learn perspective, process trauma, develop healthy coping strategies and find and maintain healthy relationships.
(415) 200-2913
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San Rafael, CA 94901
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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.