Play Therapy in Laguna Beach, CA

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Trisha Church, Children and Family Therapy
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, APCC
Verified
Verified
I utilize Play Therapy , Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), I customize a treatment plan that best addresses the client's needs to promote a new positive outlook.
As a mental health therapist, I provide support and guidance to my clients who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, substance abuse, and relationship difficulties. I specialize in working with individuals, couples, children, and adolescents during times that may be impacting their mental health and overall well-being. Therapy is a process of self-discovery, growth, and transformation that requires acceptance and a belief that recovery and healing are possible. I commit to building trust, listening, and providing supportive direction.
(949) 356-7259
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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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$175 (individual)$195 (couples)
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Manjit Arora
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified
Verified
Pop that bubble! Live a life where you can breathe more freely. I give warm and loving guidance on issues that pertain to family, relationships, children and parenting, depression, anxiety etc.
(909) 318-3854
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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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$120 per session
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Darlene Violas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Each day should begin with mindfulness and gratitudes. In my practice I utilize a collaborative and empathetic approach to assist individuals and families to effectively work through issues that one is experiencing. We will explore issues that interfere with your life and work together to make the changes that will lead you to a life you deserve.
(949) 541-0272
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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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$125 (individual)$125 (couples)
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Jeanette Yoffe Director @ Yoffe Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, MA
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
I have specialized for the past 20 years in the treatment of children, teens, and adult adoptees and foster youth, foster-adoptive parents, and first families. I work with former foster youth and adult adoptees who are struggling with grief and loss, and trauma and help them in their journey through search and reunion. I also facilitate open adoptions. I help first mothers and fathers process grief and loss and facilitate successful reunions. I developed unique psycho-therapeutic interventions that support children, and teens with serious psychological problems secondary to histories of abuse, neglect, and /or multiple placements.
(424) 999-1231
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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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$175 (individual)$197 (couples)
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Irene Alvarez de Schwartz
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, LPCC
Verified
Verified
Are you tired of hiding your pain while trying to fulfil your daily responsibilities? Is anxiety or depression keeping you from living the life that you once envisioned? Are you going through a difficult life transitions or experiencing conflict in your relationships? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you are not alone. Life has many turns and detours, and we often feel hopeless, lost, and confused. Because we tend to isolate when feeling helpless or depressed, our lack of support aggravates the way we feel. I believe one of the bravest things you can do is begin to understand your story. I’m here to listen!
(949) 997-2899
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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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$150 (individual)$160 (couples)
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Jody Spellmeyer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Life can be full of challenges and life changing events. Some of these events and challenges can result in intense emotional distress. If you or a loved one are struggling with sadness, anxiety, stress management, loss & grief, or trauma, I would like to work with you in a mutual effort to address your distress and healing. Over the past 24 years I have been working with children, teens, adults and families to sort through emotions, build strategies & skills, and find solutions to manage the emotional struggles.
(714) 793-0733
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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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$200 per session
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Mary Herzog
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I am a licensed psychologist whose research and practice in dance, education, and psychology support my innovative use of the most effective and empirically based treatment strategies. From your first appointment, my goal is to help you figure out your current obstacles and how to get past them. I will listen carefully to your concerns, ask a few questions and then try to provide an accurate and compassionate summary of my understanding of your situation. I will offer some treatment options and give you a sense of how we might work together so you can move forward in your life.
(949) 910-9344
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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
$150 per session
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Amy Neufeld
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Anxiety, depression, stress, divorce, parenting, co-parenting, teen anxiety, children behavioral issues, navigating adult pressures.... Oh my! It’s a lot to manage on your own. Life is going to present its challenges and you don't have to deal with them alone. Together we can get you living the life you want.
(949) 541-4921
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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Not accepting new clients
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Laura D Rivas
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified
Verified
Life is about balance, when we fall out of balance our relationships, family, health, work and sense of self often suffer. We get stuck, forget our strengths and many times don't see a way out. Through an eclectic and solution based interactive approach I strive to meet my clients where they are and work towards restored balance. I look to address the needs of the whole person and integrate mind body and spirt. Together we will work on old patterns that are keeping you stuck and build new ones so you can have a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
(949) 793-9270
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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
$120 per session
Not accepting new clients
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Harmony Heals
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Are you troubled by past trauma and overwhelmed at the thought of getting help? Dealing with trauma is incredibly difficult but fortunately you don't have to do it alone. At Harmony Heals we specialize in bringing about a sense of resolution and giving clients the power to forge their own destiny. Our entire office is focused on getting you the help that you need and guiding you on your personal journey to growth and mental well-being.
(949) 478-0773
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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Merceydes Morassi
Counselor, MS, BCBA, LPCC, LMHC
Verified
Verified
I am a solutions-focused behaviorist that believes that our mental health is directly related to our physical health. As a therapist, I spend very little time discussing the past, instead, my focus is on the current health and behavioral patterns we engage in that create problems and prevent us from reaching our goals. I teach my clients how to recognize these patterns and provide them with the tools they need to tackle these problems on their own. I also believe nearly every psychological problem can be solved without the use of medication and will work with my clients to help them safely taper off of meds.
(954) 329-0181
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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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$90 per session
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Jacqueline Lugo
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Life can be hard, change is hard, loss is hard...navigating the exhaustion of the day-to-day is HARD. It is a giant step to seek support; I am glad you found my page. Creating a warm, supportive, and authentic therapeutic space is super important to me as a therapist. I strive to help individuals struggling with life's challenges and transitions. My goal is to come along side you and support you as you process, learn, heal, and grow in a therapeutic setting so that you can gain coping skills to thrive in your day-to-day life. You deserve a space for yourself to feel heard and supported.
(949) 353-6520
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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Annie Brogger
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hello! I'm Annie, and I'm so happy you're stopping by. It is tough finding the right therapist, the scroll can feel endless. I also own Salt Psychotherapy; I have a whole staff of excellent clinicians who have the ability to help people heal. Together we will make meaning out of your experiences. Everyone longs for a rich, full life; yet, this is hard to find if you have a history of family distress, or feel depressed, anxious, or are bearing the wounds of complex trauma. The good news is, in therapy, you will heal! You'll put the pieces of your story back together, and create beauty and wholeness- your heart will feel alive!
(949) 298-3726
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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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$200 (individual)$250 (couples)
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Sharm Lanel Luehmann
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
I became a marriage and family therapist through a spiritual inspiration. My goal is to help individuals become connected to themselves and the world around them. I believe we are all wounded not broken and deserve an opportunity to heal. My methods are uniquely connected to my personality. I am both loving and direct, and desire to get to the goal as quickly as possible. I think out of the box yet remain professional. I am insightful, intuitive and creative in my approach.
(949) 536-8723
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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Teen & Family Life Coaching, Coach Mickey
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
7 Endorsed
Verified
7 Endorsed
TEENS - your happy outgoing child has been replaced by a secretive/withdrawn, irritable/defiant teenager, creating worry, anxiety, chaos. You find yourself reacting to your teen, rather than enjoying a happy family. You've tried everything - bribery, setting boundaries, making demands, hurling threats. It's only gotten worse. Worried over the cause of your teen's change - addiction, (alcohol or drug abuse), ADD/ADHD, body image/self esteem issues (anorexia, bulimia, cutting, weight) bullying, maybe your pending divorce...anxiety, depression, school, suicide attempts, suicide of a friend or family member...
(949) 416-2176
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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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$250 per session
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Nicole Testa
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
If you are looking at this page, you are most likely trying to get help. Finding a good match is essential to successful therapy. I connect with clients by listening and exploring without judgement. Clients have told me they appreciate my compassion, finding it easy to talk with me about difficult issues. Psychotherapy is a process of self-discovery where you learn why you do what you do, as well as how to change behaviors. Many hide their authentic self, conforming to the expectations of others. Psychotherapy can assist you in becoming reacquainted with yourself.
(424) 275-2397
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Laguna Beach, CA 92607
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$150 (individual)$250 (couples)
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Jessica Guilfoyle
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, PMH-C, CCTP, CGCS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sometimes life doesn’t make sense, sometimes we want to be heard, sometimes we want to find ourselves, and sometimes we are just ready to grow or change. This can can leave us feeling confused, alone, hurting, stuck, broken, lost or unfulfilled. It can be hard to find your way out of these feelings. You don't have to do it alone, I can help you find your way.
(949) 565-2474
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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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$175 per session
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Julie K Peters
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, APCC
Verified
8 Endorsed
Verified
8 Endorsed
Welcome, I bring a strong skill base working in LGBTQIA+, addiction and PTSD communitites. I love working with Couples and families, and I'm passionate about helping students navigate studying and self-care. I'm here to help you utilize your innate creativity, and I'm excited to aid you as you enact new patterns in your relationship with yourself and others. You will experience me as an affirming clinician who values and acknowledges your marginalized identity and the intersection of the many roles you embody. You can expect kindness from me and a treatment space that expands to allow your unique perspective to shine.
(510) 380-5706
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Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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$160 (individual)$200 (couples)
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Resilient Self Holistic Therapy Services
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, R-DMT, CEDS
Verified
Verified
Do you feel like things will never get any better? Do you have dreams that seem like they will never happen due to an illness or other setback? Do limitations keep you down? It may seem like things are never going to get better and that you just have to accept your limitations, but that's not true. No matter what the handicap or barrier is, you have the power within yourself to pursue your dreams. I have seen it happen and I can help you get there. I help people with barriers live healthy, productive lives.
(714) 482-6452
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Laguna Beach, CA 92607
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$200 (individual)$250 (couples)
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Shamim Bahrani-Madi
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, MA
Verified
Verified
My focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. This can be achieved by providing a neutral safe environment and customizing an individualized treatment plan that best fits our lives' challenges and difficulties. Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, depression, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. Overcoming these symptoms can be possible by collaborating with you through the process of grief and healing and help you recover the motivation, perspective, and joy.
(949) 390-6312
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Office is near:
Laguna Beach, CA 92677
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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.