Play Therapy in Manhattan Beach, CA

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Bruna Paulo Soares Thompson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I am currently taking Play Therapy classes at UC San Diego and will soon be a licensed.
As a mother of two children myself, I understand the barriers and fears that parents can face before, during, and after seeking treatment for their kids. Since my clients are primarily children, my philosophy is to work closely with their parents. I have learned that collaborating with the parents and the family as a whole can greatly improve a child’s quality of life.
(310) 601-4688 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Dhanya Murali
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, APCC
Verified
I use evidence-based techniques and modalities such as CBT, DBT, Solution-Focused, play /art, mindfulness, and existential therapies.
Life can be tricky, but also a beautiful journey of learning, growing, and experiencing change. You may wish to cope with conflict better, have a hard time resisting temptation, or frequently feel overwhelmed. I offer a safe, non-judgmental space where you can be your true self. Through learning and practicing the art of self-compassion, we will work together to help navigate the challenges you're facing. As your emotional tour guide, I can bring awareness to perspectives you may be missing and provide tools that will be forever useful. Clients say that I make sessions fun without sacrificing the hard work that can change your life.
(818) 647-9256 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Michelle Corby
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RPT
Verified
I utilize therapeutic play to increase a child's self-awareness of thoughts and feelings, build coping skills, and learn emotion-regulation techniques.
Parenting a struggling child who has tantrums, acts out aggressively, is defiant, and is impulsive can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Raising a child who is going through a difficult time and often appears sad, worried, or experiences challenges with peers can be heartbreaking. Figuring out the best ways to reach your child in any of these circumstances can be tricky and finding the right support isn't always easy. As a licensed therapist, I specialize in working with children and families with emotional and behavioral challenges and can be the support that you are looking for.
(424) 306-1155 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90267
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Albert A Knapp Jr
Psychologist, PsyD, BCBA-D, RPT-S
Verified
I enjoy working with children, tweens, teenagers, and young adults, from a Play Therapy and CBT perspective.
(310) 340-7289 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Marissa J Dominguez
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified
Being a parent can be very challenging, make you feel vulnerable, and even overwhelmed at times. My goal as a therapist is to begin the healing process with you. Whether you are a parent that is seeking support for your infant, toddler, or child due to behavioral or emotional problems, family conflict, recent separation, divorce, death, or trauma. I specialize in providing Play Therapy , Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Behavioral Modification for children, teens & families.
(209) 643-4545 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Kelsey Sillerud
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, IFECMHS
Verified
I provide evidence-based interventions to provide quality care while tailoring treatment to best meet you or your child's needs. Utilizing techniques from Interpersonal, Neurobiological, Cognitive-Behavioral, Play and Attachment-based therapies, my goal is to help you identify challenges and unhelpful patterns, learn new ways of coping, engaging and interacting, and empower you to make meaningful changes. Our work together supports healing and can assist your family in creating deeper connection, better communication, and more moments of shared joy.
(805) 250-4758 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Stephanie Cunningham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I use a play based, relational, child-centered and family-focused approach and use neurodevelopmental concepts to find best fit strategies for your child.
Parenting is really challenging, right? Being a kid can be pretty tough too some days. Are you worried about your child and exhausted by the prospect of weathering one more epic meltdown? Do you wish you had someone to help you figure out how to get your family functioning better? I am here to be your guide. With support tailored to your family's unique needs, you will feel confident about the best ways to help your child, and you will begin to see your child thrive.
(310) 986-3489 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Julia Herrera
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Therapy is a collaborative experience where I genuinely believe that my clients are the experts on their lives and personal experiences. My role is to help them become more self-aware, integrate both mind and body, and identify and implement their strengths on a daily basis. Throughout the therapy process, I help empower my clients so that they can create both emotional and behavioral changes that will help them lead a happier and more fulfilling life. The therapeutic techniques that I utilize in sessions include client-centered, mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
(626) 551-4897 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Kelsey Kathleen Harrold
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified
My passion is working with preteens, teens, young adults, couples/romantic relationships (polyamorous friendly therapist) and families. My approach is client centered, strength based, culturally sensitive and collaborative. I value creating a safe space for exploration and reaching goals. Sometimes the hardest part is knowing where to start. Together we can discover and explore your story and where you want it to go.
(424) 226-5922 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Amie Love Callon
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Hello. I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience providing psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, couples and families. I can help you find relief. Together we can face the challenges in your life in a way that will empower you and open the doors to greater possibilities. My private practice offers a safe and open atmosphere, free of judgement, and grounded in authenticity. Here you can experience heightened self-awareness and understanding, self-acceptance, enhanced mind-body health, personal growth, and freedom.
(424) 342-8623 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Laura Gutierrez Duarte
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Are you looking for a therapist who can help your child? I know it can be overwhelming when you see that your child needs support and you're not sure what to do. I trust you have done everything you can and I am here to help make sure your family thrives.
(310) 409-2877 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Rebecca Hotzel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Do you believe that there is power in connection? That the healthier we are as individuals, the healthier our relationships are? I believe that it is through connection that we can heal. We must first be able to create a healthy connection with the self to be in healthy contact with others. However, oftentimes challenges such as life transitions, parenting, school, career, anxiety, depression, trauma, and loss may inhibit us from connecting with the self and others.
(424) 233-1083 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Nicole Pickering
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Seeing your child struggle with anxiety is such a helpless feeling. Your daughter is paralyzed with fear about what others may think of her, and nothing that you say can comfort her. Your son freezes on homework and tests, feeling that everything must be perfect, and you feel guilty, as you wonder if you've passed these anxious thoughts down to him. Sunday night comes and they're preoccupied with the thought of the impending school week, and no matter how rational you are with them, they can't shake the dread that comes with going to school.
(424) 292-6925 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Lori Campbell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, MA, LCSW
Verified
I have success working with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship problems. I help clients adjust to life transitions such as, divorce, re-marriage, grief and loss, and other major life changes. I am a USC trained therapist, practicing therapy in Los Angeles since 2000 and I am an adjunct professor in the master's of social work program at USC.
(424) 294-8334 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Catherine Vu
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
I am an Asian-American therapist seeking to create a healing and culturally affirming environment for Children, Teens, and Young Adults. Life as a POC can be confusing to navigate as we can have traditions, values, and obligations that oppose our American cultural upbringing. This therapeutic space will be a safe container for those looking to explore their identity, purpose, and authenticity.
(310) 750-4902 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Cynthia M. Braden Marriage and Family Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Due to Social Distancing, office visits are currently available on a limited basis. Tele-therapy appointments are available weekdays. If you are having trouble with pandemic adjustment, communication, family conflict, trust or feeling stressed, a few sessions of therapy can help you gain perspective, feel more centered, and improve mood and concentration.
(310) 905-8036 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Andrea Mendoza
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have been practicing for over 17 years. Specializing in working with children, adolescents, and families from primarily a solution-focused, cognitive behavioral approach, I offer a variety of interventions best matched to fit my client's individual needs. Adept in working with childhood disorders, trauma experiences, grief and loss, anger management, and parenting issues, I strive to look at the "whole picture" and incorporate collaterals and family members, as needed.
(424) 347-6621 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Jennifer Trombley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I specialize in working with parents, children, and teens on a variety of presenting issues ranging from anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, crisis management and general relational issues. I prescribe to the belief that in most cases involving children, therapy should be brief and time limited. I have provided counseling services in various settings including local schools, a community mental health center, and now in my private practice. I work from a family systems and humanistic lens to meet the individual needs of my clients. I also utilize evidence-based treatments such as CBT.
(424) 999-0811 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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S. Hultquist
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS
Verified
You may be feeling overwhelmed by struggles with relationships, work, or identity. I can help you turn your own loving attention toward these unhealed wounded areas so that you can experience relief and begin to thrive. I'm a good fit for those feeling stalled in their growth, those seeking wholeness or rebuilding their trust with themselves, couples doing reconciliation work or struggling with coparenting, LGBTQIA folks and/or their parents... and honestly? I'd also love to be a therapist for other therapists in search of any of the above. We are all growing and healing. Teletherapy also available to folks in CA.
 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Ida Gardner, MA
MA
Are you ready? What makes you happy and what makes you upset? The journey I offer is rooted on bringing forward your authentic self and make you a better human now. Womanhood can be a challenging path. I am here to create a sacred path to help you navigate the "in between" stages of life and follow you bliss. My purpose is to assist you in finding that wisdom, bringing your own loving to any place of pain within you and in seeing clearly and saying "YES"into your life's opportunities.
(424) 789-7573 
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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Play Therapy
Generally for children ages 3 to 11, play therapy is a form of counseling that relies on play to help therapists communicate with children and understand their mental health. Because children develop cognitive skills before language skills, play is an effective way to understand a child. The therapist may observe a child playing with toys--such as playhouses and dolls--to understand the child's behavior and identify issues.

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