Play Therapy in Marina Del Rey, CA

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Richard Vishnevsky
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
With children, I utilize therapeutic games, worksheets, and play therapy to help build children's emotional regulation skills.
My main goal is for individuals to leave sessions feeling heard and capable of using their newly developed tools to make change. Whether you are coming in to address current stressors, past problems that seem to have a lasting impact, or worries about the future, I am here to help you meet your treatment goals. I work with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples to help manage a wide range of presenting issues. Each individual comes into therapy with their own personal intentions. I hope to provide a space to address your unique needs and aspirations.
(310) 683-0925
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Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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Ashley Youngblood
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I am trained in Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Play Therapy , Sandtray Therapy, and have specialized training in supporting mothers.
Hello! I provide support to women, young adults, mothers (of all ages and stages), parents, families, and kiddos. In my work with adults I utilize a strengths based approach, first identifying the strengths and superpowers (maybe unrecognized or forgotten) that you already possess. We will work together to connect you to your intuitive voice and build a deeper connection to yourself. I am warm, caring, straightforward and would love to collaborate with you to create positive change in your life.
(424) 488-0284
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Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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Anna Haumeder
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Besides working with individual adults, I am also passionate about working with children and adolescents using trauma-informed sandtray therapy, play therapy , and narrative work.
Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, stuck, or defeated? Has worry taken over your life? Or maybe past trauma is resurfacing and is now also impacting your relationships while leaving you confused and frightened. While we often rationally believe in our strengths and potential for growth, our gut tends to reliably remind us that we are to blame, not good enough, unsafe, or powerless - because it feels so true. My deepest hope for our work together is for you to not only know that you are worthy of love and a fulfilled life but that you can also feel it in your body and live accordingly.
(424) 401-7509
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Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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Elizabeth Schofield-Bickford
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Anxiety, depression, low self esteem, difficult family dynamics, peer relationships and school issues are worked on through art, sandplay, dreamwork, play and talk therapy.
I help facilitate the development of a conscious balance in your life. Loss, trauma, dysfunctional relationships, addiction, creative blocks and much more can keep you stuck and stall development. I work with adult clients to help them mine the unconscious and reveal the connection between this material and behaviors and patterns that obstruct vitality. This starts with the establishment of a sound trusting therapeutic relationship. From this foundation, I support and guide you in uncovering and recovering your own resources and strengths.
(310) 226-7066
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Melanie Mulligan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
As a psychologist with doctoral and post-doctoral training in psychotherapy I work with people across the lifespan to achieve their fullest potential. Many adults come to me struggling with anxiety, depression, or relationships issues; lacking satisfaction in their academic or professional lives; or wrestling with life transitions. Young adults and teens need help navigating complex social terrain, managing stress, and risky behaviors while their parents benefit from guidance and support. Children benefit from play therapy and the involvement of their families in treatment.
(310) 878-4093
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David Silverman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Stop Over-Thinking. You know what it's like. When you're stuck inside your head, you feel like you can't shake the cycle. You feel sad, anxious or frustrated. Stuck. It gets harder to break out. The things is, you have more control over thoughts and feelings than you realize. That's why we'll focus on the tools you need to "let go" of the thoughts that keep you stuck. You deserve to have a better life. Together, we'll create a plan - and make it work. Call today. Free phone consult at 310-850-4707
(310) 850-4707
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Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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Amber @Embodied Healing Counseling Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, PPSC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am Licensed in California and Texas so I can see clients virtually from either location. My specialty is working with adolescents and women of color specifically due to my professional background and personal experiences which I use to guide my practice. I am an expert in helping adolescents navigate the difficulties and challenges that come with transitioning into adulthood such as: identity formation, sexuality, family issues, peer pressure, and developing short and long term career goals.
(323) 498-3740
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Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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Tejal Yarmand
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Verified
I work with people struggling to change and make sense of one or more aspects of their lives. Going to therapy is difficult work, I encourage you to interview therapists and to find someone you feel a connection with so you can make the most of your experience. For more information and links, please visit my website www.healthyandhealing.com
(424) 570-2258
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Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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Dr. Jesi Sasaki
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Are you ready to take control over your life and no longer be a victim of life circumstances? I help people empower themselves to make the changes they want to see by giving them understanding of where these obstacles came from and how they can actively change their own life. I work with resistance to change rather than against it, and I get to the root of the problem so that you can free yourself from whatever is blocking you to live your best life.
(747) 246-7565
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Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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Lisa Penny
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I support families, couples, and individuals. Whatever the problem, challenge, trauma or pain, the power to change exists within you and your family. I believe that an effective therapist's job is to support a "shift," not to create it for you. Together, we can make progress toward your goals and desires. I am also trained and certified in hypnotherapy.
(310) 990-9164
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Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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Rose Hickman Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, JD
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
Do you have an irrational, gut feeling you can't seem to shake? Maybe something telling you that you're not good enough, unsafe, powerless...? Sometimes, difficult experiences in our past can cloud how we live in and see the present. We find ourselves overreacting to things or people, feeling anxious or worthless. Our head can tell us we are being irrational, but that doesn't change the feeling. One of my goals is in helping you re-process the experiences in your life that push these feelings, so you not only know that you're okay - you feel it.
(424) 543-2402
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Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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Stephanie Francis
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I help individuals, couples, and children to identify and overcome problems that are hindering their everyday lives. I provide a welcoming and warm environment to create and foster change. I work to create a strong connection with all my clients to help them feel heard and safe. I use an eclectic approach utilizing cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic practices to collaborate and interact with clients. I provide services to those seeking help with the following issues: interpersonal and relationship concerns, depression and anxiety.
(323) 906-7811
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Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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Anais Munoz Kelly
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, PsyD, MFT
Verified
Verified
Hello my name is Dr. Anais Munoz Kelly. People come to therapy for many reasons. You might have gone through something painful recently or perhaps you feel numb and don't know why. Life may have lost it's meaning. Yet there is another side of you that is willing to do the work it takes to understand your feelings and your experiences. Together we can sort this out and find new options. One helpful aspect about therapy is finding compassion for yourself and others.
(424) 336-9507
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Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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K&S Therapeutic Services, Inc.
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MBA
Verified
Verified
Would you like to make some small changes that will have a BIG impact on your family-or professional-life? Are you or your child experiencing stress and frustration dealing with friendships or family relationships? Are teachers and family members saying your child's behavior is out of control? Do you wish you could talk to your parent or child without yelling or always having it turn into a fight? If you do, I'd love to help.
(424) 294-8925
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Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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Morgan Fleming
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Verified
Verified
If you are suffering— you are not alone. And you deserve to be held until you can hold yourself. I will provide a safe space to be heard and explore your depths during life's challenging moments. I believe by slowing down to explore our symptoms and difficulties in the therapeutic container we can change our relationship to these challenges, to ourselves, and others. I have a particular interest in supporting people suffering during life transitions (career changes, moves, marriage) as well as relationship anxiety.
(310) 800-2258
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Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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Jarred Trusty
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Is life becoming unmanageable? Looking for real answers? Seeking the best group of clinicians who accept your insurance? Welcome to WellPsyche Medical Group! WellPsyche providers are experts in Wellness and Mental Health. Our providers take a Thoughtful, Practical, and Caring approach to therapy and can help you balance your life. WellPsyche is also a leader in Telemedicine. Now you can visit with your provider from the privacy and convenience of your home or work.
(424) 358-3495
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Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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Amanda Parker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Is life becoming unmanageable? Looking for real answers? Seeking the best group of clinicians who accept your insurance? Welcome to WellPsyche Medical Group! WellPsyche providers are experts in Wellness and Mental Health. Our providers take a Thoughtful, Practical, and Caring approach to therapy and can help you balance your life. WellPsyche is also a leader in Telemedicine. Now you can visit with your provider from the privacy and convenience of your home or work.
(310) 861-7461
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Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
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Gary Schapper
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, MDiv
Verified
Verified
Whether deeply hurting or just looking to “up your game” in life, I help you to discover how you can “lose your temper” not just with anger but with any feelings. I help you learn to better regulate your emotions. All feelings have good purposes and messages if we can but learn to notice and respond to them early. With mindfulness techniques I help you to center in your feelings in a true happiness and love which helps you to navigate life with InSpired Focus.
(424) 233-4554
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Alexandra Mcclung
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
My personal approach centers around providing a supportive environment to help clients feel safe and understood. I have over eight years of experience working with children, adolescents, couples and adults with poor social skills, emotional stress, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse and severe trauma histories. With compassion, humor, and understanding, I will work with you to help you build on your own strengths and attain personal change and growth.
(310) 596-4086
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Marina Del Rey, CA 90295
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Jill Howe-Vercos
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Verified
Heal the past. Be present. Have a future. You are not broken -- you already have the tools you need. My goal is to help you access those tools and remove any obstacles that prevent you from feeling like yourself. Whether you're struggling with old wounds or need support for current life challenges, we'll work together to build on your strengths -- and uncover ones you may not yet know you have.
(310) 945-2918
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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.