Play Therapy in Newport Beach, CA

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Serena Mccormick
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My approach to therapy is to bring awareness and understanding of underlying beliefs and roles that perpetuate anxiety, depression, relational issues, or feeling "stuck". By identifying these, we can work towards healing and shifting the beliefs and roles into something that better serve you as a human being. Many of our beliefs and the role that we assume in life are so ingrained within us that we don't even see how they may be causing us issues, that's were I can help bring light and awareness into play and create a comfortable and safe environment for growth and change.
(949) 656-3584
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Denée Grauberger
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
While working in community and agency based counseling centers, I have developed special interests in a number of areas that include: Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, Play Therapy , Art Therapy, Foster Care, Adoption Topics, and Life Transitions.
Are you missing out on life's little moments? Tired of repeating the same negative patterns? Troublesome concerns/worries not resolving? My hope is to support you in your journey to finding the Confident, Courageous, and Self Reliant person you desire to be. I invite you to call me, so we can begin this wonderful journey! I provide counseling for Individuals, Couples, and Families. I have worked with many individuals with a wide range of concerns, and find it a privilege to work with them in their therapeutic journey.
(714) 464-6780
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Melissa Mahboobian
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
With play constituting your child's most natural form of expression, let's play together and work together so that I can support you and your child's ability to access and fully participate in your family's life, the community, and the world.
I am so happy you are here! Navigating childhood can be difficult for both parents and children of all ages. I would love to help guide you and your child through these difficulties. My name is Melissa Mahboobian and I am an AMFT/APCC specializing in helping children and parents identify and navigate the big emotions that can be a part of growing up, including: anxiety, depression, and anger. With an undergraduate degree in childhood development and extensive experience in preschool and elementary school settings, I can help you and your child navigate relationships and your child's ever-evolving emotional states and development.
(949) 625-1696
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Sonja S. Peverieri
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I offer play therapy to young children.
Accepting New Clients for In-Person or Telehealth Therapy! Have you been feeling stuck? Or have you been grieving a recent loss? Are you feeling challenged in your partnership? Or maybe concerns in your attachment with your child? I specialize in providing psychotherapy to children, young adults, couples and families. There are significant challenges in which one faces in the stages of life, and I am focused in supporting you in taking the next important step in your journey through life. Through the seasons, I intend to assist you in managing feelings of depression and anxiety.
(949) 989-5357
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Cristine Rainer
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
Verified
I enjoy helping people of all ages to understand themselves and others, to grow to see their unique potential, find their voice, increase their well-being and skills to cope with difficult emotions and experiences. My goal is not just to help people to ease emotional suffering, but to learn to thrive. I use an eclectic approach, utilizing the realms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Play Therapy , Art Therapy, Mindfulness, Educational Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapies, and more.
(714) 361-0092
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Jacqueline Islas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RPT
Verified
Verified
Helping children, teens and families play , connect and heal.
" Play is a child's natural medium for self-expression." - Virginia Axline
(949) 315-7611
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Mariam Sheibani
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
The method of conducting therapy is Psychodynamic and is oriented through the medium of art, play therapy and family therapy.
Is your child experiencing the following symptoms as a result of parental divorce or separation? (sadness, anxiety, regression in sleeping, toilet training, thumb sucking, difficulty leaving primary caretaker, clinginess, crying, temper tantrums, feelings of guilt, loneliness, shame, anger, bedtime anxiety, loyalty conflict and physical complaints). If your child is experiencing the above mentioned symptoms, psychotherapy that helps the child and family feel safe and supported is essential to healing. I am a Board Certified licensed Clinical Psychologist with eight years of clinical experience and specialize in children ages 0-12 who are struggling as a result of parental divorce or separation.
(949) 505-9903
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Sheila Lynn Hansen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, RPT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I specialize in helping children and families work through their struggles in a unique and different way… by utilizing a child-centered play therapy approach to process and communicate their internal worlds.
My name is Sheila Hansen, and I’m a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#115782) and, Registered Play Therapist (#T4545), here in Orange County, California. I provide specialized therapeutic services to children, families, and individuals to help them work through relationship issues and struggles, and get back on track for a happy life.
(949) 835-4474
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Karen Marks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RPT-S
Verified
Verified
The language of young children is play and play is a way for them to process their issues and problems.
I am so happy that you have decided to seek help for your child, adolescent, or young adult. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S). I am also certified in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I worked for the County of Orange where I provided mental health services using play , sand, and art therapy to help clients express themselves in a trusting and safe environment. I am able to help my clients with a variety of issues and problems related to childhood abuse, trauma, bullying, and symptoms of anxiety and depression.
(657) 385-8488
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Sarah Escalante
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Having received extensive additional training and certifications, Sarah practices several evidence-based psychotherapies, including Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Play Therapy , Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Positive Parenting (PPP).
Ms. Sarah Escalante is a Licensed Therapist practicing in Newport Beach. Sarah has over 8 years’ experience providing psychotherapy to pre-school and school-aged children, adolescents, and young adults in outpatient and public school settings. Sarah provides a safe space in therapy through empathy and compassion and she tailors each client's treatment to their specific individual needs. She is dedicated to assisting her clients in meeting their goals, improving their lives, and making lasting changes toward wellness.
(949) 403-6498
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Ginny Liwanpo
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I work closely with parents, and practice non-directive play therapy as an adjunct to parent education.
There will be instances when you feel "stuck" or experience suffering. The time is now to invest in yourself. Guidance from a professional outside of the current situation may provide necessary support to alleviate distress and find your path with a more informed perspective. I offer a warm and safe environment in which to explore areas of concern and strength. With over two decades of experience, I have treated issues not limited to: anxiety, co-dependency, recovery, life transitions, chronic illness, abuse, childhood disorders, divorce, co-parenting, and depression.
(310) 896-5927
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Insight Children and Family Therapy Center
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Insight Children & Family Therapy Center offers play therapy for children, family and couples therapy and individual therapy. Our treatment approach depends on the needs of the client. Each of our therapists has a unique niche that they enjoy serving. Our child, adolescent, and young adult therapists have extensive training and experience in working with children who have been through trauma or abuse, attachment concerns, anxiety, depression, gifted & sensitive personalities, family discord, self harm behaviors, lack of social skills, lack of coping skills, behavior problems, Autism, ADHD, and school problems.
(714) 844-5901
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Nicole Chavez
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Dr. Chavez is a licensed clinical psychologist, registered play therapist, and has specialized training in maternal mental health. Dr. Chavez has been providing therapeutic and supportive services to children, adolescents, parents, and families for the past seven years. She is also skilled in early assessment and diagnosis of prenatal and perinatal mood disorders and childhood mental health disorders. She strongly believes in prevention and early intervention in order to maintain individual well-being, to promote healthy family relationships, and to facilitate positive bonding and attachment between the child and caregiver.
(909) 726-7207
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Irene Lara - Integrative Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LCSW, MSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Dissertation focused on incorporating aspects of yoga into play therapy .
All is Possible, with Gentleness. -Todo es posible con paciencia.- I am so glad that you are making a big difference in your life. What a courageous and honorable decision. Would you like to call me? Let's have a conversation, & see if we are a good fit. Allow me to embark with you on this journey. Want better sleep? Oxygenate the body. Plus, Breath-Body-Mind meditation taught: Improve Creativity, have more internal Mental, Emotional, Financial Stability, increase Focus and concentration, eliminate trauma, improve Confidence and Relationships. Hope to speak soon. - - Favor de llamarme para tener una conversacion mas profunda.
(323) 739-7975
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Courtney Knapp
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I use play therapy as a medium to help young children use therapy effectively and can teach you how to play with your child!.
Is your child defiant, does he or she have difficulty transitioning, is there something traumatic effecting your child's emotions or behaviors? Are you feeling overwhelmed, stuck, or, frustrated trying to help? Over time and without support these things can disrupt your relationship with your child leading to more problem behaviors or stronger negative emotions. Learning new ways of communicating with each other and strengthening your relationship are possible and this is where I can help.
(949) 258-9618
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Newport Beach, CA 92661
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Cat Schueler
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My hope is to help you reach your goals through talk, play , art, and/or sand tray therapies.
Are you, a partner, a child or a family member struggling with issues related to life changes, relational conflict, communication, codependency, depression or anxiety? There are times when we all need support to help cope with life’s challenges. I have a passion for helping people transform into the best versions of themselves and I would love to come alongside you to inspire you to reach your maximum potential. Life can be overwhelming and even exhausting, but seeking support, understanding the past, gaining new insight, and developing skills through therapy can bring you relief and help you thrive in future relationships and life.
(949) 799-4555
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Newport Beach, CA 92663
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Regina Walsvig
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Helping you achieve a balanced sense of well-being is my primary goal as a therapist. No matter what you might be concerned about that brings you to this search, I am interested in helping you gain, not only relief, but also the tools needed for your future beyond therapy. I treat children, adolescents, and adults using individual, couple, family, and/or group psychotherapy.
(949) 649-6066
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Vicki Coccaro
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I believe that emotional healing can be brought about within the framework of relationships, so in my therapy sessions I work to create a safe environment where clients can work through issues in their lives that may be hindering them from reaching their true potential. I believe it's possible in therapy to gain insight into our deepest desires to learn and grow, and to develop successful communication skills. These skills in turn help us develop and maintain successful interpersonal relationships with others.
(714) 786-5524
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
Chris Palumbo
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
Chris Palumbo tailors her practice to fit individual needs. Chris has more than 38 years of experience working as a Therapeutic Coach Worldwide. Chris works with groups, individuals and families to develop tools, techniques and life management skills tailored to their desired needs. Individuals learn how to overcome what they have been struggling with for years from home, school to the workplace. Chris' practice, as a Southern California Associate Marriage and Family Therapist works with clients from childhood to seniors as she works to provide them with the expert care to overcome a variety of life’s issues. Accepting New Clients!
(949) 979-6487
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Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Christine Mcilwain D Mcilwain
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified
Verified
Christine has been working in the field of psychology for the past 25 years as Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. She specializes in Addictions, Relationship Enhancement, Couples, Family, Stress Management, Career Development, Mindfulness Training, Self Hypnosis, Sports Psychology, EMDR-Trauma Work, Peak Performance, Life Coaching, & Personal Development.
(714) 515-7640
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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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.