Play Therapy in North Oakland, Oakland, CA

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Cara Frankel
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
I am a clinical psychologist and have been working clinically with children, adolescents and families for 14 years. I am passionate about my work with children and adolescents. I believe that childhood is both a wonderful and an extremely challenging time. Through play , talk and family therapy I help children and families reach their potential for happy, productive and successful lives.
 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94618
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Anna Davidson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified
Through the experience of the expressive arts, I center the expansion of the imaginative realm in the therapy space through the use of art-making, writing, movement, somatic awareness, mindfulness and creative play . In my practices, I prioritize holistic embodiment— nurture of the Mind, Body, and Spirit— as well as empowering my clients to grab hold of their deepest desires through a lens of justice, creativity, imagination, and radical vulnerability. As a deeply relational therapist, I feel passionately about supporting clients in connecting to their stories and empowering them on the journey of stepping fully into their truth.
(341) 888-6204 x12 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94609
Offers online therapy
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Tim Tisdell
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
With young children, I provide play therapy .
I am well trained as a licensed Clinical Psychologist with more than 20 years of experience providing individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults. I strive to create a genuine relationship with my clients to allow for collaborative exploration of the areas in their lives that interfere with personal fulfillment. My approach also involves listening actively, building trust, being curious, providing empathy, and making direct comments to help my clients develop greater awareness about themselves and the patterns in their lives that cause emotional distress or relationship difficulties. This allows my clients to grow and to live more meaningful lives.
(510) 358-4819 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94618
Offers online therapy
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Stan Markowski
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Play therapy provides children with a safe environment where they can express feelings too complex to convey verbally.
While all people experience challenges throughout life, we each suffer in different ways and, as a result, develop a unique style of dealing with stress. During difficult times, ways of coping that once worked often lose their effectiveness. Even after identifying a problem or unhealthy pattern, it may be difficult to resolve the issue without the necessary support. Therapy often involves an increased curiosity toward one's emotional experience, and over time, awareness of how feelings relate to behavior. This allows for a deeper understanding of who we are and can help us approach problems and conflicts in healthier ways.
(510) 858-2285 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94618
Lauren Ores Phillips
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
I provide psychotherapy for adults, teenagers and children, consultation regarding parenting issues, and play therapy for children with behavioral or emotional issues. My work with adults has covered a broad spectrum - from people who are having problems with relationships or need help with stress management and coping skills, to people suffering from anxiety disorders and depression. I specialize in women's issues and life transitions. My goal is to help people get through difficult and challenging times and see opportunities for growth.
(510) 858-0654 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94611
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Dilini Dharmawardana
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
I prefer to treat children, adolescents who are struggling with anxiety. I have worked with adults, children, adolescents, and families who struggle with trauma, anxiety, depression, trichotillomania, ADHD, self-harm, grief/loss and reactions from divorce. I utilize play therapy virtually and in person, mindfulness, communication skills from DBT, and humanistic or client-centered approaches. I strive to meet my clients where they are at and work with them where they are. I believe every child, adolescent, and adult has the potential to be the best versions of themselves.
(510) 973-4029 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
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Liz M Fitzgerald
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, PPS
Verified
I use sandtray and play therapy in my practice.
I create a trusting and safe space for your child to express their thoughts and feelings, without judgment, and I will normalize their experiences and help you have a deeper understanding of what your child is going through. We will work together collaboratively. You as parents are the expert on your child and family. I am there as a support and facilitator- making the first step in asking for help is the most crucial step in the journey of repairing.
(510) 930-1771 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94611
Offers online therapy
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Patrick D. Chrisman
Psychologist, BA, MA, PsyD
Verified
Play therapy for children.
I believe that understanding and compassion are vital for building trust, mutual respect, and openness, all of which are essential in forming a therapeutic relationship that can encourage change. My style in therapy is a mix of person-centered, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic theories. With children I utilize a variety of expressive therapies including play , art, narrative, sand tray and bibliotherapy. In working with children, adolescents and adults, I use a cognitive behavioral therapeutic approach.
(415) 570-8936 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94611
Offers online therapy
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Sally Walstrom
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I work from a relational, strengths-based, and insight-oriented framework, and use a variety of theories and tools, including coping- and skills-focused activities, somatics, mindfulness, play therapy , and art.
Psychotherapy is a powerful tool for healing. Through a trusting therapeutic relationship, it is possible to improve connections with others, build deeper awareness of feelings and experiences, and find relief from old patterns that no longer serve you. I believe that each client’s strengths provide the foundation for our collaborative work in therapy. Building on your strengths and resiliencies, we can begin to shift places in your life where you feel stuck, and to cultivate hope. It is an honor for me to witness your process and to join you in your journey toward healing.
(510) 322-7099 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94618
Offers online therapy
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Mickey P Marshall
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified
Selecting the right therapist is essential- here is some information about me and my practice to help inform your decision. I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with children and adolescents. I work collaboratively with parents in creation of goals and throughout the course of treatment. Through play I help children to; express difficult feelings, resolve internal conflicts, learn adaptive ways to cope, and to develop resiliency. I offer free phone consultations in order to help determine if I am the right therapist for your child.
(510) 463-1609 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94618
Offers online therapy
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Jessica Libbey
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
I integrate psychodynamic, somatic and relational approaches, in addition to using play therapy with children.
I believe in your innate capacity to heal. Sometimes healing becomes more possible with support. A therapist can help you or your child get unstuck and begin on a path towards healing. I work with children, preteens, teens and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, life transitions, relationship issues and family discord. I also have particular experience working with introverts. I can help you to identify and explore patterns, process hard experiences or difficult emotions, deepen relationships and build the skills and inner capacity to heal, grow and have more of the life you want.
(510) 953-4749 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94618
Offers online therapy
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Katrina Brashares
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
I use a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach and modalities such as child-centered play therapy , Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, to meet my clients where they are.
I work with children, teens, young adults, adults, and families to help restore equilibrium to their lives. With a healthy and positive therapeutic relationship, we will work together to explore patterns and find solutions. I have experience working with a range of neurodiversity in children, as well as helping those with learning differences. Parent coaching is one of my specialties, no matter the age of your child.
(510) 694-4368 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94618
Offers online therapy
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Amy Kelly
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
My orientation is psychodynamic with play therapy to understand what motivates children's behavior.
I am a licensed psychotherapist specializing in child and teen counseling. Families come to my practice feeling lost, worried and some at the recommendation of a school counselor, lawyer, friend or pediatrician. Many parents have read multiple books and tried various interventions at home or at school without success. This can feel frustrating and upsetting, although it is a motivating starting place. What these families all have in common is concern for a child who is struggling in some way and in need of a child counselor. I offer child counseling, family counseling, family mediation, reunification, and parent support.
(415) 524-0645 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94618
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Alison Hart Siggelkow
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I am also an expert in play therapy .
I offer humor, warmth and unconditional acceptance of whatever you bring into session. I've worked with many different issues across many different age groups including: depression, anxiety, existential and relationship issues and trauma. Many clients come in wanting to unpack their past- others need to focus on the present. I can meet you wherever you are and help you develop a healthy relationship to yourself and others. Children's psychological needs often represent themselves a little differently, but ultimately require the same safe space to explore, unpack and process.
(845) 250-6904 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94608
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Clare Trimbur
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
For children, play therapy can allow them to feel understood, and to imagine other ways of relating to the world with the help of gentle guidance.
Starting therapy can feel both exciting and a little scary--it's really important that you find the right fit for you, your teen, your child, or your family. Whether you're struggling with parenting, relationships, depression, anxiety, or family stress, psychotherapy can bring renewed hope and present unexpected solutions. Psychotherapy can also reduce feelings of depression and anxiety so that you can begin to reinvest in all that makes life meaningful again. Through a trusting therapeutic relationship, you may learn a great deal about yourself, allowing you to make changes in your life.
(510) 771-8011 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94618
Not accepting new clients
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Adriana N Taranta
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified
Play therapy helps children communicate and connect, understand and gain of control of situations and their emotions.
Are you concerned about your child’s behavior? Are you struggling to understand what is happening for your child? Are you finding parenting overwhelming? I work with children and parents to help them make meaning of life’s challenges and work with children and parents, both individually and together. I bring more than twenty years of experience providing therapy, consultation, and assessments with children and their families to my clinical practice. I have experience working with children and families around many issues including, loss, attachment, adoption, anxiety, depression, atypical development, learning differences and trauma.
(510) 661-3529 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
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Jamie Watkins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I provide individual psychotherapy, family therapy, and dyadic play therapy (between a parent and a child).
I believe that healing occurs in a safe space with a trusted other. People seek out therapy for different reasons and often these reasons are hard to talk about. Maybe you are wrestling with painful memories from your past, maybe you find it difficult to have satisfying relationships, maybe you are experiencing anxiety and depression, or, perhaps, you are having difficulty coping with a loss or connecting with your child. It can be quite helpful to explore these issues and trace back their roots; processing, exploring, and being curious about feelings and beliefs that may come up along the way.
(408) 916-1899 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94618
Offers online therapy
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Kai Lillie
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified
my focusing is on understanding the dynamics of each member, and how these dynamics create the cycles that play out within the system.
What brings you here? If you are scrolling through these pages, you are likely looking for support, either for yourself or someone you care about. While it is easier now to find psychological support, finding the right person to work with is as important as ever. While working with me you will be received in a warm, non-judgmental, and curiosity filled environment. While considering what brought you into therapy, we will reflect on the circumstances contributing to where you are today. Our focus will be on integrating what has been in order to develop into what can be.
(510) 990-9815 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94618
Offers online therapy
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Ben Morsa
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Therapy is a deeply personal experience and there are as many reasons to seek therapy as there are people who seek it. Perhaps you are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, or shame. You may have suffered traumas or losses and are wondering how these shape your thoughts, feelings and relationships. Maybe you simply have a sense that aspects of your life are not coming together in the ways you desire. Therapy is a space to explore these curiosities, to develop insight into your self, and, ultimately, to find greater fulfillment in your work, relationships, and play .
(510) 674-1235 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94609
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Sf Bay Play Therapy By Karen Wolfe Lmft
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
We train in play therapy , drama therapy, expressive arts, Hand in Hand Parenting, and Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (CBT).
We are a group of Marriage and Family Therapists with locations in San Francisco and Oakland. We offer individual, family, and in-class therapy, social skills groups, and consultation and trainings. Whether you are a child, parent, or teacher, we want to empower you to connect deeply with yourself and to help you create meaningful and satisfying relationships. Through the tools of play therapy , hand in hand parenting coaching, and relational psychotherapy we help children and adults reflect, build stronger bonds, and find the inner resources to create the family life you are longing for.
(415) 692-7910 
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North Oakland
Oakland, CA 94609
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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.

If you're looking for play therapy in North Oakland, Oakland or for a North Oakland, Oakland play therapist, these professionals provide play therapy, play therapy children, child play therapy, play therapy for children, sandplay therapy, family play therapy and group play therapy. They include play therapists, play psychologists, play psychotherapists and play counselors.