Play Therapy in Oakland, CA

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Raina A Lawler
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Some ways I work therapeutically with your child: Creating a safe space to be their authentic self, witnessing them express their deepest feelings, normalizing experiences and differences, using sand tray therapy and play therapy for creative expression, teaching breathwork for anxiety, and utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and depression.
It’s so hard to watch your child struggle with feeling different, lonely, and left out. And for parents it can be emotionally painful and confusing. You feel frustrated and helpless and don’t know how to help your child. Maybe your child feels left out socially, or part of their identity is different from their peers’. Maybe you have an adolescent who feels anxious and overwhelmed by social changes and physical changes in their body. Or your child’s mental health struggles leave them feeling alienated. Whatever the cause, you want your child to feel they belong, and your child wants to feel seen, heard, and connected to others.
(510) 694-6952 
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Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
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Dr. Amrita Mehta
Psychologist, PhD, MS
Verified
Our group practice, Savera Psychological Services has a team of skilled and compassionate clinicians who offer psychotherapy, evaluations, and educational consulting. Our therapists offer a diverse range of specialties, ranging from sensory/ play therapy for children, to individual and couples therapy in areas of depression, anxiety, trauma recovery, grief/loss, fertility/family building, life transitions, relationship challenges and school or work related pressures.
(925) 276-2548 
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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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Oakland, CA 94611
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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Oakland, CA 94618
Offers online therapy
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Iman Kanj
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
I utilize a combination of play , talk, and behavior therapy with children, adolescents, and families.
Seeking support requires plenty of courage, strength, and determination. Taking the first steps toward change can feel both invigorating and nerve-racking at the same time. I aim to create a warm, supportive, and non-judgmental space for you to share your life experiences. One of our most fundamental human needs is to form connections, and I strive to utilize our therapeutic relationship as a guide for growth and healing. As a partner in your personal journey, I hope to empower you to gain the valuable insight and practical skills essential for overcoming obstacles, achieving your goals, and living a well-balanced, self-fulfilled life.
(408) 560-4078 
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Oakland, CA 94606
Offers online therapy
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Abby Farnell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
I work primarily with children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges, and who are experiencing an overall decline in functioning. I have a particular clinical interest in young children and specialize in play therapy and in collaborating with caregivers around the immense challenges of raising children. I offer individual, family, and caregiver-child dyadic therapy, as well as coaching and support around behavior intervention for caregivers of young children.
(510) 900-5893 
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Oakland, CA 94618
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Jamie Briskin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I use a variety of techniques including play , sand tray, art and talk therapy.
Parenting is difficult especially when your child is suffering. For the past 10 years I have worked with children, adolescents and parents/caregivers who feel stuck, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Parents often reach out because their child is exhibiting anxiety, intense tantrums, negative self-talk, and chronic irritability. I provide a warm, nonjudgmental, and playful environment to deeply understand your child’s behavior. Together we will develop strategies that promote your child’s resilience, flexibility, and confidence. Even in the trickiest of parenting moments we will find clarity and develop practical strategies.
(510) 907-6216 
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Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
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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Oakland, CA 94611
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Erin Cary
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MSW
Verified
If you think we may be a fit and would like to explore the possibility of working together, or to learn more about play therapy for your child, please take the next step by giving me a call or email.
If you or your child is struggling, you may be experiencing the disappointment of unmet expectations or fear about the future. It is painful when things go off course, but the discomfort of what is not working can guide us toward a deeper understanding of ourselves and the parts of ourselves in need of attention, compassion and healing.
(510) 890-0825 
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Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
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Megan Van Vlack
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
I work with adults, parents, teenagers, and children who are interested in using their creativity, uniqueness, imagination, and capacity to play to overcome obstacles, heal, and deepen their understanding of their own minds.
(415) 914-9740 
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Oakland, CA 94606
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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Oakland, CA 94618
Offers online therapy
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Chris Stach
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PPS, MA
Verified
(I also incorporate art and play therapy for my younger clients).
The challenges of growing up in today's rapidly changing society are enormous. Children and adolescents need to be equipped with skills for survival and growth that were never before imagined. Some of the more common issues I help my young clients with include anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide ideation, perfectionism, self confidence, challenging peer relationships, social anxiety and difficult family dynamics. I also work with parents offering them guidance and support.
(510) 345-1726 
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Oakland, CA 94611
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Laura Frame
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PhD
Verified
I offer individual therapy for adults, infant/child-parent psychotherapy, play therapy , and parent guidance.
Growth, change and transformation happen in the context of crucial relationships in our lives. We also experience pain, loss, absence, fear, shame, and more within those relationships – as children and as adults. Our life experiences, intertwined with our cultural background and unique neurobiology, lead us to become who we are, but may not lead us to become who we want to be. Psychotherapy offers an opportunity to create lives and relationships that are more satisfying and in which we feel more alive.
(510) 399-2147 
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Oakland, CA 94607
Offers online therapy
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Karen Pernet
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD, RPT-S
Verified
When treating families with children from 3 to 12, I may suggest Filial Therapy, a highly effective combination of play and family therapy.
When individuals, couples, families or children make the difficult decision to come to therapy they are usually feeling stuck and often scared. Each of us has our own strength and wisdom which we don't see when we are troubled. My goal is for us to work together to rediscover those qualities. I use a cattail plant as a symbol of how I see therapy. Why? Cattails are found stuck in a marsh and often regarded as weeds. But when looked at carefully they are graceful and strong. Let me help you find your strength and grace.
(925) 695-7986 
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Oakland, CA 94602
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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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Oakland, CA 94609
Offers online therapy
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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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Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
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Priscilla Aguirre
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Therapeutic modalities that may be used in therapy are traditional talk therapy, expressive arts, somatic therapies, play therapy , breathwork and mindfulness.
Wherever you are at on your healing journey, I am thankful that you showed up for yourself today. Trauma, stress and anxiety may be impacting your ability to create the healing spaces that feel most desirable. While looking deeper into the intersectionality of identity and your physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing, we will venture alongside one another to support you in rediscovering, reconnecting and embracing your true self. As a therapist of color, I understand the importance of welcoming the whole & authentic self into the therapeutic setting.
(510) 272-7109 
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Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
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Lauren Magaña
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
My therapy style is warm, interactive and engaged. I use an integrative approach to treatment, combining a number of modalities which include Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving, Mindfulness, Play & Expressive Art Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. My intention is to support curiosity, connection and lasting change with our work together.
(510) 319-2027 
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Oakland, CA 94601
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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Oakland, CA 94618
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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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Oakland, CA 94611
Offers online therapy


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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 Oakland or for an 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.