Play Therapy in San Francisco, CA

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Spark All Wellness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified
We combine several therapeutic evidenced based techniques and approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR, Play Therapy and more.
Christine is a licensed clinical social worker & owner of Spark All Wellness. She is a certified EMDR Therapist and specializes in working with women and children. Currently, she is expanding the practice to offer mindfulness groups for new mamas out there who may be struggling or need help mindfully navigating all the ups & downs of motherhood during covid. If you are a mama who needs some help for your little ones or just need a little help yourself, let's spark a connection!
(831) 264-1323 
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San Francisco, CA 94115
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
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Jo Sopko
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, RDT
Verified
* ADULTS: I work with issues of loss, stress, anxiety, depression, abuse, sex addiction, spiritual guidance, and developmental life changes.* CHILDREN: I invite their stories that may be troubled due to emotional and academic issues. Through play , art and sand tray, I address issues of divorce, traumatic losses, abuse, adoption, bullying and low self esteem that may be affecting your children. * COUPLES: My passion is to help the couple find a yet unknown way to a compassionate, loving, open communicative relationship; to become vulnerable to the pain and wounds of each other's soul.
(415) 799-4143 
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San Francisco, CA 94110
Offers online therapy
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Suzanne Young
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
When working with children, I mainly use child-centered play therapy .
I work with individual adults who are struggling with feelings of worry, self-doubt, disconnection, or stagnation in their relationships and/or other aspects of their life. I work with children who have difficulty processing big emotions as well as with their caretakers to develop new ways of communicating with one another.
(415) 475-8770 
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San Francisco, CA 94115
Offers online therapy
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Ashley Boyer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
I gravitate towards Mindfulness and Art and play -based interventions.
Hi, I am a San Francisco Bay Area Child Psychologist. I specialize in anxiety and other related concerns such as perfectionism and difficult life adjustments. In my practice, I focus on the relationship and making you and your child feel comfortable through developmentally appropriate interventions. I want to help you work through your worries and achieve your best life.
(628) 228-6535 
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San Francisco, CA 94122
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
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Audrey Martin, Psychotherapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
I am an experienced psychotherapist with offices in both San Francisco and Berkeley. I provide therapy for adults and adolescents as my primary focus. I meet with individuals, couples, and families to help them overcome areas of emotional and relational difficulties. I have an active, open way of working and am curious, engaged, honest, and direct. I take people's need for change very seriously, and am an advocate for finding ways to help people live with greater depth, satisfaction, and choice. While this can involve diligence, resilience, and perseverance, play and creativity are also integral in the process.
(415) 360-6323 
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San Francisco, CA 94117
Offers online therapy
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Marissa Cotter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I provide relational somatic therapy for adults, kids & teens. Therapy with me is integrative, including woven layers of modalities designed with your specific needs in mind. Our work is a collaboration with your mind, body, and soul. Non-judgement. Warmth. Active conversations and appropriate humor. Integrative therapy works successfully to treat mental health issues, emotional distress, and trauma triggers, and is great for kids/teens through art-therapy, body-awareness, and non-directive play . Psychotherapy, to me, is personal, political, & social. It takes courage, strength, and hope to live into who you really are.
(628) 888-6059 
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San Francisco, CA 94110
Offers online therapy
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Heather Ann Findlay
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
**My Practice is Currently Full ** You've done a brave thing by reaching out for help with your child. I use an effective combination of talk, play , and EMDR -- a powerful technique for healing trauma -- to alleviate children's anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues such as tantrums and bedwetting. Whether your child is struggling with their parents' separation or divorce, birth or medical trauma, witnessing domestic strife or violence, even physical or sexual abuse, I can help.
(415) 712-2569 
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San Francisco, CA 94102
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Kristin Fiorella
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, MFT
Verified
I also see children ages 4 and older in play therapy .
I am a psychoanalyst in private practice in San Francisco. In addition to my clinical work with patients, I also offer consultation for other clinicians and teach and supervise with various psychoanalytic sites in the Bay Area. My writing about the intersection between Buddhism and psychoanalysis has received awards from NCSPP, a local psychoanalytic organization, and APsaA, a national one. I can help guide you in the process of more clearly seeing and navigating your emotional landscape - why you might be prone to anger or worry, why accomplishments feel fleeting, or why things aren't working as you'd like interpersonally.
(415) 212-5942 
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San Francisco, CA 94115
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Meryl Leavitt
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
In our work together I will use the therapeutic relationship as a window for change as well as using cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, play , and expressive art therapy techniques.
My passion and specialization is working with children and their families, which I have experience with in both school and private practice settings. Do you have children who are bullied at school or are the bully? Do you have children who are failing their classes or seem uncharacteristically anxious or depressed? Are you going through a separation with your partner and wonder how it is affecting your children? If you are, I can help. Other prevelent issues in my work with both adults and children include: grief and loss, substance abuse, anger management, family reunification, divorce, and romantic relationships.
(415) 868-5901 
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San Francisco, CA 94122
Offers online therapy
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Berkeley Therapy Institute in SF
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
The clinicians in the institute's SF office consist of licensed psychologists and post-doctoral candidate. We specialize in depth psychologies, using a combination of psychodynamic, relational, humanistic, multicultural and, in the case of children, play therapy approaches. We believe that each individual, couple or family brings with them their unique experiences and philosophies and we prefer to collaborate with our clients to provide a therapy experience that is more personal and effective.
(415) 594-4876 x1178 
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San Francisco, CA 94123
Not accepting new clients
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Svenson Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
We'll build enough safety in our relationship for you to share what hurts, at your pace (children do this best through their play ).
If you've struggled with trauma or dissociation, you might feel very alone. When the world feels like too much & people can feel unsafe, it's hard to share what's inside. Especially if your inner world feels like too much too. On top of that, if it's chaotic, scary, or numb inside, figuring out who you are, what you want, & what's safe might get confusing. It's painful to feel unsure what you need & how to get it! I see it as my job to help you sort through & make sense of the conflict & overwhelm inside, access your strengths, & develop safe ways to relate to what's inside & what's outside, so things feel more stable & connected.
(628) 227-6135 
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San Francisco, CA 94118
Offers online therapy
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Caroline Siu
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
In supporting children, teens, and their families with emotional and behavioral challenges, I utilize a combination of Play Therapy , Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Parent Coaching interventions.
Are you a parent looking for support for your child, family, or maybe you? I have experience working with children, teens, and families in Community and School-Based settings. I specialize in working with individuals who have experienced trauma and who also may be experiencing a range of additional presenting concerns or diagnoses, such as ADHD, PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, family or other relational challenges.
(415) 941-5937 
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San Francisco, CA 94115
Offers online therapy
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Honeycomb Wellness Group
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Our therapists have a variety of helpful certifications including and not limited to play therapy , parent child interactive therapy, EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems, psychodynamic.
We believe that the value of your health goes beyond just your physical health. Emotional, psychological and social health are important in creating overall health and well being. It is our goal at Honeycomb Group to help you become the person, couple or family you want to be, and uncover your full potential.
(415) 338-9366 
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San Francisco, CA 94102
Offers online therapy
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Ali Gunsberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MA
Verified
I specialize in providing play therapy , psychodynamic therapy, behavioral modification and/or cognitive behavioral therapy for children, teens and families.
One of the most difficult aspects of being a parent is seeing your child in pain and feeling like there is nothing that you can do to help. Whether they feel the pain of depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, divorce or social and academic pressure, my expertise is in helping children connect with their inner strength and confidence. I support families in developing the communication skills necessary to allow children to grow and move forward in healthy ways. I believe all children are unique, and my goal is to help bring out the best in your child.
(415) 295-4664 
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San Francisco, CA 94114
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Brooke Barnett
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
In my private practice I see adults for individual therapy, children in play therapy and/or child-parent therapy.
Through compassion, humor, and gentle challenge, I create a supportive environment to help people overcome temporary setbacks, heal old wounds, and change dysfunctional family patterns. My areas of expertise include anxiety, interpersonal trauma, life transitions for young adults, and issues related to parenting, and disruptions in early attachment.
(415) 423-1107 
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San Francisco, CA 94118
Offers online therapy
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Alecia Singer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
This will allow you to access more fulfilling relationships, work, play and relaxation.
Do you believe that happiness is not possible unless you obtain a certain body size, relationship or job and are on a constant quest for perfectionism? You may find yourself turning to addiction, chaotic relationships, disordered eating, your inner critic and negative body image to find relief from anxiety, stress or trauma. This is understandable, but there is another way... Imagine creating a compassionate relationship with yourself based on accepting your body as a source of wisdom, connecting you to your feelings, authenticity, creativity and life force.
(415) 660-9464 
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San Francisco, CA 94115
Offers online therapy
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Carolyn Day
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
Using play and expressive arts can be a safe, and often fun, way for children to communicate and process uncomfortable and difficult feelings.
Sometimes it can be difficult to sort out all our feelings, especially when things are messy, confusing, and overwhelming. It is my belief that everyone can benefit from counseling to process the feelings that come with human experience. At the foundation of my practice is forming a strong therapeutic relationship with you. I believe the quality of our relationship is the basis of what can lead to healing. Gaining greater insight into yourself can help you carry out how you want to be in the world.
(415) 594-4696 
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San Francisco, CA 94123
Offers online therapy
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Mizi Samuels-Waithe @ Wellspace
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
I’m honored to witness people reflect, play , ask themselves the hard questions, and go along with them on their mental health journeys.
The world can often leave us feeling unseen or prompt us to hide parts of ourselves to “fit in.” I’ve noticed this as a person with multiple marginalized identities and I see it within my clients who are part of those communities. We can work together to explore and experiment with how you want to show up. With time, getting to a place that feels genuine and fulfilling.
(628) 230-4041 
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San Francisco, CA 94102
Offers online therapy
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Charles Brinamen
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist (0-5yrs) Mentor, I offer child-parent, play , and family therapies.
My work is relationally based. I believe that development throughout our lives is formed through our relationships. The therapeutic relationship we share will be an important factor in understanding, improving, establishing, and responding to those relationships. Even when things are particularly tough or uncomfortable, creating and tolerating change can be daunting. It’s easy for individuals and families to get stuck in old patterns that no longer meet their needs. We’ll look at those patterns: how they developed, how they affect you, and how to take steps toward freeing you and your family.
(415) 237-4412 
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San Francisco, CA 94103
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Colin Holtzinger
Registered Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified
I do play therapy in-person and help co-parents cooperate and communicate.
Most people come to see me because they are experiencing some sort of distress that they want help with. What they come to discover is that therapy can be about so much more than relieving pain. I facilitate a process of reflection and self-discovery that can help you connect to your inner creativity and capacity to grow. I focus on helping you expand your relationships, your ability to love and receive love. And together we search for your sense of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment in life.
(415) 319-8648 
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San Francisco, CA 94114
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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 San Francisco or for a San Francisco 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.