Play Therapy in San Francisco, CA

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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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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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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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Anne Diedrich
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified
MBCT is an innovative, clinically proven treatment that encourages patients to play an active role in preventing the return of depression by integrating elements of mindfulness-based meditative practice with cognitive therapy.
I trust that people come to therapy seeking a more authentic happiness; and I work as best as I can to help clients let go of concepts and mistaken views of themselves that have led to more pain and confusion. I work with individuals, couples, children and families, bringing warmth and understanding to the relationships and life problems that surround us. Sometimes the first call is the most difficult. I am often available to speak briefly or will return your call as soon as possible, making the next steps and new perspectives possible.
(415) 944-3945 
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San Francisco, CA 94107
Not accepting 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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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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Livia Ondi
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I encourage healing through play , movement, creating new narratives and strengthening secure attachment between you and your child.
Are you tired of the power struggles with your toddler or preschooler? Are you navigating life changing events with your child, such as loss, divorce, adoption, moving, traumatic accidents or events? Does your little one have challenges in life with special needs and developmental delays? One of the hardest part of parenting is seeing your child being in pain and feeling like there is nothing you can do to help. I support families with young children to transform what seems like daily survival struggles into thriving in life and in relationships.
(415) 855-7682 
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San Francisco, CA 94118
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Elvira Kitrar
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
I employ a variety of techniques ranging from standard psychotherapy to art therapy, sand play , relaxation and guided visualization.
My approach to psychotherapy is holistic. I not only treat the "tip of the iceberg" problems, but also address the deeper, "bottom of the ocean," issues. I treat the whole person and honor the mind-body-spirit connections, taking into account the client's cultural, religious and ethnic background, ancestry, race and immigration history. I recognize the complexity of each person's history and circumstances and employ a wide variety of techniques to guide my clients in their self-discovery.
(415) 534-9620 
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San Francisco, CA 94109
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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Mizami (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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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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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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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
Offers online therapy
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Robin Fragner
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
I believe in the transformational power of play and creativity for children, especially in the context of a warm, confidential relationship with a caring therapist. I understand that behavioral change is both skill based and relational. I have over thirty years of experience working only with children and adolescents in individual therapy. Thus I bring to my work a lifetime of professional experience understanding the developmental and attachment needs of children, a background of work in childhood trauma, anxiety symptoms and the special considerations required in helping children and parents navigate divorce.
(415) 980-3213 
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San Francisco, CA 94146
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
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Svenson Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LICSW
Verified
Whatever they're going through, we'll think through together what's happening for your child, & your child & I will use the language of play to help them understand & express their feelings & experiences.
If you or your child struggle 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. If it's also chaotic, scary, or numb inside, figuring out who you are, what you want, & what's safe can get confusing. It's hard to feel unsure what you need & how to get it! I see it as my job to help you or you & your child sort through & make sense of the conflict & overwhelm, access strengths, & develop safe ways to relate to what's inside & what's outside, so you feel more stable & connected.
(628) 227-6135 
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San Francisco, CA 94118
Offers online therapy
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Emelia Haiken
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I use Play Therapy , including Art Therapy, because play is the emotional language of children, and emotional distress leads to behavioral issues.
When emotional pain feels too much, it can also feel hopeless. Sometimes we hide that pain—turn into work & other distractions—or other times no matter the effort to hide it, it comes seeping out where we least desire it. I believe we can address your struggles & pain, as well as explore your past experiences to help heal the parts of you that have been hurt, abused or mistreated. Amongst my specialties on the right, I focus on working with survivors of sexual abuse to provide a safe space to explore troubling experiences. Sexual abuse can disrupt the ability to trust oneself and others but together we can help you regain freedom.
(415) 329-6954 
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San Francisco, CA 94115
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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Dr. Katina Kay Kostoulas, Ph.D.
Psychologist, PhD
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. I work best with children and adolescents and their parents in a play therapy venue for yourger children and use art, drama, video games, with adolescents. I also do parent education. With Adults seeking a full psychoanalysis, I work 4 to 5 days using the couch. For adults wishing indiviual treatment. I work one on one face to face one to three times a week depending on need. Dream interpretation, working with transference/countertransference and relational issues.
(628) 228-6219 
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San Francisco, CA 94121
Offers online therapy
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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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