Play Therapy in Downtown, San Jose, CA

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Toni Ratzburg
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
When possible, I love to use play , sensory based experiences, and art in my work.
I believe children and teens can learn, grow, and thrive when they have coping skills, feel empowered, and practice self-care. My goal is to encourage youth to learn who they are and how to advocate for their unique needs. I specialize in working with neurodiverse, gifted and twice-exceptional (2e) youth and their families. I encourage youth to use their strengths and interests in order to grow, heal, and cope. Building self-awareness, such as understanding their own sensory processing and asynchronous development, is an important part of my work with youth.
(408) 583-5331 x11
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95126
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Lillian Goldbard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, IFECMH , RP
Verified
Verified
I offer individual, dyadic, play therapy or family therapy.
You might be seeking help because you feel stuck in your relationships, with your family or with your child. The stories of our lives are powerful and can shape our reality. You might be holding stories and pain about yourself, your family, the world, or your child that are interfering with a present focus and ability to face current challenges. Together we can champion your innate healing capacity in a safe, emphatic, and attached, therapeutic relationship. Therapeutic support can help you recover your true sense of self as an individual or a parent, can heal family wounds, and help you find a renewed zest for life.
(408) 351-9939
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95126
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Roberta M Faust
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
Verified
If you or your child is struggling with depression, social relationships or having trouble coping with other difficulties life has thrown at you it is time to ask for help. You can get comfort and learn the skills to cope with anxiety, grief, social fears etc. Talking to a therapist can be the first step towards a more joyful and satisfying life. I work with children, teens, and adults, couples, and families. Child therapy sessions involve play therapy and the use of creative art materials. Sometimes just having someone to listen can make all the difference.
(408) 681-8696
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95126
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Lois Miller
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
It is my hope to witness people overcoming their struggles through multiple therapeutic modalities like Experiential, Narrative, Play Therapy and Body Awareness.
Now we, as a community, are moving into a new phase of living. I want to use Zoom and my training to help my clients find their peace and strength to survive these trying and stressful times. My ideal client is someone who wants to explore their “negative” stories about themselves; explore your anxiety or find clarity of what they want in romantic relationships. I am also available to meet in-person. As an employee at Process Therapy Institute, I have access to many compassionate and wise therapists to share their wisdom.
(408) 583-5072
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95126
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Cottage Play Therapy, Wendy Aoki, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MACP, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Are you struggling with your child? Are their behavior issues becoming worse after a life event, such as separation, divorce or loss? Are you worried about your child's health and future ability to have a successful life? Parents, you have support! I provide both individual play therapy and filial (parent-child) play therapy . I also offer parent coaching so that you can 'keep your cool' during behavioral outbursts and determine a better path forward. I invite you to contact me and we can talk through what is happening now, work together on your current situation and develop a plan for longer term improvement. Life can be better!
(408) 351-6737
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95126
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Maureen Ross
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified
Verified
I am trained in expressive arts, play therapy , compassion-focused therapy, trauma, loss and grieving.
Writer John O'Donohue defines my view of being a therapist: "This is what therapy is about: helping people retrieve what has been lost to them, wakening and bringing home their fundamental wholesomeness.. Therapists are like poets: they draw on the power of words in the profoundly creative work of bringing people fully alive to themselves, awakening in them the human capacity for divine imagination that ‘dreams our completion’.”
(408) 457-8960
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95126
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Michelle Powers
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCC
Verified
Verified
As an eclectic therapist utilizing a combination of cognitive, behavioral and play therapy approaches, I assist clients in discovering and developing resources within themselves and their community. By walking alongside clients, together we are able to identify, confront, and make life changes in your journey of life. My counseling experience includes individual, couples, family, and group counseling of all age groups.
(844) 935-2888
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95113
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Carolina Sang
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
I am a big picture thinker, and someone who likes to work outside of the box by using experiments, role- play , and games to help you learn new relationship skills in a hands-on and engaging way.
Are you finding it difficult to express your needs with someone in your life? Are you concerned that you and your loved one keep misunderstanding each other due to differences in cultural or gendered communication styles? Maybe you're going through a life transition that's adding to your stress levels, and leaving you both feeling in the dark about how to give and receive support? Or perhaps you are happy in your partnership, but are eager to grow together and deepen your bond even further? I can shine a light on those areas of difficulty for you both that remain obscured from view, and illuminate a new way forward.
(408) 583-5437
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95126
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Rachel Faas
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Verified
Healing can also be done through paint, clay, play , collage, sand, and paper.
Does life feel way too hard right now? At times, our self-esteem can feel like it is in the trash. We can struggle to find meaning and a sense of direction in life. Our challenges can be pools of resources to learn and grow by. It's possible to cut out the unnecessary suffering and have more time and energy for what we want in life, by regulating our emotions and defining our values. Through art and talk therapy, you can learn to understand and appreciate yourself more, and adjust your attitudes and actions to be most useful for you.
(408) 539-2563
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95126
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Angelita M. Pabros
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My modalities are Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Psychoanalytic Therapy, which involves using the following techniques: art therapy, play therapy , sand tray, role play , and client centered.
Life is a challenge and may be overwhelming at times for you as you are suffering from depression. Even the brave step in finding emotional support through therapy may be difficult to initiate for some people. My goal is to assist clients in helping them understand that there is a process of recovery of depression and to raise their awareness that they are not alone.
(650) 667-7872
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95126
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Karen Yvonne Taylor
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
I utilize a number of therapeutic techniques including cognitive behavioral, family systems, evidence based, solution focused, and play therapy for young children.
My practice is currently full. I am not able to take any new clients at this time. I will change this message when I am able to take clients again. All the best in your search. Take care, Karen Yvonne Taylor Is there something happening in your life that's not working for you? Are you feeling depressed, anxious or stressed? Are you having difficulty with your children, new baby, family, or job? I want to let you know that counseling can make things better. You don't have to live with feelings, thoughts and situations that bring you unhappiness. My job is to help you to lead a happier, less stressful and more productive life.
(408) 455-8220
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95110
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Michael J Abrams
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Working with young children, I use play therapy , sand tray & art therapy.
Saturdays appointments available! I am a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in working with children, adolescents, and families. In addition, I work with individual adults, couples, and co-parenting. I provide a safe, calm, friendly, empathetic & down to earth environment for my clients. I have extensive experience and specialize in working with young children through adolescents and their families around issues related to social, behavioral, interpersonal and academic concerns. Throughout my career, I have provided supervision to other professionals in all aspects of providing psychotherapy for children and adolescents; from case conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment.
(818) 938-1155
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95110
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Yes To Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Therapists at Yes To Therapy offer many different specialties, including treating trauma (Brainspotting, IFS, and EMDR), couples (Gottman and EFT), art therapy, play therapy , CBT, DBT, and many more modalities.
At Yes To Therapy, we provide therapeutic services to a wide variety of ages, genders, cultures, and populations. We pride ourselves on creating a warm, welcoming environment for each and every client who walks through our doors. We have therapists that reflect an array of different genders, ethnic backgrounds, and specialties, as we aim to meet the needs of our clients and match each person with a therapist that truly feels like the right fit.
(408) 676-3309
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95113
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Andra Soto
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
The language of children is play ; so play is an integral part of child therapy sessions.
When you begin to recognize that your enjoyment of your child seems to be decreasing while feelings of being stuck, stressed, or overwhelmed are increasing, early childhood mental health services can be an effective tool to get things back on track. Healthy parent/child relationships reflect secure attachment, responsive attunement, and mutual enjoyment. But many things can interrupt that process, even typical things like the birth of a sibling or starting school. These experiences can contribute to challenging behaviors in children that are difficult to handle. Therapy can help to restore connection and understanding.
(512) 229-9328
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95101
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Mayra Santamaria
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
In childhood, our outside shapes the inside, and in adulthood the inside shapes the outside. -Chip Judd I believe that who we are today is shaped by the experiences and relationships we had growing up. Through relationships we can become aware of our own strengths as well as our brokenness from past hurts, hiccups, and hang ups and discover that a part of us yearns to be heard, revealed, and healed.
(408) 676-5182
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95126
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Misty Batch, LMFT, Telehealth Services Available
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, PPS
Verified
Verified
I see children, individuals, and couples dealing with a broad range of issues such as personal growth struggles in adulthood, marital/relationship discord, behavioral challenges in children/adolescents, parenting/discipline issues, stress, depression, and anxiety. I am clinically trained to work with victims of crime around trauma as well as to facilitate The Work of Byron Katie.
(408) 659-8174
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95126
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Mariya Katrina Punay
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, MFT, PCC
Verified
Verified
Welcoming you as a whole person in being yourself. I work with people who are in career transitions, recovering type-A personalities, and high-performance people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, trauma and stressor-related experiences, and many forms of transformative life experiences. I also work w/ multicultural issues including third-culture, diverse international culture, and military/veterans/expats. I specialize working with individuals, couples/partners, and families who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, life transitions, and challenges with relationships at home & work.
(408) 418-2379
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95126
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Laura Romero
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I am an LMFT, mother of two, first generation college graduate, Senior Leader at a community-based MHO and coffee enthusiast. I was raised by a single mother and an army of strong Latinas, along with the opinions and judgments of a traditional Mexican household. I've had my share of generational trauma and the struggles that come with navigating a culture you are being measured against that clashes with the one you are being raised in. I am not new to being 'the first' and find that this has become somewhat of a superpower and motivating force in my life.
(408) 539-2827
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95126
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Gayathri Ram Mohan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA , LCSW
Verified
Verified
Welcome to Whole Hearted Therapy ! Some life experiences create open wounds that can have a paralyzing impact in the way we see the world, interact or make meaning of it. Does this lead you to shy away from intimate relationships and struggle with boundaries with friends and family ? I provide a safe and compassionate space where you can be fully seen and heard, explore with curiosity and support you in your journey to well being. I am EMDR trained clinician and bring a trauma informed approach to my practice.
(408) 412-9891
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Downtown
San Jose, CA 95126
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Christine Cain
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
Ease, change and joy are accessible. I know you can emerge from distress. I have seen radical growth-- again and again. My therapeutic approach is designed for each person's individual internal world. I design each session using a variety of active and engaged interventions, like EMDR, IFS, and Process. We work to uncover the hurt parts that have taken over your life. The “stuck-ness” seems to dissipate. In an atmosphere of love and total acceptance, I use proven interventions to bring awareness and internal movement.
(408) 351-0786
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San Jose, CA 95126
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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.