Play Therapy in Rose Garden, San Jose, CA

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Greg Sutton
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, MEd
Verified
Verified
While with adults talk therapy is the vehicle for communication and change, with children play therapy is my primary vehicle to help children communicate and connect.
In this time of crisis, perhaps you, like so many, are experiencing increased anxiety and/or depression, or are experiencing strained relationships. Or perhaps old dysfunctional coping habits have worsened under the current strain. Whatever you are dealing with, I will guide you through a process that will lead to more emotional control, more connectedness and more self compassion. I do follow the tenet that "life must be understood backwards, but lived forwards" (Soren Kierkegaard). We will work with current issues with the focus on improved well being, but will examine past patterns to help guide our work forward.
(408) 837-7959
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Rose Garden
San Jose, CA 95126
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Kara Starkey
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Verified
Change can be difficult -- Allow me to help you succeed on your journey! Throughout my years of experience, I've found great joy and satisfaction in helping children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I work with children treating for phobias, unhappiness, divorce, grief, separation issues, abuse, neglect, poor self-esteem, and problems adjusting to life transitions. I use a combination of play therapy , art therapy, and talk therapy, as appropriate per the child's developmental level.
(408) 759-5147
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San Jose, CA 95126
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Michael Angelo Donato
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I work well with children, adolescents, and families utilizing play therapy , art therapy, and talk therapy to assist them in overcoming the adverse effects of anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, social problems, low self-esteem, divorce, and loss and grief. I work closely with parents to help strengthen child/adolescent-parent bonds, to assist parents struggling to cope with child/adolescent developmental issues, to assist parents better understand their child who is struggling with emotional and social difficulties, to assist divorced parents in learning how to effectively navigate co-parenting issues, and to assist parents in providing a warm, nurturing, and respectful environment for their child.
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Janet Huh
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MS
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Are you feeling "stuck" in your life right now? Do you notice recurring dysfunctional patterns in your life that you'd like to stop? Is it impacting your work, social, and/or academic life? Are your relationships being impacted by Covid 19?
(831) 531-4226
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Rose Garden
San Jose, CA 95101
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Lisa Torres
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I work with youth, individuals, families, couples, and groups to support them through difficult emotions and transitions. With compassion and understanding I work to build upon your strengths and natural resources.
(408) 351-7839
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Rose Garden
San Jose, CA 95126
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Cynthia Ryan Francis
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Are you dealing with relationship challenges, a transition, such as a death or divorce that is impacting you or your children? Or, have a child who is struggling with depression, anxiety, anger, difficulties at school, or is defiant? If so, I can provide help and support for you. I have enjoyed working in Psychiatry for Kaiser Permanente 21 years seeing children and teens ages 2 - 18 and their parents, performing individual, group and family therapy. Additionally I have maintained a private practice working primarily with Adults.
(408) 404-5409
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Rose Garden
San Jose, CA 95126
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Lana Shatil
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Verified
Verified
If you stay awake at night with troubling thoughts, feel lonely even when in a relationship, and use distractions of substances, media, sex, or work, I invite you to take ownership of your life. Relational issues in private or professional life, parenting, career decisions, unpleasant symptoms of depression or anxiety, moods preventing enjoyment of life, identity concerns, and problematic behavior patterns are all welcome here as they are our guideposts for exploration. I believe in a holistic approach to healing with the mind, heart, body, and spirit integrated.
(408) 351-8078
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Rose Garden
San Jose, CA 95126
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Mitra Taheri
Marriage & Family Therapist, EdS
Verified
Verified
My goal as a mental health clinician, specialized in marriage and family therapy is to create a supportive enviroment in which my clients can explore their emotional needs and overcome barriers that limit their full potential. I have a significant amount of experience in providing individual, couple and family therapy. My work experience as the mental health clinician taught me how to understand the special needs of children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.
(408) 514-5146
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Rose Garden
San Jose, CA 95126
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Melissa Courter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Whether you're experiencing depression, anxiety, trouble in family life or close relationships, know that you're not alone. Life's troubles don't have to be permanent and change is possible. These struggles can be overwhelming and keep us from accessing our inner strength and power. My approach to the therapeutic process is grounded in the connectedness I build with my clients. It is based on my client's needs and in my capacity for genuineness, acceptance, caring, and deep understanding of your unique life experience.
(510) 250-3652
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San Jose, CA 95126
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Andrew Aguilar Maldonado
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Whether you're here for yourself, a family member, or a friend... welcome! If you'd like to skip reading and give me a call or email, I will be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. If you'd like to read more about the foundation in which I work please continue. For many of us life can be complicated, and at all ages in our lives we are faced with tough times that we have to overcome. We all follow a unique path to find solutions for our difficulties. Sometimes, along that path, we find that we need support, to help us reach the level of functioning and happiness that we desire.
(562) 374-7080
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Samantha Kountz-Edwards
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Many people experience anxiety or sadness at some point in their life. Sometimes these feelings are related to a big change, a new stressor, or a longstanding challenge that has left you feeling overwhelmed and stuck. Regardless of what's going on in your life, my goal is to help you better confront, cope with, and recover from difficulties, so that you can live a more fulfilling life. I understand that the idea of therapy can seem intimidating. I see your decision to engage in treatment as a true testament to your strength.
(415) 949-2466
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Christina Altemueller
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Santa Clara, CA. I provided services to children, teens, and families. I offers support with behavioral concerns, anger, anxiety, depression, and parenting.
(408) 688-9179
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San Jose, CA 95126
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Yookyung Kwon
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Are you suffering emotionally? Are you having trouble functioning at work or in your relationships? My goal is to understand what you are struggling with and together, over time, we will figure out what you need and how you can be better. I will strive to help you navigate your challenges with emotional poise. I hope that you will be able to make positive changes to your life as result of the therapy process.
(650) 469-8396
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San Jose, CA 95126
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Stephanie Antoni
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
Identifying what lies beneath our behaviors, thoughts, and feelings can reveal both our source of pain and the key to our highest potential. By uncovering our core wounds, our inner dialogues, the stories we tell ourselves, and the energies we have carried with us possibly since birth, we can access healing, growth, happiness and joy. In families, these core issues create family dynamics that can cloud satisfaction and positive feelings. I find that our behaviors that seem maladaptive are simply ways we have learned to get our needs met and survive in a complicated world.
(408) 805-3267
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Stacey Pinneke
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC, NCC
Verified
Verified
Therapy is essential to healing from crisis-related trauma, however it does not always have to be crisis responsive. You may want to change self-defeating behaviors or develop or improve your sense of purpose. While the influence of life experience from infancy through adulthood is undeniable, I specialize in using person-centered therapy that focuses on the present with strengths-based, solutions-oriented emphasis and holistic and mindfulness practices that nurture self- awareness.
(408) 418-2593
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Angelica Yinling Sun
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you or your child struggling with anxiety, low self-esteem, or emotional pain? Do you and your spouse fight all the time or have difficulty communicating? Do you feel like you are stuck, getting left-behind, or just not "good enough"? In therapy we will build on your strengths, helping you or your child gain confidence, self-compassion, and self-acceptance. You can learn to better express your needs to your spouse and to yourself. You can gain coping skills for managing difficult emotions and for more effective parenting. In couples therapy you will learn to create a more nurturing relationship. I am looking forward to helping!
(323) 576-7141
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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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San Jose, CA 95126
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Hannah Ly - Play Therapist for Children and Teens
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a child therapist that specializes in helping children with anxiety and trauma heal and grow. As a play therapist, I walk alongside your child in expressing their needs and working through their issues. I provide additional parenting support by inviting you as the parent to participate in your child's growth and healing by offering parenting skills, coaching, and parent-counseling integration.
(510) 422-0185
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San Jose, CA 95128
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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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San Jose, CA 95126
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Constantine Kazos
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I utilizes treatment modalities such as: CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solutions Focused, Play Therapy , Mindfulness, Object Relations.
"I enjoy facilitating individual healing and growth for individuals, couples and families in order to find a path to thrive through difficult life transitions and stressful times."
(650) 284-2064
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San Jose, CA 95117
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Play Therapy

Who is play therapy for?

Play therapy is generally targeted to children between the ages of 3 and 11 who have social, emotional, or behavioral difficulties. Play therapy has also been found helpful for children who have experienced physical or emotional abuse or witnessed atrocities. Play therapy is also often recommended for children who are undergoing major medical procedures or who are suffering from chronic illness; many children’s hospitals are equipped to offer play therapy on-site. Play therapy is also sometimes used for adults; creative writing, music, and art are expressive forms that can all be adapted for therapeutic purposes.

Why do people need play therapy?

Children often do not have the language skills or words to know or to express what is troubling them. Yet they often spontaneously draw or use playthings to depict scenarios that reflect problems in their everyday life. Play therapy provides children with an array of objects and play situations to act out their feelings or experiences so that therapists can get a clear picture of what children might be struggling with and help them find solutions. In addition, play therapists are skilled at helping children understand their inner experience and find words for them, necessary steps toward helping children learn to control their own behavior and come up with solutions to problems they encounter.

What happens in play therapy?

A child enters a comfortable playroom where they are free to choose the objects they want to play with. The play therapist will typically observe how they play with the toys—whether a sandbox, puppets, dolls and action figures, trucks, costumes, drawing and painting materials, or more—because such play provides clues to a child’s family and social relationships, difficulties they are encountering in the world, and what going on inside themselves. Sometimes the therapist may ask the child to use the play objects to tell a story about their family. Using the same instruments of play, therapists can help children discover more advantageous ways of thinking and behaving.

What kinds of problems do play therapists treat?

Play therapy can help children who display destructive or self-destructive impulses; children who seem angry, sad, or fearful; children who experience frequent social, emotional, family, or school difficulty. Play therapy is often of value to children who have experienced a loss or distressing family experience, who are regularly exposed to family conflict, or who have been physically or emotionally abused. Play therapy can help children who are perpetrators of bullying as well as those who are targets of bullying. It helps children learn to identify their feelings, to express them in constructive ways, and to regulate them so they can get on with the business of development.

How long does play therapy last?

Play therapy sessions may last for 30 to 45 minutes, and they usually occur weekly for about 20 sessions. Each session is tailored to the individual child and the kinds of problems they are struggling with. Play that is highly repetitive often indicates a problem requiring further exploration. Therapists typically measure progress through session-to-session changes in play behavior.