Play Therapy in San Mateo, CA

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Laurie Ruth Weiss
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
With children I use a combination of play , talk, and behavioral therapy.
As a child, adult, and couple's psychologist, my goal is to provide treatment with care and integrity. Children come in for school problems, behavioral problems or mood disturbances including anxiety. I provide support and coaching for parents along side the therapy for their children. Adults come to see me for desire to live with less pain, more peace. Couples engage in work to improve communication or manage a stress that is effecting the relationship. The therapeutic relationship is a powerful medium for change. Regardless of the reason for starting therapy, most people get tremendous relief.
(650) 200-3152
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San Mateo, CA 94402
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Donna C Rodriguez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC, RSP
Verified
Verified
I offer expressive arts, play therapy , sandplay therapy and more.
For over 20 years, I have worked in urban and suburban schools before transitioning to private practice. K-5 has been my most recent focus, and have worked with middle and high school students in previous years. I have supported students with anxiety, social and behavioral challenges, mood, grief, and attention difficulties. Working collaboratively with parents we can help your child feel a sense of belonging, uncover the frustrations and worry, relieve symptoms of anxiety and reduce the anger and behavioral challenges using a strength-based approach. I'm here to help!
(650) 376-8751
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San Mateo, CA 94403
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Wendy Alexander
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
With over 25 years of Mental Health experience the last 18 years having specialized in the treatment of children, adolescents and their families. My approach is primarily based on who is in the room and how I can be most helpful to my client. I utilize mindfulness, art therapy, sand play and cognitive behavioral therapies.
(650) 684-5280
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Krysta Banazek
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
I have a separate play -therapy room for children where I offer sand-tray, play and art therapies.
I help clients define how they want their lives to be different and help them identify the steps they will need to take to reach their goals. I've built a practice with the goal of strengthening families by increasing communication between its members and helping them focus on problem solving versus placing blame. Adults going through a life transition is a specialty - relationship issues, birth of a baby, balancing work & family, divorce and blended families. I also have a passion for children/adolescents and their welfare. I can provide valuable support to help them work through the challenges they are facing.
(650) 200-3906
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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San Mateo Child and Family Counseling Center
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I also incorporate sand tray therapy, art and play therapy , especially in my work with children.
I enjoy working with children, teens, individual adults, and couples! Are you stressed out because your child or teen is dealing with anxiety, depression, academic, or behavioral problems? Are you yourself feeling anxious, depressed? Perhaps you are experiencing numbness and a sense of disconnect from a recent illness, trauma, or life transition such as divorce? Are you struggling in your marriage to feel that emotional and physical connection you once felt? I believe you are unique and special, and I look forward to working together to create growth and change in your life!
(650) 288-6615
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Vani Hariharan
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
I use EMDR, mindfulness, CBT, structural family therapy, attachment, EFT, Gottman method, play , sand tray, expressive art therapy modalities.
I believe that people are resilient and resourceful, capable of overcoming difficulties. Sometimes we get entangled in personal and relational patterns that can overwhelm our resources. I help clients identify these problematic patterns and empower them to break free from patterns that do not serve them well. I focus on my client's interpersonal relationships and relationships with larger social systems. I have experience working with children, teens, families, and couples on several issues, including family and couple distress, trauma, and various presentations of anxiety and depression through a systemic and attachment-based lens.
(650) 374-0238
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Karla Fakhouri
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
As your therapist, I maintain curiosity about your unique perspective, assessing your threshold for growth within your cultural context. I work with you, tailoring the work to your need. I utilize various modalities, including somatic, art and play therapy . I work with you in the present moment, accessing and resolving past traumatic experiences. I work with individuals, couples, families and children.
(650) 336-5252
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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One Life Counseling Services
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I like to create space for play and collaboration.
Why is it always easier to beat ourselves up than to say loving and empathic things to ourselves? I believe that we are comprised of multiple "parts" and that sometimes our negative parts are so loud, we have trouble connecting to our self-compassion. It can feel easier to perpetuate personal stories of unworthiness than to locate our strength. In my practice, I know that regardless of their pasts, everyone deserves compassion and the support to rewrite painful stories. It is easy to forget that moments of happiness are not the same thing as having meaning and purpose in life.
(650) 425-9279
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Lori Smiley-Klingler
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
I also use play therapy , sand tray therapy, music/movement and drama therapy as additional modalities.
My practice primarily consist of working with children, adolescents and adult women with a variety of issues such as: grief & loss, tramua, relationships, anger, bullying & aggressive behaviors, oppositional and conduct disorder, depression and anxiety, post-partum depression, divorce/blended families and issues of abuse. I offer Children/Teen/Adult Groups such as: "A Woman's Journey", "Raising Safe Kids", "Girl Talk" and Grief, Anger and Life Skills groups for children and teens.(See groups for more details) New groups are contionusly being formed.My therapeutic style is one of flexibility and creativity.
(650) 727-9535
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Ivette M Huerta
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Through either practical coaching, consultation services, individual therapy, parent-child therapy or play therapy ; a change in your relationship will unfold before your eyes.
Do you feel stuck, overwhelmed, and frustrated? Has it been difficult for you to make a decision or struggling in a relationship? I am a licensed bilingual Marriage and Family therapist who specializes working with adults, teens and children 0-6 years old. My belief is creating a safe space for a client and taking time for self-care. I have worked with adults, children and families who've struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, developmental issues/challenges, learning differences, behavioral challenges and special needs. I have been working with the adults, parents, families, and children for over 20 years.
(650) 817-7736
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San Mateo, CA 94403
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Ursula Jorgensen
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ATR-BC
Verified
Verified
I provide a friendly, honest, non-judgemental therapeutic space with a combination of talk therapy and expressive techniques to engage the areas of challenge and celebrate the character strengths that make you unique. Art Therapy is offered to explore a visual way using sand tray, drawing, journaling, collage, painting, or imaginative play . This safe space offers therapeutic support to children, teens and adults with a primary focus on symptoms including anxiety, depression, life transitions (loss, illness, divorce/separation) and self identity exploration affected by trauma, circumstance, orientation or non-conforming individuals.
(650) 670-4812
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San Mateo, CA 94403
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Center for Assessment & Learning
Verified
Verified
You have so much potential, if only...... Have you been told this about yourself or your child? Do you keep hoping this phase will sort itself out, but it just doesn't? Let us help you find answers through assessment or counseling. Our evaluation process is supportive and comprehensive. Neuropsychological testing provides the why, while our psychologist focuses on developing the story of "you." Testing should be a journey of self-discovery, for any age. Our counseling services include play therapy , somatic approaches, social skills, educational therapy, executive function coaching, behavior therapy, school & parent collaboration.
(650) 539-6307
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Family & Children's Counseling Services, Inc.
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Parenting a child who has been through a trauma or unwanted transition takes courage, stamina, wisdom and support! We are Family & Children's Counseling Services and we help families heal play and love.
When our children's hearts have been broken, our hearts break, too. Parents often struggle with knowing how to care for a hurting child. The child's behaviors can be challenging. A parent's own unhealed wounds get triggered. Then, there's the parenting guilt! It can be overwhelming. We understand and we are here to help.
(530) 451-4151
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San Mateo, CA 94404
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Leslie Baxter, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I can provide a careful play based assessment for this and other early childhood concerns, such as behavioral or developmental issues, or challenges based on life events, such as medical treatments, accidents, loss or divorce.
You are so worried about your child. She cries everytime you drop her off at preschool and she is so shy at birthday parties that she won't leave your side. You thought she would outgrow this, but instead she seems to be more and more afraid of things. She is happy at home, but she still follows you from room to room. You just want her to relax and enjoy her childhood. You remember when your child first started school, how excited you were! You thought she would soon warm up and make friends. You want to be able to pick your child up from school and hear from the teacher that she was just fine once you left. You want to hear about what your child learned, and that your child played well with friends.
(650) 516-4235
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Allyce Bess
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
Growing up does not have to be unnecessarily painful or lonely. I help children, adolescents and young adults navigate developmental transitions with creativity and purpose. I also provide parents with education, skills and support to augment treatment. Young people often need guidance to explore their feelings, discover their unique strengths, and find meaning in their lives as they transition into adulthood. Challenges like family conflict, school problems, sexual confusion, depression, identity development, substance abuse, anxiety and stress can be greatly alleviated through the attentive support of a caring, unbiased professional.
(650) 458-4372
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San Mateo, CA 94402
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Krista Parker
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Hi there! With COVID-19 and everything happening in the world right now, life may be very overwhelming, leading us to feel isolated, anxious, depressed, stuck, and helpless. I am here to help you navigate through these life challenges, find a healthy balance, and help you find tools to cope and grow. I help children, teens, adults, and families transform their grief, traumatic experiences, anxiety, depression, and other overwhelming emotions into healing and hope.
(747) 236-6162
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Bob Livingstone
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I work with children, adolescents, and adults. I have been in private practice for twenty-eight years and I believe therapy issues are all related to loss. I specialize in working with children of divorce, those who have lost a loved one, men with anger issues, and the problems of teenagers. I am the author of five self-help books. My new book is titled Letting go of Grief: Move your Body to Rock and Soul. You can check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/k8kggrv
(650) 741-1534
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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David Barry
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
What would you do if you were given the chance to live life to the fullest? How would your days be different if you were free of the stress and worry? You're probably frustrated with the way things are and you're looking for a change. You long to see your dreams realized. Relationships mended. Your goals achieved. You know that things can be better but maybe are not sure how things can change.
(650) 567-4415
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San Mateo, CA 94404
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Erik Tenbrink
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, MA
Verified
Verified
Welcome! Psychotherapist are all different & it is important to find someone who fits well with your needs. We have all experienced moments of feeling like a failure, or where work doesn't give us the joy we started with, or family seems to be disappointed in our actions, or perhaps friends seem un-supportive. Sometimes we can fix things on our own, and sometimes we need extra help. I look forward to collaborating with you in order to bring you back to where you or where you want your Children to be... back to a feeling of living a happy, secure and fulfilling life.
(650) 446-7448
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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Peter Ehrhorn
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, #80899
Verified
Verified
Are you feeling overwhelmed at work or home? Anxious about the future? Or struggling in your relationship? Trust that you don't have to face these challenges alone. Seeking therapy can be a brave and powerful step towards healing and growth. Together, we'll work to understand your struggles and find healthy, effective ways to navigate them. Whether you're struggling with stress, hopelessness, or relationship issues, know that you have the strength and resilience to overcome these challenges and build a happier, healthier life.
(650) 379-6249
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San Mateo, CA 94402
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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.