Play Therapy in Saratoga, CA

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Lena Axelsson
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT, SEP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual, and so I have been trained in a range of modalities including Relational Gestalt Therapy, Gestalt Play Therapy , Somatic Experiencing and NARM, NATouch somatic approaches to the treatment of trauma.
When human beings experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My great passion is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience. I help my clients, who include children, adults and families, to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole and safe. (För mina svensktalande, potentiella klienter, jag flyttade från Sverige som vuxen och är därför helt flytande i både svenska och engelska och i svensk och amerikansk kultur.)
(831) 216-6727
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Saratoga, CA 95070
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Layers of Self
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, MPhil
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
so we might sit or walk in nature, draw and paint, play with sand tray toys or move about or dance or get centered through meditation or relax the body systematically or through guided visualization.
I believe therapy is about getting to know yourself on a more intimate level. I listen in a caring, compassionate and non-judgmental way that allows you to see more clearly what your issues are about. i hold space with the awareness that you are a soul with the wisdom and intelligence to deal with whatever life is offering you at the moment. i am highly skilled with working with people looking for self-actualization, therapists in the making and those interested in self-growth and transformation.
(408) 872-9137
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Saratoga, CA 95070
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Linda Hulme Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, BA, MA, LMFT, PPS
Verified
Verified
With children, my focus is play -based cognitive behavioral and social cognitive skills training.
Finding the right therapist is important. The fact that you're on this site shows that you may be searching for help or relief from everyday problems. In therapy, you can learn new and important things about yourself and others, identify and change negative behaviors or thoughts, and explore relationships. If you're a parent, maybe you're struggling with how to help your child who is experiencing difficulties with attention or organization at school, feelings of anxiety, worry or anger or doesn't know how to share painful memories.
(408) 520-1731
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Saratoga, CA 95070
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Catherine Crawford
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, ATR
Verified
Verified
Children/teens: self-esteem, anxiety, depression, navigating relationships, gifted/empathic/HSP, divorce, chronic illness, teletherapy for college, art/ play therapy .
I bring empathy, compassion and 30 years of experience to my holistic work with adults, children and teens. You are unique and my intent is to listen for your strengths and build on the positive as we gently remove blocks, trauma, thoughts, stressors and old relationship patterns that are holding you back. My style is warm and interactive and I incorporate my own intuition and creativity as I help people to make meaningful life changes.
(650) 918-6909
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Saratoga, CA 95070
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Marilee Ruebsamen
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Are you concerned for your children in an ongoing high conflict divorce or another highly distressing situation? I consult, support, offer parent/child coping strategies to prevent longterm effects of severe stress & trauma for children/affected others. Even the youngest can demonstrate remarkable resilience. We attend to their confusion, impaired awareness, degree of distorted cognition. Parents cultivate enhanced attunement, insight, learn to see beyond children's distorted appraisal. We co-create more accurate thinking, safer, more healthy relationships, make space for more realistic understanding, provide predictability, constancy, enhanced trust, explore feelings, support emotional regulation, form new, hope-filled stories to replace frightening, traumatic ones.
(831) 275-8260
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Saratoga, CA 95070
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Bluebird Marriage and Family Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Is there conflict in your home or in your relationships? Do you suffer from feelings of anxiety or depression? I am a holistic psychotherapist who considers the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions — in order to achieve growth and wellness. I integrate a variety of effective psychotherapy methods tailored to meet your individual needs, which will help you to increase awareness and actively challenge any roadblocks that may be getting in the way of your healing. I will help you discover your natural strengths and resources and improve your relationship with yourself and others.
(408) 418-2475
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Saratoga, CA 95070
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Joanna Leung
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
We all go through ups and downs and it's okay to be not okay, I am here to help. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have been in the field for 5+ years. You might be thinking "What can she do anyway? I've done this before; I've heard it all." Or, you have never been to therapy and would like to give it a try. Either way, I am glad that you are here and would like to help you to begin the journey to heal.
(408) 404-5602
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Saratoga, CA 95070
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Cheryl Zatkin-Steres
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I help patients solve their emotional and psychological problems. They learn tools to overcome depression, anxiety, and stress and are facilitated in stopping inappropriate use of food, alcohol and drugs. Parents and stepparents learn skills to become more effective. Patients acquire methods to re-parent themselves as well as techniques in how to be more satisfied in their personal and professional relationships. Individuals gain insights that enhance their ability to feel more confident and be more productive by setting goals to achieve positive results and outcomes. Children and adolescents learn to improve their relationships with themselves and build better social and interpersonal relationships.
(408) 769-5393
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Saratoga, CA 95070
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Erin Rosenblum
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Are you tired of your anxiety or depression taking over your daily life? Then today is the day to try something different. Call me for a free 10 minute consultation & see if my practice is the right fit for you. I can help you find tools to take back control.
(408) 353-0112
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Saratoga, CA 95070
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Lauren A. Miller
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
My clients seek to change what is difficult and what isn’t working in their life. Many struggle with the impacts of trauma interfering with their day to day life. Others may struggle with feeling stuck or emotionally overwhelmed. They may be experiencing a challenging dynamic in their relationships or a lack of connectedness to others. My clients are looking to transform their life, achieve personal growth, and to heal.
(408) 402-4191
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Saratoga, CA 95070
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Corri J Inouye
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
Individuals - Parents - Children
(669) 758-2389
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Saratoga, CA 95070
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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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Saratoga, CA 95070
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Marilee G. Ruebsamen
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Promoting healing & trustworthy engagement for children, youth, their families, adults who come seeking shelter, emotional safety and refuge (see abbeypsychservices.com). Even the youngest demonstrate remarkable strengths with precise, attuned, attention to their levels of awareness, given new experiences to help transform distorted cognitive appraisals of themselves, others, relationships, the world. Working together, we cultivate more accurate appraisals of internal/external experience, shift into clearer, more realistic thinking, enhanced empathy, healthier, more effective coping styles. We co-create new, hopeful, cooperative stories to replace hopeless, repetitive, "traumatic reliving" within the safety of a predictable, nurturing, skillfully maintained therapeutic environment.
(408) 455-7347
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Saratoga, CA 95070
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Pearl Chaiyarat
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I believe that healing happens with an integration of our minds, bodies, and spirits. Coming from a holistic background, philosophy, and lifestyle, this integration is focused upon in your therapeutic work. In supporting each person to express their authentic selves, needs, and desires, I utilize several therapeutic modalities. Some of these modalities include Expressive Arts, Body-Oriented Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic Centered, EMDR, EFT, IFS, and Mindfulness. I am also trained in Brief Therapy methods for those who want support with a specific challenge or prefer therapy in small pieces at a time.
(831) 731-5801
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Saratoga, CA 95070
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Alison Silvius Casanova
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
Finding a therapist is hard! It doesn't help that there are so many to choose from. I think the most important part is actually liking the person you are talking to. Take a look at my page (and website), and if you think we may be a good fit, I encourage you to call me for a free 15 minute consultation. If we end up working together, I will do my best to find which methods align with you so that I can help you get to the place you want to be.
(408) 214-6656
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Lauren Smith Conaway
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
8 Endorsed
Verified
8 Endorsed
If you're looking for a safe, warm and gentle space to find peace and clarity for yourself or your child, I'd love to partner with you in your healing work. My passion is guiding children, teens and adult women to develop their inner wisdom, to cultivate tools for peace and grounding, and to reconnect with nature. I utilize a holistic approach for your whole being, addressing mind, body and soul. Together we'll develop a healing plan with modalities such as Ecotherapy, CBT, DBT, Art Therapy or Reiki, tailoring treatment to your needs.
(831) 661-8466
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Saratoga, CA 95070
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Thedy Veliz
Marriage & Family Therapist, MBA, MA
Verified
Verified
I currently work with children, adolescents, families, couples, and individuals who are experiencing symptoms caused by relational and emotional challenges including depression, stress and anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, marital conflict, behavioral problems (e.g., irritability, defiance, oppositionality), academic performance, lack of motivation, anger management, hyperactivity, impulsivity, grief and loss, and family transitions (e.g., recent moves, separation, divorce, blended and step families, new born children).
(408) 214-8149
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Saratoga, CA 95070
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Bay Area Clinical Associates - BACA
MD, LMFT, LCSW, MPH, MFTI
Verified
Verified
Bay Area Clinical Associates (BACA) is a physician-owned and operated organization committed to providing integrated, scientific, empathetic mental health treatment for kids, teens, young adults and their families. BACA is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of child & adolescent psychiatrists, licensed marriage & family therapists, and licensed clinical social workers. We work to take the "mystery" out of psychiatric care and have a relaxed, fun, caring environment at our clinics. Our mission is to revolutionize mental health services and offer sound, evidence-based care to all clients, regardless of socio-economic status.
(510) 500-9732
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Karena Petersen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
At different times we experience unresolved situations that affect our sense of clarity, calm and balance. As a therapist and guide, together we will strive to remove those obstacles and restore hope and engagement. We can achieve this through developing goals and ways to cope that address those often unexpected and sometimes familiar patterns of living. My practice serves individual adults, children/teens, parents including parent and child therapy and elders. My wish for clients is to find an open/trusting therapist in me, and for us to collaboratively effect healing/change.
(408) 772-0644
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Stefanie Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Be able and confident to use real tools helping to bring ease in your life and get your world on track. There is help for suffering, PTSD, anxiety, etc. that does not always involve having to trench up the past, but rather, can work right now to bring relief. Are you hurting or stuck? Often our past laid down unconscious survival mechanisms that are at work today that are no longer useful. We can work together to discover these and then insert a new and more useful tool that can allow more ease in your world. I help you identify current needs are so that these can be supported.
(408) 214-8349
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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.