Play Therapy in Walnut Creek, CA

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Joan Bechtel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Where has all the fun gone? Does that seem like an irrelevant question when we are drowning in troubles? Or could it be the essential one? When we lose ourselves to conditioned fear and pain and self -limiting beliefs, we lose that crucial access to our authentic desires, needs and natural creative power. Through play and wonder we can rediscover these buried treasures and permit them to guide us on a course of deep choice-rich fulfillment.
(925) 705-4006
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Walnut Creek, CA 94597
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Chante Erica McCree
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I typically use therapeutic approaches such as CBT, Psychodynamic, or Play Therapy when working with clients.
Are you reluctant to talk to someone who you barely know about the challenges you currently are facing? Completely understandable! But everyone needs someone outside of family and close friends to talk to. As a Therapist I would like to help you along your journey to self discovery. You've already made a huge step in improving your mental health! As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist my passion is help others of various ages and from all walks of life. If we have the opportunity to work together I will respect all of your emotions and let you explore them without judgement.
(925) 633-6941
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Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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Anna Sasser-Christian
Associate Clinical Social Worker
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I marry the language of children ( play ) with the wisdom and insight of the parent to help your child heal, grow, and communicate.
Children are not mini-adults, despite their best efforts to convince us otherwise! Children are ever-changing, efficiently growing into their next phase of development every-single- day. Imagine, tripling in size and skills in just a year! To make things more complicated, children learn, grow, and communicate through play . No wonder it can be tough to fully know how to help our children through life's surprises.
(925) 255-7333
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Walnut Creek, CA 94597
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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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Walnut Creek, CA 94597
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Mary Mullen-Tiras
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I use traditional talk therapy based in current research, art, sand tray and play therapy .
It's important to me that you feel better as soon as possible. I work with a range of clients from children to elders. I've worked extensively with children and teens who are challenged with depression or anxiety due to school pressures, ADHD, peer problems, divorce, abuse or trauma, as well as loss and grief. I understand that events from the past can negatively impact how you are living today. I've worked a lot with adults abused as children, adult children of alcoholics or drug addicts, and individuals with mentally ill family members.
(925) 330-7840
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Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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Marley M Middlebrook
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Completed pre-doc internship at UC Davis Medical Center in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)and interpersonal play therapy to provide specialized help for young children.
Trained at UC Davis Medical Center to treat young children who have experienced trauma or behavioral difficulties. Additional training from the Renfrew Center in the treatment of eating disorders provides a unique combination for helping young children and their families with eating issues or obesity. A dissertation on binge eating provides an understanding for those who have emotional eating problems. Experience with addiction and dual diagnosis was earned while working with Contra Costa County treatment programs. Other experience includes treating children and adults who have suffered from maltreatment, domestic violence, depression, grief, and or eating disorders.
(925) 352-1038
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Arwin Cotas-Girard, PsyD
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
With children, I enjoy using play therapy , art, and other techniques that allow my young clients to express themselves beyond words.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in child and adolescent therapy and comprehensive psychological assessment services for all ages. I also specialize in the evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorder, particularly for girls and women. I am trained in Therapeutic Assessments and consider my evaluations to be brief therapeutic interventions that may allow healing and change to occur through the process of self-discovery and reworking of narratives. I work collaboratively with my clients, their caregivers, and other important people and systems in their lives to gain a comprehensive understanding of their needs.
(925) 212-4757
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Alejandro Andres Rodriguez-Martinez
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified
Verified
Depending on what’s alive in the room, there are lots of other things we can try; expressive arts and music, somatics and breathwork, dreamwork, sand tray, and play therapy are all possible.
Exploration into our inner process doesn’t have to be a lonely journey. I'll walk with you as you start to discover who you really are, and advocate for you along the way. We don’t have to get into the thick of it right away, in fact, I encourage you to find a pace that feels comfortable for you! I'll advocate for that, too. New relationships take time to build trust. Sticking to your sense of timing is important to this working! My approach is thoughtful, grounded and with an unwavering presence. We won’t shy away from topics that society deems taboo.
(925) 281-5464
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Allison Gans
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
When counseling children, I use play therapy , sand tray & art therapy.
I work with children, teens and adults. In addition to my private practice, I also work as a Crisis Counselor at a high school in Lafayette. I work individually to find better ways to cope with the presenting problem at hand. Perhaps your child or teen is having difficulties in school, making friends and/or struggling to get along with family members or peers. I can help with these issues. I help my clients explore ways to make healthier life choices. I collaborate with parents and teachers to help them set up a more successful experience for the child or teen.
(510) 730-2965
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Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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Lindsey Thompson
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I have a background in play therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy and I utilize parent coaching, behavior modification, and family systems therapy.
I focus my work on families and adult patients. In my professional experience, I find the most growth in children by utilizing a family systems approach and accessing the client's innate strengths and desires for change. In adult patients, much of my work surrounds developing healthy coping skills and managing stress in more adaptive ways.
(925) 999-4092
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Heather L Martin
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I work with children, adolescents, and young adults. My orientation is predominately psychodynamic. However, I tailor my approach to the individual needs of the client. In my work with children, I take a child-centered approach, using modalities such as play or talk therapy to help the child express his or her feelings and experiences that are often difficult to put into words.
(925) 854-4355
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Andrew Lindeman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I am also trained in Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy , Sandtray Therapy and Mindfulness.
Is your child struggling with behavior problems, ADHD, depression or anxiety? Are you looking for a therapist with experience working with Autism (and Aspergers) Spectrum Disorders? I specialize in working with children and teens and have over 17 years of experience working with these populations. I have worked as a Behavior Therapist for children on the Autistic spectrum, have taught my own Day Treatment Intensive classroom (for children with extreme behavior challenges) and have worked for Contra Costa County Child and Adolescent Services. I have also worked in the Juvenile Justice department of Los Angeles County with Juvenile offenders.
(925) 329-3088
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Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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Carrie Paulus
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified
Verified
My work with them follows a play therapy framework, allowing them to "work", in a natural way.
At any age, there are developmental, transitional and often unexpected circumstances that challenge us in life. Be it aspects of parenting, the social or emotional challenges of being a child or teenager, or concerns about life transitions as an adult, my approach is safe and comfortable. I work from a place of patience, sincerity, humor and nonjudgement. I want the counseling experience for my clients to feel helpful, worthwhile and to be a journey to better understanding and personal growth.
(925) 267-8571
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Jessica Libbey
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I integrate psychodynamic, somatic and relational approaches, in addition to using play therapy with children.
I believe in your innate capacity to heal. Sometimes healing becomes more possible with support. A therapist can help you or your child get unstuck and begin on a path towards healing. I work with children, preteens, teens and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, life transitions, relationship issues and family discord. I also have particular experience working with introverts. I can help you to identify and explore patterns, process hard experiences or difficult emotions, deepen relationships and build the skills and inner capacity to heal, grow and have more of the life you want.
(510) 953-4749
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Vicki Beckerman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Seeking therapy for your child can be overwhelming and is important to work with a therapist who is collaborative and consistently available to parents. I specialize in play therapy with young children and psychotherapy for teens and I work with youngsters coping with chronic medical illness. My approach is creative, warm and accessible to all family members and I utilize a variety of treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral strategies, art therapy, sand play therapy and group counseling. I assist parents in becoming "on the same page" regarding their children and I help caregivers to review their own parenting styles.
(973) 287-4221
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Walnut Creek, CA 94595
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Jeannette Harroun
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I have over 10 years experience working with children (ages 3-12,) teens and families as well as extensive training in art/sandtray/ play therapy and collaborative problem-solving to help clients express thoughts and feelings as well as process and learn new skills.
Kids don't always use words but behavior always has a message and may also be a form of SOS. I help children and teens feel better about themselves and improve their behavior at home or at school. I also help parents and families understand and deal with the mistaken goals of misbehavior. I believe there is always a reason, feeling or unmet need. Understanding and addressing the underlying message helps build bridges with kids and teens. I provide individual, parenting or family sessions that range from educational coaching and enrichment or addressing specific concerns.
(925) 890-7478
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Julie Weigel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
Play therapy (even remotely) is the best way for children to express and resolve feelings.
Although I work with a variety of clients, my primary speciality is children (and their parents) who struggle with behavioral and/or emotional problems, using playful and positive means to help them with anger management, expression of feelings, and relationships with friends and family. I always welcome the opportunity to work with parents, families and couples under stress. Let's face it: aren't we all? No situation is beyond hope; my clients leave our sessions with real insight and tools with which to move beyond their troubling issues.
(510) 878-4486
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Marlies Rosmark
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I use play therapy and filial therapy with smaller children.
We all need support because at times life can be difficult. It may be enough to talk with friends or other people you trust but sometimes not. Maybe you are feeling alone or not connected with yourself and people around you. Therapy can be a way to help you reconnect. I offer a genuine environment in which we look together how you can get back on track. I believe that connection is a basic human need: being connected with yourself and with the people around you. This is a core value in all of my work.
(925) 660-7983
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Walnut Creek, CA 94595
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Jenny J Lee
Marriage & Family Therapist, EdD, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
She also facilitates social and play skills group with children, adolescents, and young adults with Autism and Asperger's, and other related disorders.
Know Thyself! Jenny believes that everyone carries a powerful tool inside them that makes everything possible! By learning about the resources and positive inner-tools that you already own, you can better understand yourself, your troubles, and the choices that you can make. Jenny helps you to become aware of your options, while helping you understand how to utilize them with your inner-strengths and tools.
(925) 386-2156
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Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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Judy Brennan
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, MA, MBA
Verified
Verified
I specialize in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families through a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship problems, addictions, transitions, trauma, ADHD, PTSD, childhood, and other life challenges. I have found that people benefit from different therapeutic modalities and methods to achieve their goals. Some of the modalities I find helpful in addition to somatic psychotherapy include CBT, EMDR, IFS, Mindfulness, Play , and Art Therapy.
(925) 275-5178
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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.