Play Therapy in Aurora, CO

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Joanna C Ioannides Lcsw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Due to the Covid-19 crisis, as online sessions are difficult for young children, parent counseling is encouraged instead, as virtual play therapy is cognitively challenging.
I work from a strength and client-based perspective. In addition to working from a psychodynamic and psychoanalytic approach, I use CBT, EMDR techniques, and encourage clients to use their own spiritual beliefs and values in working with their relationship, wellness and adjustment issues. I value clients who are willing to be genuine and to work towards their own goals in their personal journey and relationships.
(720) 741-7534
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Aurora, CO 80016
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Mayde Jackson
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
I provide play therapy for your children to help them build confidence and learn positive ways to cope.
Racial trauma, adjusting to Covid-19, school stress, work life balance, self-esteem, and relationships, among other issues are difficult to deal with. Let's work through them together. Your emotions are normal, it is the way you express and cope with them that is important. I want to support you with your goals of feeling more confident in yourself, feeling more fulfilled in your typical activities, or feeling more understood. You deserve a safe space to process, heal, and grow.
(720) 500-7238
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Aurora, CO 80044
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Not accepting new clients
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Valerie A Rudden
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
In order to assist both children and their parents in self discovery, I utilize both traditional talk therapy techniques as well as creative arts and play therapy interventions.
Due to Covid and some personal life changes, I will be offering online sessions only at this time. Being a parent is an incredibly overwhelming and rewarding role and in the same breath, sometimes it is not very easy to be kid trying to communicate with your parent either. Subscribing to the notion that no one child or family can "fit" into a box, I encourage confidence in individuality and assisting children and families in exploring their shared values and finding a way to use their "differences" as strengths. In family therapy, I strive to increase acceptance, understanding, and enjoyment in the family dynamic.
(303) 622-3802
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Aurora, CO 80013
Not accepting new clients
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Diane Lindsay
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
I also do EMDR, talk therapy, EFT and sand tray play therapy .
I have over 30 years of experience working with adults, adolescents , families and couples . Through these years I have learned that therapy is a journey that we will take. I can guide you but you will choose what path you will ultimately take. I have worked with a variety of people from different backgrounds, ages and cultures. I will meet you where you are in your life now and we will work to move forward in your life. I am a very genuine and down to earth person.
(720) 442-7362
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Aurora, CO 80014
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Irene Gutierrez Ellis
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I also use Play Therapy , Sand Tray, Solution Focused Therapy and Parenting.
In life we have joyful and enlightening experiences, and painful challenges that are best handled with help. Therapy helps you build awareness and increase your ability to deal with problems of life like depression, anxiety or fear. Counseling, enables you to recover the joy of life. We provide an atmosphere of understanding and trust where we listen empathetically to understand your perspective and issues. We use culturally centered Evidence and Practice Based therapy to find your strengths and equip you with tools to overcome challenges and to make positive changes so you can lead a better life.
(720) 650-0906
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Aurora, CO 80014
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Te Anna Brown
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I can also provide specialized treatment plans in expressive arts therapies - play therapy , art therapy and drama therapy - especially powerful therapy tools with children, teens, couples and families.
Everyone has a story. Our stories say something about who we are and how we manage life, how we get our needs met and how we relate. We all have the same basic needs for love, acceptance, connection, significance and purpose. Life can be full of joy and laughter, and at other times there can be deep hurt and sorrow when we need someone with an understanding heart and mind to join us in our journey. My heartfelt compassion and commitment to each person I serve, specifically caring for their unique needs makes all the difference.
(720) 789-8705
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Aurora, CO 80014
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Lynne Cole
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, CAC II, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I offer parent coaching, counseling and play therapy for children.
Have you tried everything you can think of to improve your relationships with yourself, your children, your co-workers but it just isn't enough. Life can be overwhelming especially with all the roles we take on as parent, sibling, employee and spouse. Managing the complexities of life can become less daunting with help. Trust and connection is key within a counseling relationship. I work from a strength based and systems perspective. To create lasting change, we must look at all the systems we exist in (school, work, home etc) and begin to see the strengths in those systems and ourselves.
(720) 744-3761
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Aurora, CO 80014
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Joy C Ewing
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Im trained in The Gottman Method when working with couples, I also use Play Therapy , CBT, EMDR, Neurofeedback, Brianspotting and Solution Focused Therapy with clients.
Clients to have a safe place to unpack whatever is on their heart and foster healing, growth, and change. I’m dedicated to developing a collaborative and authentic therapeutic relationship with my clients. I use an integrative approach to therapy to help client’s journey through depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, life transitions, marriage, and family issues. As a marriage and family therapist I love helping couples and families of all backgrounds discover their unique goals and help families to thrive as a team. I’m passionate about working with individuals, families, couples, adolescents, veterans and military families.
(720) 499-0200
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Aurora, CO 80014
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Alpha Omega Counseling, LLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LAC
Verified
Verified
I use a variety of different approaches including play therapy .
I have been working in the mental health field since 2012. I am a Licensed Addictions Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I graduated from Regis University in 2015 with a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am currently in a Doctoral program for Marriage and Family Therapy. I am also a Certified Motivational Interviewing Therapist, Certified Systemic Play Therapist and Certified Systemic Art Therapist.
(720) 862-3890
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Aurora, CO 80014
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Center for Valued Living, PLLC
PsyD, LPC, LCSW, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
Verified
Violence/Abuse, Psych testing, Caregiver Support, Work stress, Autism, Behavior probs, play and art therapy.
We are a group of highly-qualified mental health therapists serving clients all over CO via telehealth (and in-person) - serving Aurora, Denver, Boulder, Colo Spgs, mountain regions, eastern CO, Pueblo, & more! Our licensed therapists take most insurances. See c4vl.com or the photo gallery here for details on our clinicians, specialities, insurances and locations. Please indicate your insurance and location (if you will want to do in-person therapy). Our supervised LPCC/LSW/intern providers also take Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna, Cofinity, Victims Comp. We have providers who speak Spanish and French. We know we have someone who can help!
(970) 715-8004
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Aurora, CO 80015
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Not accepting new clients
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Susie Wiberg Garrett, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Hello! I am a licensed clinical social worker with 14 years of experience in workings with children, adolescents and adults who struggle with PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, grief and loss issues, relationship issues and autism spectrum disorders. I am trained as an EMDR therapist and provide trauma informed play therapy and psychotherapy. I provide individual, group and family therapies. I believe that with compassion and support, clients are able to overcome adversity and live their life to the fullest.
(720) 722-0257
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Aurora, CO 80014
Not accepting new clients
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Center for Valued Living, PLLC
Psychologist, PsyD, LPC, LCSW, LMFT, LAC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
Violence/Abuse, Psych testing, Caregiver Support, Work stress, Autism, Behavior probs, play or art therapy.
We are a group of highly-qualified mental health therapists serving clients all over CO via telehealth and in-person - serving Aurora, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Denver, the mountain regions, & more! Our licensed therapists take most insurances. See c4vl.com or the photo gallery here for details on our clinicians, specialities, insurances and locations. Please indicate your insurance and location (if you want to do in-person therapy). Our supervised LPCC/LSW/intern providers also take all Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna, Cofinity, Victims Comp. We have providers who speak Spanish, French, and Russian. We know we have someone who can help!
(720) 262-5859
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Aurora, CO 80014
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Waitlist for new clients
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Kasper Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, LMHC, EdS
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I specialize in Play Therapy , attachment, Circle of Security Parenting, Trauma Focused Therapy, anxiety management, EMDR, depression, & mindfulness.
My name is Emily Kasper, I am a graduate of the University of Florida and specialize in working with children, teens, adults and parents. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Colorado and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Florida. I am EMDR Trained, and I specialize in trauma and attachment disorders. I believe that everyone deserves to be seen, heard and valued. I believe we are able to heal and shift dysfunctional relationships through the safe and secure relationship in therapy. I believe every person needs a safe place to share their feelings and be shown unconditional acceptance.
(720) 804-0248
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Aurora, CO 80014
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Waitlist for new clients
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Thriveworks
Counselor, PMHNP, LPC, PsyD, APRN, LCSW
We also offer holistic approaches like Acudetox, and non-medication therapies like CBT, Mindfulness or play therapy .
We have a group of 22 great Counselors, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and Psychologists that can see you tomorrow! Our counselors offer a wide range of specialties, and therapeutic styles. Thriveworks believes that the best time to seek counseling is right now. For this reason, we decided that our offices would not operate on a waiting list. Instead, we do the best we can to get you scheduled in the next 24 hours.
(720) 862-3220
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Aurora, CO 80012
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Harvest Therapeutic Services
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified
Verified
In order to help you on your individual journey, I have expanded my clinical expertise including EMDR Certified therapist, trained in Internal Family Systems, IFIO, and certified systemic Sandtray and/or Play Therapist.
Are today’s stressful social relational pressures causing you undue stress? Are you finding it increasingly difficult to communicate with your partner, your child or friends? Are you needing to find a safe supportive environment to work through your emotions? As a Doctor and current Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as Licensed Addiction Counselor, I work with couples, groups or individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, trauma, substance abuse, or parenting issues.
(720) 597-8894
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Office is near:
Aurora, CO 80017
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Creative Counseling Center
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MFTC, ATR-BC, RPT, EFTCert
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
We specialize in childhood trauma counseling (physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect), which can mean unresolved childhood trauma in adults or trauma in young children, in which case we employ creative practices and unique approaches such as play and art therapy.
Taking the first step in finding a therapist can be the most difficult and we’re grateful you found us. We pride ourselves in being highly responsive by answering the phone, returning calls promptly, scheduling appointments as soon as possible, and being available to assist clients in crisis. We provide counseling to children as young as 18 months, teens, adults and families. With a supportive, collaborative, and integrative approach, we meet our clients right where they are and utilize various theories, techniques, and approaches to treat the whole person, as no single therapeutic modality is right for everyone.
(720) 439-9124
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Aurora, CO 80016
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Not accepting new clients
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Amanda Cosel
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
I specialize in working with children using play therapy , as well as a family systems, attachment based lens.
We are both wounded and healed in relationship. Taking the step to enter into counseling takes great courage and I'm honored you would consider taking this journey with me. I thrive in working with teens, children, parents and women around disordered eating, anxiety, body image issues, and trauma, in order to uncover one's most true potential, healing and wholeness. When working with parents, I often find myself helping them discover the ways their own wounds potentially have impacted their parenting struggles.
(720) 608-2781
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Aurora, CO 80014
Not accepting new clients
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Tiffany Nerguizian
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, SRT, DBTC, CCTP, CFTP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My other specialties include Dialectical Behavior therapy, Sexual Recovery therapy, Play Therapy , and Cognitive Behavioral therapy.
Is there a feeling in your gut that something is missing? Maybe your life looks great but something is lacking. Perhaps the pandemic got you off course or a traumatic past is poking at you. Let's work together to rediscover your spark. Call and begin your journey to wellness.
(719) 568-9296
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Aurora, CO 80013
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Quest4Change
Unlicensed Psychotherapist, RPT, CACI, CST
Verified
Verified
Offering Psychotherapy, Addiction Counseling, Art Therapy, Play Therapy , and Sex Therapy in my Denver and Pueblo Office.
Don’t you think it‘s TIME to: “Make a CHOICE; to Take a CHANCE; then Make your CHANGE?” Quest4Change offers counseling in my private office in Denver and in Pueblo. I have added In Home Counseling to established patients in the Denver, and Pueblo Metro area. Plus Phone Counseling to Colorado Statewide clients.
(720) 606-2762
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Aurora, CO 80014
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Bree Bessette - Holistic And Spiritual Counseling
Counselor, MA, LLPC
Verified
Verified
I use Synergetic Play Therapy for children and PACT for couples.
Starting the healing process is challenging and takes courage. Within all of us is a drive or desire to become whole, happy and connected to our self and our world. I see the importance of integrating all parts and aspects of our Self and becoming more whole and complete human beings. This journey into wholeness in the realization of our potential, underpins our personal journey of transformation and healing. This philosophy is at the core of my approach.
(720) 764-9304
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Office is near:
Aurora, CO 80010
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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.