Play Therapy in Alpharetta, GA

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Tara Schoeller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My method of practice is eclectic, using relational theory, play and art therapy techniques, cognitive-behavioral, relaxation & mindfulness training, psycho-education, family systems, coping skill instruction, behavior management training, goal-focused and strength perspective approaches.
I specialize in working with children and families struggling with problems that interfere with social, emotional, behavioral and academic functioning. I believe in a collaborative, down to earth, child-centered and child-friendly, non-judgmental, compassionate and strengths perspective approach when working with children and families in need. My focus will be on building a strong and trusting relationship where your child and family can share openly and work towards healing. I believe in not only addressing problems in goal oriented ways, but also to build on your child's and your family strengths in meeting your therapy goals.
(651) 564-7954
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Alpharetta, GA 30009
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Sunshine Child & Family Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CPCS, RPT-S
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Play therapy and creative expressive approaches are the modalities we utilize the most.
Children, teens and families are our passion and describe our ideal clientele. Your parenting instincts tell you something has changed with your child. You wonder is it something with school, friends, or a stressor that you have no idea about. Perhaps, your family unit has gone through major change or loss. Your desire is to have your child be back to their best self. You've tried everything you can think of in your parenting arsenal; long talks, together time, consequences and for some reason the issue is still there. As parents we don't always have all the answers and it is ok to reach out for help!
(678) 929-5335
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Alpharetta, GA 30005
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Lillie K Bamberg
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have experience providing individual counseling to teens and adults, family counseling, and play therapy with children.
I use several counseling approaches to help clients cope with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, struggling relationships, faulty communication, behavioral issues, eating disorders, and navigating difficult life transitions (divorce, moving, death of a parent). I work with clients to help them gain power back over their circumstances and make positive changes in perspective. I strive to provide all clients with an empathetic listening ear, compassionate understanding, and genuine caring attitude with the client’s best interest in mind.
(678) 726-1393
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Alpharetta, GA 30022
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Carlee Owens
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, LAMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I specialize in working with children, teenagers, and families using play and expressive therapy techniques. I am a family therapist, working through a systemic lens, as well as a client-centered therapist, believing each individual possesses unique strengths which can be highlighted and utilized in therapy. I have a passion for helping families reach their desired outcomes in a safe, nurturing environment.
(404) 994-4412
Alpharetta, GA 30022
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Erica Gregory
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I specialize working with Couples who have trouble communicating, get stuck in the same arguments, & have experienced a trauma or an affair. I have training and supervision in Emotionally Focused Couples Counseling which assists couples to be open, attuned, and responsive to each other allowing them to reestablish their emotional connection. I also specialize in Play Therapy with children who have experienced trauma, loss, struggle at school, depression, & anxiety. I work collaboratively with parents offering support, education, and family process sessions. I utilize child centered, sand tray, and attachment models of play therapy
(404) 236-6055
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Alpharetta, GA 30022
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Leah Rydel
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, NCC
Verified
Verified
With children, I practice Child Centered Play Therapy and integrative Filial (Family) Therapy.
I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and specialize in working with individuals throughout the entire lifespan. My modalities include CBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Play Therapy , Strength Based Counseling and Mindfulness Approach to work with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and trauma. I am passionate about connecting with clients on an emotional and empathic level to building strong, lasting relationships with them. I hold a Master’s of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from University of Georgia.
(678) 928-6567
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Alpharetta, GA 30022
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Melanie Elizabeth Kissell
Counselor, MS, NCC, APC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
As a relationship-oriented therapist with training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy , Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, & Child-Parent Psychotherapy, I work with infants, children, adolescents, families, & adults.
"Love and Trust, in the space between what's said and what's heard in our life, can make all the difference in the world." Fred Rogers. Sometimes life presents us with challenges, adjustments, and opportunities for growth, all we need is someone to hear what we are saying in a new way. I am here to help you navigate these moments, in the way you desire. Together we will work to ensure that you are truly listened to, in a way that elicits effective change, growth, and healing.
(706) 609-3342
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Alpharetta, GA 30022
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Mary Anne Short Sylvester
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
I utilize play therapy and expressive arts therapy with my kid and teen clients as a method for interaction, establishing rapport, and diving deeper into the therapeutic work.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor at Grow Counseling and I work at both our Buckhead and Alpharetta office locations. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from Furman University and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University. I work with children, teens, and adults.
(678) 616-9718
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Alpharetta, GA 30009
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Suzanne Bartholomew Mahaney
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
My approach is family systems oriented, including the use of integrative techniques such as play Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and experiential to guide children and families in achieving their goals.
Is your child struggling with behavior problems, depression, anxiety, attention issues, anger management or just plain getting along with others? Are you feeling like your parenting is no longer working? You are about to take that important and scary first step in reaching out for help, and I would be honored to guide you on this journey.
(678) 883-7687
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Alpharetta, GA 30022
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Kim Valdes
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, RPT-S, CPCS
Verified
Verified
If your child and adolescent is creative and likes art, sand tray play , mandala art this is how I approach challenging and uncomfortable and expressing feelings, negative thoughts to positive thoughts, and experiences that have jarred there sense of self.
If you are seeking help virtually with your school age child or adolescent with anxiety or depression I am here to help. I strive to create a safe and nurturing environment in which your child can be supported in their efforts to release, heal and learn new skills. Underlying my work with children is a child centered, gestalt, experiential approach, and CBT. The tools I like to use when in therapy are: play therapy , sand tray play , expressive art, and mindfulness exercises. With teens I use a mandala expressive arts integrating interpersonal neurobiology approach to healing depression, anxiety, and low self esteem.
(404) 975-1145
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Alpharetta, GA 30022
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Moeller and Associates, Inc.
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
Play Therapy offers young children a therapeutic experience through the use of toys and artistic expression.
Moeller and Associates was founded in 1995. All clinicians have a Masters Degree or PhD in Psychology, Social Work, or Counseling along with designated State Licensure and/or Certifications. This team offers expertise in mood disorders, anxiety disorders substance abuse, relationship/marital issues, grief counseling, and workplace issues. Populations served are for children, adolescents, and adults of various multi-national backgrounds. All clinicians within the team participate in ongoing education and training allowing them cutting edge knowledge of behavioral healthcare and interventions to improve one's mental health. We welcome the opportunity to serve our community.
(770) 691-2307 x201
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Alpharetta, GA 30009
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Dawn M Foster
Marriage & Family Therapist, EdS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I have 20+ years of experience, as well as having worked as a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor for 17 years.
I am now offering the choice between in person or online video counseling to help persons of all ages who feel anxious, overwhelmed, stressed or depressed. It's so important that you have a voice and your needs are met. What you want and need, first of all, is to be really heard and feel understood. I always begin by listening deeply. The journey of healing and change can be made a bit lighter when shared with a caring therapist. I provide supportive and interactive help to enable you, or your loved one, to overcome anxieties and fears. Together we can make your life and relationships better.
(678) 509-6133
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Alpharetta, GA 30009
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Diane Wood
Counselor, EdS, LPC, CPCS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have additional training in Play Therapy , Sand Tray Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, and Mindfulness.
With 23 years experience working with children and families, previously as a school counselor, I now work as a Licensed Professional Counselor in a busy private practice in downtown Alpharetta. My therapeutic philosophy is based on the belief that a counselor's role is to empower clients with the tools to unlock their fullest potential. I love working with clients of all ages as they strive to overcome their challenges with insight, growth and solutions.
(770) 545-6995
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Alpharetta, GA 30009
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Keren Drits
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
The types of approaches may vary from Play Therapy for young clients, to CBT alongside Solution Focused techniques for adolescent and adult clients.
Welcome! My practice is open during early EVENING hours to accommodate after school schedules. I have been fortunate to have 18 years of counseling experience in both the school setting and the private sector, working with children ranging in ages 5-18, adults, and with families. While working with children and adolescents, I believe that the family dynamic is an extremely important part of the therapeutic process, and will often involve parents and siblings in therapy when it is helpful. I specialize in: anxiety disorders, divorce, parenting support, self esteem, family dysfunction, and school related issues.
(770) 629-8015
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Alpharetta, GA 30009
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Lauren Wallace
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CPCS, RPT-S
Verified
Verified
I am a nationally certified Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor in the state of Georgia.
Hi everyone! My name is Lauren Wallace and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. I specialize in working with children who struggle with anxiety and divorce recovery. Graduating from North Georgia College & State University (now University of North Georgia) with my undergraduate degree in Sociology, I loved the school and Dahlonega so much that I attained my Master's degree in Community Counseling shortly thereafter. I have been a lifelong resident of Georgia, an active therapist in the state for over 10 years, and an active supervisor since 2017.
(706) 510-3346
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Alpharetta, GA 30005
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Lisa C Bryan
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, MEd
Verified
Verified
I use Play Therapy with children and am a Christian Counselor at heart.
Are you nervous, having panic attacks, shortness of breath, or maybe your heart is racing and you can't explain it; it could potentially be anxiety. Maybe for lack of better coping skills you have increased your use of alcohol or drugs. Maybe your family is telling you you are addicted to or abusing alcohol or drugs, but you don't know what else to do. Some people don't understand what is happening to their body and are fearful of where to go or how to get help.
(770) 450-5374
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Alpharetta, GA 30022
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Kristin Ann Coggin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, RPT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
As a Registered Play Therapist, Kristin most frequently utilizes Child Centered Play Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in her work with children ages 3-12.
Kristin Coggin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia. She received her B.S degree in Psychology from Columbus State University and a Master's Degree in Community Counseling from The University of Georgia. Kristin has experience working with adults, adolescents and children in both individual and group settings. She also has experience in family counseling and crisis intervention. Her experiences include working with clients of all ages in areas including mood/anxiety disorders, anger management, relationship issues and ADHD. Kristin also utilizes Canine Assisted Therapy in her sessions with her Therapy Dog, Tripp.
(678) 929-6147
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Alpharetta, GA 30004
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Kelley Dodson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CPCS
Verified
Verified
I have specialized training in play and art therapy, foster care, and attachment concerns.
Do you feel sad, lonely, hurt, or feel that your life is missing something? Do you have a child who is struggling with mood dysregulation, self-harming thoughts, or is simply "out-of-control?" Would like someone to talk too, process your thoughts, and help you or your family member feel better? If so, I am here to help you! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who specializes in working with children and families struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, anger management, low self-esteem, social skills, and divorce and family transition.
(678) 647-9987
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Alpharetta, GA 30004
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Susan Kerley
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CPCS, NCC, BC-TMH
Verified
Verified
I have a great passion for helping children, teens, and adults find contentment in life and learn to ride the natural waves of emotions. An Adlerian therapist at heart, I incorporate both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help others understand the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I also utilize experiential and expressive therapies (think art, play , and movement) to facilitate healing and growth. To register as a new client and schedule appointments online, please visit my online portal at mariettacounseling.secure-client-area.com. Thank you!
(770) 285-5760
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Alpharetta, GA 30009
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Tara Coppola Croy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I work with many children and adolescents, and am trained in play therapy , art therapy, and sand tray, which assists clients in healing through non-verbal means.
The challenges of life in today's society presents the need for behavioral and mental health services like never before. I have twenty-four years of experience in providing outpatient therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in order to assist them in overcoming the effects of these challenges. I utilize a solution-focused approach, because I believe that there is always a solution to every problem! I enjoy helping people understand that they have the ability to effectively cope with their emotions and life situations, which therefore enables them to live their best lives.
(678) 853-7669
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Alpharetta, GA 30005
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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.