Play Therapy in Cedar Falls, IA

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Hope Tree Counseling Services Inc.
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hope Tree has 4 offices, 2 play therapy rooms for working with children 2-12 and seasonal outdoor spaces.
I have special interest in working with issues of terminal illness, grief loss and transition with children individuals and families. I work with children with attachment, ADHD, trauma, and behavioral issues. I work with women issues surrounding self- esteem and personal growth. I have an extensive background in theater and the arts. I incorporate nature, animals, drama, art and play into my therapies with clients. My work also focuses on treating PTSD and anxiety. I incorporate trauma informed care into my work. I believe healing is possible and I am here to walk the path with my clients to a place of growth and positive change.
(763) 296-8162
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Andresen Counseling and Consulting, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hello! I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I have a passion for working with Children, Teenagers, Adults, Elderly and Disabled individuals. I specialize in working with anyone who has experienced traumatic events or has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I am a certified EMDR Therapist. EMDR is a type of therapy that helps people heal from emotional and bodily distress after experiencing a traumatic life event. I am also trained in Play Therapy , which is used with children. Other areas of interest include: addictions and compulsions, anxiety, attachment, depression, divorce issues, grief and loss issues, communication problems, pain, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma and others.
(319) 313-2667
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Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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Cathy A. Rottinghaus
Counselor, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My practice is a trauma-informed and strengths-based approach focused on empowering clients to actively assist in their mental health journey. I use a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, play therapy techniques, art therapy techniques, and other personally expressive interventions with clients. I place a high value on clients’ personal autonomy and collaboration in establishing mental health goals.
(319) 220-4572
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Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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Eysha Zubair Khan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, EMDR
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I use a variety of approaches including Adverse Childhood Experiences, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, play therapy techniques, art therapy techniques, and an integrated approach to treating trauma which includes elements of body-centered therapies, mindfulness, EMDR, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and somatic experiencing therapy.
My passions are working with trauma, children, and bridging the gap between marginalized populations and mental health services. Trauma is hard for everyone and even harder to deal with on your own. I am of the belief that every person has the capability to heal and grow. Whether you need someone to talk to who will always listen or want to engage in trauma work such as EMDR or IFS, it will be my honor to empower you throughout your journey to the new, healed you.
(800) 531-4236
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Karen Haas Misseldine
Counselor, LMHC, ATR
Verified
Verified
I interweave creativity, yoga and play therapy into my practice.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Registered Art Therapist. I am certified in EMDR and Mindfulness Cognitive Therapy. I have been helping people of all ages navigate mental health and life challenges for over 25 years. Together, we can tailor your therapy to meet your individual needs so you can move beyond whatever is holding you back and begin to experience the relief and change you are seeking. My approach is non-judgmental, compassionate and collaborative.
(563) 202-2189
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Jill Danielle Gronewold
Counselor, LMHC, NCC
Verified
Verified
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I use a variety of modalities to treat a wide range of presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief. My professional training includes working with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced trauma, rape/sexual assault, domestic violence, and grief. I have experience in providing counseling from a Christian perspective, although I welcome clients from other faith and spiritual backgrounds.
(641) 715-9961
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Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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Deanna Hanson
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Verified
I have 30 years experience with youth, families, adults and school staff. Multiple trainings on body based approach to healing trauma, and increasing resiliency zone. Clients discover their identity, as I mine hearts to find/extract the ore treasured within. Raised on a cattle ranch: I am practical, hard working and love the outdoors. My joy is to help the afflicted , the broken hearted and proclaim liberty to captives. I love using metaphor to clarify vision/focus around personal and crisis issures. I am a Christian, believing in the Bible / prayer and will gladly integrate in the process if requested.
(319) 284-8739
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Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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Jeremiah Kats
Counselor, MS, NCC, LMHC
Verified
Verified
I have extensive experience in school and community settings working with children, teens, and adults. I believe that you are the expert on your life and see my role as walking alongside you to help gain a different perspective and learn skills to navigate life more effectively.
(319) 448-3217
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Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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Liz Freese
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Welcome! Thank you honoring yourself and giving the gift of self-exploration, understanding, healing and balance to your life. Therapy is an amazing journey that can help with many areas of life that may feel overwhelming and unchangeable. I have a passion for helping others and find joy in the work I do. I would be honored to be with you on this journey. I have been practicing in the field for 17+ years, working with youth, adults, and families.
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Summer Elliott
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Having someone listen to you, without judging or minimizing what you feel and think is so important. Together, we can help you gain clarity, set goals, and take steps toward healing. I provide a safe space in my practice to allow for all stages of self-discovery and wellness for you or your family.
(319) 349-8077
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Raven Counseling Services LLC
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Do you feel defeated and alone? Are you seeking to heal the inner areas of self doubt, worry, fear, pain, and other places where hope is subsiding? Do you need a space to problem solve, slow down, and reflect with guidance from a clinical perspective? I am a clinician with over 12 years of experience providing person centered counseling and would like to help you discover how to find awareness and cope better. A raven is associated with loss; yet it's symbolism is complex. As a talking bird, it represents prophecy and insight which makes complex decisions and shows rich awareness. I am ready to help support you in your hour of need!
(319) 318-6773
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Josie Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
(319) 552-4321
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Taylor Peterson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
I use cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused therapy, expressive arts therapy, play therapy , and motivational interviewing to help clients achieve their goals.
I earned my Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. I continued my education and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Master of Social work degree with specialization in trauma informed care. During my time at UNI, I gained valuable experience working with children, youth, and families. Outside of college, I worked as a Mental Health Therapist, in the school system, counseling students experiencing concerns with depression, anxiety, grief, PTSD, self-identify, self-harm, relationships, and more.
(800) 531-4236
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Waterloo, IA 50701
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Amanda Marks
Licensed Professional Counselor, t-LMHC
Verified
Verified
I enjoy working with clients to create and work on goals by using a variety of therapeutic modalities and evidence-based techniques like Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Play therapy , Sand-tray therapy, and Art therapy to meet the needs of each individual.
I am a graduate of Upper Iowa University and a temporary licensed mental health counselor. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and parents dealing with anger, anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, parent/child conflict, coping with divorce, and other life stressors.
(319) 595-4572
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Waterloo, IA 50701
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Bonita Streich
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and I am working towards certification in working with Autism.
I work with ages 3 through adulthood: individuals, couples, and families. I have worked with individuals who have: depression, anxiety, Bipolar, grief from any type of loss, ADHD, Autism, stress, anger, divorce, and those who need a third party to talk to without judgement. I am trained in Adlerian Play Therapy for children and adults to reach beyond traditional talk therapy for self-expression/processing when words are hard to find. It is proven that children say much more in play than they have the words for.
(319) 214-7912
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Waterloo, IA 50703
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Shelly Blanchard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
In my sessions, I like to focus on the entire person: the mind, body, and spirit. I do provide Christian counseling if that is something you are interested in. I offer therapy with individuals, couples, and families and am happy to say that I love the work I do. When you come to my office, you will be able to share the things in your life that you are struggling with and know that what you share will be met with compassion. You will be able to let me know what you would like to talk about during each session and what you would like to get out of therapy.
(319) 220-3973
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Waterloo, IA 50701
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RPB Counseling Services, LLC
Counselor, MS, LMHC, LPCC
Verified
Verified
Overwhelmed by intense bouts of guilt, anger, shame and fear? Trapped. I specialize in helping clients who are struggling with PTSD, Trauma, Grief, Acute Life Challenges, Relationship Issues, Anxiety and Depression. Through our work together, clients will learn techniques to reduce intensity and practical resources to address persistent emotions. Allowing clients to be more present and achieve a new state of balance in their lives.
(319) 220-0014
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Waterloo, IA 50702
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Jayden Rubino
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Now accepting new clients - Therapy can be overwhelming and it is important to me to create a place where you can feel safe to be vulnerable. I provide a calm and laid-back environment to offer an inviting atmosphere for you to discuss your feelings, thoughts, and experiences. This is especially important to me because I know that growth happens outside of our comfort zone. We aren’t always aware of what we can achieve, and I enjoy assisting others in opening their eyes to their full potential. I have a strong belief that being willing to explore the challenging pieces of ourselves will allow us to grow.
(319) 243-7661
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Waterloo, IA 50702
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Katie Schieffer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Katie is passionate about mental health and wellness for all. She uses a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach to create a space where individuals and families are able to experience a sense of safety and connection. Building on these experiences, Katie aims to help individuals understand their own strengths, needs and agency for change. With families, Katie incorporates brain development and attachment theory to build a working alliance with families to identify the specific needs of their child. Katie aims to help families experience connection, attunement and enjoyment as tools to improve and strengthen relationships.
(319) 220-5096
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Waterloo, IA 50703
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Sarah Aanonson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Throughout my career, I've found fulfillment in helping others discover their goals and potential. For the past 12 years, I've had the honor of working with servicemen in the military and their families, and I'm happy to now also serve the public beyond. My treatment approach addresses a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, addiction, stress, life transitions, trauma, PTSD, divorce, grief, anger management, OCD, and ADHD. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) that I use to reprocess trauma and treat OCD, self-worth, and anxiety. I see children and individuals age 8 through adult.
(319) 429-7475
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Waterloo, IA 50701
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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.