Play Therapy in Evanston, IL

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Chava Alpert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
By actively participating in team building activities and play , children learn to recognize their thoughts & feelings, their peers thoughts & feelings, learn to recognize expected behaviors & unexpected behaviors and modify their behaviors accordingly.
With over 15 years of experience working with children and their families I bring a wealth of knowledge and resources to my work. My experience includes helping children improve communication and problem solving skills, cope with anxiety, and building confidence in relationships. The family work focus's on parenting and communication skills and strengthening relationships. In addition to individual and family therapy I have expertise in social skills groups for children 3-11 years old. I help children with no formal diagnosis who experience social and behavioral challenges as well as children with Asperger's, learning disabilities, ADHD, and Anxiety.
(773) 340-4234 
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Sherin Joseph
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MBBS, MA, ALMFT
Verified
I can understand personally how culture can play a role in the hesitancy of seeking mental health services, and I aim to provide a safe space for healing transformation.
I believe it is a privilege to be present with someone through their fears, challenges, and hurts, and then to help them experience change and restoration. For this reason, I see counseling as an opportunity to help people reduce pain and suffering, cope with the challenges of life, and experience increased joy, purpose, and self-acceptance.
(847) 916-8512 x106 
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Stephanie Swartzendruber
Pre-Licensed Professional, LSW
Verified
I believe in providing empathetic care and guidance through a collaborative therapeutic relationship by navigating unique experiences. My approaches include but are not limited to, CBT, mindfulness, solution-focused, strength-based, and play therapies. I have used these skills in treating anxiety, depression, phobias, emotional regulation, trauma, and social integration. I have a wealth of experience with diverse ages of children, teens, adults, and seniors. I have worked with children and adults with disabilities as well as their caregivers. As a mother of two adult children, I understand balancing life struggles while parenting.
(773) 780-2810 
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Evanston, IL 60202
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Sarah A. Schroeder
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Modalities include play -based therapy, psychodynamic treatment, attachment-based therapy, emotionally focused therapy and mindfulness.
It's important that you find a therapist that is a right fit for you. I strive to create a safe holding environment where clients feel understood and encouraged to take their next step. I utilize a developmental framework and family systems approach, while viewing each client as a unique individual. I specialize in working with young children and families, providing individual, family, couples, and group treatment.
(872) 244-6873 
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Laura Willis
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
With kids up to twelve years old, I primarily utilize child-centered play therapy .
I love working with children, adolescents, and emerging adults who are looking for a space of support and understanding. For children and adolescents, those years can be both exciting and incredibly challenging as you navigate big life changes, confusing emotions, and feeling alone. For emerging adults, those years can be scary, disorienting, and overwhelming as you face major life transitions and new chapters. I am thrilled to walk alongside clients of all backgrounds as we explore your story together!
(847) 960-1416 
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Evelyn Brewton
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA
Verified
My name is Evelyn. I am a licensed professional counselor and psychotherapist. I specialize in working with young children and their caregivers. But I also work with couples, individuals, and anyone else in need of therapy. I am trained in child and parent psychotherapy, a model that helps families heal from traumatic experiences, and ABA therapy, a behavioral therapy used primarily in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder and behavioral problems. My goal is to help families understand one another and build healthy enduring bonds through various means including play therapy .
(773) 786-9287 x918 
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Mirel Castle
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
When working with children, I use play -based therapy paying special attention to the child's level of development and family relationships so that children acquire positive self-esteem, successful social interactions and competent problem-solving skills.
Each individual's journey is unique. My approach to psychotherapy is relational and supportive so people can embrace their personal story in a caring and respectful manner. Together, we can work towards identifying strengths, creating greater self-awareness, increasing fulfillment and understanding thoughts, feelings and relationships. I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults with various concerns in individual, group and family settings, as well as providing neurofeedback therapy and conducting neuropsychological assessments.
(773) 492-6871 
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Evanston, IL 60202
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Nicole J. Howell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
I use traditional psychodynamic modalities as well as expressive arts and play therapy that will meet you or your child/teen where you/they are and provide a space to develop strategies for coping and communicating or identifying what is further needed.
For over 15 years I have worked with children, teens and adults managing difficulties with social, emotional and behavioral difficulties. The diverse experience with each age has given me insight to share in the therapy room with you. I address each challenge with great care and energy to help move toward growth with you or your child to find understanding and greater ways of coping, being in relationships and thriving.
(312) 548-7742 
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Tracy Nieman
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
I utilize cognitive-behavioral, relational, mindfulness-based, and play -therapy approaches.
I specialize in working with children and adolescents. I want to provide children and families with an emotionally supportive space to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I honor the uniqueness of individuals and families. I come from an empathetic, collaborative, and strength-based perspective.
(224) 714-0391 
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Evanston, IL 60201
Offers online therapy
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Jena Catania
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
Verified
I specialize in working with children and adolescents with a wide range of presenting issues utilizing directive and non-directive play therapy depending on the client, and am careful to involve caregivers throughout the process! With my adult clients, I often employ an integrative approach in order to meet my clients where they are in the moment.
I view the therapeutic relationship as a partnership, and find the relational aspect of therapy to be an integral piece in making strides towards meeting the clients needs and goals. Confronting the difficulties and pain in life is often challenging and uncomfortable—as such I strive to create a safe space for my clients to process authentically. I know each client is unique and work to meet the client where they are, with empathy, humor, support, challenge, and encouragement throughout our journey together. I offer services for clients of all ages, and have experience working with a wide range of diverse clients.
(224) 204-0968 
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Meridith Oliver
Counselor, MA, LCPC, RDT, LCAT
Verified
I am a Registered Drama Therapist and utilize the mind-body connection, improvisational play , and exploring one's personal narrative through imagery and metaphor.
Are you struggling to manage feelings of anxiety, depression, anger or stress? Are you experiencing increased stressors due to life transitions or relationship concerns? I can help you gain skills to manage your stressors, discover your inner strengths, and support you in making positive changes. I specialize in supporting individuals of all ages struggling with managing distressing emotions, stressful life transitions, and challenging interpersonal relationships.
(312) 376-0389 
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Rita Sussman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
I do play therapy and consult with other professionals and schools.
I'm an experienced,reliable and compassionate psychologist who works with clients to lessen depression and anxiety, gain emotional strength, and work through problems at home and at work. As people learn how their experience has impacted their lives, they gain insight that leads to understanding. As they gain control, they make changes in their relationships and quality of life. I work with children, adolescents and adults who are Caucasian, African-American, of diverse ethnicities nationalities and religions. My experience is that being in therapy with a person who is listening closely to what is happening and how you feel about it is empowering.
(312) 487-4672 
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Lisa Jablon Fowler
Counselor, MA, LCPC, SP
Verified
I primarily work with parents, adolescents,and children. I utilize a combination of expressive therapies ( Sandplay,art, and play based treatment) and insight oriented ( talk Therapy). I listen carefully; together we discover what works best for your specific concerns. I specialize in trauma, anxiety separation,relational concerns,grief, loss depression and adjustment-identity dificulties. On This journey toward healing it helps to have someone you trust accompany you.
(847) 278-9888 
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Jodie Goldberg Singer
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified
I have expertise in the following: Depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship difficulties, self-identity exploration, ADHD and disruptive behavioral disorders, school concerns, effective parenting, and strengthening parent-child relationships. I also help people navigate life transitions, such as early adulthood, career choices, grief and loss, and retirement, in addition to other life transitions. I provide an individualized treatment approach, utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy, insight-oriented therapy, play therapy , and a variety of family therapy treatments. I am fluent in Spanish.
(312) 818-3764 
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Evanston, IL 60208
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Christina Hoffstrom
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Christina strongly believes that play is the language of children and uses play therapy to help children cope with anxiety, depression, behavioral concerns and major life changes, such as divorce.
Christina is a passionate advocate for children, teens, and adolescents in need. By using techniques like Play Therapy , CBT, and DBT, Christina helps clients develop a diverse tool kit to achieve their goals. Christina creates unique treatment plans for each client, providing therapy specific to their personal concerns such as anxiety, depression, school struggles, behavioral concerns, or family conflicts. Clients working with Christina find her to be warm, easy to connect with and flexible. Christina also takes a compassionate and non-judgmental approach to psychotherapy, allowing clients to feel safe to explore and grow.
(773) 830-3608 
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Andrea Lea Bushala
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RPT, SSW
Verified
A Registered Play Therapist, I create an environment that encourages children to process their emotions.
I am a practicing and licensed psychotherapist specializing in working with children ages 1-10 and their families. My focus is on understanding the strengths and challenges of each child and then developing a treatment protocol designed to best support the child in the context of their family and larger community. While working with children in therapy, I often work extensively with the parents so that they can understand the emotional challenges beneath their child's behaviors and be an active part of their child's healing long term.
(773) 993-1573 
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Marcia Zumbahlen
Psychologist, PhD, IMHS
Verified
I specialize in neurodevelopmental disorders, with a particular focus on autism and associated conditions (e.g., sensory processing difficulties, ADHD). I am particularly interested in early intervention with young children using a relationship-based and play -based model (e.g., DIR/Floortime, Play Project). Social groups are created as needed.
(503) 483-8658 
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Evanston, IL 60201
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David M Brooks
Psychologist, PhD, PsyD
Verified
Whether for individual adults, children or adolescents, psychodynamic therapy and psychodynamic play therapy are unique forms of psychotherapy.
In our contemporary society it is easy to be content and even glad for medications that soothe symptoms, but healing comes from working through our underlying inner conflicts in a textured human relationship in which we can feel what we truly feel and become who we truly are. I believe distressful symptoms, whether depression, anxiety, anger, hurt, a sense of meaninglessness, a sense of emptiness, addictions, or behavior problems are signs. They are signs that it is time to grow our mindfulness of our underlying needs, feelings, and thereby gain choices for living more contently within our communities and families.
(312) 624-6260 
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Evanston, IL 60201
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Santina Maria Bianco
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified
My area of specialty is play therapy .
The COIVD-19 pandemic has made an impact on the way we live our lives. The unknown is what many of us find where we need comfort in the most. It is my goal to provide a safe and collaborative space where you can fully express your thoughts, feelings, doubts, and desires. I deeply respect all people and their unique identities and experiences. I listen carefully to make sure I fully understand and then work in partnership and support to develop goals and plans. It is my hope that everyone I meet with feels accepted and comfortable throughout our journey together.
(872) 250-5307 
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Evanston, IL 60208
Offers online therapy
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Sarah Beatty
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Welcome! I'm Sarah and I provide individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults in the greater Chicago area. I am particularly focused on work with those who have experienced trauma or domestic violence and LGBTQIA+ folks. I also work with individuals who are struggling with anxiety and those who want to work on their interpersonal relationships.
(224) 288-0381 x26 
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Evanston, IL 60201
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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.

If you're looking for play therapy in Evanston or for an Evanston play therapist, these professionals provide play therapy, play therapy children, child play therapy, play therapy for children, sandplay therapy, family play therapy and group play therapy. They include play therapists, play psychologists, play psychotherapists and play counselors.