Play Therapy in Naperville, IL

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Kierra Pauly
Pre-Licensed Professional, LSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I integrate other evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Experiential Therapy, and Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT).
I work with a wide range of client populations, including children, adolescents, and families with concentrations in the following: Anxiety, Attachment Issues, Behavioral Concerns, Depression, LGBTQ+ Identities, Neurodiversity (ADHD, Autism, Learning Disorders), Parenting Support, School-related stress, and Trauma.
(630) 716-9125
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Naperville, IL 60540
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Tammi C. Walker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I offer CBT therapy, trauma informed therapy and use tools such as: meditation, journaling and play therapy as well as others.
I look forward to working with individuals that are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and re-balancing their life. There comes a time in all of our lives where we need the compassion and support of a therapist that truly is present and cares. I will offer you a safe space to process and work through your challenges. Life is but a journey and it is meant for us to enjoy our lives. Yes, there will be some challenges, but we can get through the challenges when we have the tools and a support system to help us along our path.
(331) 204-0136
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Naperville, IL 60563
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Ashley McLaughlin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I utilize a combination of play therapy and behavioral therapy along with family sessions and parental training to assist the child in their growth and healing.
I specialize in working with individuals and families struggling with developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, and life transitions. I am passionate about working with couples on relational issues. I also have interest in veterans with combat related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Utilizing multiple treatment modalities including CBT, strengths-based therapy, and family systems therapy, my sessions are focused on helping individuals to find the best versions of themselves and figuring out the origin of different thoughts and behaviors.
(630) 345-4402
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Naperville, IL 60540
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Alicia M. Taylor
Counselor, MA, LCPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
As a clinically licensed, board certified counselor, I have experience in the assessment and treatment of adults, adolescents and children. I have been very successful in utilizing play therapy when counseling youth. My specialty includes working on issues ranging from relationships and parenting, to anxiety and depression, to identity and low self-esteem.
(630) 405-7612
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Naperville, IL 60540
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Megan Tennis
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Using elements of narrative, play , drama, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, I provide a unique and impactful approach to therapy.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 12 years of experience working with children and adolescents. In hospital, school and private practice settings, I have worked with a number of issues including: anxiety, depression, self-harm, stress, behavioral issues, school avoidance, bullying, and trauma. I help my clients come out of painful situations and equip them with the skills to successfully move forward.
(630) 592-2586
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Naperville, IL 60563
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Heather Anderson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
As a Person-Centered therapist utilizing techniques from Animal-Assisted Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Expressive Therapies such as Art Therapy and Play Therapy .
I graduated from Benedictine University in 2018 with a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. Specializing in children and adolescent therapy, I have experience working with individuals experiencing symptoms related to anxiety, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, stress, grief, and trauma. I have recently developed an interest in working with couples and find that to be very meaningful. Whether it is topics of identity or communication, I am here to help!
(331) 244-6068
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Naperville, IL 60563
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Tabatha J Price
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, LSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I help provide play therapy , narrative therapy, CBT, DBT, psychoeducational approaches and often integrate multiple approaches together for the best outcome.
I find great joy in working with young children and adolescents. The ability to help a young mind grow and develop past any barriers is an important process. My experiences with children struggling with a mental health diagnosis have given me the expertise to be able to help young minds over come and/or manage anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant disorder, attachment disorder and behavioral issues.
(630) 748-7723
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Naperville, IL 60563
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Nader Joudeh
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I work primarily through a cognitive/behavioral approach but also incorporate models such as solution-focused therapy, client-centered therapy, mindfulness, and play therapy when appropriate.
I have experience providing services to individuals of all ages experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship issues, social difficulties, cognitive difficulties, memory problems, attention difficulties, emotional disturbances, developmental delays, and aggression. I have worked with individuals diagnosed with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Oppositional Defiance Disorder. I also have experience working with adults and older adults experiencing neurodegeneration, traumatic brain injury, and various health or psychiatric conditions.
(331) 216-1781
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Naperville, IL 60563
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Yessica Chanza-Ocampo
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I specialize in working with young children and their families using child-centered play therapy , filial therapy, and other play -based approaches.
My ideal clients are unsure and afraid of what their mental and emotional health journey may look like, but they do it anyway. Seeking help for your emotional health is no different than caring for your physical health. I have learned from my experiences as a parent, collaborating, and learning from countless diverse individuals and families … there is no right way to navigate difficult times. We all hold unique experiences and beliefs. I believe a collaborative approach that allows for exploring strengths, values, and culture aids in helping individuals and families navigate difficult times.
(331) 258-3545
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Naperville, IL 60563
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Veronica Cecil
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have training in grief counseling for children and adults, as well as trauma-informed modalities for children and adults, including: EMDR, TF-CBT, DBT, sand tray therapy, and trauma-informed play therapy .
This has been such a hard season for many individuals and families navigating challenging issues with grief and loss. Most of my work has been providing support to children, adolescents, and adults during stressful experiences and transitions. My job allows me the privilege to witness the resilience and strength of individuals as they move through unexpected challenges. I believe it is important for all people to have a safe, non-judgmental, authentic space to feel validated and to help bring balance and healing to their life. I also work with therapists and medical providers who experience trauma and loss at work.
(331) 244-7379
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Naperville, IL 60563
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Angela Pezza Conway
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I conceptualize cases from a psychodynamic perspective and incorporate specialized treatments such as Sensorimotor PsychoTherapy, Mindfulness, Trauma and Attachment, and Play Therapy .
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families, in a variety of mental health settings including: hospitals, private practice, therapeutic day schools, and community mental health. I specialize in the treatment of Mood, Personality, Trauma and Attachment disorder. My special interests include Reactive Attachment Disorder, ADHD, Issues regarding Divorce, Adoption Issues, At-Risk Youth as well as Parent Education/Training, Post-Partum Depression and Transgender issues.
(630) 884-4366
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Naperville, IL 60540
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Kristen Barlow
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I use play therapy with younger kiddos and I find the sweet spot of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and CBT to help your child.
Let's be honest, it's been a tough year (or two!) and our kiddos have been through some stuff. Have you noticed your child feeling more anxious and worried? Are they having issues in relationships at school? Isolating themselves for just feeling down in general? I help children, teens and young adults become more self-confident, more able to manage big emotions, and be more effective in their relationships. I collaborate with parents to develop a clear path to healing for your child and provide regular, check-ins with parents. Therapy will be fun and your child will be on their way to feeling like their favorite self again.
(630) 354-0739
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Naperville, IL 60565
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Keith Levasseur
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Verified
In my work with children I use play therapy and have used EMDR with children as well.
I have worked as a counselor for over 20 years. I see people of all ages from 4 years old to 60 years of age. Much of my practice focuses on treating issues of trauma and anxiety. I enjoy seeing the transformation in many of my clients when I treat their trauma issues with EMDR. I also specialize in working with children and families. I treat many types of childhood issues, including behavior problems, depression, ADHD, and abuse issues.
(630) 765-3801 x304
Naperville, IL 60563
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Child Therapy Chicago
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Child Therapy Chicago is a counseling & psychotherapy specialist practice in the Chicagoland area working exclusively with kids from toddlers through teens and parents. We use play and talk therapy to help kids manage big emotions and behaviors like anxiety, sadness, fears, tantrums, aggression, school and social issues and feelings related to divorce. Offices in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood (1300 W Belmont Ave), Western Suburbs downtown Naperville (29 S Webster St) and North Shore downtown Northbrook (1340 Shermer Rd).
(773) 786-9148
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Naperville, IL 60540
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Lauren Smith
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
I primarily work from a relational psychodynamic framework, and am trained in ARC and Non-directive play therapy .
As a therapist, I strive to never take for granted the trust it requires to allow someone else to participate in the journey of healing. There are many reasons one might find themselves seeking a therapist, including the experience of anxiety, depression, painful memories, and relational difficulties, and no two individuals experiences any one of these in the same way. Each of us are uniquely influenced by past experiences and traumas, biology, and broader societal systems.
(504) 732-8103
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Naperville, IL 60563
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Maddie Alvaro
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I also have a collaborative approach to child therapy and believe in creativity and play as primary components of expression.
My practice includes work with children, adolescents, and adults related to issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, sexuality, relational stress, identity, religion, and existential despair. I have experience working with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mood dysregulation, trauma responses, adverse childhood experiences, sexuality, gender, youths exhibiting sexualized symptoms, painful life transitions, and strained family relationships. In working with adults, I am interested in delving into concerns of relational health, religious trauma, sexuality, and the impacts of society and systems on an individual.
(224) 232-5851
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Naperville, IL 60540
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Eve K Brownstone
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Eve Brownstone, LCPC, Expressive Arts Therapist and Certified Psychodramatist I have been providing compassionate care for the creative soul for 32 years. I enjoy supporting and empowering my clients to look within to gain more self-awareness, self-love, and self-acceptance. Art therapy, dance/movement therapy, guided imagery, meditation, journaling, and role- play are some of the tools used for this journey. The arts are excellent outlets to cope with stress and therapeutic tools that get below the surface to the heart of the matter. Not everyone’s first language is verbal and the arts can help us speak. Speak our own truth.
(872) 704-8440
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Naperville, IL 60540
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Laura Schleifer
Counselor, MS, MS, LCPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I also help children, youth and families on many issues, incorporating mindfulness, art, play and creativity to ease stress and promote change.
Are you struggling with a painful situation? Have you lost something precious to you? Do you feel "stuck" and uncertain of which way to turn? Are you a parent who is worried about your child? Is your family in conflict? Are you feeling overwhelmed? If you are ready to regain control of your life, this is the perfect time to seek help. I offer a warm, supportive environment and strive to instill hope while empowering people to make meaningful changes in their lives. I am easy to connect with. Together, we can reduce your anxiety and depression so you can experience greater inner peace.
(708) 546-3968
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Naperville, IL 60564
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Kyle McCordic
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
I have received training in Play Therapy , specifically Child-Centered Play Therapy , and am pursuing professional certification as a Registered Play Therapist from the Play Therapy Association.
I am passionate about empowering people to express themselves in an open and honest manner. One main theme that drives what I do is the ongoing search for personal meaning and self-worth, something each of us has a natural right to seek out. I specialize in Play Therapy with children ages 3-11, particularly involving emotional regulation, anger management, behavioral issues, anxiety, and depression in children. Finally, I enjoy working with adolescents, teens, and young adults dealing with anxiety, depression, grieving, and other interpersonal issues.
(630) 748-7680
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Naperville, IL 60563
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Paula Sejut-Dvorak
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Verified
As a therapist, I enjoy helping individuals and families reach their full potential and overcome obstacles. I encourage clients to learn new skills in therapy, gain insight and learn to collaborate with me, their families, and other important individuals in their lives. I have experience working with young children, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and SPD. While working with parents, I respect them as the expert on their children, while providing insight based on experience and knowledge of current research. With young children, I use play therapy to help facilitate communication between the child and the therapist.
(815) 984-0734
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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.