Play Therapy in Prairie Village, KS

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Photo of Bailey Forrester-Kernes, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Prairie Village, KS
Bailey Forrester-Kernes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Verified
My therapeutic style is collaborative, working with clients to tailor therapy services to their specific goals and needs. I specialize in working with children (5+), teens, and young adults in the following areas: anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, life changes, relationship building, boundary setting, and behavioral & academic concerns. I utilize a variety of modalities when working with clients including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SBFT), and Play Therapy .
(913) 386-5001
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Prairie Village, KS 66208
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$115 per session
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Catie Herst
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LPC, LCPC
Verified
Verified
I work alongside you and your family utilizing play , Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy & Positive Psychology, as we work together to identify appropriate coping skills, alleviate areas of concern & achieve therapeutic goals.
My blended background in Psychology and Education has enhanced my passion & desire to help children, adolescents & families achieve healthy functioning in all aspects of their lives. I believe the promotion of child wellness & growth is built upon the foundation of familial support and the development of a strong sense of self. My therapeutic style focuses on identifying patterns of behavior, helping to establish and develop supportive relationships, reducing symptoms of anxiety/distress & promoting healthy self-esteem. I develop interventions to meet the specific needs and goals of each client and family.
(913) 728-4486
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Prairie Village, KS 66208
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Catherine Sterchi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I specialize in Divorce, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma/PTSD, Marital/Relationship Issues, and Play Therapy for children.
Do you struggle in your life with strong reactions to events that seem out of your control? Do you find yourself captured by anger, upset, fear, or anxiety? Have you wanted to find a way to take the difficult things that have happened in your life and somehow have them set a foundation for you to have a better, less critical connection with yourself and others around you? I know how hard it is to make real changes that will lead to lasting peace, joy and effectiveness. I also know that it is absolutely possible to change course and rebuild.
(913) 601-8038
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Prairie Village, KS 66207
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$100 per session
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Carron Ellspermann Montgomery
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, RPT
Verified
Verified
I utilize cognitive behavioral strategies, play therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Do you feel confused, worried or lost about your child's behavior? I can help by providing your child or teen with the skills and confidence needed to transform their behavior. I want your child to feel confident and proud of who they are at school and at home.
(913) 937-8360
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Prairie Village, KS 66208
$125 per session
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Elizabeth Miranda
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LCMFT, RPT-S
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I have received additional, specialized training in the areas of: Play Therapy , Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Parenting Teens, Adult and Teen Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Attachment Disorders.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I especially enjoy working with children, teens, and couples facing a variety of issues. Life is a journey in which change is often the only constant. My job is to honor the journey you are on, and provide avenues for healing and hope both for you and your family. I believe that by working with individuals and families, healing and relational satisfaction can take place and change in relationships can occur.
(913) 416-1050
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Prairie Village, KS 66208
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$120 per session
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Deborah L Carle
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I primarily utilize play therapy with younger children and like to involve parents in the treatment as much as possible.
I have been passionate about psychology since high school and it gives me great satisfaction being involved in the process of helping people facilitate changes in their lives needed to help them grow. I have almost 30 years of experience working in a variety of behavioral health settings and started my own private practice in 2014. My practice includes women and children between the ages of 10 and 80. I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, college-age students and women. I do not provide couples therapy.
(913) 214-8633
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Prairie Village, KS 66208
$150 per session
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Prairie Village Therapy Services, LLC
Counselor, MS, LPC, LCPC, NCC, RPT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
As a licensed professional counselor for over 25 years, I provide therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults. Also a Registered Play Therapist, Cognitive Behavior Therapist (CBT), and an Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) trained therapist, I am passionate about providing a safe place for people to heal through their unique therapeutic journey. My area of expertise is working with children and adolescents.
(913) 318-3352
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Prairie Village, KS 66208
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$120 per session
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Whitney Wilson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I take a client-centered approach to therapy, and partner my knowledge and skills with the client's personality and healing style, using a mosaic of techniques and theories such as play therapy , Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, attachment theory, expressive therapy techniques, mindfulness techniques, and solution-focused therapy to achieve healing.
My approach is grounded in meeting folks where they are in the moment, and not asking them to feel, look, or act like someone they’re not. I believe that every person has worth and value because of their identity, and I love helping other people tap into their worth. I believe that all humans have the innate capacity to not only overcome difficult experiences, but to heal and thrive, and when we overcome difficult experiences or emotions, we are stronger and more resilient. Lasting change requires work, but when we put in that work we harness the power to define our experience rather than letting our experience define us.
(417) 815-6332
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Prairie Village, KS 66208
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$100 per session
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Victoria L Weddle
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LCPC, RPT
Verified
Verified
I have completed training in Play Therapy and EMDR, and am seeking to help individuals and families ages 4-30.
Reaching out for help can be tough, sharing some of our deepest hurts can be even harder. Does this sound like you? Are you or your family experiencing relationship struggles or have children with big emotions that take over? If you're here, you may be searching for guidance in some of these areas, I can help! It is my belief that each of us have the ability to be brave and create new ways of thinking when given the opportunity. By creating a space of acceptance and a sense of belonging, I believe we are resilient and can become a hero in our own lives.
(816) 290-7675
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Prairie Village, KS 66208
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$150 per session
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Cynthia Wolf
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LCPC, RPT, NCC, LPC
Verified
Verified
I had the rare and unique opportunity to be educated and trained by leaders in the field of Play Therapy at the University of North Texas.
REGISTERED PLAY THERAPIST SINCE 1999. I SPECIALIZE IN AGES 3 TO 9 and work closely with parents providing support and guidance in helping their child during each session. I counsel children, dealing with all issues that are presented in the developmental area of young children. Including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, aggressive behavior, social skills, school and peer issues, sleep and eating issues, fears, defiance, mood changes, sibling issues, parenting support and coaching. I believe that each child and parent(s) are unique and individualize each session.
(913) 379-3763
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Prairie Village, KS 66207
$185 per session
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Emily Lekan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I know that therapy isn't one-size-fits-all. We all face challenges in life; some endure more than others, but you're not expected to handle it all on your own. I'm passionate about providing a safe environment that is validating, engaging, and focused on positive change to help both children and adults heal through their own unique therapeutic journey. My purpose includes creating a safe and accepting environment for children and families to grow from and to feel inspired by their own capabilities. I earned my graduate degree at Friends University, and I also have extensive training in the practice of Child-Centered Play Therapy
(913) 270-1787
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Prairie Village, KS 66206
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$75 (individual)$110 (couples)
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Larsen K Barnds Jr
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LCMFT, LMFT
Verified
Verified
So, here you are looking for some help. Well done--as it is often a challenge, beginning to look for options/help. It is no small task getting beyond where you are, and then moving toward what you want. Sorting it all out can feel overwhelming, just like actually making that first call to a therapist. I applaud your courage and wisdom in sorting it out and in seeking assistance. I would love to be a part of helping you discover this process, and to share some of your upcoming journey. When you are ready, please give me a call. I am right here.
(816) 920-0179
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Prairie Village, KS 66208
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$100 (individual)$100 (couples)
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Martha Kraus
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LCPC
Verified
Verified
There are times in life we all feel overwhelmed, trying to manage the intense symptoms of anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, and grief. Emotional pain can be so intense and debilitating that, at times, it can seem like it will never end. The truth is difficult times will pass and we can get through them if we let ourselves. I am here to help support you through these uncertain and stressful times. With all the latest news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, everything feels so uncertain. We are all challenged in different ways through this and can feel very isolated and alone.
(913) 298-0687
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Prairie Village, KS 66208
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$125 (individual)$150 (couples)
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Anthony K Sung
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you feeling stuck? trapped? hopeless? misunderstood? I've been there. Together, we can work towards freedom, hope, confidence, and security.
(913) 246-3796
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Prairie Village, KS 66207
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$125 (individual)$150 (couples)
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Chrissie Diehl
LSCSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a different and fun way to reach children, adolescents, transitional-age youth and adults without the stigma of talk therapy. EAP is an alternative therapeutic approach that addresses mental health concerns and everyday life challenges by teaming up with caring therapists and horses. This type of therapy often reflects clients' verbal and nonverbal strengths and incongruencies while enhancing personal growth and development. This experiential, holistic approach works well with solution-focused therapy (SFT) and other evidence-based treatment modalities, e.g., ACT, EMDR, and CBT.
(913) 728-5602
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Prairie Village, KS 66208
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Mary M Lorton
Counselor, PhD
Verified
Verified
Why, despite good intentions, do you repeat something that isn't good for you? How can you learn compassion for yourself and others - instead of judging or shaming? How can you think 'outside the box' and recognize your fear of risk? Psychotherapy provides a place to explore what needs to happen so you can feel mastery in life. I'll work with you to gain awareness and see alternatives.
(913) 701-3877
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Prairie Village, KS 66208
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$150 (individual)$180 (couples)
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Debra Pomroy Starr
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, LCSW, RPT-S
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I have experience helping children, teens, and adults find their way through difficult times. Perhaps you have overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, anger, anxiety, or confusion, or are going through major changes in your relationship, work, or school life. Perhaps you feel stuck and simply want to live more authentically. As we explore together, you can feel better, avoid old pitfalls, and work toward your goals. I'm comfortable with people of diverse cultures, sexualities, and ages.
(913) 667-2710
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Prairie Village, KS 66208
$165 per session
Not accepting new clients
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Maureen Francois
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, LCSW, RPT
Verified
Verified
My approach to therapy is grounded in the belief that you know yourself best. In therapy, I am not the expert on your life; you are. I will serve as a guide as you work through the messy, raw, and unfiltered areas of your life. Together, we will discuss and implement strategies to make your burdens feel lighter. My wild hope for you is that you go forward with the skills and confidence to thrive. I am also trained in EMDR. This is a modality that provides people the opportunity to heal from challenging and traumatic experiences.
(816) 533-4919
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Prairie Village, KS 66208
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$140 per session
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Merritt Posten
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, CDWF, MCLC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
It’s okay to say, "I'm not okay." If trying to return to “normal life” post pandemic is harder than you thought & you’re sad or anxious and not sure why- you are not alone. Life is messy but good therapy ends. Maybe your life looks nothing like it did two years ago & you’re reeling and only now catching your breath and struggling to breathe. Maybe your life looks the same and you feel different but you’re stuck, overwhelmed and don’t know what to do next. What we allow will continue & lasting change requires work. Often starting the work & reaching out is a daunting task but when we avoid our stories, that's when they define us.
(816) 396-8013
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Prairie Village, KS 66208
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$150 (individual)$150 (couples)
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Sarah Dettmer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSEd, MS, LPC, LCPC
Verified
Verified
Change is an inevitable part of life. Transitions are as natural as night and day. In nature we observe times when things move slowly without visable change - and then suddenly acceleration occurs followed by a transformation. I am a therapist/professional counselor who works with individuals ranging from childhood through late adulthood, couples, and families to assist them in finding personal growth, and work confidently through the natural transitions life brings. I recognize each client as unique and direct my counseling to the whole person; which attends to the body, mind, and spirit of each.
(913) 667-7134
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Prairie Village, KS 66208
$100 per session

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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.