Play Therapy in Louisville, KY

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Cassandra Roberts
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I offer therapeutic modalities such as: Family System Trauma Therapy, CBT, Trauma Focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Play Therapy Techniques, & Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Everyone experiences ups and downs. Forming a therapeutic partnership can help you sort out hardships and receive the support needed to accomplish your goals.
(502) 206-1660
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Louisville, KY 40291
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Sarah Cunningham Allen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I use and have been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, play therapy and expressive therapy techniques.
I work with children, adolescents, families and adults to address a wide range of emotional, behavioral and interpersonal problems such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, PTSD, trauma, and ADHD. I work with my clients to gain insight, break patterns and thrive. Please check out: www.lifesjourneyky.com/
(502) 305-3879
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Louisville, KY 40222
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Victoria Edwards
Pre-Licensed Professional, Ed S, LPCA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have had extensive training in the nurturing parenting model, child-centered therapy, play therapy , trauma and mindfulness based CBT.
Do you feel lost as a parent? Do you feel as though you didn't have the proper role model(s), or that your kids should have come with a manual? Maybe you feel like everything you do annoys your teenager or your toddler ignores everything you say. Or are you a teen who's tired of feeling misunderstood? Are you ready to develop more efficient communication and conflict resolution skills, so you can be better understood by your friends and family? Either way, you're ready and willing to make changes!
(502) 273-5986
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Louisville, KY 40218
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Megan Meyerhoffer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RPT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
As a Registered Play Therapist, I use the healing power of play to reduce difficulties in a child's life.
I am fortunate and profoundly grateful to have found my passion (which also happens to be my career) in supporting people across the lifespan - children, teens, adults and families through struggles and challenges due to chronic medical conditions, anxiety, trauma, grief, parenting that our lives and our chaotic world present. I use an eclectic approach rooted in neuroscience and relational neurobiology to meet you where you are with what works for you.
(502) 237-5553
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Louisville, KY 40205
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Geneva Drane (Discovery 502 Counseling)
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPCA , MFTA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Many successful treatment plans will utilize a foundation of Adlerian, art therapy, behavioral, biopsychosocial, CBT, dialectical behavior therapy, emotionally focused therapy, existential/humanistic, family systems, gestalt, internal family systems & play therapy .
As a Marriage & Family Therapist & LPC, I specialize in couples, marriage, early childhood to adolescents ages 3-21, families, parenting & baby Doula work & w/parenting in homes. Adults, women's issues, bipolar, stress, relationship issues. DBT, CBT, anxiety, depression & mood disorders, IFS, family therapy, EFT, couples. As your therapist, it is my priority to create a therapeutic atmosphere that promotes growth and positive change, for you. I look forward to working with you to address your challenges and realize your goals. Let's get started, I can help! Please visit my webpage at www.discovery502counseling.com to make Appt.
(502) 305-5304
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Louisville, KY 40223
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Creative Family Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist
1 Endorsed
1 Endorsed
Some specialties include Play Therapy , Art Therapy, AutPlay for those experiencing ADHD or ASD, Positive Discipline Parenting Support, TFCBT, and EMDR.
It is our mission to make the world a happier place, one household at a time. Our expert Child and Family Counselors help families turn homes of chaos and pain into homes of happiness and healing by providing safe space to connect in the therapy room, tools to connect better with family at home, and inspiration for a deeper connection with the world around us. Our approach is creative, collaborative, and centered on the belief that every voice matters.
(502) 237-4387
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Louisville, KY 40222
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Erin E Bowling
Counselor, MEd, LPCC
Verified
Verified
I use various modalities including DBT, EMDR, REBT, Solution-Focused, and Play Therapy .
Hi, I’m Erin. I help people create pathways to work through anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and life stresses. You might describe yourself as feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, and just “stuck,” not able to live life with purpose and happiness. Maybe you have tried everything to make changes and nothing seems to be working. Together we can work to share and develop ways to make changes and meet goals in a safe, nonjudgmental space. We will work to get things back on a positive track, and bring about changes in behavior, stronger relationships, better communication, and healing.
(502) 233-4456
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Louisville, KY 40222
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Jan Rudd
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
1 Endorsed
1 Endorsed
I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Utilizing Play Therapy and Expressive techniques, I believe in letting your child (or inner child) be who they need to be so they can heal from anxiety, depression, or trauma. I will create the safe space they need to feel loved and accepted. I also work with parents alongside their child/children so they can journey with us and learn helpful parenting techniques. My hope is parents will see their children for the unique wonderful people they are.
(502) 251-9180
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Louisville, KY 40223
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Heather Bass
Psychologist, PsyD, MAAT
Verified
Verified
In addition to talk therapy, I utilize art, play and sand tray therapy in my work with children and adolescents.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. My expertise is in the areas of Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Attention Deficit Disorder, chronic medical conditions, and Childhood Trauma. I am trained in Family Based Treatment for Eating Disorders (FBT) also known as the Maudsley Method. I also specialize in working with children and families in transition due to separation and divorce.
(502) 426-1234
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Louisville, KY 40205
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Phoenix Fowler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Phoenix also utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, expressive techniques, play , and mindfulness to assist children in their therapeutic journey.
Phoenix Fowler, LCSW, graduated from the University of Louisville where she received her Master’s of Science in Social Work. Before completing her Masters, Phoenix attended Bellarmine University where she double majored in Art and Psychology. Phoenix has experience working with children in various settings including hospitals, refugee and immigrant resettlement agencies, and in the public school system. Phoenix’s approach to therapy can be described as creative, playful, and supportive.
(502) 842-4107 x6
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Louisville, KY 40206
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Barbara Hedspeth
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I am trained in the use of sand tray and play therapy with children.
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders and mild to moderate OCD, as well as trauma and depression. My experience tells me that these conditions are highly treatable with the right approach. My primary method is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is a proven evidence based treatment for these problems. I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Cognitive Processing Therapy for the treatment of trauma. My style is direct, supportive and goal oriented with emphasis on what the client wants to work on. I use humor as well!
(502) 385-2488
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Louisville, KY 40206
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Susan R Engler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I use a variety of treatment modalites including (but not limited to): cognitive-behavioral, brief therapy, solution-focused, motivational interviewing and play therapy techniques based on the client and the issues being addressed in therapy.
I have over 20 years experience working in the field of mental health. I love to treat all individuals but specialize in children, teens, and their families. If you are ready to make positive changes in your life, then I am ready to come along side of you and offer you my support and experience.
(502) 883-6613
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Louisville, KY 40220
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Jim McGee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, MDiv, MA
Verified
Verified
Currently I am not accepting new clients, but this may change when my schedule has more openings. I believe in helping people discover their hidden resources to cope more effectively with the difficulties of life, including bereavement, complicated grief, mood disturbance, depression, anger, anxiety, behavior problems of youth, and the effects of addiction on family. I enjoy working with adolescents, children, adults, couples, and families. Expressive approaches include spiritually integrated therapy, therapeutic music, play therapy for children, solution focused narrative therapy,and cognitive behavioral therapy.
(502) 265-3933
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Louisville, KY 40242
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Kyle Coma-Thompson
Counselor, LPCA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I take an integrative approach to therapy, providing a range of techniques to meet you where you are and draw on your strengths. I have experience assisting children, teens, and adults in group and individual clinical settings. I am trained in EMDR and incorporate elements of Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) along with mindfulness-based forms of treatment such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). My work with teens and children frequently applies techniques from Expressive Therapy and Play Therapy .
(502) 305-5449
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Louisville, KY 40207
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Denise A Greene
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW, RPT-S
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I have been counseling adults and children for over 25 years and have been a Registered Play Therapist for 18 years with experience in treating multiple behavioral problems and mental disorders.
Denise Greene will be offering virtual therapy to women and children. In addition to offering sessions online, I do see children in the office. Masks must be worn. I offer up-to-date therapy techniques for Women and Children with a specialization in pre-school and elementary school ages. I offer EMDR treatment along with Play Therapy to aid women and children dealing with trauma, stress, and anxiety. I am a Registered Play Therapist and have training in Sand Tray Therapy, AutPlay Therapy (treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities). I have extensive experience working with children.
(502) 281-4402
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Louisville, KY 40222
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Deb Ogburn
Art Therapist, MA, REAT
Creative play in the arts is super nourishing.
Are you anxious, depressed, exhausted, and tired of talking about it? Is something lost, broken or missing in your life? Whatever is keeping you down, I can help. Together, we'll embark on a relaxing, play -centered, creative journey guaranteed to transform you. Connect with your heart and soul; discover your passion and purpose; recover your authentic voice; live your most empowered and meaningful life—all of this, and more is possible.
(502) 804-2387
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Louisville, KY 40204
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Rachel Chandler
Art Therapist, LPAT, ATR-BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a Licensed Professional Art Therapist and Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator who is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and families as they grow to their full potential. Mainly using a humanistic and person-centered approach to therapy, I seek to help others recognize their strengths and find their voice in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. I use a variety of expressive therapies depending on client needs including art, play , music, movement, and writing.
(502) 735-0883
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Louisville, KY 40222
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Rebecca L Donaldson Accepting New Clients
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, CSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I utilize a variety of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy and expressive therapy techniques.
We all need help at times to manage life's challenges. I strive to provide a safe, compassionate, judgment-free space for you to navigate the healing process. I believe in a person's right to live their life as they see fit and in providing individualized treatment to best suit their personal needs and goals. I have experience working with adults, adolescents, children, and families with a diverse range of issues such as depression, anxiety, attachment disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, ADHD, and trauma.
(502) 334-1233
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Louisville, KY 40222
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Tiffany Palacio Pendleton
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MSMFT
Verified
Verified
I am a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate, who specializes in working with children ages 2-16 and their families. I work to create a warm and welcoming environment for children to feel safe and secure as they gain new skills. I utilize Play Therapy , Family Counseling, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients make progress.
(502) 706-4871
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Louisville, KY 40223
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Jenifer Jimison
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified
Verified
Focusing on your unique needs, we will work jointly to apply evidence-based techniques and interventions ( Play Therapy , EMDR, CBT, Solution-Focused, Strength-based, etc.
Navigating life’s challenges can be emotionally, spiritually, and physically exhausting. I believe that you have the power to work through your obstacles and I want to walk with you. I am passionate to assist any person (beginning as young as 5 years old) struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or anger to develop coping skills and gain control.
(502) 289-9242
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Louisville, KY 40217
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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.