Play Therapy in Lafayette, LA

See all therapists in Lafayette
Photo of Haley M. Gauthier in Lafayette, LA
Haley M. Gauthier
PLPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I utilize play -based expressive arts interventions alongside talk therapy for clients of all ages.
HI! I am a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor with a passion for working with clients creatively. I earned my master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I love creative interventions and utilizing out of the box thinking to help clients create a life they love!
(337) 427-8319
View
Lafayette, LA 70508
Photo of Amy Romero Registered Play Therapist, Counselor in Lafayette, LA
Amy Romero Registered Play Therapist
Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Because " play " is the language of the child, as a Registered Play Therapist, my unique ability to utilize play and expressive therapies allows me to communicate with children, learning their perspective to issues; therefore, gaining the understanding necessary to facilitate positive change and growth.
I specialize in working with children and adolescents with anxiety (ages 2-17) and their families. I have over 19 years of experience combined as a former Teacher of the Year and Nationally Certified School Counselor. When children face difficulties, I understand how it can affect every aspect of their lives, including peer and family relationships, as well as their academic performance. I am here to facilitate growth and can help children and families through these challenges. I work with children, adolescents, and their families and also conduct children's groups to help them make positive changes in their lives.
(337) 504-7312
Lafayette, LA 70508
& Online
Waitlist for new clients
Photo of Beth Moore, Counselor in Lafayette, LA
Beth Moore
Counselor, MS, LPC, RPT, ICST-P, EMDR
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Moore Wellness is located in Lafayette, Louisiana offering: Counseling, Sandtray Play Therapy , Chiropractor, Massage Therapy, Reiki, & Acupressure Ear Seeds, Tai Chi Easy, & Spiritual Direction.
I became a counselor to help hurting people and trauma survivors heal and restore their wholeness. I embrace them with compassion and acceptance, because I understand struggling and what it feels like to need someone to listen and believe you. Clients are welcome to bring in their spirituality, their fears, and their taboos. A safe, calm space can help clients process their worries and problems, as well as use helpful coping skills to transform lives. Every client's situation is unique and I use integrative approaches to help them heal as a whole person in mind-body-spirit.
(337) 427-8341
View
Lafayette, LA 70501
& Online
Waitlist for new clients
Photo of Dr. Eric J. Green, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lafayette, LA
Dr. Eric J. Green
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, RSP, RPT-S, LPC-S
Verified
Verified
Integrating expressive arts in play therapy .
Eric Green, PhD, completed his doctorate in counseling at Univ of New Orleans (2005). His research is published regularly in scholarly journals; he is featured expert in 4 child psych DVDs w/Alexander Street Press; & invited keynote speaker at mental health conferences across U.S. He was on faculty at Johns Hopkins Univ in Baltimore, MD (2005-2019); CNN featured his natural disaster relief efforts in, “Children of the Storm.” Dr. Green’s private practice, SoulPlay, specializes in research-supported, developmentally appropriate counseling methods w/children & families including play therapy , sandplay, & expressive arts.
(337) 656-0780
View
Lafayette, LA 70508
& Online
Photo of Ann C Daigle, Pre-Licensed Professional in Lafayette, LA
Ann C Daigle
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, PLPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
As a child & family therapist, I approach counseling with a mix of play , cognitive-behavioral, & strength-based perspectives.
You have made it here & are taking the first step toward a more fulfilling life for yourself or someone you care about. In life, we all have struggles & need a non-judgmental, safe space to process. I provide mental health support to children & adolescents as they go through everything that life may offer them. I am here to assist through life transitions so that my clients can truly thrive in the present & be set up for success in the future. You may be searching for guidance while experiencing behavioral issues at home or school. You might have concerns about your child’s mood or behaviors that hinders their overall wellbeing.
(337) 202-2779
View
Lafayette, LA 70503
& Online
Photo of Julie G Galloway in Lafayette, LA
Julie G Galloway
MS, LPC-S, RPT
Verified
Verified
Julie has experience using Play Therapy for clients of all ages.
Julie has a strong desire to work with tweens, teens and the adults who support them. She also has a passion for working with caregivers, healthcare professionals and those living with extraordinary circumstances like chronic illnesses or disabilities. Julie supports her clients in their desire to foster healthy relationships by means of empowering her clients to navigate, prioritize and effectively communicate for a maximized healthy life balance. She believes personal growth and development can occur in all individuals open to acceptance and understanding of themselves and others.
(337) 408-1028
View
Lafayette, LA 70508
& Online
Photo of Melissa Cavanaugh, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lafayette, LA
Melissa Cavanaugh
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Brene Brown once said "Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in." I approach a session in this way and I hope to help each client navigate this journey. Whether it is issues with depression, anxiety, family conflict, substance abuse, etc, I hope to help each client reach that balance. I use an eclectic counseling approach to meet the needs of every client. I also see children as young as 4 years of age and aim to help them explore their emotions through their own language.. play .
(337) 408-1041
View
Lafayette, LA 70508
& Online
Waitlist for new clients
Photo of Brad Gros, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lafayette, LA
Brad Gros
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Whether it be ACT, REBT, EMDR, play , art, or talk, I meet you where you are.
Do you feel as though life is passing you by? Do you feel as though you are a stranger in your own body and home? Are you ready for something different in life, making room for new experiences? As your counselor, we can explore these and many other issues, on your personal path to wellness. Contact me today to begin this wellness journey. In-person and telehealth sessions are available.
(337) 202-2746
View
Lafayette, LA 70508
& Online
Waitlist for new clients
Photo of Alyssa Schwartzenburg in Lafayette, LA
Alyssa Schwartzenburg
MS, PLPC, CRC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have experience in using play therapy techniques throughout my training for work with children.
I approach counseling differently depending on the client. I develop a plan according to a perspective that will best accomplish their goals. This is done with open and honest communication between myself and the client. I strive to maintain a safe, nonjudgmental place that clients can feel unconditionally accepted. I often ask clients to complete tasks between sessions to practice skills learned in therapy within daily life, where it matters most. Some struggles I've helped clients overcome include depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, exploring career/education paths, and traumatic incidents. Call our office to request a session with me today!
(337) 419-3964
View
Lafayette, LA 70501
& Online
Photo of Emma Noel, Counselor in Lafayette, LA
Emma Noel
Counselor, MS, PLPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hello! I'm Emma, and I am passionate about using my practice to empower my clients to find peace and self-worth. It is my goal to help you discover yourself by meeting you where you are right now, and to support you in finding self-driven solutions to your individual needs. I take this approach because I recognize that each person is the expert of their own life. When working with children, I enjoy play therapy because it is especially well suited to learning, exploration, and self-expression in the language of children, which is play .
(337) 202-8282
View
Lafayette, LA 70508
& Online
Photo of Rachel A. Foreman, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lafayette, LA
Rachel A. Foreman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
When working with children, I utilize play and art therapies according to developmental levels.
We are now accepting clients on an as available basis.
(337) 522-7296
View
Lafayette, LA 70503
& Online
Photo of Ashley Petty The Therapy Garden, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lafayette, LA
Ashley Petty The Therapy Garden
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
My approach is shaped by a combination of training in somatic & trauma-focused methods, including EMDR, Polyvagal Theory & Neurobiology-informed play therapy - using a client-centered, interpersonal, humanistic framework.
It's my understanding that emotions are my mind and body's way of telling me something about my life experience. However, emotions can be uncomfortable, scary, and overwhelming. It requires vulnerability and courage to ask for help getting to understand these feelings better. I strive to help clients better understand their life experiences and feelings however they may show up. I have seen clients with trauma, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, existential issues, codependency, behavioral issues, grief, divorce, family conflict, autism, ADHD, & more. I work with children as young as 3 years old, adolescents, adults, & families.
(337) 267-8844
View
Lafayette, LA 70503
& Online
Waitlist for new clients
Photo of Latiolais Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lafayette, LA
Latiolais Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RPT
Verified
Verified
As a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), Play Therapy is primarily used with children and adolescents.
I see counseling as a process in which we come to understand and trust one another, work as a team to explore and define present problem situations, develop future goals for an improved life, and work in a systematic fashion toward realizing those goals. I provide an atmosphere of openness and trust in which you may choose to examine and change non-functional patterns and behaviors. I believe that as people become personally responsible for interactions and behavior, they are more capable of finding happiness and contentment.
(337) 226-1017
View
Lafayette, LA 70503
& Online
Waitlist for new clients
Photo of Latifey LaFleur Ph.D. Registered Play Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lafayette, LA
Latifey LaFleur Ph.D. Registered Play Therapist
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Dr. LaFleur is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor (LPC-S), a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and a Counselor Educator at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents as well as Filial Play Therapy which is a parent training program designed to increase communication and build a stronger and healthier relationship between parents and their children.
(337) 419-3332
View
Lafayette, LA 70503
Photo of Holland Elise Campbell: Lotus Counseling And Recovery in Lafayette, LA
Holland Elise Campbell: Lotus Counseling And Recovery
MS, PLPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Sometimes the human experience can be incredibly challenging, scary, and lonely. I am here to remind you that you are not alone in this...you are worthy of healing and support. I have a strong appreciation for the resiliency of human beings. Let's figure out what it means to you to experience personal well-being and fulfillment! I use an integrative approach, offering counseling and play therapy services to children and adults with anxiety, depression, ADHD, self-esteem, relationship issues, women's issues, & life transitions. I work for Lotus Counseling & Recovery in Lafayette, LA.
(225) 307-3417
View
Lafayette, LA 70508
& Online
Not accepting new clients
Photo of Kristen Baroni, Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor in Lafayette, LA
Kristen Baroni
Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, PLPC
Verified
Verified
I have training in play therapy , group therapy, couples therapy, human sexuality, and career counseling.
My name is Kristen (she/her). Deciding that you want to change is both brave and courageous. Congratulations on beginning your change process! I am here to help you through that process and I will act as a guide. I will help you understand the concerns that you have as well as learn how to overcome them. Change can seem overwhelming, but while working with me I will help break it down and make change more manageable and achievable. During your change process I will provide a safe environment for whatever it is that you may need help with.
(337) 201-9438
View
Lafayette, LA 70503
Not accepting new clients
Photo of Stephanie Johnson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lafayette, LA
Stephanie Johnson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have training in play therapy .
Hello! My name is Stephanie Johnson and the pugs are Bruno and Misty! They come to work with me most days and are registered as Canine Good Citizens with the AKC. As a counselor, I understand that there are times when we need others to help us navigate life's challenges. My goal is to partner with my clients to help you, your children, and your whole family feel healthier and more equipped to cope with life's stressors. I will see clients ages 2+ and am available during daytime hours, approximately 8:00am-3:00pm.
(337) 357-5073
View
Lafayette, LA 70501
& Online
Photo of Olivia Baker in Lafayette, LA
Olivia Baker
MS, PLPC
Verified
Verified
I utilize play therapy with children since this is a modality where they can build confidence in communicating through play , working through inner conflicts and emotions.
My goal in therapy is for each client to feel safe, heard, and know that they have the power within themselves to live a more fulfilling, confident life. I work with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. My focus comes from an eclectic, strengths-based, person-centered approach where I work collaboratively with you to figure out your strengths, values, and unique needs to work on your goals.
(337) 607-0902
View
Lafayette, LA 70503
& Online
Waitlist for new clients
Photo of Rachel Geiger, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lafayette, LA
Rachel Geiger
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, RPT
Verified
Verified
I am also a Registered Play Therapist with extensive training in play therapy and working with children and adolescents.
My approach to therapy is collaborative and creative, rooted in an appreciation and respect for each human being that chooses to work with me as they move towards greater wholeness in their lives. I see my role as offering support and guidance to help each person in their own unique process of growth and healing. I offer training in various skills that may be useful in the process, depending on the client’s individual needs. My approach is trauma-informed and rooted in cognitive skill building, mindfulness, expressive arts therapies, play therapy , systems theory, and somatic therapy.
(717) 910-3512
View
Lafayette, LA 70503
& Online
Waitlist for new clients
Photo of Andrea Martin, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lafayette, LA
Andrea Martin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Using multiple modalities such as EMDR, CBT, Polyvagal Theory; and with children, art and play therapy , we can address each area.
We all have a story we tell ourselves about our worth as a human being. That story is influenced by our experiences. Sometimes the story is positive and beneficial. Other times, the story creates negative beliefs that prevent inner happiness and healthy relationships with others, as well as ourselves. I believe we can change the unhealthy stories we tell ourselves.
(337) 279-3396
View
Lafayette, LA 70508
& Online

See more therapy options for Lafayette

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.