Play Therapy in Eliot, ME

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Photo of Diane Lambert, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Eliot, ME
Diane Lambert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have 30+ years of experience providing counseling to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and groups. I offer effective tools for managing anxiety and depression, and I have extensive experience helping families with substance abuse, separation/divorce issues and co-parenting, codependency, and self esteem issues. I provide compassionate and empowering assistance to those in pain. With children, I have much experience treating ADHD, social anxiety, and behavioral issues. My current group focuses on Women's Codependency recovery issues. I also have expertise in gender identity issues and work with the LGBTQ+ community.
(207) 358-6257
Eliot, ME 03903
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Ally Denault
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
At times life can feel overwhelming, stressful, & emotions can seem difficult to manage. Burdens of life transitions, social challenges, self-esteem, anxiety & depression often impact navigating day-to-day life. I specialize in working with teenagers (high school age & up) and young adults through addressing these challenges. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, adjustment problems, & school-related challenges. In working together as a team we will explore and address barriers to promote healing, growth, and balance. I am available to see high school age teenagers & older.
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Eliot, ME 03903
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Lori Ann Austin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S, LCSW, LICSW, SEP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Spirituality, play and improv can be weaved into the practice setting by request.
Becoming integrated and feeling whole is a process. The beauty is that we are all capable of healing. Traumatic events in our lives via developmental stressors or one-time occurrences can greatly impact us and how we cope in the world. Those coping skills early on were our best survival skills but may not work for us now. Time in counseling, reflection and motivation can help us move forward. Healing is possible and I believe this wholeheartedly and I believe in you.
(614) 257-4951
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Kittery, ME 03904
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Wild Irish Farm, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
We are a children's psychotherapy program specializing in equine facilitated psychotherapy. We believe that learning to do things differently can be hard - we might as well have fun while we are doing it! Most of our clients have tried more traditional office approaches and have found that they didn't work for them. We believe that children should be given space to play and explore. It is through these experiences that children learn about themselves and the world around them.
(603) 210-4054
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Kittery, ME 03904
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Karen A Haines
Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified
Verified
I use play therapy techniques when working with children.
I have been working 15+ years with young children (ages 3-10), preteens, teens, as well as a families and adults. My areas of expertise include working with youth and adults with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, ADHD, poor coping skills, behavioral and academic difficulties, as well as life transitions, family conflicts and parenting challenges. My root philosophy is cognitive-behaviorally based (our thoughts & behaviors are connected and affect each other). I use an eclectic approach using tools from a wide range of theories. I'm committed to treating the whole person and not just a diagnosis or label.
(603) 509-9606
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South Berwick, ME 03908
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Raymond Amidon
Counselor, LCPC, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Hi, I am a licensed Clinical Counselor and Family Therapist. I have over 35 years of experience working with children, teens, adults' couples and families. I continue to expand my learning and increase the skills that I bring to each session. I listen to what each client brings to the therapy and, in collaboration with them, I tailor the interventions to what seems best for that person, couple or family. My approaches include cognitive-behavioral (CBT), family systems, clinical hypnosis, and solution-focused therapy, along with and energy meditations and other holistic interventions.
(207) 747-3253 x1
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South Berwick, ME 03908
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Christopher W Griffith
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I view psychotherapy as a collaboration aimed at fostering greater self understanding while working toward personal change and symptom reduction. I strive to help my patients reach greater fulfillment in their lives by fostering understanding of the interpersonal patterns and unresolved personal, life and/or relationship issues that contribute to the challenges they face.
(603) 294-1703
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Kittery, ME 03904
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Ryan Sullivan
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I serve those who are disconnected, despairing and without healthy coping skills. Through individual and group Nature-Based Therapy, my clients will experience connection, belonging and develop their unique personal identity. Make your health a priority today.
(207) 351-8540
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South Berwick, ME 03908
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Elizabeth Ehret Bardwell
Counselor, LCPC, NCC, MS
Verified
Verified
Not taking new clients currently. If you are seeking someone with the training and experience to listen carefully, to try to understand where you are in your life and to help you get to where you'd like to be, I'd be honored to be of assistance. My professional inclination is toward brief, solution-focused, attachment - based therapy.
(207) 245-1473
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York, ME 03909
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Renee Armstrong-Hay
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified
Verified
We are human. I believe we all encounter circumstances--internal, external and relational--in which we feel stuck, overwhelmed, helpless or unsure of how to move forward. As a therapist, I am committed to helping individual adults, children and youth, couples and families identify patterns of thoughts, behavior and interactions that inhibit fulfillment. I work together with people to identify goals and to evaluate our work in therapy. Ideally, therapy is a temporary commitment, a place to bolster internal resources and identify more effective tools and ways of interacting and coping.
(207) 387-8537
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South Berwick, ME 03908
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Jody Fuller
Counselor, LCPC, MEd, MA
Verified
Verified
The Covid 19 world is like no other. Our jobs are to reassure but we are fearful. Families together 24-7, working from home, school partially or fully remote, behaviors escalating. .We miss grandparents, family, friends. Our world is small...and often lonely. I am Jody Fuller, my work focuses solely on the things most important to me: FAMILIES, KIDS/TEENS, WOMEN IN TRANSITION. I offer my help. My 20+years of teaching Pre-8/GIFTED kids helps me help you understand your child's unique development, strengths and needs.
(207) 482-0362
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Kittery Point, ME 03905
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Barbara H Sarcia
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have been working as a clinical social worker for 25 years and I am devoted to help clients believe in themselves and know that there is hope for change. My training began with a concentration in families and children/adolescents and developed over the years to include mental health issues with young adults, adults and couples as well. I have extensive experience with communication and parenting skills, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, trauma work, and life transitions. I work to assist clients to explore, think and generate change in a supportive and safe environment.
(207) 218-0032 x2
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York, ME 03909
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Seth Wizwer
Counselor, LCMHC, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I find that a client is best served when they are listened to, validated, but also challenged to make positive change. That is why I take a cognitive behavioral approach to the counseling I do. Whether the client is a child or adult we all have the ability to learn from the past and make different choices for the future.
(603) 244-3370
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Kittery, ME 03904
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Roslyn Birger-Hershfield
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
With over twenty-five years of experience, and a strong academic background, I am able to provide treatment to individuals, couples, and families. I am dedicated to fostering growth and adaptive development in children, adolescents, and adults in a friendly, private, and confidential atmosphere.
(207) 482-0476
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York, ME 03909

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Jasmine Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Verified
Jasmine Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 12 years of experience. Jasmine specializes in treating children who are experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, or are adjusting to a big life change. Jasmine treats patients between the ages of 2-12 and their families utilizing Child Centered Play Therapy , Adlerian Play Therapy , Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Child and Parent Psychotherapy.
(207) 618-6455
South Portland, ME 04106
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Pam Schubert-Gilbert
Counselor, LCPC, RPT-S, EMDR
Verified
Verified
In working with children, adults and families for 27 years, I am often amazed at the strength of the human spirit and a person's capacity towards growth. I consider myself privileged to be able to work with people striving to live a more meaningful life.. I have found that treating the entire person is most effective, in addition to talk therapy I utilize EMDR, Trauma Sensitive Yoga and expressive therapies. In my work with children I utilize Play Therapy , play is the natural language of children and it is how they heal and learn new skills.
(207) 331-3095
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South Portland, ME 04106
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Sandra E Couch Kelly
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have worked primarily with children and families doing individual therapy, group therapy, play therapy , cognitive-behavioral therapy, family work, parenting work and parent-child relationship therapy.
My philosophy is to "keep it simple". Because those who are in need of counseling are often so overwhelmed, I feel it is important to keep the therapeutic process streamlined and noncomplicated. I have an eclectic approach to therapy and create a unique treatment plan to address each of your identified needs and goals in a simplified yet supportive and flexible manner that feels manageable.
(207) 358-6127
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Portland, ME 04103
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Carrie Ryba
Counselor, LCPC-C
Verified
Verified
Alongside talk, I offer mindfulness, expressive art, movement, play , and sand tray.
It is OK to not feel OK, AND to ask for help. Loads of information coming at us on a regular basis, paired with unreasonable expectations leaves us feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, angry and hopeless. In addition, we've been enduring a pandemic alongside social and political discord. You may be parenting a child with challenging behavior and/or moods, and have run out of ideas. When our brains and bodies are out of whack, they signal us that we need help by making it hard to ignore! I offer guidance and nurturing through somatic regulation, self expression, discovery of strengths, and more. You decide what's right for you.
(207) 715-3665
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Yarmouth, ME 04096
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Patrick O'Connor
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I also offer play therapy , parent guidance sessions, and school consultation.
I am a child psychologist and deeply respect parents who seek support for themselves and their children. My therapeutic approach is nonjudgmental, creative, and respectful of each individual's unique experience. I invest significant time and energy in establishing a strong partnership with your child and help him/her develop a personal investment in therapy. By prioritizing these two important elements, I have helped many children who have not benefited from therapy in the past. I also provide a therapeutic experience that is comfortable for children who are initially opposed to or skeptical of therapy.
(207) 331-4821
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Yarmouth, ME 04096
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Elizabeth Ann Miles
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I am a LCSW providing evidence-based, systems-oriented counseling. I have an excellent record assisting people in maintaining positive changes. As a therapist, I am more directive than passive in style, and quickly work to assess goals, and create an individualized treatment plan to address barriers. Treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) (including TF-CBT, ACT, and Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy ), MATCH, CollaborativePS, Solution-Focused Therapy, Parenting Support, Anxiety Treatment, Motivational Interviewing, Art and Narrative Therapy.
(207) 618-9437
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Portland, ME 04102
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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.