Play Therapy in Holland, MI

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Michelle VanNoord
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
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My name is Michelle VanNoord and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in working with children, adolescents and adults. As children grow and change, they often think and respond differently than adults would. I meet kids where they are at to help them through their struggles in a way that makes sense to them. I help parents understand the limits of the developing brain and how that can play into some of the struggles their child might be experiencing. I have worked in the school setting, taught college level classes and continue to speak to local teachers about the ways children grow and understand the world.
(616) 213-1645
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Holland, MI 49424
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Kari Nicole Allen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
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1 Endorsed
I have also found play therapy to be very effective in helping children to become more comfortable to talk as they are doing things that bring them joy.
Have you ever wished for a way to feel better and learn to manage your emotions or a way to a better future? I work with children and adolescents, and those who care for them. I have experience in the areas of stress reduction/coping, post-partum depression, anxiety, and grief and loss. With children, I treat trauma, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, grief, and behavioral disorders such as ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. I have also worked with PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) with children who have autism and are nonverbal.
(616) 441-0521
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Holland, MI 49423
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Abundance of Hope
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
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1 Endorsed
I am certified and trained in Play Therapy , AF-CBT (Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavior Therapy), TFCBT (Trauma Focused CBT), ADOPTS (Trauma treatment for adoption/foster care), & TBRI (Trust Based Relational Care).
I have a heart for helping people and walking alongside them in their journey of healing. Life can bring unexpected pain and suffering. Often times you can feel lost and confused with no one to turn to. Counseling is a beautiful way to seek help from someone who will guide you through the littlest to most difficult times in your life. Everyone can benefit from talking to someone who is not a family member or friend. Someone who will truly hear your needs and unconditionally support you. I am here for you! Please Call Today!
(616) 952-2019
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Holland, MI 49423
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Rosemary Cruz
Counselor, MA, LLPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
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1 Endorsed
Some of the techniques that I’ve been trained include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Play Therapy , and Person-Centered Therapy.
My education consists of a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Hispanic Studies from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Aquinas College. Currently, I am a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) in the State of Michigan, where I have the ability to diagnose and treat clinical mental health disorders. Through my limited licensure period, I continuously receive supervision from a fully Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), where I am able to improve my ability to treat and diagnose my clients.
(616) 512-2659
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Holland, MI 49423
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Theresa R Butler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Verified
I use creative modalities such as art, narrative, music, play therapy , and mindfulness approaches to support physical and emotional well-being.
There are times in life when it feels like you cannot take another minute of toxic stress or anxiety….whether it is about how you are coping with personal challenges or about your children or relationships. Perhaps there are events in your past that keep you from moving forward with your life. I invite you to a calm and welcoming space to help you find a way to resolve these issues. I am an empathetic listener who strives to help others rediscover strengths to heal their hearts so they can achieve their goals.
(616) 499-6209
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Holland, MI 49423
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Ripples of Change Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, LCSW, ACSW
Verified
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I specialize in working with individuals who have experienced trauma and their families. I am trained in TBRI, certified in TF-CBT, and experienced with foster care and adoption struggles. I also have a passion for working with military service members and their families. I work hard to meet people where they are, from ages 3-55. I utilized play therapy , talk therapy, art therapy, individual, family and couples therapy. I want to support you in the changes you want to make in your life and will work with you to move forward in meeting your goals.
(616) 404-4229
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Holland, MI 49423
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Henry Muller
Counselor, MA, LLPC
Verified
Verified
I utilize solution focus, DBT, Play therapy , art therapy, and Narrative therapy.
Being heard and validated are two of the most powerful avenues to feeling a sense of belonging and worth. Unfortunately, we run into situations in life that shut us down, tell us our life experience doesn't count, and we leave those situations feeling empty and uncertain about what we've done wrong. Through therapy, we learn to find ourselves through our values and we learn new skills to navigate the hills and valleys of life so that when those situations come up, we can come out of them stronger and more sure of ourselves. I look forward to walking that path alongside you while you discover how you can have a full life and thrive.
(616) 947-5078
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Holland, MI 49423
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Anna Van Wyck
Counselor, LPC, RPT, IMH-EII
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
Child Counselor, Registered Play Therapist (RPT), Infant Family Specialist, (IMH-E(II)). Counseling helps children & families work on their concerns, relationships, behaviors, and feelings. As a therapist who specializes in working with children, I often use therapeutic play ( Play Therapy ). Play is expression, communication, and learning for children. It is by using play therapy that I connect with kiddos, help children learn new skills, and join with them in processing their life experiences. It is my goal to work together with you toward enhancing your child's self-esteem, relationships, emotional health, and inner strength.
(231) 903-6351
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Holland, MI 49423
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Kaitlyn Wright
Counselor, LLPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
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1 Endorsed
Kaitlyn graduated with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University in 2018. She holds a Limited License in Counseling in the State of Michigan. She enjoys helping clients through a wide range of struggles including anxiety, mood disorders, and substance abuse. She often incorporates a person-centered approach and play therapy into her practice. She believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to heal.
(616) 441-0624
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Holland, MI 49424
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Kristine Berryman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kris is skilled with treating a variety of life’s challenges, including adoption and foster care, identity, relationships, depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, body image/self-esteem issues, Obsessive-compulsive disorders and life transitions. She is expertly trained in numerous clinical utilities, including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Attachment Focused EMDR, Brainspotting, Child-Centered play therapy , Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
(616) 952-3398
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Holland, MI 49424
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Richelle Whyte
Counselor, LLPC
Verified
Verified
I have experience using a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Play Therapy .
We all want to change in some way, and I believe that real, visible change comes from an internal motivation to be better versions of ourselves. By looking at the uncomfortable or unexamined parts within ourselves, that positive change becomes possible.
(231) 241-8134
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Holland, MI 49422
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Susan R. Brenner
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MA, LLP
I hope you will find working with me to be rewarding, educational and helpful. I am comfortable working with adolescents, men, women and senior citizens. You will receive counseling in a non-judgmental, relaxing and peaceful environment. Life can be a journey that is sometimes filled with struggles. I am here to help navigate that journey and learn some new techniques to get back on the path to a joyful life.
(616) 379-3041
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Holland, MI 49423
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Lauren DeRoo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Currently accepting clients! Our story matters. Life is full of twists and turns that can create baggage (Trauma, Family conflict, Stress & Anxiety, Depression, Unexpected life circumstances & Changes, Life Transition & Growing pains) amongst the beauty of your life. We all have flaws. But we need to accept that we are worth loving and worthy of hope and healing. This starts with unpacking your story, and finding your truth in the process. It is my honor to walk along side you, assisting in this process of healing and gaining strength within your story and life. FYI- I am walking distance from Hope College!
(616) 208-5611
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Holland, MI 49423
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Lisa Deiters
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NBCC
Verified
Verified
Ever have one of those days/weeks as a parent? Are some days more of a struggle than others with your children? Are some days just a struggle with your own life? Are you sad, anxious, and just plain weary? Please know you are not alone and I would love to talk with you.
(616) 208-4764
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Holland, MI 49423
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Joel Whitney, Counselor
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Joel is a Christian Counselor in Holland MI who works exclusively with children and teens, and helps parents reclaim confidence and joy in parenting. Joel is focused exclusively on kids and family. His passion and expertise lie in his love of kids and getting to know them. He specializes in childhood & adolescent issues, parenting strategies, and coping through divorce. Joel excels at making connections with kids and parents and helping them navigate through the frustrations of family life to reach a place of peace and joy.
(616) 548-6081
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Holland, MI 49423
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Lennis Baggech
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MA, LLP
Verified
Verified
I've been in practice 25 yrs - with individuals/couples & families -- kids 6+, many teens, college students & adults. I'm shamelessly informal -- no ties or pressed shirts here!. The office is quite unique - - very large, ultra comfy, w/MANY natural oddities... slightly chaotic -- like life! Good strong coffee/tea/soda & munchies always available. Pets welcome. I'm adopted myself, a licensed foster parent, & work with trauma and attachment. I have a multi-cultural family & lived abroad (Africa). I do co-parenting therapy & am also very familiar w/court systems, working with Dr.'s, lawyers, schools and custody issues.
(616) 504-2403
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Holland, MI 49423
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Susan Hofland Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
At Susan Hofland Counseling I am passionate about people. There are times in life when you are struggling, or your kids are struggling and you simply do not know what to do. You may be a young adult experiencing the growing pains of stress and transitions. Sometimes, you need a safe place to talk through your difficulties in order to gain new perspectives and learn new tools along the way. I would love the opportunity to walk with you and/or your kids toward health and healing.
(616) 202-5497
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Holland, MI 49423
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Emily Darling-Funk
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, IMH-E
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Do you worry about your child's behavior or emotional health? About your own emotional health? Maybe you are grieving the loss of a child? Take hope, because you have come to the right place. I have been walking beside women and couples struggling with these issues for 10 years. I have seen many people in your place recover and begin to live more fulfilling and purposeful lives.
(616) 219-8640
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Holland, MI 49423
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Tori Conner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified
Verified
Hello and welcome. The decision to seek therapy and the energy required to begin is hard work. I see you and I am so glad you're here. My therapeutic approach is deeply client-centered and I strive to meet each client where they are. My professional experiences include working with children, adolescents, teenagers, young adults, and families who have experienced trauma.
(616) 441-0633
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Holland, MI 49424
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Anna Utter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA , LLMSW
Verified
Verified
Deciding to seek help can be one of the most difficult but rewarding steps you will take in your healing journey. The sadness, anger, disappointment, frustrations, stress or confusion you may be feeling does not have to be your life's story. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, self-esteem or personal issues, you deserve all that life has to offer and you do not have to feel alone.
(517) 296-6015
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Holland, MI 49423
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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.