Play Therapy in Minneapolis, MN

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Bruce Kohlhase
Psychologist, MA, LP
Verified
Creating a comfortable, individualized treatment relationship within the context of a secure and relaxed environment is a primary therapy goal for serving all age groups. Diverse backgrounds, life experiences and orientations are all welcome and respected. I draw from a wide variety of treatment approaches to adapt to your personal situation. Emotions, thought, behavior, your life history and relationship experience are all given careful consideration. Humor, warmth, encouragement, knowledge and skill in treatment techniques can all play a role in the support provided as you work on improving and changing your life.
(612) 255-6791 
Minneapolis, MN 55417
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Tandra M. Jefferson
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA , LAMFT
Verified
Tandra Jefferson uses her gifts to bring a holistic approach to therapy and believes we are all born with an innate ability to form healthy relationships. Tandra believes in the power of healing through love and connections within the community. She draws from experiential, Internal Family Systems, Trauma informed and Play Therapy techniques in her work. She embraces a balance between addressing immediate concerns, and promoting empowerment, confidence and lifelong wellness. Tandra approaches therapy from a culturally responsive lens and believes in honoring cultural diversity & social justice.
(612) 712-7911 
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Minneapolis, MN 55430
Offers online therapy
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Lyndsie Standerwick
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, RPT
Verified
Lyndsie has pursued training with specific interest in Non-Directive/Experiential Play Therapy , Developmental Repair, Attachment concerns and Theraplay.
In-Person sessions with COVID-19 precautions in place and Virtual sessions available. Lyndsie Standerwick is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Play Therapist. She has over 10 years of experience working in the mental health field with children, adolescents, women, and families. Lyndsie is passionate about walking alongside clients and families as they find what they need within themselves to live life more fully. Lyndsie aims to listen to clients without judgement and to provide feedback and support honestly.
(612) 361-2247 
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Minneapolis, MN 55407
Offers online therapy
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Auden O'Connell
Counselor, MPS, LPCC, ATR-BC
Verified
I'm Auden O’Connell (she/her) and I’m a therapist, EMDR trained, board certified and registered art therapist. I use a blend of art and traditional talk therapy-sometimes this means a session is all art based, or depending on what the client needs-we might just talk! Collaboration, play , humor, and creativity are all central to my therapeutic process with my clients. I am enthusiastic about creatively collaborating with my clients. My practice is guided through a feminist and body neutral lens. I'm LGBTQIA+ ally. I believe that the client is the expert and I am a guide to assist in the client's journey.
(612) 268-6640 
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Minneapolis, MN 55413
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
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Stephanie Johnson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, R-DMT, LPC
Verified
I treat children with symptoms of attention and learning challenges including anxiety and sensory concerns. The modality I use is Developmental Movement Therapy and Primitive Reflex Integration which are Somatic approaches that focus on addressing the root of symptoms rather than teaching accommodations or coping mechanisms. Treatment sessions are fun, movement based and "home play " is offered to parents to as a way of engaging and supporting your child between sessions.
(952) 900-5585 
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Minneapolis, MN 55410
Offers online therapy
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Yael Gun-Goggins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Other Interventions include EMDR, CBT, DBT, play therapy .
I work with children, adolescents and adults in both English and Spanish. My approach--customized for each person’s needs--focuses on creating safe, supportive relationships, opening space to explore difficulties and paving the way for real change. I have over a decade experience helping people experiencing anxiety, depression, adjustment, identity development and trauma build healthier, fulfilling lives. In therapy, I take a relational, psychodynamic approach that focuses on process and using the therapeutic relationship to reach clinical goals.
(612) 429-4735 
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Minneapolis, MN 55408
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
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Julie Jong Koch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
With children, I primarily use child-centered play therapy and expressive arts.
*NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS- March 2022* I am a licensed independent clinical social worker and psychotherapist. I specialize in working with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) individuals, queer & trans/non-binary individuals, transracial adoptees, as well as others who have experienced individual or community trauma or marginalization.
(612) 261-0579 
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Minneapolis, MN 55407
Not accepting new clients
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Rachael Belair
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
I value and understand the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship, and work collaboratively with clients to tailor their therapy to meet their unique needs. I work with children (ages 3+), adults, and families and have experience with a variety of therapeutic techniques including play therapy , art therapy, solution focused, psychodynamic, EMDR and CBT.
(612) 688-2129 
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Minneapolis, MN 55407
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
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Margaret Houston
Marriage & Family Therapist, DMFT, LMFT
Verified
While I am not a RPT (registered play therapist), I have completed many play therapy trainings. I have experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum as well as young adults. I believe in a holistic approach, one that includes experiential and mindfulness interventions.
(651) 362-1577 
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Minneapolis, MN 55406
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Ruth Hornstein
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
I typically integrate several treatment modalities including: psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing), play therapy and an integrated health approach including, but not limited to, mindfulness based therapies.
Whether you are entering therapy with a clear vision of what you are looking for or are more uncertain of your goals, I will work with you to come up with strategies for growth and the development of optimal emotional health and functioning. I believe that healing occurs through the process of building a trusting therapeutic relationship. By creating a safe and confidential environment I will help you to better understand patterns (which are often outside of your awareness) that lead to emotional distress. Recognition of these patterns empowers you to make choices that can lead to life long change.
(612) 261-1851 x1 
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Minneapolis, MN 55405
Offers online therapy
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Laura Brinkmeier
Psychologist, EdM, PsyD, LP
Verified
I bring joy, laughter, and play into the therapy room.
These are trying times and you or your child may benefit from therapy. I see children, adolescents, and young adults for psychotherapy. I also work with adults in therapy to support them in their parenting. I have a special interest in working with girls and young women (3-25 years-old) related to all mental health concerns (anxiety, depression, ADHD, ASD, grief/loss etc.) and building feelings of self-worth, identity, confidence, purpose, and energy in their lives. Children experience a range of mental health challenges (listed to the right) that are treatable and can get back on their own developmental trajectories and thrive.
(612) 261-0645 
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Minneapolis, MN 55423
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Ethel Nahmad-Faith
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I have especially worked with children, helping them through play therapy to overcome problems related to depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, learning problems and delays in psychosocial development.
I have over twenty years of experience as a psychotherapist treating children, individuals and families. I have been intensively trained as a child psychoanalytic psychotherapist, which has given me the basis to understand and to integrate diverse techniques during my practice for the assessment and treatment of people with different disorders. I greatly enjoy working with the Hispanic population and I have a clear understanding and respect of the cultural values and traditions of the community.
(612) 351-6133 
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Minneapolis, MN 55404
Offers online therapy
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Carol L Hornbeck
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I work with couples, individuals, families and children online, via teletherapy, as well as in person. I support my clients across the life span to heal from losses and improve their relationships. I have extensive experience with LGBTQ issues, child development, adoption, sexual abuse, parenting challenges, divorce, suicide, and life transitions. My specialized training includes play therapy , couples therapy, and experience in infant and pregnancy loss, complicated or unplanned pregnancies, and infant/toddler mental health.
(317) 434-3267 
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Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Kate Herrington
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
In my practice I bring compassion, humor, insight, and a sincere dedication to my clients. My practice is grounded in attachment theory, play therapy , acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), exposure and response prevention (E/RP), and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). With my warm and welcoming nature, I strive to create a safe space for children, teens and adults to explore their concerns. In collaboration with you, I will support you in taking steps toward an improved sense of well-being and a life path that aligns with your deepest values. I work with individuals of all ages, families, and provide parent coaching.
(415) 578-6083 x1 
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Minneapolis, MN 55417
Offers online therapy
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Dr. Tanya Holthus
Psychologist, PsyD, LP, RPT, SEP
Verified
Some of these modalities include parental coaching, Filial Play Therapy , Somatic Experiencing, and EMDR.
Hi. I know you're ready for this. I see most everyone for most everything. I enjoy working with a wide variety of clients and specialize in healing trauma and helping people with many types of issues, including post-traumatic stress, attachment/connection, sexual/physical/emotional abuse, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. I am most passionate about helping people overcome relationships involving narcissistic abuse and strengthening parent-child relationships. I also have a special place in my heart for people suffering with fertility issues.
(952) 260-9896 
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Office is near:
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Offers online therapy
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Kaleidoscope Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MSEd
Verified
I have training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Pia Mellody's PIT model, the DIR/Floortime model and am certified in Play Therapy .
I am a passionate therapist who believes in the power of change. As a mother of two, a wife, a child development specialist and a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, I, personally and professionally understand the highs and lows in parenting and relationships. Together, we will put the joy back into parenting, your partnership and in life! With over a decade of experience working with families, individuals and couples, I am able to help empower you, engage your children and build your relationships.
(612) 213-2473 
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Minneapolis, MN 55409
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Terry Campbell
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
I am trained in Experiential Play Therapy and Filial Play Therapy for children, and am a Certified Sexual Assault Advocate.
I believe we all have the inner power and intuitive knowledge to change, but our intuition can get blocked when strong emotions or past events overwhelm us. Working to establish a partnership of genuineness, trust, and respect for this self-knowledge, I teach tools to calm anxieties, break through fears, renew hope, and increase self-understanding. Mindfulness, relaxation, and visual art techniques, as well as play therapy with children, are often part of this process.
(651) 504-1721 
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Minneapolis, MN 55405
Not accepting new clients
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Alison Dolan
Psychologist, PsyD, LP
Verified
I incorporate a variety of therapy techniques while weaving in humor, play /art, and mindfulness which helps me tailor each session to meet each person's specific needs.
As a parent, it can be difficult to see your child going through a challenging time and not know how to help. There are so many blogs, posts, and other parents' advice that add to the overwhelming nature and it can led us to feel defeated to have tried everything under the sun to no avail. Sometimes it can take a fresh set of eyes to help look at the dynamics and other factors that may be contributing to your child's difficulties to help get the momentum of change going in the desired direction.
(763) 275-9714 
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Office is near:
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Offers online therapy
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Steve J. Ruff
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I have been trained in Experiential Play Therapy .
Are you concerned about your child or adolescent? Are they struggling with peer relationships, divorce, school difficulties, worry, sadness, or behavioral issues? Are you struggling with how to respond to and manage your child's behaviors and emotions? My gentle yet direct approach helps children identify feelings and challenges, to problem solve and find new, productive ways to cope. I collaborate with parents and families in a way that has a child feeling supported, understood and cared about. I truly enjoy being invited into a child's world, and helping them feel empowered and equipped to get through life's challenges.
(612) 293-9348 
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Office is near:
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Offers online therapy
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Anne Tyler
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
I provide therapy using Narrative, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Play Therapy .
If this is your first time seeking services for yourself, your family or children, and you are hesitant about the process, you have come to the right place. My approach is active, engaging, positive and solution-oriented. There are many times when insight, encouragement & creative resources are needed to make it through stressful times. And, when you or your children are dealing with emotional, behavioral & social challenges, I bring extensive experience & unique insights to solutions designed for you. It is my goal to cultivate your strengths, teach you effective coping skills and instill confidence in your own abilities.
(612) 360-2664 
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Office is near:
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Offers online therapy


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Play Therapy
Generally for children ages 3 to 11, play therapy is a form of counseling that relies on play to help therapists communicate with children and understand their mental health. Because children develop cognitive skills before language skills, play is an effective way to understand a child. The therapist may observe a child playing with toys--such as playhouses and dolls--to understand the child's behavior and identify issues.

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