Play Therapy in Independence, MO

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Julia Tribelhorn
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
I have specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and play therapy .
After spending two years mentoring young women at a college ministry, I gained a new found passion for helping people through the most difficult times in their lives. As a result I pursued and earned a Master’s in Counseling from Midwestern Seminary. I have had experience counseling in community mental health, school settings, as well as homeless shelters. Moreover, I have a Bachelor’s in Education and a thorough understand of the school system having spent two years as a school based therapist.
(816) 239-3448 x722
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Independence, MO 64057
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Daylin Rodriguez Cesar
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCPC, PhDc
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I am a certified Play Therapist and Hypnotherapist.
He sido una sicoterapeuta bilingue por 12 años enfocada en tratar trauma y evaluaciones sicológicas para emigración. Les proveo un ambiente confidencial y muy cómodo a mis participantes. Es un gran privilegio guiarlos en su andar de sanidad y paz. Me especializo en sicología infantil, EMDR, y hipnosis clínica. Tengo vasta experiencia ayudando a parejas, procesos de separación, trauma, niñas/niños, y a la comunidad LGBTQ+. I am a caring bilingual counselor with experience in working with people of races and genders. My mission is to be your companion on this therapeutic journey in a comfortable and confidential environment.
(913) 884-1812
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Independence, MO 64050
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Amber Utter
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, CIMHP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I am trained in play therapy , certified in Prepare/Enrich (helping couples start out strong), EMDR certified and a certified integrative mental health provider (CIMHP).
Every person has a unique path to walk in life. Sometimes you need someone to walk with you to guide, support, validate and encourage . I would see it as a privilege to walk beside you on your journey. It's difficult to reach out and it takes courage to seek positive change. I'm here to help you navigate life transitions, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, relationship conflict and more.
(816) 253-8164
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Independence, MO 64055
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Cara Gruhala
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I also commonly utilize elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and for children, Play Therapy .
Visiting with a counselor can be a life changing experience. I work with clients from early childhood through all phases of adulthood. Everyone has a unique story, and I value the personal experiences, hopes, and dreams of all my clients. Partnering during a trusting counseling relationship can be one of the best ways to reach your goals and create lasting, positive change in your life. The relationship between counselor and client can create a vessel or space in which we can unpack and sort through your concerns with care, compassion, and confidentiality.
(816) 290-7475
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Independence, MO 64050
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Samantha Reed
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
I approach counseling from a person-centered, trauma informed, play rich and strengths based approach, from a family systems lens.
The relationship you and your child has with their counselor is the true measure of how helpful the counseling experience will be. I value developing a warm, positive, supportive and empathic environment for your family to overcome any challenge that you are facing. In our experience together, you will find healing and growth, and recognize your own strengths, and how they help you and your child work toward building a more positive and rewarding future. Both in your individual lives, and collectively within the family.
(913) 914-8828
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Independence, MO 64050
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Derek Keath Faulkner
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Do you feel alone, and like no one cares? I care about you and your well being. I want to help you win against the struggles you are facing. You are capable of more than you think and I want to bring out the best in you. I am confident that i can help you. I want to be a shoulder to lean on emotionally as well as to cry on. I love working with new people, of all differences, and diversities. Given the chance, I would love to serve and care for you in your time of need.
(816) 253-8421 x702
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Independence, MO 64057
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Diakonos Counseling
Psychologist, PsyD, LCSW, LPC, PLPC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Diakonos is a private mental health counseling center in Independence, MO since 1981. We believe in a healthy approach to healing life's problems through integrating sound principles for the mind, body & spirit. We offer compassionate care for those struggling with painful emotions, distorted thinking, and troubling behavior, as well as those desiring personal growth and more satisfying relationships. We are comfortable and experienced at integrating clients' religious & spiritual beliefs with the therapy and healing process. Treatment is personalized to meet the individual needs of each participant. Therapists are available to lead conferences and speak on topics of interest to your church, business, or organization.
(816) 527-9391
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Independence, MO 64057
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Sarah Middleton
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
Much of my experience has been helping individuals and families manage the effects trauma has on everyday life. Trauma might come from foster care/adoption situations, community trauma, or specific events from the past. I enjoy working with parents to find solutions they can use at home to support their children and continue to build positive relationships. Many families continue to struggle with emotion regulation or big behaviors at home, even when it feels like they have been trying therapy for years.
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Independence, MO 64056
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Not accepting new clients
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Lauren Richerson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
*I am not currently accepting new clients. Sorry!* I am an experienced clinical psychologist who has spent 15 years developing my knowledge and skills for addressing problems that occur in families such as problematic parent-child dynamics. I am also well equipped to address internalizing disorders such as depression, anxiety, suicidality, and PTSD in children, teens, and adults. While I use evidenced-based techniques that are informed by scientific research, I do so in the context of a warm and caring therapeutic relationship. I strive to understand your personal struggles without minimizing what you are going through.
(816) 373-6433
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Independence, MO 64055
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Diakonos Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, PsyD, LCSW, LPC, PLPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Diakonos is a private mental health counseling center in Independence, MO since 1981. We believe in a healthy approach to healing life's problems through integrating sound principles for the mind, body & spirit. We offer compassionate care for those struggling with painful emotions, distorted thinking, and troubling behavior, as well as those desiring personal growth and more satisfying relationships. We are comfortable and experienced at integrating clients' religious & spiritual beliefs with the therapy and healing process. Treatment is personalized to meet the individual needs of each participant. Therapists are available to lead conferences and speak on topics of interest to your church, business, or organization.
(816) 774-1923
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Independence, MO 64057
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Sarah Ehlers, LCSW LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
You deserve to feel empowered and therapy is a great way to further explore all the possibilities your life holds for you. Therapy is a journey. My role as therapist is to provide you with safe, nurturing guidance as you seek personal growth and inner peace. I believe that everyone is capable of change and has the power to choose differently, thus increasing self-fulfillment and joy in their life. I offer a warm, caring atmosphere for you to explore your wants and needs, increase awareness of barriers to meeting those wants and needs, and feel supported in making changes.
(816) 521-6199
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Independence, MO 64055
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Jennifer Reid
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC, RD, LD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you feeling overwhelmed, down, or anxious and don't know what to do or where to go? Do you feel very alone and nobody else understands or has experienced what you have/or are experiencing? Are you having trouble sleeping due to looping thoughts running through your mind? Have all your old ways of coping stopped working? We all need support and guidance along our journey. Sometimes we need more than what our family and friends can provide. When circumstances happen making life more difficult, you may need some extra help. Together, you and I can find the right path and tools to get you back to feeling more like yourself.
(816) 875-0868
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Independence, MO 64055
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Embark Counseling Services, LLC
Counselor, LPC, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
We are here to help! We are a group of professionals who approach therapy with compassion and understanding, providing a partnership with you in a safe, caring and supportive place to explore life's difficulties, and learn how to balance any challenge, and improve your relationships. We use an individualized, integrated approach to therapy, promoting wellness in all areas of your life: physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual. We work with children, teens, young adults, millennials, families, couples and partners.
(913) 353-3769
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Independence, MO 64055
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Nina Escobar-Petersen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LSCSW
Verified
Verified
I enjoy working with all my clients, however, I have specific training working with troubled youth. The world is hard to navigate as adults and can be even harder as a young adult, teen, or adolescent. In my experience depression and anxiety are secondary to the trauma caused by unresolved issues. These issues affect both children and adults. This can often express in opposition to rules, defiance, self harming, alcohol and drug use. I can help. I understand what its like to feel misunderstood in a world filled with overwhelming decisions.
(660) 218-1332
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Independence, MO 64050
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Emma Kirk
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, PLPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you looking for a fun, caring, effective counselor your child or family? I focus on working with children and teens 10+. I can help navigate through sadness, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, self harm, and other issues. I am also trained in the Gottman method to provide couples counseling.
(816) 239-3954
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Independence, MO 64055
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Tamiika Vincent
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC-S, LCPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I utilize various treatment modalities but specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Play Therapy , and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
**Currently accepting new daytime clients.** Everyone needs someone to talk to. Someone to help process feelings, emotions, experiences and events. This is normal. Life can be HARD and STRESSFUL. I can help you with that. I specialize in coaching and counseling those who have been struggling with everyday life and are trying to make a change for the better.
(913) 347-5244
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Kansas City, MO 64110
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Emily Viet
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RPT-S
Verified
Verified
I offer a holistic, trauma-informed approach to therapy, change and healing that is informed by neuroscience, including: Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, attachment-based, IFS/parts, Play Therapy , iRest, yoga.
Sometimes life is hard. We experience stress, difficult experiences, wounding in relationships, and trauma along with many other experiences. We carry these with us and they show up in our daily lives - in our thoughts, emotions, physical body, relationships with others, relationship with our self. Maybe you've noticed feeling stuck and overwhelmed. Weighed down. Maybe anxious. Maybe you've noticed patterns in your relationships. Maybe physical discomfort and pain. Tension in your body. Maybe you're curious about what you're noticing. Or maybe you’re curious about who YOU are – the authentic you.
(816) 327-9194
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Kansas City, MO 64109
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Embark Counseling Services
Counselor, LPC, LCPC, RPT-S
Verified
15 Endorsed
Verified
15 Endorsed
We offer an integrative trauma-informed approach, where healing is noticed through EMDR, Play Therapy , Gottman Method, ACT, CBT and DBT.
Life is hard. Things happen that cause problems in your relationship, stress, ultimately resulting in trauma. You want someone who can help when everything in your daily life is affected, including our thoughts, emotions and resulting behaviors. Also, impacting the way your body feels, and ultimately how you experience YOU and your relationships. You may feel overwhelmed or stuck, unsatisfied in your relationship, anxious, or wondering if things can change or things can get better. There is hope, and we are here. We have many clinicians at all four locations that are experienced and ready to help, including affordable options.
(913) 674-5365
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Blue Springs, MO 64015
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Jessie Graves
Counselor, MA, NCC, PLPC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I am completing my certificate in play therapy .
Life has a way of paralyzing us with negative “what if’s?" What if there was a way to become unstuck? What if someone sat in the muck with you? Those are what if’s we can explore together. Let's create a space where you feel seen, valued, and understood. Together we can create a space where things feel less lonely, complex, or overwhelming. Wouldn't you like life to feel a little more possible? A little less lonely?
(816) 323-6938
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Kansas City, MO 64120
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Emily Scott
Pre-Licensed Professional, PLMFT, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I have completed play therapy training and love to utilize these tools to meet your needs.
I find the greatest joy in working with families to repair and build nurturing relationships. Coming from a playful perspective I love to help children and their parents find their self-worth and express their true feelings in ways that they can understand each other. I utilize my training and background in child development studies to help children and parents understand each other in appropriate ways. I keep in mind that each child and family is unique, seeking to understand without judgment.
(816) 521-6139
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Office is near:
Kansas City, MO 64116

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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.