Play Therapy in Cary, NC

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Integrative Wellness Services, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified
Verified
Play Therapy , EMDR, Couples counseling, CBT, Life coaching, Educational coaching services, Diet and Nutrition Services, Occupational Therapy, Yoga and Reiki, Music Therapy, and more!.
At Integrative Wellness Services, we take the "village" approach. We view our client's needs as as being connected to a larger scheme of things and work tirelessly to get to the root of what concerns them. We believe that all mental health challenges must be supported by more than one approach, and all of the approaches need to be working together, like a village! Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do.
(919) 887-7964 x27519
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Cary, NC 27519
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Marcia Brown
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
It is an evidence-based, play -based, strengths-focused model for caregivers and their children ages 2-7 years old.
Parenting is anything but easy. There are so many ways to do it well, and yet we all still have our challenges to face. My work focuses on addressing even the most difficult child behavior and supporting you as the parent in the process. When your child has challenging behavior, it is not uncommon to get to a point where you have tried so many different approaches, techniques, and books, that you aren't even sure what is working and what isn't. Let's take away the kitchen sink approach, and boil it down to the fundamental pieces. You can gain tools that lead to real, lasting positive change for your child and your family.
(720) 743-4966
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Cary, NC 27518
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Horizon Integrated Wellness Group, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CTP, RTP, CFSW, CHC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Horizon's Play Therapy Center- We have welcoming and culturally sensitive playroom to address all childhood challenges from anxiety, trauma, sexual abuse, aggression, ODD, ADHD, and other behavioral issues.
Horizon Integrated Wellness Group, PLLC was developed with the idea that peoples' struggles and challenges are not a reflection of them having failed in their lives, but rather, an array of experiences, exchanges, and relationships the individual has in the context of some or all of them. We offer a unique approach that considers people's relationships, families, work/career, and the implications/barriers they may have on an individual's well-being, resilience, empowerment, their happiness, and ultimately their self-acceptance/self-love.
(984) 205-4778
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Cary, NC 27511
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Haylee Allen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS, CSI, CPS-R
Verified
Verified
Through compassionate therapy, often incorporating play therapy methods, every child can thrive.
With experience in various roles from therapist, prevention specialist, and program director I enjoy helping young children, teenagers, and adults achieve balance in everyday living. My expertise include mental health therapy, chemical dependency counseling, curriculum development and instruction, care management, and substance misuse prevention and education. I have experience working with youth and adults in various settings from the foster care environment, outpatient and inpatient treatment centers, to private practice.
(910) 541-9948
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Cary, NC 27511
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Michael Stamm
Counselor, MS, LCMHC, LCPC, RPT-S
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I'm pleased to now offer play therapy services in North Carolina and Montana (via telehealth)! As a play therapist, my goal is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for children and adolescents to express themselves using their primary language: Play . Although appropriate for adults, traditional talk therapy can prove difficult for children and adolescents. By utilizing play therapy , I'm able to build a strong and safe therapeutic relationship, a cornerstone to change and healing. In addition, I provide supervision for licensed counselors seeking the Registered Play Therapist credential. Call today for current availability!
(919) 737-7912
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Cary, NC 27511
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Melanie Harsch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Therapies I use: CBT, Play Therapy , Strength Based, and Solution Focused Therapy.
Are there struggles at school and home because your child has a learning disability, is gifted/2e, or is experiencing anxiety or depression? Perhaps you are an adoptive parent, and your child is suffering adoption grief or wrestling with adoption and identity questions. Maybe you live overseas and are encountering the common expat issues of finding friends, facing language barriers, or navigating new cultures. Working together, we can meet your goals such as creating a healthier family, building a new life in another country, helping your child find success in the classroom or managing their overwhelming feelings.
(919) 849-8480
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Cary, NC 27519
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Emily Thompson
Counselor, MS, LCMHCA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a trauma-informed, integrative therapist who utilizes a variety of techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, trauma-informed evidence-based practices, experiential techniques (including art/ play therapy techniques), mindfulness skills, and motivational interviewing.
I am a neurodiversity affirmative therapist and create a safe, accepting, non-judgmental environment where you can freely unmask and be your authentic self. I collaborate with you to identify and utilize your strengths and empower you to use those strengths to overcome difficult situations, successfully navigate relationships, and enhance positive coping skills to promote resiliency.
(919) 343-9301
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Cary, NC 27513
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Edla Prevette
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC, RPT
Verified
Verified
My primary focus is to help children, parents and adults reframe, rethink, then refresh their views, opinions, and actions. I enjoy taking research based theories and sharing the information in a pragmatic way. I believe my authentic and genuine interest in helping others is what enables my clients to "flip" their thinking and actions for positive change. With children I use various play and cognitive behavior therapies to help in navigating the academic, emotional and social stress they are faced with in today's digital world. Additionally, I work with parents to offer effective ways to parent their children for optimal success.
(919) 283-0078
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Cary, NC 27518
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Stephanie J Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified
Verified
I enjoy counseling individuals with a focus on personal growth, social connections, and wellness action planning. I typically work with children, youth, families, and adults at better managing symptoms of anxiety, depression, ADHD, low self-esteem, and family conflict. I utilize eclectic approaches to play therapy , mindfulness, self-esteem enhancement, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
(919) 289-8121 x4
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Cary, NC 27518
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Laura T Ashord LCSW, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have a practical, eclectic approach to therapy drawing from a rich resource of experience, employing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), communication therapies, relaxation therapy, Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT), Play Therapy , Mindfulness therapy, Family Therapy and Parent Training.
I am a native North Carolinian, having lived and worked here most all my life. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have practiced Social Work since 1988. I provide psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, adolescents, children and families. I received my Bachelor's degree in Social Work (BSW) from NC State University in 1986. Through an advanced standing program at University of South Carolina in Columbia, I earned my Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) with an emphasis in Children and Families in 1988. I became licensed (LCSW) by the NC Certification and Licensure Board in 1993.
(919) 348-2445
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Cary, NC 27518
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Lindsay Frye Rho
Counselor, LCMHCA, NCC
Verified
Verified
My practice is grounded in Person-Centered Counseling, trauma-informed care, Play Therapy , Narrative therapy, and Expressive Arts.
Hello, my name is Lindsay! I am a counselor in Cary, NC. I strive to create a place of safety, trust, empathy, and understanding as I work with individuals in therapy. I enjoy helping children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety, depression, family relationships, social skills, college demands, life transitions, and trauma. I am also passionate about working with pediatric, adolescent, and young adult cancer patients, siblings of cancer patients, and their family members.
(919) 343-5967
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Cary, NC 27511
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Deborah Howell
Counselor, MS, LCMHC
Verified
Verified
As a registered play therapist, Deborah incorporates directed and non-directed play - the language that children best use to communicate.
CHILD-TEEN - Are you concerned about your child? Are they anxious? angry? irritable? Or maybe you would just like to give your child some additional skills as they progress through their current developmental stage. Allow us to come alongside you. Give your child the gift of learning coping skills that will not only help them now but that they can take into their adult life. Children and teens are part of a larger family system so you are an integral part of treatment. Our goal is to strengthen the relationship between you and your child.
(919) 899-4743
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Cary, NC 27513
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Kathy B Spurlock
Counselor, LCMHC, SEP, TEB
1 Endorsed
1 Endorsed
I have a wide variety of skills in my toolbox, including play therapy , CBT, DBT, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing and Transforming The Experienced Based Brain (transforming touch).
**Currently not accepting new Clients**. Life can be challenging at times and wrought with frustrations, sadness or anxieties. However, with therapy, those challenges don't have to be insurmountable. I believe therapy is about guiding you toward an emotionally healthy path in order to create the life you desire. The fact that you are searching for a therapist who feels like a "good fit" for you or your family, is an important first step (and a very courageous one). My goal is to support you along your journey by providing a non-judgmental and respectful atmosphere, as we jointly work toward you finding personal contentment.
(919) 759-5429
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Cary, NC 27518
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Erin Watson
Counselor, LCMHCA
Verified
Verified
I enjoy working with individuals of all ages as well as families. I am also passionate about working with children and helping them develop, process, and grow as individuals through the language of play , especially working through grief, loss/bereavement, and trauma. It is my goal to create a strong therapeutic relationship built on trust, safety, and a non-judgmental atmosphere to facilitate healing and promote long-term mental health. As a CPP approved provider with BCBS State Health Plan, I offer $0 copay to most State Employees
(919) 694-4229
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Cary, NC 27518
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Jennifer E Thakur
Counselor, MEd, LCMHCA
Verified
Verified
I enjoy helping teens, young adults, couples and families achieve their counseling goals using research based strategies and techniques. I will incorporate mindfulness, yoga, art and play into the therapeutic experience. I also use cognitive behavioral therapy to help client reframe negative behaviors and thoughts into healthy, positive behaviors.
(919) 276-8864 x716
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Cary, NC 27511
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Cathy C Hedgepeth
Psychological Associate, MA, HSP, LPA
Verified
Verified
In my part time private practice I offer counseling/therapy to adults, children (ages 4 and above), and parents. My areas of special interest include anxiety, depression, and parent education. I enjoy working with adults who are dealing with life challenges and seeking personal growth. When seeing children I typically use a child centered play therapy approach. I also have experience with cognitive behavioral interventions Theraplay, and EFT. These techniques are helpful in treating individuals who are experiencing anxiety, regulation of attention and impulse control, trauma, and attachment difficulties.
(919) 289-0392
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Cary, NC 27519
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Lauren A Formy-Duval
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
My practice welcomes clients of all ages and backgrounds. I provide psychotherapy to adults and adolescents, and I also specialize in early childhood work, conducting parent therapy often combined with play therapy with children. My therapeutic approach is largely influenced by insight-oriented psychodynamic and systemic approaches. With this approach I strive to help you find underlying causes for problematic symptoms or patterns of behavior and why they may persist in your life. I believe that through this exploration and discovery you are freed to make different life choices and can lead a more balanced life.
(919) 475-9629
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Cary, NC 27513
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Nadia Vasu
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, RPT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am experienced in providing child-centered play therapy , individual therapy, family and group therapy.
Hello, my name is Nadia and I specialize in working with children (ages 3-12), adolescents, and their families, while also providing individual therapy to adults. I also provide a variety of therapy groups for children, adolescents, and adults. I am also a Registered Play Therapist which means I have extensive training in working with young children. You can find more information at www.a4pt.org. I am experienced in working with new parents, adoption/foster care, developmental trauma, trauma, anxiety, and depression.
(919) 529-5130
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Cary, NC 27511
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Emily Carter Cox
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I provide a space for clients to explore their questions, hopes and fears in a non-judgmental environment. I have experience treating children, adolescents and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings facing a wide range of diagnoses and difficulties including anxiety, depression, ADHD, women's issues, grief and loss, parenting struggles, and life transitions. I operate from a psychodynamic perspective, using the therapist-client relationship as an agent for change. I also incorporate cognitive-behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, play therapy , and structural family therapy approaches as needed.
(919) 759-5968
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Cary, NC 27513
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Abe Hickey
NCC, LCMHCS
Verified
Verified
I have experience working with Children and Adolescents, and often utilize Play Therapy .
I believe in helping a person overcome the problems and situations that are faced in life, not just treating a diagnosis. My philosophy is to provide a private, comfortable, and non-judgmental environment where everyone can feel safe no matter age, beliefs, lifestyle, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, cultural background, or life circumstances. I provide a laid-back conversational approach and with children I will often use toys or games to help everyone feel comfortable. I also provide flexible appointment times, including evenings (Appointment times are subject to availability).
(919) 888-4594
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Cary, NC 27518
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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.