Play Therapy in North, Raleigh, NC

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April London
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified
Verified
Such modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eco-Systemic Family Therapy (ESFT), Play Therapy , Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Interventions, and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
April is experienced in working with individuals and families including children, adolescents, and adults of various socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs. Additionally, she has experience working with individuals who experience anger, defiance, emotional dysregulation, relationship difficulties, family relational problems, depression, anxiety, autism, and other mental health disorders. April treats clients from a person-centered approach and implements various modalities depending on the individual’s needs.
(984) 464-8364
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Raleigh, NC 27609
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Yuri Sklad
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, RPT, CSOTP
Verified
Verified
I value expressive modalities and received training to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).
Being a therapist gives me the opportunity to come alongside individuals during difficult times in their lives, as well as to celebrate their joys. It is truly a privilege to be present with people as they navigate their journey. I work with people of all ages: children, adolescents, and adults. My areas of clinical focus include working with individuals who have experienced trauma/PTSD, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, depression, attachment/relational difficulties, sexual behavior problems, compulsive sexual behavior, social skills deficits, and parenting challenges.
(984) 464-6110
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Raleigh, NC 27609
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Molly F Chaffee
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervis, MA, LCMHCS, NCC, RPTS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I'm also a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor (LCMHCS) and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPTS), and able to provide supervision for mental health professionals seeking licensure as an LCMHC or Registered Play Therapist (RPT).
My passion is helping clients navigate difficult experiences, emotions, and transitions. My style is warm, nonjudgmental, and approachable. Together we will move towards a hopeful, more positive future. I enjoy working with children ages 2 and up, pre-adolescents, adolescents, and adults. I also specialize in working with college-aged students and young adults, and women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Many of my adult clients reflect on personal values, family-of-origin issues, and insights on self-esteem and self-identity. My specialty areas include anxiety, depression, grief/loss, serious illness, and life transitions.
(919) 348-2394
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Raleigh, NC 27613
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The Mindly Group, PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, PLLC
Verified
Verified
Our specialized services include play therapy for children, individual and family therapy for tweens, teens, and adults, and even couples and marital counseling.
If you or somebody you know is in need of therapy or counseling please check us out! We're an energetic group of mental health professionals all dedicated to the common goal of providing the highest quality, most effective psychotherapy and counseling services for our Raleigh & Cary community and beyond. Whether it's depression, anxiety, ADHD, Addiction, or relationship difficulties we have friendly licensed professionals who can help.
(919) 289-4121 x1
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Raleigh, NC 27615
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Alexis Schulman
Counselor, MS, LCMHCA
Verified
Verified
With children, I utilize expressive arts such as play therapy to explore their feelings while the child feels safe and engaged.
We spend most days just trying to get through the day. I passionately believe that nothing else will matter unless your mental health is in the right place. I find therapy is learning to make your body and mind a safe place even when they seem out of control. I work with individuals to become attuned to their self. I meet my clients with authenticity and a refreshing energy to create a strong therapeutic relationship. I take therapy at the pace and comfort level of the client.
(919) 635-4286
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Raleigh, NC 27615
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Flip Counseling and Consulting- Elizabeth Worley
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MEd, LCMHC, RPT
Verified
Verified
As a Registered Play Therapist, I seek to connect with younger clients through the language they understand - play .
Therapy is an interactive and dynamic process. Through non-directive play therapy techniques, as well as more directive cognitive techniques, children and adolescents are able to work through challenges in their lives. This work, alongside a caring and competent therapist, can enable them to emerge with more skills to deal with future challenges and a belief that they have some control in their lives. Parental engagement is key, and I am also available to coach parents through challenging issues with their children, helping them to better understand and appreciate their children.
(919) 879-2317
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Raleigh, NC 27609
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Lifestyle Consultant Services
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MS, LPC, LCAS-A
Verified
Verified
* Substance Abuse Treatment * Medication Management * Psychiatric Evaluation * Individual Psychotherapy * Group Psychotherapy * Family Therapy * Marital Therapy * Grief Counseling * Anger Management * Trauma-Focused Therapy * PSuboxone treatment* Play Therapy * EMDR.
The mission of Lifestyle Consultant Services is to improve the quality of mental health and substance abuse services by reducing stigma and by protecting the rights of the individual who suffers from mental illness and/or substance abuse. By identifying the pain and suffering experienced by citizens in our community and addressing them with care, we aim to strengthen and promote health and well being. Suboxone is the combination of buprenorphine (partial opioid agonist) and naloxone (opioid antagonist - Narcan). The combination is either 2 mg/0.5 mg or 8 mg/2 mg. Suboxone is a sublingual film (it dissolves under the tongue).
(919) 800-0881
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Raleigh, NC 27615
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Dorothy McGilvary
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCAS, MA, PMP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Play therapy is available to give children (and adults!) a voice to express their feelings in a fun, safe manner, while learning and developing healthy coping skills.
***NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS AT THIS TIME*** You deserve compassionate care to navigate difficult challenges. Whether experiencing relationship issues, mental health or substance use issues affecting your family, marriage, work, school or social life, help is available. As a systemically trained therapist, I use therapeutic tools to help adults & children learn and use healthy coping skills. I partner with clients to shift uncomfortable thoughts, emotions and behavioral patterns to functioning that promotes client’s strengths and connection with others.
(919) 629-1582
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Raleigh, NC 27615
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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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Raleigh, NC 27609
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Mary Kaitlyn Boone
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC, RPT
Verified
Verified
"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct" (Carl Jung). I find great joy in working with children of all ages in a therapy setting. It's an honor to me when a child chooses to trust me with their wishes, their fears, and their wonders about life. I have experience working with children individually, in hospitals, and through non-profit work in the community. Through the use of play and arts based therapies, I help to facilitate an environment where children are able to truly be themselves, express their emotions, and have the ability to create the answers they need for themselves.
(919) 301-9184
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Raleigh, NC 27613
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Jason Lake
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
My approach is using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, and play therapy .
Choosing the right therapist can be a difficult decision; especially when they're working so closely with you or your child. You want someone who listens, understands and hears your concerns but is also supportive and nurturing. Let me begin by stating that I provide a safe environment where I incorporate empathy, encouragement, and laughter as part of the therapy process. But most importantly I believe in building a relationship with every person is the key to the healing process.
(919) 582-5005
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Raleigh, NC 27615
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Kelly Orr Belk
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have learned many techniques such as CBT, sandtray, play therapy , relaxation and so on, but the best lesson has been that each person has a purpose and strength uniquely their own.
I enjoy working with people who have an interest in their own personal growth, taking a journey, trying something new. If you are looking into trying out therapy, you ARE that person! You are looking to take a chance on yourself, and that's a wonderful, and sometimes overwhelming feeling. New things can be hard, and I think therapy should be supportive of this while guiding them through the necessary process of growing pains. Therapy can be hard work, but the benefits can last a lifetime.
(984) 223-5162
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Raleigh, NC 27615
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Shelley L. Gilmore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My clinical interests and areas of expertise include child interactive play therapy , parenting, psycho-education and skill training, adolescents, depression, self-esteem issues, anxiety issues, behavioral disorders,stress management, interpersonal and relationship issues, and LGBTQ issues.
Video telemental health sessions currently. Are you or your child or adolescent not coping as well as in the past? Counseling can help you get back on the right path in life. I know that I can help. I love helping children and adolescents through difficult times utilizing unique techniques that include play and art therapy. Adults benefit from many different types of therapy techniques that I incorporate in sessions. I believe that counseling is an opportunity to really be heard and helped. I provide an individual approach to each person's needs and work collaboratively with clients to achieve results!
(919) 842-5462
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Raleigh, NC 27615
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Beth Mumford Holloway
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LCMHC
Verified
Verified
Beth M Holloway, MA, LPC has been working in the mental health field since 2005. Her counseling approach comes from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, Solution-Focused Therapy, Play -Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Mrs. Holloway has extensive clinical experience, in working with adults, children, adolescents, women's issues, parenting and blended family issues as well as couple's therapy. Her areas of therapeutic expertise are treating Anxiety, Depression, Interpersonal Relationships, Divorce Recovery, Grief & Loss, Obsessive Thoughts, Academic Achievement, Oppositional Behaviors and Crises of Faith.
(919) 813-6480
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Raleigh, NC 27609
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Kimberly E. Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RPT-S
Verified
Verified
As a Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor, I have expertise in providing children an opportunity to benefit from play therapy interventions.
Being a child or teen in today’s world is tough, and so is parenting! Although the world is changing fast, the needs of children and teens remain the same as previous generations. Children and teens need to feel love, security, and value. When children, teens, and young adults are having difficulty managing emotions, regulating behavior, and lacking a strong sense of self, it is often necessary to seek support. Parenting support and training is an integral part of my practice. I have been providing individual and family therapy to school-age children to young adults in Raleigh since 2001.
(919) 702-7906
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Raleigh, NC 27609
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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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Raleigh, NC 27615
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Andrea Liles
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified
Verified
I utilize a variety of techniques and skills drawn from recognized therapeutic modalities including CBT, Solution Focused, Psychoeducation, Play Therapy , behavior modification, and mindfulness.
My name is Andrea Liles and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate. Over the last few years, I’ve practiced as a clinician, program coordinator, and childcare administrative assistant. I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC in 2017. My clients include children, adolescents, families, and adults. I have worked in community mental health settings, child and family agencies, community health, and mental health advocacy organizations.
(984) 223-6241
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Raleigh, NC 27609
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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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Katie Mendat List
Counselor, LCMHCS, RPT, CATP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I utilize a variety of techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed evidence-based practices, experiential techniques (including art/ play therapy techniques), parenting skills and mindfulness skills.
My passion is working with children, adolescents and their parents. Most sessions focus on self-awareness, choice, problem solving, goal setting and challenging you in a caring and empathetic manner, seeking alternative options and strategies for handling life. My goal as your therapist is assisting you in identifying skills and resources you already have and supporting you in strengthening skills and promoting growth. Some change occurs quickly and easily, but most often change requires slow, deliberate, and repeated efforts and I look forwarding to supporting you through this journey of self exploration and growth.
(984) 217-7004
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Good4Me Counseling and Wellness, PLLC
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LCMHC, TF-CBT
Verified
Verified
I have a desire to help people move from questions that start with why; to questions that start with how. My goal is to help you grow and understand how to move forward with your life, despite going through disappointing and traumatic experiences. I have been praised for my ability to actively listen and empathize with my clients. I believe that problems don’t last always and with positive thinking and solution focused techniques, we can change any negative actions and feelings. I will be privileged to be able to embark on a journey to help someone move past hurts and pains, to joy and happiness. Let’s talk
(919) 804-0838
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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.