Play Therapy in Chester, NJ

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Geraldine V. Oades-Sese
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Interventions include academic and organization strategies, play therapy , cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior management, and stress reduction/mindfulness.
Life is filled with many opportunities as well as challenges. My goal is to help children and adolescents recognize and seize those opportunities and overcome any challenges and obstacles that get in their way. By helping them create a positive mindset, build effective coping strategies, and expand their repertoire of problem-solving skills, they can live a healthy, satisfying, and successful social and academic life. The earlier these skills are cultivated within the child or adolescent, the greater the opportunities to practice and utilize them to their benefit.
(732) 993-7262
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Chester, NJ 07930
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Heather Watson-Perez
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I am co-founder and partner at West Morris Psychological Associates and a NJ licensed clinical psychologist. I treat individuals of all ages for a variety of mental health concerns, including: Adjustment Difficulties, Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Child/Teen Behavioral Problems, Depression, Eating Disorders including Anorexia and Bulimia, Life Transitions, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parent-child conflict, Panic Disorder, Parenting Strategies, Pervasive Development Disorders including Asperger's Disorder, Problems associated with divorce, bereavement, and relationships, School Phobia, Separation Anxiety, Social Skills, and Trauma.
(908) 897-0622
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Chester, NJ 07930
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Yvonne Hansen
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I am co-founder and partner at West Morris Psychological Associates and a NJ licensed psychologist. I treat all ages for a variety of mental health concerns, including: Adjustment Difficulties, Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Child/Teen Behavioral Problems, Life Transitions, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parent-child conflict, Panic Disorder, Parenting Strategies, Pervasive Development Disorders including Asperger's Disorder, divorce, bereavement, and relationships, School Phobia, Separation Anxiety, Social Skills, and Trauma. I use individual, family, and group therapies.
(908) 280-0439
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Chester, NJ 07930
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Jeri Rothe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Reaching out for help is a STRENGTH, not a weakness. Life can be wonderful....but it is not easy. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Therapy is the most useful way to learn Life Skills that are imperative in helping you achieve optimum mental health so you can successfully tackle life's challenges. And if you are motivated to learn these skills; learn how to think and react differently, then I am the therapist for you. I will do the work with you and be there every step of the way...AND YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL!
(908) 760-4713
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Chester, NJ 07930
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Corrinne Kalafut
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Accepting new patients! Are you or your child experiencing feelings of anxiety, sadness, or a sense that you are unable to regain control over your life? Do you or your child ever feel overburdened by the daily tasks and responsibilities of work or school? Sometimes these feelings can be all consuming, making it difficult to focus. It is important to know that you are not alone. We can work together to help you regain your control and develop the skills needed for improved emotional functioning and achievement of personal goals.
(862) 278-9290
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Chester, NJ 07930
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Jessica Giangrasso
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
Sometimes life can be hard to navigate when you’re not sure what to do or where to turn. It can help to have someone else there to guide and support you on your journey. I work with individual clients with concerns including anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues. My specialty is in trauma counseling, however many issues are often intertwined and overlapping. By integrating modalities including strengths-based, solution-focused therapy, EMDR, and/or other approaches, I can adjust to meet the needs of each individual.
(551) 210-2577
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Chester, NJ 07930
Not accepting new clients
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Judith A. Hancox
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, BCETS
Verified
Verified
I am a Holistic Psychotherapist and Social Worker who specializes in the treatment of PTSD and trauma. Having worked with special needs children and adults for over 30 years, I find my background as a Yoga, Meditation and Philosophy Teacher, and Minister of LifeSpirit (Holistic and Health-Freedom Based Church) is well suited to those who seek a holistic approach to healing. Shiome Therapy is my trademark, interweaving ancient and modern techniques in a safe and effective way, without the use of chemical substances. I enjoy the positive transformational healing experience with each and every client!
(973) 476-3648
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Chester, NJ 07930
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Michele Cannata
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I am a licensed psychologist. My training and experience is in both the school and clinical areas of psychology. As a school psychologist, working in the public schools, I have expertise in the special education process, providing meaning to evaluation results and helping children cope and thrive in the classroom. I have found that this experience has been very helpful to the families and children that I treat in my private practice. In private practice, I work with children, adolescents and adults coping with conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders and adjustment issues.
(201) 643-7644
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Chester, NJ 07930
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Bridges Counseling Ctr for Child & Family Wellness
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Verified
When addressing life's most vulnerable impasses, we believe that strong relationship building and the development of an effective treatment plan involving insight and behavior change are the keys to success. Our therapists work with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families stuck in familiar but ineffective patterns of coping. We guide our clients through the process of change where keys to solution are courageously uncovered.
(973) 797-9113
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Chester, NJ 07930
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Stephanie Fredericka
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I love to work with children, teens and adults to foster the positivity and strength that lies within. If you or your child is struggling with anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges, difficulties at school, navigating relationships/peers, let me assist you with building positive coping strategies and challenging and changing negative thought patterns.
(862) 254-8848
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Chester, NJ 07930
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Michelle Jacobson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Whether you are new to therapy or have had previous experiences, I am excited to welcome you to a confidential and non-judgmental place to discuss the challenges you are currently experiencing. I am dedicated to listening and understanding who my clients are, empowering my clients to achieve self-growth and self-fulfillment, and providing professional and effective services. My practice accepts clients of all ages and offers in-person and telehealth appointments.
(732) 646-6386
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Chester, NJ 07930
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Jessica L Larsen
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
If you are struggling with anxiety, sadness, grief, excessive worry, obsessional thinking? Do you feel your challenges are overwhelming? Do you wish you could just enjoy your life again? I work with clients with a range of troubles and challenges to overcome their difficulties and reclaim their lives. I am specialized to work with both adults and children using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is a science based approach, which means it is proven to help you feel better and get on with living your life. I am a warm, personable, humorous, compassionate psychologist here to support you through your most difficult of times.
(551) 258-8928
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Chester, NJ 07930
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Katherine Jambor-Hier
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
As your therapist, I will utilize all my empathy and expertise so that together we may access the root causes of suffering and build new and more fulfilling ways to live and think about life, while working toward and achieving a better life for you and your loved ones. My work is solution-focused, using a variety of theoretical frameworks to help every client achieve their goals. I have training in a number of therapeutic forms: Positive, Cognitive Behavioral, Play , Family, Trauma, and the Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
(908) 402-3421
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Long Valley, NJ 07853
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Brighter Horizons LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
In utilizing various modes of therapy, which may include Solution Base Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness and Play Therapy we can achieve success together.
My focus is working with children, adolescents and adults during a difficult time in their life by utilizing an empathic approach. Whether you are struggling with issues related to the recent pandemic, psychosocial stressors, medical illness, depression, anxiety, or school related concerns I am here to help. Trust is an important component of a successful therapeutic relationship. By providing a safe and calm environment I am able to assist clients and their families to gain insight and appropriate coping skills and strategies for a successful life.
(973) 453-0187
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Randolph, NJ 07869
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Allyn Ruth Sitjar
MA, RDT, LCAT
As a licensed creative arts therapist (drama, art, music, movement, play . creative writing) my skills are especially suitable for clients who have been through levels of trauma (domestic violence, divorce, dating abuse, PTSD, grief and loss, depression, self-harm, anxiety. etc.). In addition, I work with high-functioning kids/teens on the autism spectrum. I have found that the visual and physical work of role-playing, scene-work, improvisation, simple drawings, and video work increases their skills to recognize facial cues and feelings. Through play , these clients build self-esteem, social skills, deepen their emotional range and gain empathy.
(201) 415-5329
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Morristown, NJ 07960
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Dara Duryea
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have over 25 years experience working with children and their families. I use creative techniques to address anxiety, impulsive behaviors, anger and depression. For children the most effective therapy is Play Therapy and for Adolescents, Cognitive Behavioral and creative techniques. I have extensive expereince working within these modalties
(973) 671-8298
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Succasunna, NJ 07876
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Warren County Play Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Hi! At Warren County Play Therapy we are currently accepting new clients.
Does your child struggle with their emotions? Do they seem to get really overwhelmed or dysregulated and struggle to cope with frustration, disappointment, or being told no? Are they hyperactive and have difficulty calming their body? Are they worried to go to school or to leave your side? If any of these apply then play therapy services could be helpful to support them!
(908) 829-6240
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Hackettstown, NJ 07840
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Compassionate and Caring Counseling Center
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, MA, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have received training in play therapy , bullying, DSM-diagnosis and mental health, and college and career planning.
I view counseling as a holistic and individual developmental process. Each individual that enters my office brings character and strengths as well as stressors and challenges. To me, it is important that together we build a trusting relationship that allows you to feel heard and validated. Having worked in both clinical and non-clinical settings, I have worked with a multitude of clients and have fostered a unique and special relationship with each, be-it child, adolescent or adult. Through our journey together, we will build upon the fundamentals of counseling: trust, communication, transparency and empowerment.
(201) 992-5524
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Morristown, NJ 07960
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Michele Kaczmarek
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, ACS
Verified
Verified
If you are concerned about your child who may be struggling with behavioral, social, or emotional issues, I can assist though a combination of play -therapy, talk-therapy, and behavioral interventions.
I have 25 years of successful experience providing mental health services in a variety of settings, treating different age groups with diverse needs. My approach is strength-based and solution-focused. I am skilled at utilizing many counseling techniques and I individualize treatment approaches according to the unique needs of the client, ensuring better outcomes. I understand that finding a therapist that you feel comfortable with is vital to the therapeutic relationship. This enables you to make lasting changes and resolve issues that may have been causing dysfunctional patterns in your life. I believe it's important to treat clients compassionately, respectfully, and without judgement.
(201) 204-9943
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Office is near:
Randolph, NJ 07869
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Racquel Rivero
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RPT, ACS
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist.
I specialize in working with children (ages 3+), adolescents, and adults. My focus is on helping individuals build upon their strengths and gain insight into the areas of their lives that they desire to change. I believe that the therapeutic relationship and providing a safe environment are the building blocks that help me guide others in their personal growth and goal attainment. I strive to provide a caring, motivating, and supportive environment where clients can feel safe to explore any issues they bring to counseling.
(973) 833-3422
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Morristown, NJ 07960
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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.