Play Therapy in Madison, NJ

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Kathleen Griffin, M.A., L.P.C.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified
Verified
For children whose behavior or preoccupations interfere in their social or academic success in school, play therapy is one way I work to uncover feelings and issues and help children ages 2 through 10 work through difficulties in a nonthreatening atmosphere.
I tailor therapy to meet your specific needs and expectations. You may be looking for help with relationships among family members or want to learn specific parenting techniques. You may be recovering from a traumatic life experience or uncomfortable and debilitating feelings. I can help you to increase self confidence and resolve these feelings by working together in a supportive, respectful way to explore issues. I also provide hypnotherapy as part of the psychotherapy process as needed.
(973) 360-0123
Madison, NJ 07940
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Madeline PaskeBaulig
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, C-AYFSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My areas of expertise and training include therapy with children (including play therapy ), adolescents and adults.
My goal is to provide a warm and supportive environment for my clients, in which we will work collaboratively to identify the factors contributing to stress and create a plan to develop coping skills and empowerment. Children, adolescents and adults engage with me in a process to reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression and overall stress that leads to greater fulfillment and enjoyment in life. My participation in this field is my passion, and I consider it my privilege to work with each of my clients.
(973) 250-4094
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Diane Uhler
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NBCC
Verified
Verified
As a professional helper, my goals is to walk alongside you and help you find your solutions to problem situations. I believe that the solution to problem situations in life are within you and I will strive with you to find an effective solution to your life struggles whether they be relationships, family, marriage, parenting, work and your overall sense of well-being. I use a blend of therapeutic approaches personalized to the specific needs of each individual. These approaches include Psychodynamic and Person Centered Therapy, CBT, Gestalt, REBT, Family Systems, Play Therapy as well as others.
(973) 822-0707
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Paige Ellen Oszmanski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have additional play therapy experience and training.
A positive relationship with a therapist involves trust and a feeling of being understood. I work with individuals, families and couples. My specialties include adults, children, play therapy , adolescents, divorce, occupational difficulties, anxiety, depression, loss, self-esteem, relationships. I help my clients to better understand themselves, their life situations and their relationships. It is through this understanding and caring where growth and change can occur. The goal for our work together is for clients to develop their unique strengths, make good choices for themselves and move towards living a more fulfilling life.
(973) 664-7425
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Nancy Begin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you currently experiencing anxiety, prolonged sadness, inability to enjoy life, difficulty with interpersonal relationships or a desire to grow in your knowledge of self understanding? Have you experienced a traumatic event that is interferring with daily life? If so you might benefit from time spent with a compassionate and caring therapist. As a clinician I have assisted others in their personal journey toward wholeness and self discovery.
(973) 355-6444
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Trauma Consulting, Training & Clinical Svcs LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
At TCTCS, we are all about providing relief and recovery to any and all survivors of trauma. Throughout our life spans, we will experience a variety of traumas, some of which are little and some will be huge. Everyone experiences these traumas in different ways. Examples of our traumas include but are not limited to: post partum depression, divorce, bullying, cyber stalking, relationship adjustments and separations, loss, medical illnesses, mental health challenges, domestic and/or sexual violence, betrayals and surviving child abuse etc. We have a team of trauma informed therapists who presently have availability.
(551) 465-7237
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Melissa Klika
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My goal is to provide a warm, supportive, collaborative environment for my clients. I am a licensed psychologist specializing in individual and group therapy for children, adolescents, college students, and adults. I can assist in the development of coping strategies to manage social challenges, stress, depression, and anxiety. I help individuals learn about specific behaviors and develop interventions that lead to positive behavioral change. Together we can identify triggers to stress and develop coping skills for empowerment.
(908) 982-4065
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Debra Haverson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I bring a calm, non-judgmental presence to our sessions while remaining direct about the ways in which your own perceptions and actions may be keeping you from enjoying life more fully. I also recognize that sometimes there's just a need to problem-solve and tackle challenging circumstances from a practical perspective. It is possible for people to feel more joy and contentment from their lives and their relationships. Difficult feelings such as sadness and worry, as well as problematic behavior patterns, usually arise from a combination of the typical pressures of life and our own personal histories.
(973) 679-7424
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Alyssa Austern
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
Welcome! I’m Dr. Alyssa Austern and I am a clinical psychologist who specializes in individual therapy across the lifespan. If you are in distress, I can help you resolve relationship issues, explore self-identity, and adjust to life transitions. If your adolescent or teen is struggling, I can assist them in reducing conflicts with peers and family, and cope with anxiety. I will also help you to strengthen your parenting skills. My goal is to help you reduce your distress, and to help you understand why you are feeling this way and/or why your child is struggling.
(973) 524-7242
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Jen Ellis Walters
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. The “right fit” in therapy is crucial for success. I am told I am an approachable and knowledgeable therapist and listed below are my areas of specialty. I offer in-office therapy, in-home consultation, training and family/community support meetings aimed at providing an integrative approach to you or your child’s emotional health. For my work with children, I specialize in high functioning autism, ADHD, anxiety and other childhood behavioral concerns. With adults, I focus on how life changes/losses have changed your path and work to help you get back to where you want to be.
(973) 520-0351
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Family Healing Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS
8 Endorsed
8 Endorsed
Family Healing Center is a leading provider in wellness and recovery care. We provide our clients a safe and intimate atmosphere for their emotional well-being and recovery from addiction. Please visit our website @ www.familyhealingcenternj.com
(973) 358-7123
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Meredith Carleton
Psychologist, PsyD, ATR
Verified
Verified
My Name is Dr. Meredith Carleton, and I am a Licensed Psychologist and Registered Creative Arts Therapist. I offer my clients a warm and welcoming environment that promotes connection and growth. My treatment style is very eclectic, integrating psychodynamic and family systems fundamentals with creative techniques and cognitive behavioral (CBT) interventions. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression and other mood issues, as well as trauma, ADHD, and behavioral concerns. I serve clients across the lifespan, with additional expertise in issues relevant to children, adolescents, emerging adults (age 18-25) and LGBTQ individuals.
(973) 718-9845
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Kelly Meyer Medvin
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Welcome to my page. I work primarily with children through young adults. Many of my clients are dealing with changes such as a life transition, chronic concerns such as depression, anxiety, loss, trauma and relational issues. I also work with emotional and behavioral concerns such as emotional regulation, anger management and impulse control.
(646) 553-5653
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Elizabeth Smith
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I have experience treating a variety of clients from young children, teens, parents, and grandparents. I have assisted them through traditional treatment as well as custody evaluations, bonding evaluations, reunification therapy, and learning assessments. In treatment, I have used EMDR skills to treat high levels of anxiety. My experience with depression and other mood disorders has spanned almost 20 years of practice in psychology. I work collaboratively with my clients. There is no question or experience too big or small for us to examine and unlock together.
(732) 561-4175
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Megan Hogarth Nervi
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
We all have ways of coping that we have learned from an early age. These strategies often helped us to survive in our environment. At times, these ways of being stop working and create conflict and suffering in our lives. When this occurs, it is often helpful to seek out therapy. In our work together, my goal will be to help you build an awareness of and appreciation for all of the parts that make you who you are. It is from this place of insight that we can make meaningful and sustainable change.
(862) 329-7124
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Nyree Tchalikian
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CCTP
Verified
Verified
With over 14 years of experience as a Mental Health professional, which includes a ten year role as a Senior Investigator with the Department of Children and Families, Nyree has experience dealing with domestic violence, life transitions, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, impulse control, family issues, parenting skills, adolescent issues, substance abuse, trauma, panic disorder, self harm, and anger management. Drawing on this experience, she is currently serving as a private practitioner, helping her clients gain stability in their lives by better managing life's challenges, thereby creating the ability to identify distorted thinking and beliefs. Nyree is available for in office sessions and video conferencing.
(201) 549-9259
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Maureen Gaffney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Are you feeling anxious, depressed, worried or looking to increase your happiness? Sometimes, life events and stress can make everyday activities seem overwhelming and beyond reach. I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults utilizing a variety of techniques to address anxiety, depression and other behavioral and emotional disorders. In our sessions, any thought or feeling that arises will be met with respect and unconditional support as we explore it's significance in your life. I welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with you to achieve all of your life goals! One Small Change can Lead to Great Results!
(862) 239-5401
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Heather J. Mainor
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCADC, ACS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
You're exhausted! Balancing the demands of relationships, family, school and work these past few years has been so challenging. Maybe your relationships are strained and you feel empty, overextended or conflicted. Perhaps school or work has been draining and you feel burnt out. Feeling the weight on your chest and worries racing through your mind about not doing enough, juggling enough or even being enough. Unwinding for a few minutes on Netflix or your phone turns into hours. It would be so welcoming to find some control or peace or just grasp some understanding of what to do next to feel more like you...
(973) 447-8733
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Catherine Tatevosyan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
You don’t have to handle everything alone! I can help with overwhelming anxiety, sadness, or anger, and help you grow emotionally and socially. I‘ll work with you to create trust, sharing and expression. I believe growth happens in building relationships with others, whether in therapy or in the rest of our lives.
(917) 982-2709
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Madison, NJ 07940
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Claudia P. Salgado
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
When worry and self-doubt feel like a constant companion it may be difficult to focus on work, family, relationships. When you find yourself avoiding things such as conversations, that tennis practice or game, or that outing with friends, that feeling of uneasiness increases. You now fear the impact on your relationships, with colleagues, friends and loved ones as well as on your future goals. Now imagine learning and utilizing skills that allow you to overcome the stressors in your life while developing and nurturing your relationships.
(973) 983-3485
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Madison, NJ 07940
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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.