Play Therapy in Princeton, NJ

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Photo of Angela Konin, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Princeton, NJ
Angela Konin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, LSW
Verified
Verified
Offering down-to-earth, trauma-informed, affirming therapy services for children through adults in person in Princeton and via telehealth, I help clients feel seen and appreciated for their authentic selves. As we work together to understand current issues, uncover their root causes, and explore possible solutions, client dignity and autonomy are centered. With connection, sensitivity, and curiosity, I utilize a combination of approaches including Internal Family Systems, somatic psychotherapy, mindfulness and self compassion, art, play , and more, to help clients gain insight and make positive changes.
(609) 745-1458
Princeton, NJ 08540
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Jacqueline L. Franciscus
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I incorporate a client-centered mix of evidenced-based therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness and play therapy .
I am passionate about providing quality, professional therapy to all clients. I wholly embrace the privilege to support and empower my clients as they overcome challenges and make positive changes, cultivating hope, resilience, and overall wellness. I provide support to children of all ages, adolescents, and adults. In addition to working well with school-aged children, I particularly enjoy working with young adults transitioning from adolescence into adulthood. I am also experienced in supporting new mothers and/or those coping with postpartum issues.
(609) 245-6999
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Julia Ann Gollas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
A combination of behavioral, cognitive, and psychosocial theories are incorporated into my approach as well as a combination of play , strength-based, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused therapy.
Once stated by Erik Erickson, "Children love and want to be loved and they very much prefer the joy of accomplishment". My passion comes from working with children, adolescents, and families as they learn and grow together while celebrating the joys of their own accomplishments. Providing support while managing a variety of life stressors including but not limited to school difficulties, ADHD, anxiety, and defiance are my specialty. I have gained this specialty through my work while providing therapy in Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, and School Based Programs. Having the privilege to provide you with empathy, warmth, and empowerment on this journey is my hope.
(848) 404-5057
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Maggie Masterton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Post masters, I have received advanced training in attachment theory, trauma informed approaches, Play Therapy , Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).
I am a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families. I have numerous years experience working with children across a variety of clinical and educational settings, incorporating the use of play therapy and informed by current research in child development. I meet my clients with warmth, respect, and a desire to work to facilitate a relationship of deep understanding. Utilizing an integrative perspective, I engage my clients in creative and individualized therapeutic approaches, help them deepen their understanding of themselves, and support their work towards greater emotional health and well-being.
(856) 347-3475
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Maureen Zdanis
Psychologist, PhD, she/her
Verified
Verified
For children and teens I draw from CBT, DBT and play therapy .
At any stage of development, we are bound to encounter obstacles to our ability to thrive. I help clients to become proactive agents in their own process. I have worked extensively with clients across all ages to reduce symptoms, promote growth, and instill lasting change. I support children, teens, adults, and families in healing from anxiety, trauma, grief, and depression. I have a speciality in working with LGBTQIA+ individuals, especially GNC and transgender folks. I am licensed to treat people in about 25 states. This means if you relocate for college or other life circumstances, you can maintain continuity of treatment.
(609) 891-3277
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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The Road Worth Traveling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CCTP
Verified
Verified
She is well equipped to work with talk therapy, play and art therapy, and uses mindfulness and motivational interviewing in her sessions.
Allie received her master’s degree in counseling from Cairn University and is a licensed professional counselor in New Jersey. As a trained mental health clinician, Allie seeks to help support all her clients receive the care and skills they need to establish and accomplish their respective goals. Allie has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She is adept at listening to her client’s needs and helping them cultivate change in their lives, and she does this by fostering a safe environment that allows for them to feel comfortable, heard, and supported.
(609) 293-2736
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Manju James Tharayil
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I use multiple therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy and Play Therapy .
I recognize that mental health is an integral part of for our overall well-being. My mission is to provide professional help, in a safe, comfortable and non-judgmental environment, to those facing mental health or behavioral challenges. My services are highly personalized and tailored to my client's needs to ensure growth and satisfaction during the therapeutic process. I am here for you, with help, hope and healing, every step of the way.
(908) 325-3564
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Princeton, NJ 08542
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Geraldine V Oades-Sese
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Interventions include academic and organization strategies, play therapy , CBT, 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. Please visit my website: www.childresilience.com
(732) 387-4209
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Cara Natale Ruddy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSS, LCSW, RPT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Post masters, I have received advanced training in child development, attachment theory, Play Therapy , Mindfulness Based Play -Family Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, EMDR, and DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy).
There are times in life when we find ourselves feeling unbalanced, unsatisfied, lonely, or hurt. Healing and change begin when we feel deeply heard. I am a Registered Play Therapist and am skilled at helping children express their feelings, experiences and deep emotions. I meet each client with warmth and genuine curiosity as I am taught about their life experiences. Together we identify and challenge roadblocks to healthy coping, growing and thriving. I approach my therapeutic work with the ability to listen, to play and to be solutions-oriented.
(781) 916-9573
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Laura DeMarzo
Psychologist, EdD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
For over 30 years CPS works hard at getting you and your family the results you need. Specialties include bipolar disorder, OCD, panic disorders, anxieties, depression, and trauma and addiction. We work with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. We have a positive, motivating approach with an emphasis on skill building through Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (CBT, DBT). We help develop effective strategies to cope with stress, build self_esteem and improve relationships. We offer Group therapy, Mindfulness, EMDR, Play and Sand Therapy, Hypnotherapy and mediation/divorce coaching.
(908) 768-4651
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Mahuya Ghosh
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
My clinical approach is interpersonal and relationship based and I have experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy as well as play therapy .
It's that "A-ha" moment. It's that look of recognition and relief. Those are the feelings I love to see when I've finally crossed the "psychological" bridge and have developed a connection with someone. Over the past 10 years, I have worked with children/adolescents struggling with numerous issues, such as ADHD, depression and family conflict. I provide a supportive and nurturing environment and in conjunction with positive reinforcement from parents, you start to see a change.
(609) 688-8300
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Susan Glaser
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I find expressive arts therapy to be particularly effective with adolescents, and I use play therapy with younger children.
I am here to support you as an individual, a couple, or a family. If you are experiencing stress, depression, or anxiety due to a change in your circumstances, or to ongoing relationship problems, my goal is to assist you to heal and resolve difficulties. I work with many different family and marital issues, including helping adoptive families. I welcome couples and families, including young children, with whom I work in close consultation with their parents. Cómo terapeuta bilingual, estoy aquí para apoyar a Ud. como individuo, pareja, o familia.
(908) 428-6901
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Emily Anne Mattek
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
My therapy modalities include cognitive behavior therapy, multicultural family therapy, narrative therapy, Trauma-focused CBT, play therapy and feminist therapy.
I believe in meeting clients where they are at! Every person is resilient. I intend our collaboration to remind you of your strengths, provide you tools to weather the storms of life, and a safe space to gain insight into your truest self. I come to social work from a social justice background and recognize that trauma and oppression are often intertwined. Acknowledging systemic issues is a vital part of my practice, particularly for youth and families directly impacted by it. Teaching you to advocate successfully on your own behalf, whether it be in your relationships or larger systems, is also essential.
(609) 303-5875
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Peter Cohen
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I am a psychologist with over 25 years experience working with adults, adolescents and children. I maintain private practices in both New York City and Princeton, New Jersey. I believe that therapy is a collaborative undertaking and practice in an interactive manner employing both insight and action as the building blocks for healing, change and revitalizing transformation.
(609) 910-5581
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Princeton, NJ 08542
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Jonathan Huston-Wong
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
As a psychologist, I appreciate the opportunity to witness peoples’ capacity for not only surviving, but also thriving in today’s complicated world. My experience over the past decade has brought me to understand the many ways a therapist’s role is akin to that of a gardener tending to a lotus. Just as the young lotus needs tender care and stillness, I provide a safe, nurturing and collaborative environment. Respecting the lotus’s need for sunlight, I approach therapy with warmth, openness and humor. As a Confucian scholar once said, “I love the lotus because while growing from mud, it is unstained.”
(908) 279-0713
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Christa M Wolski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CSSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Christa M. Wolski, LCSW, CSSW, CYKT is the owner of Blossom Wellness, LLC. Goals are designed to build on existing strengths in children and their families. During the course of treatment, clients develop awareness of the powerful mind-body connection and will learn the skills necessary to more successfully navigate through life. Psychotherapy may include mindfulness and yoga strategies to support treatment. In addition to being a Psychotherapist and Certified School Social Worker, Christa is also a Certified YogaKids Teacher.
(609) 257-4269
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Helen Ann Rudinsky
Licensed Professional Counselor, MFT, LPC, MDiv, MS
Verified
Verified
Do you feel misunderstood? Do you have trouble communicating? As a Marriage & Family Therapist, I help couples turn their relationship around by helping them improve their communication and resolve conflicts with videos, personality tests, role plays and other tools to bring about rapid change. Do you need to talk to someone? I work with clients on relationship issues, compulsive overeating, depression and anxiety,etc. What sets me apart from other therapists is my ability to keep clients on a systematic approach to change with a focused, short term program to help them achieve their goals quickly.
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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The Nomad Center for Counseling, Inc
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My goal in working with all who come into my office, be it child, adolescent or adult is healing. I founded The Nomad Center for Counseling out of a desire to offer healing in a compassionate and creative therapeutic setting regardless of culture or country of origin. I believe that each individual has an innate ability to heal and the capacity to move beyond the resolution of symptoms to a deeper, more authentic understanding of themselves and of life. I strive to create a safe and nurturing environment where people can allow their true selves to emerge, whether they are 4 or 74 years old.
(609) 447-4171
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Allison Hurwitz
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSW, MA, ATR
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
When it comes to therapy, I believe that one size does not fit all. I incorporate a variety of treatment approaches that are tailored to each client's unique needs and experiences. We work collaboratively on goals that best reflect your personality, strengths and challenges. Research has shown that a strong therapeutic relationship is the foundation of successful therapy. I strive to provide a warm, safe and non-judgmental space where clients feel both seen and heard. I have particular expertise in helping clients to navigate life with chronic illness, from adjusting to a new diagnosis to grieving losses to caring for a loved one.
(917) 722-6810
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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Diandra Kaufman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
**Offering Teletherapy temporarily during COVID-19 state shutdown***. Therapy can be an absolute necessity and I truly celebrate you for taking the first step towards a happier, healthier, and resilient life. Whether you struggle with depression, anxiety, difficulty adjusting to change, or the experience of trauma and abuse, you should not have to go through these matters alone. I truly believe that every individual has the ability to be resilient and sometimes we just need a little help getting in touch with that side of ourselves.
(908) 386-4663
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Princeton, NJ 08540

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Play Therapy
Generally for children ages 3 to 11, play therapy is a form of counseling that relies on play to help therapists communicate with children and understand their mental health. Because children develop cognitive skills before language skills, play is an effective way to understand a child. The therapist may observe a child playing with toys--such as playhouses and dolls--to understand the child's behavior and identify issues.