Play Therapy in Upper West Side, New York, NY

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Jessica Bartulis
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Verified
You will play an active role in setting your goals—tangible and abstract.
“I need help”. That is probably what brought you on to this site. Now you find yourself in a sea of therapist profiles wondering what your insurance will cover and why no one is responding to you. Coming to terms that you need help is hard. Finding a therapist is hard. Whether it’s for yourself or someone else, you are struggling to know what to do. I may not be the therapist for you, but I am here to listen and help you sail through.
(347) 727-1605
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10024
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Lesley Koplow
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have worked in play , drawing and talking therapy to help children integrate unresolved developmental and life experience issues that are causing distress at home or in school.
If you are worried about your child, I may be able to help. I work with children who are struggling with emotional and social difficulties that make every day challenges harder and interfere with feeling confident and secure. Separation issues, fears, relatedness issues, and parent-child issues are frequent motivations for parents to seek my services. I also offer ongoing parent guidance and 3 session consults on children who are presenting with symptoms that are difficult for parents and teachers to sort out.
(646) 600-9078
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10025
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Rosaleen Rusty Horn
Licensed Psychoanalyst, LP, NCPsyA, MSEd
Verified
Verified
I believe children and parents can have a happy time together. All children as they grow and all parents as they go through parenting encounter kinks in their development. I like to help children and adolescents learn to listen to and express their feelings directly and to help parents learn how to listen and communicate better with their children. With over 25 years of experience working individually with children and parents, in play group therapy and in parenting groups, I know how to use the strengths of each, child and parent, to promote better understanding of themselves and each other.
(646) 600-8134
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10024
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Sydney Pollock-Tobert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, IMH-E, PMH-C
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
In our sessions together, I use an eclectic approach of modalities including play therapy , talk therapy, psychodynamic theory, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, trauma-informed therapy, the Ackerman Relational Model, Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Looking for a therapist for you, your child, or your family can be challenging. It can be hard to find someone who is the right fit. I am a licensed clinical social worker working with children of all ages, families, and adults. I have experience working with those who have experienced traumatic events, grief and loss, anxiety, depressive symptoms, divorce/separations, behavioral concerns, family conflicts and life transitions.
(929) 410-5188
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10025
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Syd Seifert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I bring extensive experience treating individuals dealing with issues related to Gender, Sex, and Sexuality. I believe that you are the expert on your own life, and my role is to support you in seeking solutions to your unique struggles. Together, let's honor your multitudes and make space for your parts to feel held, valued, & cared for. For Caregivers: With treatment catered to your child's specific needs, I will begin the process of helping them grow through therapeutic play , relaxation techniques, learn new skills, while also engaging the family to formulate the best treatment for your child.
(914) 350-4067
Upper West Side
New York, NY 10023
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Ilana Attie
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
My practice creates a safe space for children and adolescents to express themselves through play and talk.
In my practice, I aim to create a comfortable space within which to explore emotional, interpersonal, and behavioral difficulties. I work with children, adolescents and adults in individual, couple, and family psychotherapy. Through a collaborative process, I help patients discover connections between problematic patterns of thinking and relating, and the ongoing challenges they face. These connections – between thoughts and feelings, past and present, internal experience and external situations – can help a person think in new ways, generating possibilities for growth and change.
(646) 974-9362
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10023
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Dr. Kassandra Cerda
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
With children, I use Child Centered Play Therapy to process difficult emotions and experiences through play .
I work with individuals across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, neurodivergence, and interpersonal issues.
(646) 780-7716
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10024
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Maria Lakis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified
Verified
Children have troubles and worries too! And they have a special way of expressing their feelings and concerns through the language of play and art.
I work with all ages, but specialize in children, adolescents and young adults. My approach is eclectic, grounded in a psychodynamic orientation that utilizes a variety of tools, tailored to individual needs. My clients and I work toward goals in a non-judgmental atmosphere of empathy and understanding. Some issues I have been able to help people with are: relationship problems, depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, life transitions, self esteem, parenting, childhood issues such as separation anxiety, behavior and school problems, ADD, adoption, and divorce. I also have experience with artists and the issues they face. Therapy makes positive change!
(646) 461-4323
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10024
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Allyson Hentel-Koplin
Psychologist, PhD, ABSNP
Verified
Verified
Drawing upon multiple treatment approaches; psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, play therapy , and mindfulness, my goal is to alleviate distress and to help my patients achieve improved functioning at home and school.
Working with children, adolescents, and young adults navigating the ups and downs of development is the core of my practice. My patients present with issues including anxiety, ADHD, depression, developmental, academic, and social concerns. I work with my patients and their families to understand presenting concerns and find ways to efficiently and effectively address these issues. Through therapy and neuropsychological assessment, I help my patients develop greater coping strategies, resiliency, and overall improved emotional well-being. Experience includes ten years as a psychologist at a prestigious NY private school.
(646) 783-1066
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10024
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Janet Susan (Brown) Lobel
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience in both clinic and private practice settings. I have a wide range of clinical interests and expertise including trauma/bereavement, autistic spectrum disorders, parenting issues, and individual adult relational psychoanalysis. I am trained in parent-infant psychotherapy as intervention at the earliest ages can prevent/lessen the impact of potential risk factors that can derail a child's development. I integrate Stanley Greenspan's DIR/Floortime model with attachment-based play therapy . This integrative approach addresses both the child's social-emotional and sensory cognitive functioning,
(914) 368-6133
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10024
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Christopher Turner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I utilize EMDR in conjunction with treating trauma and conduct play therapy with children.
I treat individual adults, adolescents and children as well as couples. Issues addressed in treatment include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, relationship problems, anger management and trauma in all of its manifestations. I serve a diverse clientele and am sensitive to differences of culture and sexual orientation. I find that underlying most problems is a profound difficulty in accepting and integrating one's various self-aspects, so this is a focus of the work
(347) 431-0128
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10023
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ADHD New York City
MD, PhD, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
From medication management and psychological testing, to play groups designed to accommodate children with ADHD and behavioral or learning disabilities, ADHD.
ADHD has become a widely recognized challenge that can be treated medically as well as non-medically. Depending on the child or adult and their specific circumstances and needs, we can help. To assess and diagnose, we have experienced psychiatrists and psychologists on staff. Once diagnosed, if medication is warranted as a part of the treatment plan, the psychiatrist would continue in his/her role as the prescribing physician. He/she would communicate with the other clinicians in the center who, as part of the treatment team, would have non-medical roles in the effective treatment of ADHD and its associated conditions.
(917) 994-6966
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10023
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Marian Wiener Margulies
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I see adults experiencing anxiety, depression and relationship difficulties. I listen deeply. I help adults become more curious about their thoughts and feelings and question long-held assumptions that no longer apply. I help them tap into their bodies' wisdom. We work on removing roadblocks to free up energy in the essential areas of love, work and play . I help children experiencing difficulty at home, in school, and with peers. Through play and talk, I help them resume the important tasks of childhood. I have a specialty niche in infants and young children. Attachment issues, trauma, divorce and loss are additional areas of expertise.
(914) 810-3311
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10025
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Rebeca Abboud-Sieben
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Verified
As a bilingual professional, I am keenly sensitive and aware of cultural issues at play , and can offer therapeutic sessions in Spanish and English.
Sometimes life’s everyday challenges are more than we can handle. Small issues that go unchecked often cause the greatest difficulties. My practice serves children, adolescents, adults and couples who need professional support to say how they feel, discover what they want and find needed answers. In a safe space, each individual is encouraged to encounter and express every feeling they are experiencing.
(718) 412-9046
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10024
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Ava Parnass
MSN , CS, RN
Verified
Verified
Looking for the right therapist that’s a good fit is not easy . Hopefully I can help your children- family feel more content. Every child and family has a story to tell that must heard for emotional well being. As a child and family psychotherapist, I incorporate play -talk therapy & feelings games: I created a new "Petals Parenting Technique" for quicker easier solutions. I enjoy working with families on becoming Behavior-Detectives, investigating the hidden feelings and emotional needs hiding underneath behaviors. Listening with EMPATHY and Compassion plus learning new skills really works. Please reach out if this resonates!
(914) 350-4296
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10024
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Marie Malle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I am a bilingual clinician, with training both in France and the US. I first practiced in Paris as a clinical psychologist, and I now work as a clinical social worker in New York. I work with children, adolescents and adults who suffer from day to day struggles or severe difficulties. I provide a safe space where patients can explore and work through their emotional and social problems, or in the case of children where they can play them out. Although therapy may be difficult at first, I know from experience that it is well worth the effort.
(646) 832-4344
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10023
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Shira Spiel
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
7 Endorsed
Verified
7 Endorsed
With children I utilize Play Therapy (even on video!), Attachment theory, Mindfulness, as well as behavioral methods.
Whether you or your child are working through conflictual relationships, painful past experiences or trauma, work/school stress, problematic behaviors, or feeling stuck in patterns, our societal context can amplify these difficulties. The past few years have brought multiple global and local crises we have had to navigate through collectively. Through understanding how our past and present circumstances affect us, we cultivate empathy for ourselves and those around us. Therapy illuminates the patterns we find ourselves in, and also provides ways of coping with the distress resulting from these patterns.
(917) 994-9601
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10024
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Gitty Rubin
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Verified
In addition to specialized training in traditional methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy , parenting, bio/neurofeedback, anxiety & OCD therapy, I devoted my career to research & help patients understand the science behind their emotions & to learn to deal with them effectively.
Like most human beings, you are doing your best trying to deal with the cards life dealt you. You are motivated and want to improve the quality of your life; only life hasn’t always provided you with the answers. If you are like most people, you have put in a lot of effort and often ended up disappointed in those ‘proven’ methods. However, your life and your brain are unique. Just like you can’t debate whether a hammer or screwdriver is ‘better’, there is no ‘best’ psychological method.
(646) 257-4170
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10024
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Margo H Bernstein
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My expertise includes psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, play therapy , cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), parent training, and executive functioning coaching.
I have a warm, open, and flexible approach to therapy. I believe that therapy works best when it is viewed as a partnership. Whether working with individuals or members of a family system, I attend carefully to each client's goals and form relationships essential for accomplishing these goals. In my doctoral training, I specialized in working with children, teens, young adults, parents and families in various clinical settings, including hospital-based clinics, community health centers, specialized treatment programs, private practices, and therapeutic schools.
(646) 906-9764
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10024
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Sharon Peled
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
In addition, I work with parents, children and adolescents, and have experience with play and dyadic therapy, and divorce.
Educated and trained both in NYC and Israel (Columbia University, Yeshiva University, Tel Aviv University and Haifa University) I have been treating children, parents and adults for over 15 years as a clinical psychologist. I deeply enjoy working collaboratively with people from different languages, cultural backgrounds and religions, and always open to and benefit from learning new things from my patients.
(929) 229-7403
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Upper West Side
New York, NY 10025

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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.