Play Therapy in Yorkville, New York, NY

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Elaine Swerdlow
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hi. I am an LCSW whose clients over 18 years have truly felt cared for and helped. I work with adults, children and adolescents; and specialize in depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, family issues, career issues, loss, trauma, and abuse. I use a variety of proven techniques (supportive therapy, attachment theory, CBT, and arts therapy for adults; play and talk therapy with children). My approach is empathic, genuine, strength-based, and always aimed at helping clients make desired changes. Working with me, you will gain insight into your issues, and obtain the skills and experience to resolve your issues as quickly as possible.
(646) 933-8930
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Yorkville
New York, NY 10028
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Amy Silverman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Verified
In working with children, I utilize traditional play therapy , enhanced by Theraplay principals and techniques.
Are you looking for a therapist who understands the unique challenges inherent in family formation? Are you questioning how and whether to become parents? Are you in a foster or adoptive family and hope your therapist understands some of the issues specific to your situation? Are there missing pieces in your family history or have you learned new information via DNA testing? My practice is informed by my long-time focus on adoption. My focus is on understanding your story, connecting with you, recognizing your strengths, and helping you to determine how to tackle your challenges.
(914) 240-1127
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Yorkville
New York, NY 10128
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Dr. Julie Abraham Psychotherapist, M.D.
MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
When difficult personal and family issues occur, working with a well-trained therapist can be very helpful. I am an experienced clinician with a genuine interest in the well-being of my clients. My background as a pediatrician, combined with extensive training in psychotherapy, including psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Play Therapy , and CBT enable me to look at the “whole” person who comes to me, taking into account family dynamics, development, temperament, as well as health related factors. My clients range in age from children to adolescents to older adults.
(646) 916-4708
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Yorkville
New York, NY 10075
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Harriet Siegel Chertok
Counselor, LMHC, NCC, MS, MA
Verified
Verified
A key principal of my practice is to build collaborative therapeutic relationships with my clients through a variety of counseling techniques including play therapy and integrative, evidence-based psychodynamic approaches.
I have dedicated my career to making a positive impact on the lives of children, adolescents, adults, and their families. Through my diverse work experience, first as a special education teacher and now as psychotherapist I have witnessed first hand the struggles of families and individuals of all ages, facing a wide array of issues including, among others, depression, anxiety, ADHD and substance abuse. Through counseling, I work together with clients to identify and understand the source and nature of the challenges they face and to help them formulate effective solutions to such challenges.
(516) 714-5688
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Yorkville
New York, NY 10106
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Katherine M Schneider
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Everyone has a story and it is my privilege to be invited into yours. My unique blend of warmth and tenacity set me apart as a therapist and allow me to work with clients towards meaningful change. I value the relationships I form with clients and my goal is to make everyone I work with feel safe, respected and accepted for who they are. My practice is shaped by a combination of formal education and hands-on experience, including training in psychoanalysis, couples counseling, ExRP, play therapy and family therapy.
(215) 608-3494
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Yorkville
New York, NY 10128
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Tamar Izcovich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Specializing in several evidence-based play and trauma informed modalities, I have almost a decade of experience with children and parents implementing both brief strategies as well as long term interventions.
I am a licensed clinical social worker with experience treating families and children ages 0-5. With training and experience in varied brief strategic as well as psychodynamic approaches and interventions, I utilize mindfulness along with the practical application of other tools to help individuals become more effective in the ways they wish along their journey. I work collaboratively with individuals and couples identifying and deepening our understanding of their issues. These often include challenges around parenting and co-parenting. Our co-constructed goals always include warmth and deepening self-discovery as well as the sense of feeling more capable.
(929) 239-4977
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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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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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Yorkville
New York, NY 10128
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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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Yorkville
New York, NY 10028
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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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Yorkville
New York, NY 10128
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Nancy S Gershman At Bhava Therapy Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
How do we know when we're healed, "fixed", back to ourselves? There's a lightening up, a kinder voice in our heads, a bursting generosity and restored sense of purpose. And how does one get there with an integrative therapist? It begins with talk therapy: you in the here and now. It moves to go-to's like Breathwork or Tapping. Honoring the Child part who survived (whether little t or Big T trauma). Listing the constricting beliefs of your Inner Critic. Inviting you to play with new self-talk, role-playing, power poses or seeking "signs." Helping you map past, present, or looming conflicts to re-write your future.
(646) 762-4471
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Yorkville
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Carrie Rappaport - Zaken
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
My goal is to help you feel less alone and overwhelmed by the challenges life can present .I have over 30 years experience in helping people recognize their strengths and ultimately improve their self-esteem and day to day functioning. I have a general practice (anxiety, depression, mood and adjustment disorders) and I have special interests including working with young adults and relationship issues, including dating and marriage, eating disorders, and parent counseling and play therapy with children . I am interested in helping you improve yourself and your relationships in a space that is safe and comfortable.
(646) 846-7602
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New York, NY 10028
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Julia Rutkovsky
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Some of my advanced trainings include Child and Family Therapy, Play Therapy , Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD (ERP), and Meeting the Needs of Twice Exceptional Learners.
My specialities include working with Twice-Exceptional, Neurodivergent, and Queer/LGBTQ+ children, adolescents, and their families, as well as treating OCD, Anxiety, Depression, Autism, ADHD, Adjustment Issues in early childhood and addressing behavioral concerns. I provide individual, group, and family therapy as well as school consultation as needed. I provide virtual therapy to clients in NY/NJ as well as in-person therapy in Upper Manhattan.
(347) 836-6540
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New York, NY 10028
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Betsy Schur Levy
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I see children for play psychotherapy and do parent and family counseling.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in New York City. I have been practicing for over 30 years. I work in an insight oriented and supportive therapeutic environment concentrating on ego functioning and interpersonal relationships. I deal with issues of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, mood regulation and the management of emotions and conflict. My therapeutic goal is to help each patient to develop more self-awareness and insight so that they can make better choices and achieve more personal satisfaction - while decreasing the anxiety and conflicts that limit their daily emotional experience and self-confidence.
(646) 362-6824
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Yorkville
New York, NY 10028
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Fabienne Tavernier
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Verified
Down bad? Feeling wonky? Lets talk about it. I help clients with a variety of issues by tailoring my therapeutic approach to their unique needs and goals. I want everyone I work with to realize their full potential by restructuring maladaptive thought patterns that lead to distress and poor functioning. I hope to give my clients the space to process their thoughts and emotions, and understand the ways in which their behavior and subconscious beliefs about themselves and the world around them play into false narratives that ultimately keep themselves down. I strive to help my clients to learn to love themselves without condition.
(332) 263-3214
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Yorkville
New York, NY 10128
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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, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), 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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New York, NY 10128
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Kimberly H. Andron
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Over the past 25 years, I have partnered as therapist, teacher, graduate professor, and learner with adults, children and their families, and couples. Most are within a transition, filled with angst, anticipation, conflicting emotions and thoughts. Many are navigating a loss relating to illness, relationship, academics, and often the ambiguous loss of expectations. There is suffering, sadness, anxiety, and often lack of trust in one's self and abilities. You have the resources, yet you may need a tool to assist accessing and building upon your strengths with a renewed sense of hope and confidence in varied future possibilities.
(844) 461-6725
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Yorkville
New York, NY 10075
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Emily Falber
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
As a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in New York City, I provide psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, parent-child dyads and families. I work from a collaborative and integrative approach, tailoring each treatment to the unique strengths and needs of the individual/family in order to alleviate symptoms and create meaningful and lasting change.
(347) 394-5487
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Yorkville
New York, NY 10075
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Anna Zelig
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
As a therapist I create a safe and non-judgmental space where you will feel validated and supported. From a collaborative and strength-based approach, I am passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families to enrich and deepen their connections to those who matter most. I focus on resolving issues related to breakdowns in communication and life transitions including marriage, separation, illness, loss, pregnancy and the birth of a child. I believe that through therapy, ruptures can be repaired, and couples and families can navigate tumultuous times with greater ease and grace.
(929) 325-2455
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Yorkville
New York, NY 10128
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Raymond D Kramer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a psychotherapist who specializes in working with adolescents and adults. I help people suffering from a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, addiction such as drugs/alcohol and gambling. I use a strength based, person centered approach in order to guide clients through the discomfort, pain and dissatisfaction that life can sometimes bring. I work in partnership with clients in order to help them achieve growth and increased satisfaction in their daily lives.
(646) 933-9500
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Yorkville
New York, NY 10128
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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.