Play Therapy in White Plains, NY

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Karlie Goldstein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
For young children this looks like communication through play , working with parents and families and collaboratively understanding the context and function of difficult behaviors.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, distracted and unable to feel like your "normal" self because of worry or sadness? Are you and your partner constantly engaged in conflict and longing for a restored connection? Is your child exhibiting behaviors in school or home that have left you feeling ill equipped, confused or angry? As a psychoanalytic psychotherapist I believe that the way to make change for a more satisfying life is to explore, understand and find the meaning behind our patterns and past experiences including what may be outside our awareness.
(845) 253-4698
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White Plains, NY 10607
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Stephanie Carlson, Ph.D
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Working together, with awareness of your unique family dynamics and the cultural, political, and other contextual factors at play , we aim to alleviate your unnecessary suffering, improve your capacity for love, work, and pleasure, and empower you to provide the best care for yourself and your loved ones.
My primary aim in my work is to meet my clients "where they are" by tuning in to their unique concerns and creating an atmosphere where they feel acknowledged and at ease. My style is warm, empathic and engaged which, combined with my acumen as a seasoned clinician, helps adults, children, parents and families feel comfortable and secure. Within this safe space, my clients express their concerns and work to repair and optimize wholesome development with professional recommendations that help to inform a collaborative therapeutic plan.
(718) 260-6970
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White Plains, NY 10605
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Jaime Lyn Feinstein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MPA
Verified
Verified
I use Play therapy , Art therapy, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address children's and family needs.
Are you worried about your child's behavior or emotional well-being. I work with children ages three through eighteen, who experience difficulties with anxiety, depression, transitions, difficulty making friends and behavioral problems. I work with children and the adults in their lives to provide support and guidance to help navigate both the every day, and the more challenging days.
(914) 915-8787
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White Plains, NY 10606
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Prof. Adrienne Resnick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R, ACSW
Verified
Verified
I also specialize in play therapy, child, adolescent, and parent education for the pat 25 years.
"I believe that compassion for oneself is the key to feeling better. When we can stop idealizing and stop trying to be what we're not, we can learn to have compassion and acceptance of who we really are. Accepting our human condition with its limitations, leads to self-knowledge, which leads to growth and ultimately to comfort within ourselves.
(914) 295-0865
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White Plains, NY 10601
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Jo Hariton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I run the social skills program, teach play therapy , and have a broad range of interests.
I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and teach family therapy to child psychiatry residents at NYPH, Westchester. I work with children, adolescents and adults and I am warm, empathic and interactive. I treat a broad range of problems typical of children, adolescents and adults in an outpatient practice. I have a special interest in parenting, couples and family therapy, and helping children to the adjustment of divorce. Working within an academic setting, my approaches are "state of the art".
(914) 819-5682
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White Plains, NY 10605
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Craig Haen
PhD, RDT, CGP, LCAT, FAGPA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I am a trained drama therapist and play therapist, and use these skills when they help to support the treatment process.
Never thought you'd find yourself looking for a therapist, or had a disappointing therapy experience before? Much of the success of treatment depends on finding someone whom you can trust, who is as invested in seeing you make progress as you are. I have a solid track record working with children, adolescents, adults and families to create change in their lives...even when situations feel hopeless.
(917) 383-0814
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White Plains, NY 10606
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Whittaker Psychological Services
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I utilize a variety of treatment approaches such as play therapy and cognitive behavior therapy.
Challenges are a part of daily life. Most times we are able to deal with them. However, there are occasions when we need someone to help us get through difficulties. Experienced professional help is an effective way to navigate challenges that impact quality daily living.
(914) 915-8208
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White Plains, NY 10607
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Dr Ellen Luborsky
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
PLAY THERAPY - children of all ages can use creative play & free expression to gain inner balance POSITIVE PARENTING -- understand your child, resolve problems & find joy.
Do you have dreams for your life? Or have you lost track of them? Don't let anxiety, depression, or family problems stop you. Use the private space of psychotherapy to give yourself a new beginning. Find your way from old problems to new possibilities. Do you have a child who worries you? Come in for parenting help. Or, bring your child in for play therapy , so he or she can deal with challenges in a way that is natural to children. GIve a chance to natural routes to growth and change!
(646) 362-5557
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White Plains, NY 10605
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Stephen Kiesling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified
Verified
I have a psychodynamic orientation using insights gained from talk, play and interpersonal dynamics to encourage expression of feelings and to promote self-understanding.
I am a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families. I have a warm, non-judgmental manner and a good sense of humor, which has enabled me to form strong working relationships with my clients. I consider parents an invaluable source of knowledge about their children and I involve them collaboratively in understanding the presenting issues and in effecting change
(845) 875-4840
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White Plains, NY 10603
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Marnie Jessica Cohen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWR, RPT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
The style used in my practice is a mix of Natural Creativity and Play Therapy based on a Psychodynamic approach.
I work with young children ages 2-16 and their families using Creative Play Therapy and Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy. The areas in which I have worked extensively with children have been Anxiety, Performance Anixiety, Depression, Attention Deficit, Transitional Difficulties, Social Skills, Divorce, Loss, Separation, Anger Managerment and Learning challenges. I conduct individual, family, parent guidance/coparenting and group psychotherapy. I run Divorce, Loss and Social Skills groups for children ages 6-10. I conduct assessments/reports for Family Courts, schools-- CSE, CPSE and a child's readiness for Kindergarten as part of my practice.
(914) 888-2031
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White Plains, NY 10601
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Diana Korall Cohen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I am interested in assisting and supporting individuals with various needs and concerns. I particularly enjoy working with families with young children. I believed it is extremely important to have emotional and therapeutic support when faced with difficulties in your life. We will create and work towards your goals together. I want individuals to feel like our sessions are a safe place to talk freely. I also offer clinical supervision to clinicians who feel they may need both therapeutic and emotional support. I am trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) and various play therapy techniques.
(914) 415-4350
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White Plains, NY 10605
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Miguelina Almonte
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, CLC, MS, LCSW-R
Verified
Verified
Psycho dynamic approach used as the primary treatment modality, plus CBT, RET, Supportive Counseling, Play Therapy , Solution Focused treatment, DBT and PsychoEducation, trained to work with trauma victims.
Treatment provided to children, adults, couples and families experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, behavioral problems, opposition/ defiance, conflicts with interpersonal relationships, low self-esteem, low motivation, bereavement, low educational achievement, life transitions, post-traumatic stress disorders, behavior management and any challenges faced in daily life.
(914) 279-5580
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White Plains, NY 10601
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Holding Hands Mental Health Counseling PLLC
Counselor, LMHC, CFTP, CATP, CCATP
Verified
Verified
Have you been facing some life stressors where perhaps you are now challenged by anxiety and depression? If so, please reach out as I am offering video sessions during this time where you can receive counseling from the comfort of your own home. I am Certified in Family Trauma, Child & Adolescent Trauma, as well as in Anxiety. I am also trained in play therapy , sand tray therapy for both children & adults, as well as ADHD. I offer individual, couple, and family sessions. Feel free to check out the website at: www.holdinghandscounseling.com
(347) 625-8609
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White Plains, NY 10606
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Mayari Healing & Wellness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
At Mayari, we create an inclusive space focused on holistic health and wellness using diverse modalities of psychotherapy and healing. We are growing practice focused on helping BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) folx heal through self-awareness and reclamation of inner-power. Mayari views holistic wellness through a trauma informed and relational lens. This means that we’ll take a look at how the past, present, and current systems and relationships play a role in your sense of self and well-being.
(347) 647-2829
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White Plains, NY 10601
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Katie Cave
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Worried about your child, adolescent or your own anxieties,mood swings or disruptive thoughts? Do you feel that the challenges you are facing are affecting your ability to be happy or reach your potential? We all need support to help us get through the difficult times. I would be happy to speak to you to see how I could be a partner in your healing. I have been a practicing clinical social worker since 2001. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT) and Functional Family Therapist (FFT). I work with a variety of ages from children 5 years of age through , adolescents & adulthood.
(914) 610-3138
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White Plains, NY 10605
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Susan Schrott Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DCSW, LCSW, CEDS, CYT
Verified
Verified
With over three decades of experience, I have the privilege to provide therapy to those seeking help with an eating disorder, anxiety, depression as well as relationship issues. You deserve to get compassionate and inspired treatment from a professional who is experienced and well trained in leading approaches for eating disorders. Sessions are aimed at developing confidence, self esteem and identified goals that bring you health and joy. I understand that trust and confidentiality are the cornerstones of the courageous journey to healing allowing patients to move a richer and more meaningful life.
(914) 712-6344
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White Plains, NY 10607
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Maria Cadalzo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified
Verified
All of us experience challenging times in our lives that can leave us feeling overwhelmed. The stresses of daily living, whether they are due to marriage, relationships, family, employment, death of a loved one, depression, or anxiety, can be challenging, and it is this that sometimes requires us to seek outside mental health counseling. As a trained and caring psychotherapist, I provide a supportive, non-judgmental counseling environment where I help people to resolve the issues and problems they have not yet been able to resolve on their own.
(646) 699-3938
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White Plains, NY 10604
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Kristin M Smith
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in treatment of children, adolescents and young adults from a family systems perspective. This means that I provide support not only to the identified individual seeking therapy, but I strongly consider the needs of all individuals within the family dynamic. I work from a relational perspective and provide long-term individualized mental health treatment and care. I understand that the idea of engaging in therapy can be an anxiety provoking experience and I always allow the client to lead in terms of the pace and the depth of treatment.
(914) 920-3755
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White Plains, NY 10601
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Ready Therapy Practice LLC
Counselor, LMHC, LPC
Verified
Verified
I am Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor, who works with a variety of clients including adults, families, couples, children and adolescents. I believe in the power of a genuine therapeutic relationship, and a holistic approach in creating entire awareness, healing, growth, peace, purpose and self acceptance. I equip people to empower themselves using mindfulness, coaching, solution focused therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. My years of experience and collaborative approach to therapy offers individuals seeking healing, peace, and purpose an opportunity to make positive change happen.
(914) 368-9464
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White Plains, NY 10607
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Anna Adler
MA, School, Psych
Verified
Verified
I adopt a person-centered therapeutic approach, and provide unconditional positive regard in a supportive setting. I allot every individual the opportunity to find clarity and peace in a safe space with kindness, free of any judgment. I aim to aid in comprehending complex thought processes and feelings by reflecting and clarifying. I have an intrinsic passion and love for helping adults, adolescents and children alike in discovering their most enlightened self.
(914) 600-3289
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White Plains, NY 10607
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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.