Play Therapy in Mechanicsburg, PA

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Brooke A. Serina
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, NCC
Verified
Verified
Brooke’s previous experience includes Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, Play Therapy , and school-based interventions in K-12th.
Now Accepting New Clients: Please Call 717-610-2988 - Brooke is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and teens. She enjoys building positive and empathetic relationships with her clients and supporting them in their own growth. Through an individualized approach, Brooke strives to meet each individual where they are at. With the use of a client-centered, strengths-based and collaborative approach, clients are able to realize their own potential, resilience, and self-worth. Brooke’s hope is to enable and empower others to find and use their voice!
(717) 613-6304
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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Valley Counseling Center
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
Our areas of focus include play therapy , anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, grief, school issues, behavioral concerns, recent transitions, ADHD, and family problems.
Life can be difficult. As a parent, you want your children to be happy and healthy so seeing them struggle can be difficult. Teenagers and young adults are faced with new challenges every day. Families can struggle to communicate and can feel disconnected. We strive to reduce the stress and stigma associated with mental health issues by creating a positive and up-beat learning environment where we can focus on one’s strengths to develop strategies to deal with challenges that you face. Through therapy, you’ll be able to find happiness in yourself, in relationships, and in your family to be empowered towards a bright future.
(717) 546-9541
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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Cachara and Associates LLC
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
We specialize in trauma focused therapies including TF-CBT, EMDR, Play Therapy and Sand Tray.
We are a small, private psychological practice providing services in both the Carlisle and Shippensburg areas. We are passionate about our work. We view our therapeutic relationship as the medium in which change happens, allowing your time spent in therapy to be beneficial and worthwhile for you and/or your child. We work with a variety of presenting problems including anxiety, depression, situational stress, childhood trauma, grief/loss, behavioral disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders as well as perinatal health.
(717) 978-0129
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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West Shore Wellness, LLC
Counselor, LPC
Our counselors have expertise in the following treatment modalities: Drug & Alcohol Treatment, Premarital Counseling, Play Therapy for Children, Domestic Violence Experience for Women and Trauma Counseling .
Hello! We at West Shore Wellness are eager to meet you! We are able to work with children, adolescents, young adults and adults at all stages of life. We enjoy helping clients reach their wellness goals, whatever they may be. We have immediate openings available for daytime appointments & limited evening appointments at this time. Feel free to contact us for more information.
(717) 301-4044
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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Amanda Levison
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LMHC, LPC
Verified
9 Endorsed
Verified
9 Endorsed
I use a variety of approaches from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to play therapy to art therapy.
Life can get a little overwhelming at times. Whether it's stress at work, problems at home, or you just haven't been feeling like yourself; therapy can help. I help by engaging with individuals and families by providing guidance and support through active listening and communication to overcome obstacles, utilizing calming techniques and guided imagery through Neurofeedback to alleviate symptoms related to health and behavior conditions. It also improves focus, attention, and memory by training your brain to maximize achievement, performance, and productivity.
(717) 977-4017
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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Kalyani G Broderick
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
I specialize in families with children under 10, including preschool and younger, offering a variety of play and art activities that help reduce stress and improve coping skills.
NEW! DBT Program in GBURG - NOW enrolling 14-24 year olds. Being a teenager has never been easy, but today’s youth are struggling more than ever. Almost every day, I hear from parents, teachers, and colleagues about the effects of the last 2+ years on adolescent mental health. If this is you or someone you love, DBT can help. Susan Abele, LCSW, and I are offering an intensive program of weekly group and individual sessions, plus monthly groups for loved ones. We will be teaching the skills to improve emotional regulation, foster better relationships, and create a more fulfilling life.
(717) 660-0761
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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Tori Garber
Licensed Social Worker, LSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I love helping children, teens and families from all walks of life with whatever issues they face. I utilize a strength-based and person-centered approach in a supportive manner to help you work through your challenges. My goal is to create a comfortable space to safely process, without judgement, and nurtures the courage to be imperfect. I work with clients experiencing a wide range of challenges including anxiety, depression, behavior concerns, trauma, co-parenting and more.
(717) 229-0293
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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Nicole Woods
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, MSW, CEDS
Verified
Verified
Welcome. At Northeastern Counseling Services we understand that life can sometimes be overwhelming, stressful, and challenging. From experiencing everyday stress to feelings of anxiety and depression- our skilled and experienced licensed counselors can help provide you with the client-centered, tailored support you need to achieve emotional and behavioral well-being. At Northeastern Counseling Services we pride ourselves on taking a complete and thoughtful approach to your emotional and behavioral wellness goals. We look forward to assisting you in enhancing the life you ideally imagine living.
(717) 781-2643
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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Alcove Counseling Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LSW
Verified
Verified
Thanks for considering Alcove Counseling Services. We are three caring and competent professionals. Our desire is to use our knowledge base and skills to help you get through the various transitions involved in life. Most of our backgrounds are in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. But we all have an eclectic approach based on your needs and interests. We hope to provide a safe nurturing environment where you will feel comfortable. Your health and well being are of primary concern to all of us, and we are eager to help you in your journey.
(717) 691-1090
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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David R Miller
Psychologist, PhD, MSPHARM
Verified
Verified
Hello. I have over 19 yrs of clinical experience with children, teens, and adults. I grew up in central Pennsylvania and attended Penn State for undergraduate schooling. I then earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Central Michigan University and later a masters degree in Psychopharmacology from Argosy University. I also completed a two year fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology to work with children, teens, and families. I enjoy working with all age groups. Whether you are a parent wanting support for your child or teenager or an adult I would be happy to help you.
(717) 954-0293
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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Downtown Counseling Center LLC
PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Downtown Counseling Center (DCC) has specialty trained providers whose mission is to provide an individually tailored therapy experience to address the concerns of our clients. Our providers use empirically supported, research based interventions to help children, adolescents, adults or families reach treatment goals.
(717) 322-0346
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LPC
Verified
Verified
Now more than ever, we know how important it is to reach out for help if you need it. If you are going through a difficult time and feel overwhelmed or simply want to make improvements, why not take the first steps to sit down and talk to someone? Our capable, nonjudgmental clinicians offer therapy services for all stages of life. There’s no problem too big or too small.
(717) 233-1681
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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Tracie A. Maille
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, CRC, LPC
Verified
Verified
I believe that growth occurs at the edge of our comfort zone. When we become complacent and just "settle", we have cut off our opportunity for happiness. It is important to look at the big picture and identify ways to reach your goals. Together, we can discuss obstacles, concerns, patterns, and progress, whether it be related to work, family, relationships, trauma, addiction, etc... I have training in various areas and also utilize several different approaches so that our time together is of maximum benefit to you.
(717) 619-9674
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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Mary A Fox
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCTP
Verified
Verified
Life is a roller coaster. We all experience ups and downs, twists and turns. And at the end of the ride, we survived even though we may have been anxious, scared or excited. I use a strengths based approach with clients to help them achieve their goals. I am passionate about helping clients find their inner strengths and become their own "cheerleader". Clients are not alone on the journey ... we will journey together to discover strength, resilience and manage the stressors that our roller coaster lives bring to us.
(717) 482-5910
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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Bethany Swartz
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
life can be a challenge. We all go through difficult experiences and have complex thoughts and feelings. I am here to sit with you during those difficult times. I will join you in the darkness and guide you to the light. If you need support, resources, strength, growth, or healing call on me to be there for you. Step by step we will work together to create your ideal life.
(272) 359-7221
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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Debra Belack
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP
Verified
Verified
I believe that maintaining and focusing on our mental health should be as normal as attending to our physical health, and just as important. Therapy is a way to work through the challenges of life, understand ourselves more fully, and work towards a place of wellness unique to each person. Therefore, I use multiple evidence-based modalities, coupled with a therapeutic style that is impartial, non-judgmental, and encouraging, specific to each person’s needs. I enjoy working with children, teens and adults of all stages of life. I am passionate about working with women's issues & also enjoy working through spiritual/faith issues.
(717) 883-1136
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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Nancy J. Patrick, Ph.D. LLC
Psychologist, MEd, PhD, LP
Verified
Verified
I am a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist, special educator, author, and speaker. In my practice, I focus primarily on providing support to children, teens, and adults with autism spectrum and other developmental disorders and their families. I utilize an individualized strengths-based approach along with evidence-based practices to evaluate, diagnose, counsel, coach, consult, advocate and teach individuals struggling with social, behavioral and learning differences to function at their best at home, school, work and in the community.
(717) 500-3074
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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Stefanie Bolio - Emdr
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, it is my passion to walk along side my clients in difficult situations and help my clients to find hope. Life can become difficult, I help my clients in finding insight, support and manage situations that feel unmanageable. My approach is personal and unique to each of my client's personality and situations.
(223) 204-4046
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Steffi Devine
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC, RPT
Verified
Verified
Treatment modalities include CBT, Mindfulness, and DBT skills, as well as Play Therapy for children.
Feeling like you may be in over your head or wonder if a problem is serious or just a "stage?" Whether it is parenting your child or teen, trying to balance your personal life, professional life, or manage your intimate relationship, even the best of us can still have times where an outside compassionate, neutral party is helpful. Let me help in managing your concerns and together we can find ways to utilize your gifts in overcoming current issues which prevent you from feeling fully empowered.
(717) 535-2406
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Camp Hill, PA 17011
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Lynn Brooks
MS, MFT
Verified
Verified
For children, I work from a play therapy framework and I am trained in sand tray therapy.
Is now the time for you? Life is a journey and can be both rewarding and challenging. If you decide to make yourself a priority and come in for therapy, I will provide you with a relaxed, safe environment which nurtures positive growth. I will coach, encourage and support you on your personal process and journey. It is important to focus on your strengths and help empower you with awareness and resources. You matter and there is HOPE for you. Where there is hope, there is healing and new beginnings are ignited.
(717) 516-5032
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Lemoyne, PA 17043
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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.