Carrie Paulus
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
My work with them follows a play therapy framework, allowing them to "work", in a natural way.
At any age, there are developmental, transitional and often unexpected circumstances that challenge us in life. Be it aspects of parenting, the social or emotional challenges of being a child or teenager, or concerns about life transitions as an adult, my approach is safe and comfortable. I work from a place of patience, sincerity, humor and nonjudgement. I want the counseling experience for my clients to feel helpful, worthwhile and to be a journey to better understanding and personal growth.
(925) 267-8571
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
My work with them follows a play therapy framework, allowing them to "work", in a natural way.
At any age, there are developmental, transitional and often unexpected circumstances that challenge us in life. Be it aspects of parenting, the social or emotional challenges of being a child or teenager, or concerns about life transitions as an adult, my approach is safe and comfortable. I work from a place of patience, sincerity, humor and nonjudgement. I want the counseling experience for my clients to feel helpful, worthwhile and to be a journey to better understanding and personal growth.
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Marley M Middlebrook
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Completed pre-doc internship at UC Davis Medical Center in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)and interpersonal play therapy to provide specialized help for young children.
Trained at UC Davis Medical Center to treat young children who have experienced trauma or behavioral difficulties. Additional training from the Renfrew Center in the treatment of eating disorders provides a unique combination for helping young children and their families with eating issues or obesity. A dissertation on binge eating provides an understanding for those who have emotional eating problems. Experience with addiction and dual diagnosis was earned while working with Contra Costa County treatment programs. Other experience includes treating children and adults who have suffered from maltreatment, domestic violence, depression, grief, and or eating disorders.
(925) 352-1038
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Completed pre-doc internship at UC Davis Medical Center in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)and interpersonal play therapy to provide specialized help for young children.
Trained at UC Davis Medical Center to treat young children who have experienced trauma or behavioral difficulties. Additional training from the Renfrew Center in the treatment of eating disorders provides a unique combination for helping young children and their families with eating issues or obesity. A dissertation on binge eating provides an understanding for those who have emotional eating problems. Experience with addiction and dual diagnosis was earned while working with Contra Costa County treatment programs. Other experience includes treating children and adults who have suffered from maltreatment, domestic violence, depression, grief, and or eating disorders.
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Heather L Martin
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
I work with children, adolescents, and young adults. My orientation is predominately psychodynamic. However, I tailor my approach to the individual needs of the client. In my work with children, I take a child-centered approach, using modalities such as play or talk therapy to help the child express his or her feelings and experiences that are often difficult to put into words.
(925) 854-4355
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
I work with children, adolescents, and young adults. My orientation is predominately psychodynamic. However, I tailor my approach to the individual needs of the client. In my work with children, I take a child-centered approach, using modalities such as play or talk therapy to help the child express his or her feelings and experiences that are often difficult to put into words.
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Alejandro Andres Rodriguez-Martinez
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
Depending on what’s alive in the room, there are lots of other things we can try; expressive arts and music, somatics and breathwork, dreamwork, sand tray, and play therapy are all possible.
Exploration into our inner process doesn’t have to be a lonely journey. I'll walk with you as you start to discover who you really are, and advocate for you along the way. We don’t have to get into the thick of it right away, in fact, I encourage you to find a pace that feels comfortable for you! I'll advocate for that, too. New relationships take time to build trust. Sticking to your sense of timing is important to this working! My approach is thoughtful, grounded and with an unwavering presence. We won’t shy away from topics that society deems taboo.
(925) 281-5464
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
Depending on what’s alive in the room, there are lots of other things we can try; expressive arts and music, somatics and breathwork, dreamwork, sand tray, and play therapy are all possible.
Exploration into our inner process doesn’t have to be a lonely journey. I'll walk with you as you start to discover who you really are, and advocate for you along the way. We don’t have to get into the thick of it right away, in fact, I encourage you to find a pace that feels comfortable for you! I'll advocate for that, too. New relationships take time to build trust. Sticking to your sense of timing is important to this working! My approach is thoughtful, grounded and with an unwavering presence. We won’t shy away from topics that society deems taboo.
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Kayo Sumisaki
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
With children, I use a combination of art, talk and play therapy.
Is your child exhibiting emotional and/or behavioral problems? Are you having problems with your relationships or at work? Are you feeling overwhelmed with anxiety or struggling with depression? I can help. In the safety of a caring and collaborative relationship, we will work on understanding how difficult life patterns are no longer serving you. My role is to meet my clients where they are and help guide them toward making lasting positive changes. I provide both short-term and long-term therapy. Call for a free consultation today!
(510) 858-2611
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
With children, I use a combination of art, talk and play therapy.
Is your child exhibiting emotional and/or behavioral problems? Are you having problems with your relationships or at work? Are you feeling overwhelmed with anxiety or struggling with depression? I can help. In the safety of a caring and collaborative relationship, we will work on understanding how difficult life patterns are no longer serving you. My role is to meet my clients where they are and help guide them toward making lasting positive changes. I provide both short-term and long-term therapy. Call for a free consultation today!
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Michael J Abrams
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Working with young children, I use play therapy, sand tray & art therapy.
Saturdays appointments available! I am a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in working with children, adolescents, and families. In addition, I work with individual adults, couples, and co-parenting. I provide a safe, calm, friendly, empathetic & down to earth environment for my clients. I have extensive experience and specialize in working with young children through adolescents and their families around issues related to social, behavioral, interpersonal and academic concerns. Throughout my career, I have provided supervision to other professionals in all aspects of providing psychotherapy for children and adolescents; from case conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment.
(818) 938-1155
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Working with young children, I use play therapy, sand tray & art therapy.
Saturdays appointments available! I am a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in working with children, adolescents, and families. In addition, I work with individual adults, couples, and co-parenting. I provide a safe, calm, friendly, empathetic & down to earth environment for my clients. I have extensive experience and specialize in working with young children through adolescents and their families around issues related to social, behavioral, interpersonal and academic concerns. Throughout my career, I have provided supervision to other professionals in all aspects of providing psychotherapy for children and adolescents; from case conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment.
Julie Weigel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT Verified
Office is near:
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
Play therapy (even remotely) is the best way for children to express and resolve feelings.
Although I work with a variety of clients, my primary speciality is children (and their parents) who struggle with behavioral and/or emotional problems, using playful and positive means to help them with anger management, expression of feelings, and relationships with friends and family. I always welcome the opportunity to work with parents, families and couples under stress. Let's face it: aren't we all? No situation is beyond hope; my clients leave our sessions with real insight and tools with which to move beyond their troubling issues.
(510) 878-4486
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Office is near:
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
Play therapy (even remotely) is the best way for children to express and resolve feelings.
Although I work with a variety of clients, my primary speciality is children (and their parents) who struggle with behavioral and/or emotional problems, using playful and positive means to help them with anger management, expression of feelings, and relationships with friends and family. I always welcome the opportunity to work with parents, families and couples under stress. Let's face it: aren't we all? No situation is beyond hope; my clients leave our sessions with real insight and tools with which to move beyond their troubling issues.
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Jeannette Harroun
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
I have over 10 years experience working with children (ages 3-12,) teens and families as well as extensive training in art/sandtray/play therapy and collaborative problem-solving to help clients express thoughts and feelings as well as process and learn new skills.
Kids don't always use words but behavior always has a message and may also be a form of SOS. I help children and teens feel better about themselves and improve their behavior at home or at school. I also help parents and families understand and deal with the mistaken goals of misbehavior. I believe there is always a reason, feeling or unmet need. Understanding and addressing the underlying message helps build bridges with kids and teens. I provide individual, parenting or family sessions that range from educational coaching and enrichment or addressing specific concerns.
(925) 890-7478
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Office is near:
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
I have over 10 years experience working with children (ages 3-12,) teens and families as well as extensive training in art/sandtray/play therapy and collaborative problem-solving to help clients express thoughts and feelings as well as process and learn new skills.
Kids don't always use words but behavior always has a message and may also be a form of SOS. I help children and teens feel better about themselves and improve their behavior at home or at school. I also help parents and families understand and deal with the mistaken goals of misbehavior. I believe there is always a reason, feeling or unmet need. Understanding and addressing the underlying message helps build bridges with kids and teens. I provide individual, parenting or family sessions that range from educational coaching and enrichment or addressing specific concerns.
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bay area child counseling Parisa Rahimian, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
It is heartbreaking to see your child struggle and not know how to help them. Most parents who call me have tried every tool they have to help their children with little or no result. you might feel alone in your experience, feel guilt and shame for not being able to help your child or even for losing your own temper if you have an intense high need child. Perhaps your child is struggling in school, and you are dreading the next phone call to address the latest issues, or feel exhausted trying to go through the daily function without meltdowns, or worrying about your teen’s emotional state, lack of communication,or defiant behavior
(925) 403-4375
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
It is heartbreaking to see your child struggle and not know how to help them. Most parents who call me have tried every tool they have to help their children with little or no result. you might feel alone in your experience, feel guilt and shame for not being able to help your child or even for losing your own temper if you have an intense high need child. Perhaps your child is struggling in school, and you are dreading the next phone call to address the latest issues, or feel exhausted trying to go through the daily function without meltdowns, or worrying about your teen’s emotional state, lack of communication,or defiant behavior
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Amanda Macor
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
Sometimes we find ourselves in a valley, feeling depleted and uninspired. We realize we have been stuck in the same cycles, having exhausted all of the tools that once worked and unsure why change feels impossible. Sometimes we just need someone to see the best in us, to hold hope when we're barely hanging on. Therapy shouldn't be something we dread, but rather an opportunity to feel encouraged and poured into, inspired and deeply understood.
(510) 330-0767
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
Sometimes we find ourselves in a valley, feeling depleted and uninspired. We realize we have been stuck in the same cycles, having exhausted all of the tools that once worked and unsure why change feels impossible. Sometimes we just need someone to see the best in us, to hold hope when we're barely hanging on. Therapy shouldn't be something we dread, but rather an opportunity to feel encouraged and poured into, inspired and deeply understood.
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Liz Hertz
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
People come to therapy for a variety of reasons. I help people who are experiencing problems in daily living, difficulty in navigating life transitions, relationship and family discord, or who struggle with symptoms of anxiety, depression or loss. Therapy is about removing obstacles and developing the capacity for self-acceptance, self- expression, and joy. I will collaborate with you to set your goals and uncover new strategies for a happier life.
(510) 379-9108
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
People come to therapy for a variety of reasons. I help people who are experiencing problems in daily living, difficulty in navigating life transitions, relationship and family discord, or who struggle with symptoms of anxiety, depression or loss. Therapy is about removing obstacles and developing the capacity for self-acceptance, self- expression, and joy. I will collaborate with you to set your goals and uncover new strategies for a happier life.
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Paul Kramer, Ed.D. & Associates
Marriage & Family Therapist, EdD, LMFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
Dr. Paul Kramer, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, in 2008 he started a group practice to expand services in Northern California (East Bay). Recently, since Covid, the group has expanded services to Southern California. He has served in multiple settings to include 12 years in the US Army. Paul uses an eclectic approach when working with children, teens, adults and families. Leaning on short-term therapies and practical solutions for common problemsEmotionally Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Interventions, and Systems Theory. He specializes in working with people who have experienced various forms of trauma.
(925) 436-1725
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
Dr. Paul Kramer, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, in 2008 he started a group practice to expand services in Northern California (East Bay). Recently, since Covid, the group has expanded services to Southern California. He has served in multiple settings to include 12 years in the US Army. Paul uses an eclectic approach when working with children, teens, adults and families. Leaning on short-term therapies and practical solutions for common problemsEmotionally Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Interventions, and Systems Theory. He specializes in working with people who have experienced various forms of trauma.
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Private Practice
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
EMDR therapist in the East Bay specialized in Trauma / PTSD, Marriage Counseling, Food Issues / Disordered Eating, Anxiety, LGBTQ, Depression, Women's Issues, Spirituality, Life Transitions, Adoption, Parenting, and Teen Issues. I regularly see Couples, Families, Teens and Adults ranging from early adolescence to late 60's.
(925) 948-8070
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
EMDR therapist in the East Bay specialized in Trauma / PTSD, Marriage Counseling, Food Issues / Disordered Eating, Anxiety, LGBTQ, Depression, Women's Issues, Spirituality, Life Transitions, Adoption, Parenting, and Teen Issues. I regularly see Couples, Families, Teens and Adults ranging from early adolescence to late 60's.
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Nancy M Drake
Marriage & Family Therapist, RN, MA, MFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
I am a compassionate solution focused therapist. My areas of expertise include, while not being limited to: life cycle changes, self esteem, women's issues, relationship and partnership challenges, communication skills, addictions, traumas (past and present) and OCD as it operates in today's world. My goal is to help you achieve personal growth and authenticity within your relationship with yourself and others. I work with children of all ages, individuals,and partner relationships, as well as conducting parent groups and educational seminars on request. To get started now, please visit my website at www.nancydrakemft.com or call today, 925-9452482
(925) 968-4848
Verified

Walnut Creek, CA 94596
I am a compassionate solution focused therapist. My areas of expertise include, while not being limited to: life cycle changes, self esteem, women's issues, relationship and partnership challenges, communication skills, addictions, traumas (past and present) and OCD as it operates in today's world. My goal is to help you achieve personal growth and authenticity within your relationship with yourself and others. I work with children of all ages, individuals,and partner relationships, as well as conducting parent groups and educational seminars on request. To get started now, please visit my website at www.nancydrakemft.com or call today, 925-9452482
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Jen Torres
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, MPH, AMFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
As a therapist, my goal is to create a space where people can enact the change they desire for themselves, their relationships, and the lives they live. In our world, we are bombarded with messages that tell us that we “should” be this way or that way. We hear messages that tell us what parts of our identities are welcomed and what parts are shunned and “should” be hidden from others. I view the therapy room as an exception to the ways we have become accustomed to living our lives. It is where people are valued for simply being who they are, where they can exist authentically, with respect and compassion, and without judgment.
(925) 744-6990
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
As a therapist, my goal is to create a space where people can enact the change they desire for themselves, their relationships, and the lives they live. In our world, we are bombarded with messages that tell us that we “should” be this way or that way. We hear messages that tell us what parts of our identities are welcomed and what parts are shunned and “should” be hidden from others. I view the therapy room as an exception to the ways we have become accustomed to living our lives. It is where people are valued for simply being who they are, where they can exist authentically, with respect and compassion, and without judgment.
Julia Di Rienzo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
When you make the decision to further your understanding of yourself, you are one step closer to feeling empowered to living the life that you envision. With a compassionate mind, I am looking forward to supporting and guiding you through the changes that lead to positive growth. With a blend of psychodynamic, cognitive, and mindfulness-based psychotherapy approaches, I provide support and practical feedback to help you effectively address personal issues and life challenges.
(925) 392-3844
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
When you make the decision to further your understanding of yourself, you are one step closer to feeling empowered to living the life that you envision. With a compassionate mind, I am looking forward to supporting and guiding you through the changes that lead to positive growth. With a blend of psychodynamic, cognitive, and mindfulness-based psychotherapy approaches, I provide support and practical feedback to help you effectively address personal issues and life challenges.
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Sofia Collins
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with over half a decade of experience, I have had the great pleasure in serving individuals, couples, families, and therapy groups in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. I have provided therapy services for folks aged 5 to 65, couples, families, trauma survivors, students, and LGBTQIA individuals and couples, supporting them in navigating difficult developmental milestones, career and life stressors, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, substance dependency, and much more.
(707) 395-6532
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with over half a decade of experience, I have had the great pleasure in serving individuals, couples, families, and therapy groups in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. I have provided therapy services for folks aged 5 to 65, couples, families, trauma survivors, students, and LGBTQIA individuals and couples, supporting them in navigating difficult developmental milestones, career and life stressors, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, substance dependency, and much more.
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Iara Campos-Davids
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
Open yourself to refreshing new beginning, opportunities, ideas and insights. I will help and encourage you to resolve issues, help communicate your needs to others in a non judgmental space. I have had success working with adults, adolescents and families who have experienced depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, grief/loss, post-traumatic stress disorder and many other issues. Originally from Brazil, I am fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese, I have had particular success treating patients who have suffered difficulties with acculturation issues and the negative or painful impact of these issues on their lives as well.
(925) 231-8979
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
Open yourself to refreshing new beginning, opportunities, ideas and insights. I will help and encourage you to resolve issues, help communicate your needs to others in a non judgmental space. I have had success working with adults, adolescents and families who have experienced depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, grief/loss, post-traumatic stress disorder and many other issues. Originally from Brazil, I am fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese, I have had particular success treating patients who have suffered difficulties with acculturation issues and the negative or painful impact of these issues on their lives as well.
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Christina Dughman
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
I believe that we are all intrinsically motivated to move towards health--physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Whether I am working with children, teens, or adults, I partner with my clients to better understand them as cultural beings and how their uniqueness is impacted by their experiences in the world. I offer a warm, nurturing, and accepting style and show deep interest in an authentic therapeutic relationship. My goal is to support my clients towards insight and overall balance.
(510) 863-1459
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
I believe that we are all intrinsically motivated to move towards health--physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Whether I am working with children, teens, or adults, I partner with my clients to better understand them as cultural beings and how their uniqueness is impacted by their experiences in the world. I offer a warm, nurturing, and accepting style and show deep interest in an authentic therapeutic relationship. My goal is to support my clients towards insight and overall balance.
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Griselda Oliver Bucio
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
Becoming a parent is a unique and transformative experience. From the moment of conception through the journey of parenting there is an array of unknown rewards, challenges and experiences. At times parents have no idea how they will feel or react to these challenges and realize that they need help and support through their own journey as parents. Research proves the way we were parented, the environment in which we developed, and the situations around us influence the way we feel and behave as parents.
(925) 406-3109
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
Becoming a parent is a unique and transformative experience. From the moment of conception through the journey of parenting there is an array of unknown rewards, challenges and experiences. At times parents have no idea how they will feel or react to these challenges and realize that they need help and support through their own journey as parents. Research proves the way we were parented, the environment in which we developed, and the situations around us influence the way we feel and behave as parents.

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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.

If you're looking for play therapy in 94596 or for an 94596 play therapist, these professionals provide play therapy, play therapy children, child play therapy, play therapy for children, sandplay therapy, family play therapy and group play therapy. They include play therapists, play psychologists, play psychotherapists and play counselors.