Play Therapy in Cleveland, TN

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Sean Michael Taylor
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MS, MFTI
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
For this, I use an eclectic therapy style, utilizing Play Therapy , Emotion-Focused Therapy, Emotion Coaching and other attachment-based techniques.
“Has life got you down?” That classic question that we all come back to when things just seem a bit too crazy. The question that we’ve heard so many times, even when we were a kid. So let me ask you, has life got you down? Do you feel like your life has transitioned to a place where you feel lost, alone, or quite like nobody really understands what it’s like to be in your shoes? Has anxiety, depression, relational issues or trauma, family conflict or parenting issues beaten you down? Let me ask you one last question: is the idea of therapy terrifying? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please believe me, there’s a way.
(423) 295-7484
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Cleveland, TN 37311
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Legacy Family Counseling, PLLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, RPT/S, LPC/S
Verified
Verified
I provide evidenced based play therapy and systemic therapeutic approaches with children ages 3-12, adolescents, parents and families facing a variety of life challenges including grief, loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, parental divorce and/or family adjustment stressors, etc. Additionally I offer Pre-marital counseling and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy w couples at various life stages utilizing a strength based and attachment based approach. I assist clients of all ages to address their current life changes/stressors while promoting their emotional, social, relational, behavioral growth, resiliency and well being.
(423) 455-5348
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Cleveland, TN 37312
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Candice Milligan
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC, LPC, MHSP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Candice’s training consists of providing counseling to children and adolescents and their families through the art of play .
Young children experience many of the same emotions adults do. However, Children have a hard time communicating and expressing their feelings due to not understanding how or why they feel the way they do. Having an emotional vocabulary and finding solutions to dealing with these emotions are goals that can be used throughout Counseling. Children and adolescents need a place to be able to express themselves, understand why they feel the way they do. Candice has training and experience in working with children and adolescents ages 5-18 with anxiety, anger, trauma, divorce, depression, behavioral issues.
(423) 380-0703
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Cleveland, TN 37311
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Leigh Anthony
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, NCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Treatment interventions include cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma focused, play therapy , and psychoeducation.
When someone is experiencing life stressors and hard times it can become difficult to have hope for happier days. It can be a hard journey to take in being able to learn how to cope with these stressors and find hope that one needs in order to live a healthier, happy life. It is my goal as your counselor to provide a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment for someone to take this journey. I look forward to empowering people to grow as individuals and reach their goals that will help them to live a more meaningful life.
(423) 509-0480
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Cleveland, TN 37311
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Courtney Liljekvist
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I work with children (ages 4-12), adolescents, families, and adults. My goal is to offer a safe space to those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidality, low self-esteem, family conflict, or attachment issues. While I like to draw from multiple approaches, including: attachment work, play therapy , mindfulness practices, art therapy, CBT, and family therapy, I ultimately tailor my approach to the needs of the person. Coming to therapy takes a significant step of bravery and I strive to create an environment that promotes acceptance and growth.
(423) 561-9914
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Cleveland, TN 37312
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Bailey Spradling
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, MFT-I
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Through child-centered play and art activities, I provide my clients with a space to process and explore in order to make sense of their world.
I understand the exhaustion that can come from feeling like you’ve tried everything. Whether you are a young adult looking for services for yourself, or a parent seeking services for your child, I would love to join you in your journey to try and trust the therapeutic process.
(423) 441-4682
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Cleveland, TN 37311
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Maddy Morris
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, MFT-I, AAMFT
Verified
Verified
I have found that art therapy and play therapy are extremely beneficial in the healing process.
Children, adolescents, and young adults who need someone to meet them where they’re at. I enjoy working with a variety of issues, including: anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, grief/loss, family conflict, and blended family acclimation.
(423) 375-8574
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Cleveland, TN 37312
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Rachel Hull
LPC Intern
Verified
Verified
Welcome! I am currently studying at the University of West Alabama for my Masters in Clinical Mental Health. I am interning under the direct supervision of Julie Tilley in Cleveland, TN as I work towards my goal of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. I specialize in working with children and teenagers as they are navigating through their stages and trying to find their place in the world.
(423) 436-9761
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Cleveland, TN 37311
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Heal and Hope Counseling Services, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, MFT, LPC, CTMH, CCTP
Verified
Verified
We are more than a business, we are a ministry to any who come to us in need for help. We have multiple counselors: Glyndora Condon MS MFT LPC CTMH, CCTP, EMDRIA: specializing in behavioral, relational (marriage, couple, children, friendships) emotional, trauma, anger, autism, domestic violence, life transitions, dissociative, addictions, and provides certified classes for DV, Anger, A&D, and Parenting; also Kelly Brownlow, MS SW, who specializes Family/Children/Adolescent and behavioral issues. James Davidson LPC/LMFT, DID, Marriage and Family, Trauma, and more; Lakita Quarles, LME; Family, adolescents, A&D issues, and Trauma.
(423) 380-0204
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Cleveland, TN 37311
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Kristi Byrd
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have worked with children in different capacities throughout my life and have been in the mental health field for over 10 years providing therapy for children, individuals and families. I have worked with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, autism, relationship issues, trauma, self harm and much more. I believe that YOU are the expert in your life, however I know that at times it is helpful to be able to talk to someone else. I strive to empower, encourage and support each person that work with. I enjoy meeting new people and working to help others create the life they truly desire to live.
(423) 436-9727
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Cleveland, TN 37312
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Glyndora Spring Condon
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, MFT, LPC, CTMH, CCTP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I have been helping others: Special needs, Relational, Behavioral, A&D, Elderly, and Children as a C.N.A., Foster mother, Care giver, Activity Director, and as a Therapist during my adult life. I have 10 grandchildren, and 4 are special needs children. I have several years experience providing Couples/Marriage, Family, and Behavioral and Mental therapy; and am eclectic in my use of modalities. I am an author with Good News and multiple other psychology sites. Heal and Hope Counseling Services, LLC have 3-5 counselors of diverse backgrounds, cultures, languages, and specialties!!! We provide in office and Telehealth for our clients!
(423) 525-8538
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Cleveland, TN 37312
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Julie Warren Tilley
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MS
Verified
Verified
My goal is to hold hope for individuals, couples and families until they are able to hope for themselves. If you need a safe space to explore your truth and move toward the best version of yourself, you found that space in my office. My office (Cleveland or Chattanooga) will provide calm, comfort and support to you in the toughest of times life can throw at you.
(423) 205-0894
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Cleveland, TN 37311
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Anchor Family Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MHSP, CCTP
Verified
Verified
My passion for working with individuals (children, adolescents, and adults of all ages) is rooted in my faith in God. I utilize skills, tools, and techniques in a modern "human to human" approach to help my clients find their hope and passion for life. Whether you have abuse & trauma, anxiety, ADHD, child and adolescent issues, depression, divorce recovery, mood disorder, eating disorder, addiction or substance use, grief & loss, parenting struggles, self-esteem, or social skills, assisting you in finding hope, I consider a divine appointment.
(423) 375-8676
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Cleveland, TN 37312
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Hanna Marino
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, MFT-I, AAMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hello! I am so glad you're here! I work with LGBTQ+, Couples, Individuals, and Families through a variety of life hardships. If you’re struggling with Trauma, PTSD, religious trauma, spirituality issues, communication issues, life transitions, conflict, sexual issues/concerns, sexuality, anxiety, anger, teenage struggles, self-esteem/identity issues, or whatever you need to process, you deserve to be heard, seen, and safe. When you come to my office you will not simply get a highly trained professional, but a human soul who feels deeply with other humans.
(423) 919-9397
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Cleveland, TN 37311
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Rob England
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MS, MFTI
Verified
Verified
Family. This word may bring up feelings of warmth, or it may bring up feelings of anxiety, suffering, or helplessness. You want to reclaim the feelings of safety, security, contentment, peace, and love that once accompanied your hopes or thoughts of what your family could be. Or maybe your goal is to start off on the right foot, with your recent or upcoming marriage, or to ensure that your child is off to an emotionally healthy start in their younger years. Whichever the case, healthy families require focus, intentional work, and can sometimes use outside assistance from a caring professional.
(423) 689-1800
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Cleveland, TN 37312
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Audrea Goff
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I am currently accepting new clients, with a focus on children (ages 3-11) and their parent(s)/caregiver(s). Are you experiencing changes with your child’s behavior? Do you feel like things are getting out of control? Have things changed within your family system? You are not alone. I am passionate about helping children feel empowered and successful, and I offer a lot of tools for parents to build connection with their child. Finding the right fit is very important. Call me today for a free phone consultation, to see if we could be a good fit in working together.
(423) 556-7810
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Cleveland, TN 37311
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Meredith Vining Parker
MA
Verified
Verified
I am a Masters Level therapist with 17+ years experience. I work with older children through senior adults, marriage/family/parenting issues, and mental health disorders, such as Depression and Anxiety. As a former teacher, I have a unique combination of experiences that contribute to my success in working with youth. When counseling school age children, I involve the client's entire environment (parents, teachers, etc.) to develop a comprehensive plan in treating the whole client. I am a member of the AACC.
(423) 381-8950
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Cleveland, TN 37311
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Sarah Varnes
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MS, MFTI
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Relationships build the context of our lives. We learn who we are from those around us. This exchange has the power to influence our thoughts and beliefs about ourselves. While relationships have the beautiful ability to build us up, encourage us, and support us, they also have the reverse effect. Have you ever been in a relationship that tore you down, made you question your worth, damaged your self-esteem, or left you wondering why you weren't enough? Have these unhealthy or toxic relationships hindered your ability to seek out and sustain a healthy one? This story doesn't have to be yours forever and you're not alone.
(423) 476-1933
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Cleveland, TN 37311
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Jacqueline Campbell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
"Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we'll ever do." (Brene Brown) Relationships teach us what to believe about ourselves--whether we are lovable, worthy, and good--and what to believe about the world around us--whether it's safe and trustworthy. When the relationships are hurtful, it becomes unsafe to rely on others, and we begin to believe the negative stories we've been told. Asking for help is daunting and courageous, and you're here taking that step! Together, we will dive into your story so you can own the truths and put the falsehoods in their place while learning to love yourself.
(423) 715-8099
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Cleveland, TN 37311
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Joe Mixon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT(t)
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
Why is it that asking for help with parenting is so taboo? We have likely never had a child in this age range or dealt with the concerns we are having, so why wouldn't we need to ask for help? As a child therapist, my goal is to join alongside of you to help your child better understand their big emotions, trauma, and find effective coping skills using play therapy techniques, traditional talk therapy, IFS, and more.
(865) 217-2562
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Knoxville, TN 37919
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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.