Play Therapy in McLean, VA

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Anne Fleury
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PLLC
Verified
Verified
All of us need help from time to time, and I love my work as a therapist providing individual and family counseling. I am experienced in working with children and adults, and my focus is on providing a safe and supportive environment. I utilize insight-oriented approaches including cognitive-behavior therapy, sand tray techniques, and play therapy . I also co-lead social skills and process groups, My background in home-based crisis counseling and critical incident stress debriefing lends itself to working with those who are in crisis or have suffered trauma.
(703) 282-5937
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McLean, VA 22101
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Abigail O'Leary
Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy, MS
Verified
Verified
I offer play therapy , family therapy, and individual therapy.
I believe that building a strong, safe, and secure therapeutic relationship is an essential component of successful therapy. I value an affirming, collaborative, strengths-based, and holistic approach to therapy. I'm dedicated to understanding the systemic, cultural, and biopsychosocial factors at play in my clients’ lives in order to exploratively increase their self-awareness and self-understanding. I believe that this awareness and insight, paired with coping and interpersonal skills and dedication to intentionality and change, can provide the tools you need to grow and manage your life stressors and struggles.
(703) 375-9234
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McLean, VA 22101
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Katie Clark
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, RPT, NCC
Verified
15 Endorsed
Verified
15 Endorsed
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist who strives to provide a warm and safe place to work on a variety of concerns. I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents dealing with depression, anxiety, behavior concerns, ADHD, sleeping issues, sensory concerns, self esteem, and adjusting to life transitions. No matter the concern, I am dedicated to providing an atmosphere of warmth, acceptance, and respect for each unique child, adolescent, and family that I work with.
(703) 348-3732
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McLean, VA 22101
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Mary Suzette Zimomra
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I use a variety of techniques in my work such as cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy , family systems therapy, and imago and emotion focused couples therapy.
RELATIONSHIPS--CHILDREN--ADULTS I help clients learn healthy relationship skills such as how to communicate needs and wants, encourage empathy and respect, set boundaries, and improve self confidence. I work with all ages including children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I am a supportive and direct therapist and will encourage you to be kind and honest towards yourself and others.
(703) 831-8300
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McLean, VA 22101
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Barbara Lavine
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
Do you have concerns about your child or have work/personal issues? Barbara specializes in working with school-age children, age four through preteens, their families, and adults who are dealing with anxiety, grief, ADHD, school challenges, adjustment, family, friendship, work place issues. She strongly believes that through counseling one can make life changes and develop the life and social skills needed to overcome obstacles and live more satisfying and successful lives. She uses a variety of approaches: solution-focused, client-centered, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), relaxation and mindfulness, play , art therapy, and role play with children.
(703) 552-8555
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McLean, VA 22101
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Sunstone Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
DAYTIME AVAILABILITY. TRICARE CERTIFIED. Do you need a compassionate, balanced male perspective on your relationship? Are you looking for ways to rekindle the passion you once had for your partner? Will your partner only attend counseling with a male therapist? Are you dealing with significant anger issues that are pulling you apart or damaging your life? Well, I am your therapist! I am also great with children ( Play Therapy ) and adolescence dealing with behavioral issues such as ADHD. I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 15 years of experience who is available to all clients with any issues.
(703) 935-0015
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McLean, VA 22101
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Lauren Stuart
Pre-Licensed Professional, MEd, MPhil
Verified
Verified
In my work with children, I use a variety of tools, including play therapy , to work with each child individually.
One’s experience in therapy should be as unique as they are as a person. In working with my clients, I do not use a one-size-fits-all approach because it assumes that one treatment or modality can meet the various needs of different clients. I work with children, adolescents, adults, and families on a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, autism, trauma, behavioral concerns, intellectual disabilities, life-transitions, self-esteem, disordered eating, parenting, and family dynamics. At the core, I work to create a warm, authentic, and non-judgmental space for my clients as they go through the counseling process.
(571) 470-6642
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McLean, VA 22101
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Gabrielle Lipson
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSEd, MPhil
Verified
Verified
As a former preschool teacher and yoga instructor, I place a heavy emphasis on play and mindfulness in my work to help clients learn, work through trauma, and uncover their feelings.
We often find ourselves seeking help when something is wrong, but I work with families and children to help them see what is right. I believe that humans are fundamentally creative, innovative, compassionate, and fully capable of accessing their joy. The therapeutic process is not one size fits all, nor will it be successful when the therapist calls all of the shots. My clients are the experts, and I work collaboratively to find the best approach to achieve growth.
(571) 450-9296
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McLean, VA 22101
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Not accepting new clients
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Jennifer Munroe
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
With younger children, I focus my efforts using a Play Therapy modality to allow a child optimum expression of their thoughts and feelings in order to confront challenges associated with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
I firmly believe an atmosphere of warmth and authenticity helps lead to a constructive, yet positive growth outcome for all individuals. Using an approach geared to address a person’s individual needs, I meet an individual where they are at and help the individual progress towards positive life change. My passion is working with children and adolescents. I work with children and teens experiencing emotional and/or behavioral disturbances, which include but are not limited, to ADHD, depression, anxiety, anger management, and trauma. I want to help children and their families work together to address these problems and find a resolution that adequately fits the needs of both the child and the family.
(703) 940-9007
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McLean, VA 22101
Not accepting new clients
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Sara Groark
Marriage & Family Therapist, LPC, LMFT, CSAC
Verified
Verified
In play therapy with children 5-10, I underscore competencies and promote feeling expression.
As a therapist with over 30 years of clinical experience, I create a safe, empathic environment for you, helping you to weather difficult life circumstances and to understand and cope with overwhelming feelings. My specialities are marital and family therapy, play therapy , addiction and substance abuse assessment and treatment and Interventions. The greatest solace for interpersonal turmoil often lies in having someone to listen carefully, thoughtfully and empathically and to collaborate in working toward positive change. This is my goal with all clients.
(703) 596-3891
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McLean, VA 22101
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Tala Halik
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Child: “I fell and hurt my knee!” Parent: “Don’t cry. It’s OK. Don’t be sad. You’re fine. Just be more careful.” The Whole Brain Child, Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. This is a common exchange between children and caretakers. Children are often seen as resilient and expected to suppress their emotions and “be strong.” However, children are small adults. They experience similar emotions as adults, yet developmentally are not equipped to process them in the same way. A child’s primary language is play . A child’s emotions are real and important, no matter how frustrating they may seem to us.
(571) 366-3129
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McLean, VA 22101
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Annette B. Kielkopf
Licensed Professional Counselor, LMFT, LPC
Verified
Verified
As a marriage and family therapist with extensive play therapy experience, I work with children and families on challenges like illness, school issues, negative behaviors, fears, relationship and interpersonal problems. I am here to help you and your family get a better life and sense of well being. I partner with other professionals to provide you with the highest quality of care and treatment results.
(703) 957-7793
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McLean, VA 22101
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Krista Hummer
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I am also trained in mindfulness, EMDR, expressive arts, and play therapy .
Hello and welcome. Finding a therapist can be a daunting process as you search for a person who will meet you or your family's needs for counseling expertise. To aid with this, here is a mini bio of my practice and training. Please see my website, www.kristahummer.com for further information. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist that works with children, adults, families, and couples to aid in growth, healing, and life transitions.
(703) 468-8024
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McLean, VA 22101
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Karen L Hahn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, MSW
Verified
Verified
I have completed specialized training in Trauma Focused Therapy, Attachment-based Therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy , and Sand Tray Therapy.
My work with adults includes those with a trauma history, depression, anxiety, grief, relational issues, somatic symptoms with no medical explanation, feeling stuck or sensing that something is just “not right”, as well as healthcare providers & other first responders who have experienced increased stress during the COVID crisis. My experience with children includes those with a trauma history, adoption, depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, divorce, school refusal, low self-esteem, difficult peer & family relationships, immigration, & cross-cultural adjustments.
(571) 487-7202
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McLean, VA 22101
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Alison Gardner
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I believe that play is a foundational method for engaging young children using their most natural language.
For the past 15 years, I have been committed to working with preschool and school-aged children and their families who are struggling with anxiety and other emotional and behavioral regulation difficulties. I also support children and families through the complicated emotions of divorce, adoption, and other losses as well as the stress and threats to self-esteem that can accompany learning challenges, ADHD and social difficulties. I partner comprehensively with children, parents, schools, and other involved professionals with the aim of building the strongest possible foundation from which children can grow and thrive.
(703) 940-9708
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McLean, VA 22101
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Nicole W McGarry
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
My practice utilizes a variety of treatment approaches to help clients reach their goals, including psychodynamic, mind/body integration, and play , art, and expressive therapies.
My practice is designed to help children, adolescents, and adults with healthy development, personal confidence, and more satisfying relationships. I offer individual and group therapy to help kids with labeling and identifying feelings, developing and maintaining friendships, reading social cues, and increasing self-esteem. In working with adults, I create a supportive environment to explore a better life balance, manage stress, and improve close relationships. I value comprehensive treatment, and work with schools and other professionals to assure positive treatment outcomes.
(202) 684-2058
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McLean, VA 22101
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Deniz Inanici
Pre-Licensed Professional, MPhilEd, MSEd
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I use play therapy to help children and also their parents to develop their awareness while struggling to manage their big emotions and build/practice strategies to overcome some behavioural challenges.
It takes great strength to reach out for a helping hand when you need it! My greatest goal is to create a safe/secure environment for my clients to express themselves and encourage them to work with their current stressors. Each person's journey is unique and it would be my privilege to share this journey with you. I enjoy working with individuals of all ages such as children, adolescents, adults, and families. I provide an eclectic approach of therapy which includes a perspective of a trauma informed, culturally competent, client centered and collaborative. I want to create an inviting and non-judgmental space for you, your child
(571) 570-3464
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McLean, VA 22101
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Sunstone Counseling
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My hopes are to work with your child so that they may be able to recognize and process emotions, foster a stronger sense of familial connection, provide strategies or coping tools, and tune into the power of creativity and play .
Do you find yourself struggling to understand or help with your child or teen's emotions or behaviors? Do you sometimes feel like what you’re doing is not enough? Children and teens are developing at a rapid and different pace than adults are. They have different ways of understanding their own world, expressing and managing emotions, and interacting with others. While at times, guardians may feel stuck, the child or teen may feel the same way, yet struggle to process and understand how they’re feeling. Without proper coping tools, support, and warmth, they may find themselves struggling further. This is where I can help.
(571) 475-9841
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McLean, VA 22101
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Angela A Fletcher
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
For younger children, I use play and art-based therapies to build rapport, identify areas of stress, and practice new skills.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist at Children's Hospital. I have a private practice on Friday evenings & weekends for children, adolescents, and adults. Trained in evidence-based approaches, including cognitive behavior therapies (CBT and ACT), I treat a range of psychological and medical conditions (anxiety, depression, epilepsy, GI conditions, concussions, self-injury, pain, somatization, and eating).
(703) 420-5540
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McLean, VA 22102
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Carolyn Heier Young
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
In addition, in working with children, I conduct play therapy and use behavioral interventions as needed.
I work with a diverse group of clients, including children, teens, adults, couples, and families. I am able to help individuals of all ages with a wide range of issues, including depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, and trauma. With children, I also help with ADHD, emotional and behavioral problems, and selective mutism, and I help parents with parenting skills. Bilingual in English and Spanish, I enjoy working with individuals from diverse groups, including the LGBTQ community and individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds. I help adults and children alike to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.
(703) 293-5867
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McLean, VA 22101
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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.