Play Therapy in Vancouver, WA

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Jamie Califf
Counselor, MA, LMHC, NCC
Verified
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington State and a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC). I received my Master’s degree in Counseling in 2013, and has worked in a variety of settings from community mental health to private, non-profit counseling center. I currently focus on working with children, teens, and young adults experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, adjustment and behavior concerns. I also utilize play therapy , sand tray therapy, mindfulness techniques and parent coaching in sessions to optimize client and family involvement toward change.
(360) 558-3147 x113 
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Vancouver, WA 98662
Offers online therapy
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Keri Anderson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Currently, I am accepting adult clients! I offer a mind/body approach integrating physical movement, play , nature and sport into traditional therapy.
Join me at my online location! I believe in the innate potential each person has to do their best and I feel that each client is the expert in their own life. My role is to guide the natural process of problem solving, increasing client self-awareness, building on client strengths and reconnecting clients to their values, goals, restoring balance in their lives. I work from a client-centered approach that is holistic, solution focused, mindful, and utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach as appropriate. I am passionate about the power of play and nature as catalysts for healing and perspective.
(360) 869-0591 
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Vancouver, WA 98662
Not accepting new clients
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Laura Miltenberger
Counselor, MA, LMHCA, NCC
Verified
I use play therapy in my work with children.
Hi, my name is Laura, I’m happy that you are here. I am passionate about helping teenagers, children, and adults increase their confidence, their ability to cope successfully, and their capacity to enjoy life. My priority is to provide a welcoming, respectful, and compassionate environment for each of my clients experiencing difficult life events, anxiety, depression, relational issues, or otherwise.
(360) 858-8432 
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Vancouver, WA 98662
Offers online therapy
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Aspire Behavioral Health, Michelle Newton
Counselor, MA, MFT, LMHC, CMHS, MHP
Verified
Focus on: communication; couples therapy; family therapy; individual therapy; Trauma & PTSD; anxiety; fear; depression; human sexuality & gender (LGBTQ); sand tray, art and play therapy ; skill building for children & adults with Autism and Asperger's; reducing and eliminating explosive episodes & self-harm behaviors; drug & alcohol.
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans". With over 18 years in the field, I am an experienced clinician. Challenges in your relationship as a couple, dealing with an explosive child or teenager, depression, anxiety, trauma, and struggling to have a healthier, happier relationship as a couple, family or individual? Here's where you can take your first step. There is hope and things can change. I am a down-to-earth therapist with a warm and caring nature. I provide an empathetic and safe place where you can be yourself without fear of judgment.
(360) 633-2300 
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Vancouver, WA 98662
Offers online therapy
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Molly Callahan
Counselor, MS, LMHC, DDMHS
Verified
In my work with children, I use developmentally appropriate modalities, such as play therapy , activity therapy, and expressive arts.
Therapy is a collaborative process of self-discovery and personal growth. I focus on helping my clients through the development of greater self-understanding, self-awareness and self-acceptance. I treat a wide range of clinical issues and invite clients of diverse identities and backgrounds into my therapy practice. I specialize in working with complex and single incident trauma, sexual/relational trauma, anxiety and mood disorders, life transitions, identity exploration, and stress reduction. I have experience working with people across the lifespan, including children ages 3-12, adolescents, and adults in various stages of life.
(360) 226-7556 
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Vancouver, WA 98661
Offers online therapy
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Stephanie Fox
Counselor, MAC, LMHC, NCC, ACA
Verified
With children I use CBT, family systems, play /sand tray therapy, emotion recognition & expression and parent skills training.
Hi! There's a lot of reasons that people come to therapy. Typically, the first time is always the most challenging and scary; you don't know what to expect, you aren’t sure if the therapist is going to pry in to your deepest darkest memories, and you don’t know if you will even like the therapist. Whatever your preexisting ideas are about counseling, it’s ok. I invite your fears and hopes alike. My job as a therapist is to provide a welcoming, safe atmosphere in which you feel comfortable, relaxed and free to talk about whatever it is that’s on your mind, as well as help you gain insight and make positive changes in your life.
(360) 787-4128 
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Vancouver, WA 98661
Offers online therapy
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Alyssa M. Purk
Counselor, MEd, MHCA
Verified
I also utilize play therapy for younger clients.
By living meaningfully in the present you can learn to break free from past experiences, trauma, and concerns for the future. Living with intention encourages you to act with purpose and passion for your own benefit and the benefit of society. Trauma, stress, fear, depression, and anxiety can be debilitating. If you are reading this you have recognized that either you or someone you care about may need help navigating the unprecedented life events. As your counselor, I want to help you explore who you are, find what is meaningful to you, and assist you in learning the tools that will help you live life to the fullest.
(360) 276-6153 
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Vancouver, WA 98660
Offers online therapy
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Ariel Villaseñor
Counselor, MA, LMHCA, NCC
Verified
I use play therapy when working with children and like to bring some of these creative elements into my work with teens and adults, as well.
Hi, I’m Ariel! As a therapist, I consider it a joy and a privilege to partner with kids, teens, and adults in working through the inevitable challenges of life. I believe that each person has the capacity to change and to heal no matter the hand they have been dealt or what they have experienced. With this perspective, I aim to collaboratively work with each person in gaining insight into their own strengths, as well as perspective on their pain, within the context of a safe relationship.
(360) 615-3487 
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Vancouver, WA 98662
Offers online therapy
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Jenny Sites
Counselor, LMHC, NCC
Verified
With children I primarily utilize play therapy , narrative and expressive interventions, and parent skills training.
One of the beautiful things about counseling is having the privilege to hear individual's stories. Each therapeutic interaction presents with unique history, strengths, and concerns. I operate primarily from an Interpersonal orientation which looks at the counseling relationship as a "safe haven" to facilitate the change each client desires. I believe that relationship - with self and with others - heals. I strive to hold space and actively participate with each client desiring change, counseling and working toward congruence of body, mind and spirit.
(360) 499-0765 
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Vancouver, WA 98661
Offers online therapy
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Julie A Russell
Mental Health Counselor, MA, LMFT, LPC, LMHC
Verified
I specialize in couples, children, teens and individuals. I believe that everyone can reach an optimum state of health, counseling helps individuals and families reach healthy functioning in their relationships with others. I employ an integrative approach with a strong reliance on cognitive-behavioral aspects, emotion focused therapy, solution focused therapy, as well as some Jungian methods, such as sand tray therapy, and child centered play therapy . Sand Tray Therapy is a form of expressive therapy. This non-verbal method of therapy is often used with children, but can be applied to adults, teens, couples, families as well.
(503) 451-6250 
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Vancouver, WA 98662
Offers online therapy
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Sarah Hart
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
I work with individuals and families of all ages, using talk therapy as well as sandtray and play therapy .
Sometimes words cannot do justice to what you are thinking and feeling, or what you have experienced. The limitations of language and the filters of social rules may make it difficult to tell your story in a way that helps you to feel understood. You may even feel like your story is not worth telling. Your experiences, for better or for worse, have shaped who you are today, but they do not have to define you. My goal as a therapist is to come along side you to help you make sense of your thoughts and experiences, to find strength and resilience in the face of tragedy and pain, and to find hope for the future.
(360) 953-5005 
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Vancouver, WA 98662
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Alternative Behavioral Therapy
Counselor, MA, LMHC, BCN
Verified
Alternative Behavioral Therapy specializes in the integration of talk therapy and neurofeedback which is commonly used for the treatment and normalization of ADHD. We can incorporate this practice into PTSD, depression, sleep disorders, learning disabilities, anxiety, and much more. For those adept in this field, we practice Infra-low, SMR training, theta/beta ratio, and alpha-theta deep state processing as well as ISF (Infra-slow frequency training). For disorders resulting from trauma, EMDR may be incorporated as deemed appropriate. Other modality options may include Play Therapy or life coaching as well.
(855) 838-3053 
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Vancouver, WA 98683
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Playful Healing Counseling, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, RPT-S
Verified
I enjoy supporting children and families through play therapy , art therapy (and sometimes talk therapy too)! I believe in the resilience and strength of children and their families. I believe that children process the world through play , art and movement as much as, if not more than, they do through words. I believe in the power of play to help children make sense of their experiences and struggles and move toward positive change. I believe in the power of play to help families reconnect and build strong alliances with one another.
(360) 328-7196 
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Vancouver, WA 98660
Offers online therapy
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Taylor Miller
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
I am also passionate about working with children and parents through the use of Play Therapy and Theraplay.
I believe that each person is doing the best they can with what they have. That means we can improve ourselves by gathering tools and information about ourselves and the world around us. I use compassion and empathy to help my clients recognize the human need to slow down and take intentional measures to honestly evaluate what is needed to improve.
(360) 323-4286 
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Vancouver, WA 98684
Offers online therapy
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Peregrine Counseling Services
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
With children and adolescents, I have found that play therapy and art therapy can be extremely helpful in facilitating the healing process.
With seventeen years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, I have worked in schools, residential treatment centers, and outpatient settings, as well as on-site, in-home, and community locations. I enjoy working with all ages and specialize in children's mental health. My role as a therapist includes offering you (or you and your child, or your family) active listening, reflection, encouragement, helpful challenges, and constructive feedback. I use a positive relationship to support you or your child as you explore and express yourself.
(360) 529-5174 
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Vancouver, WA 98682
Offers online therapy
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Sharon Picard
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Although it's true that children are resilient, there are times when children and their families need focused support and therapy in order to move forward and reach emotional health and balance. I am a Clinical Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist who uses cognitive-behavioral, play therapy , animal-assisted therapy, art therapy, and mindfulness techniques to help clients achieve better mental health. Having been licensed for sixteen years, I have worked extensively with children who present with anxiety, depression, a history of trauma including post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit, obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism, grief issues, and behavioral concerns.
(808) 346-8101 
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Vancouver, WA 98663
Offers online therapy
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Kelsey A Carrier
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, MFTA
Verified
My therapeutic training and approaches include: Narrative therapy; Narrative Play therapy ; TheraPlay for parents and children; SandTray therapy; neurofeedback; somatic approaches such as breathing and yoga; parent training and support; and systemic family therapy.
Hello - I’m Kelsey! I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate and Child Mental Health Specialist. I hold a Master’s degree from George Fox University and an undergraduate degree in Clinical Counseling from Western Oregon University.
(503) 832-4155 x504 
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Vancouver, WA 98660
Not accepting new clients
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Annasara Purcell
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Hello, and welcome! I look forward to getting to know you and working collaboratively to determine how therapy can best suit your particular needs at this time. I became passionate about mental health during my first career as a litigator: both from my own experience and seeing the experiences of my colleagues, I came to appreciate the challenges associated with anxiety and perfectionism, and particularly the difficulty that comes from balancing a high-stress career with the other challenges that life invariably throws our way. I also saw first-hand the important role that therapy could play in helping people!
(206) 312-4063 
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Vancouver, WA 98660
Offers online therapy
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Pat Edmundson
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
I specialize in Play Therapy for children, parent coaching, EMDR for trauma,and life transition adjustment.
There is always hope--and there's help for healing! My goal is assisting clients in meeting their goals. I help them gain better understanding of their situation, clearer insight for their behavior and emotional responses, and give guidance and support in the process of change and growth. If you are ready to heal from the impact of childhood trauma or abuse, I can help. If you are concerned about your child or teenager because of adjustment issues, divorce or significant loss, I can help. If you are struggling in a relationship, whether partner, parent, child or friend, I can help.
(360) 329-2986 
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Vancouver, WA 98660
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Susan (Sue) M Bernt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW
Verified
Play therapy is a mental health, educational, or developmental intervention designed to help children grow as happy and well-adjusted as possible.
I am telehealth only at this time. I specialize working with adults, teens, and children (6 + ) and their families. Together we can work on relationships, behavior challenges, depression, stress and anxiety problems, self worth, and trauma. I have a great interactive internet based/HIPPA safe video platform to use with children. Play in therapy allows children to communicate and learn to solve problems and change their negative behaviors. I work with adults to assist in processing unexpected life situations. Theories used in treatment: Developmental Psychotherapy, Psychoeducation, Attachment, Person-Centered,
(503) 822-6579 
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Vancouver, WA 98663
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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 Vancouver or for a Vancouver 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.