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Play Therapy

Play Therapists for Children in San Rafael, CA

What is Play Therapy?

Play is an integral part of a child's growth, development, and emotional health. Through play, children learn about themselves and their world. They also discover healthier ways to cope and process difficulties. In Play Therapy, children are encouraged to act out or create their fantasies, frustrations, or fears and thereby express their feelings through play or art.  Play therapy uses children's natural language to give them the opportunity to communicate what's troubling them in an environment of fun exploration. It also helps build coping skills, resiliency, empathy, and better social skills.


Children’s Issues Treated with Play Therapy:

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD), Non-Verbal, and other learning difficulties

  • Anxiety/Worry/Panic Attacks

  • Depression/Sadness

  • Grief/Loss

  • Impulse Control Issues

  • Managing Difficult Health Issues

  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) Spectrum

  • Phobias and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Sexual Identity

  • School-Related Difficulties

  • Sleep Issues

  • Social Challenges

  • Transitions - Divorce, Moving, New Family Structure, etc.

  • Trauma


Get Emotional Support for Your Child With Play Therapy 

Working with children is one of our specialties at A New Leaf Therapy Group. We would be happy to support your child’s growth and healing through play and partnering with you as their caregiver(s). To learn more about how we can help or to get started, please contact us today for a free consultation.

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