Child Counseling and Play Therapy

What is play therapy?

Play therapy is a developmentally appropriate way of working with children by using children’s natural form of communication – play – to solve problems. Play is their language and toys are their words. We use play to help children gain insight and then to help them learn and practice new, more effective ways of being, engaging with others, and regulating their emotions.

We help kids

In utilizing child counseling and play therapy, our approach is based on building a relationship with the child based on teamwork, acceptance, trust, nurturing interactions, and attachment. I assess a child’s relationships, personality characteristics, goals of behavior and misbehavior, and perceptions of self, others, and how the world works through the lens of their experiences. This can include things like helping kids work through divorce.

We assist parents

We assess attachment relationships and use Child Parent Relationship Training to enhance relational patterns and attachment skills between caregivers and children. We very often incorporate (with both kids and adults) psychoeducation about attachment, emotional regulation, and how the brain works and affects emotions and behaviors.

Meet Loren

Loren Lomme, MA, LPC Intern

Loren Lomme, MA, LPC Intern

Supervised by Erin Pannell, Ed.D., LPC-S, RPT-S

Loren focuses on working with children and adolescents using play therapy, sand tray therapy, and art techniques and is currently working toward her Registered Play Therapist certification as well as full LPC licensure.

Although she works mostly with children, adolescents, and families, she has experience working with adults as well using traditional talk therapy and sand tray therapy. She focuses on issues including but not limited to: behavior difficulties; problems interacting or getting along with others; difficulty managing anger, sadness, frustration, and/or anxiety; and difficulty dealing with a loss/grief, parents’ divorce, siblings, or another significant life change or transition.

Meet Noah

Noah Enteen, LMFT

Noah Enteen, LMFT

Counselor, Children, Teens, Adults

Noah is a therapist with 15+ years of experience supporting kids, teens parents, adults and families in leading happy and fulfilling lives. He has worked in schools and non-profit agencies both in Israel and in California. Noah’s approach to counseling is integrative, holistic and dynamic. He collaborates with his clients to create a warm and safe space that allows for exploration, healing and growth utilizing mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused approaches, psychodynamic, play therapy and sandtray. He has found that once a family becomes stronger and more connected, the behaviors parents are worried about often greatly decrease. His areas of focus include anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, LGBT issues, life transitions, substance abuse, and spiritual development.

Meet Kristen

Kristen Bergan, LMFT

Kristen Bergan, LMFT

Counselor, Children, Families, and Adults

Kristen helps children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. She specializes in adult and childhood trauma, relationship issues, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, anger management and substance abuse. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospice care, school counseling, residential addiction treatment and couples therapy in private practice. Kristen utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques depending on the unique needs of the client including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, play therapy, sand tray therapy and sensory based interventions including expressive arts. Kristen’s style is warm and approachable and she promotes safety and collaboration with each client. She advocates from a position of hope and resilience and believes strongly in the power of personal strength in each client.

Areas of expertise

Grades
Getting along with peers
Positive coping mechanisms
Preventing outbursts
Working through difficult events

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