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. We 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 Patty

Patty Monical, LMFT, LPC-S, RPT-S

Patty Monical, LMFT, LPC-S, RPT-S

Counselor, Children, Teens, Adults, EMDR

Patty Joy Monical is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Play Therapist (RPT) with over 10 years of experience working with children and their families. She’s also a PhD candidate. Patty is passionate about helping children heal through play, their natural mode of expression and processing. She coaches parents to optimize their kids’ ability to thrive, so the family can experience peace & joy instead of chaos & conflict. Patty also uses EMDR with kids and adults to let go of the past hurts and move forward with confidence and resilience. At the core of Patty’s philosophy is the belief that we all carry stories that can benefit from a little editing and rewriting so we can embrace life with love & zest!

Meet Eileen

Eileen Kinney Lindgren, LMFTA

Eileen Kinney Lindgren, LMFTA

Counselor, Children, Adolescents and Parenting

Eileen is passionate about supporting the mental and emotional health of children and adolescents. Over the past 10 years, she provided therapeutic services for elementary and high school students, was a grief/loss counselor, ran large-scale community engagement projects for kids, and coached Girls on the Run. Her calm, authentic presence helps clients feel safe and together they explore issues and identify roadblocks that can get in the way of growing to one’s full potential. As a mother herself, Eileen truly enjoys working with parents to better understand and support their kids. She utilizes mindfulness, creative expression, play therapy and body-based work and draws on perspectives of attachment, family systems, psychodynamic and cognitive behavior therapies.

Eileen is Supervised by Carolyn Mehlomakulu, LMFT-S, ATR

Child Counseling Testimonials

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