Play Therapy

Play Therapy, Satir Therapy

Play therapy uses the client's internal self-healing mechanisms to access unconscious and conscious experiences. The therapist forms a relationship with the client and encourages him or her to explore life events that affect his or her current life experience.

During play therapy, the therapist works at the client's pace. Talking is secondary to play in this form of therapy, and as such the client is encouraged to play while the therapist observes.

Play Therapy is suitable for adults too, as it helps them to relearn self-exploration, which enhances physical and cognitive behaviours. Play therapy gives children and adults freedom, increased creativity and life experience.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Play Therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

Satir Therapy, or Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy (STST) deals with interactive and intrapsychic therapy elements. Unlike some other therapies, Satir Therapy is not limited to emotions, behaviour and cognition, but rather focuses on changes at the level of being, as well as the sensory experiences and behavioural changes.

The key to Satir Therapy is to help individuals discover a sense of peace and wholeness that comes from tapping into their personal universal desires when dealing with society and interpersonal relationships.

Only therapists with exceptional levels of congruence can offer Satir Therapy. They will provide skills development and resources during small group lectures or discussions. Clients will take part in structured exercises, skills practice, experiential learning, lectures and small group discussions.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Satir Therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

Note: You may narrow your search by selecting more than one filter below.

Debbie Day

M.A., RCC
Debbie Day has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Debbie is a Registered Clinical counselor (1519) with BC Association of Clinical Counselors. She has... Read more

Fay Ferris

M.Ed., RCC
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Due to Covid-19 I am now offering online or virtual and telephone counselling only.  I have focused my practice on Couples Counselling and Individuals struggling with Depression and Anxiety and relationship... Read more

Irina Della-Rossa

Ph.D. (cand), CCC
I hold Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and I am certified by Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association as a Canadian Certified... Read more

Lee Lourdeaux

Ph.D., RCSW
The people who come to see me include men who struggle with anxiety, depression, anger, or the misuse of alcohol, sex, or pornography; women concerned about relationships, anxiety, and depression; couples who feel... Read more

Marthe Lemire

M.S.W., RSW
Would you like to: Have a better understanding of the past. Clarify and work on acceptance in the present. Move towards a valued future. We are in a unique time, as advances in technology have created new... Read more

Youki Kato

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology and a certified Expressive Arts Therapist. I have expertise in helping people who have experienced Domestic Violence or are... Read more

Michael Mandrusiak

Psy.D., R.Psych
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Dr. Michael Mandrusiak is a Registered Psychologist (CPBC #1803) and holds a Doctor of Psychology degree.  As a psychologist in B.C. since 2008, Michael has had extensive clinical ... Read more

Jadon Ward

M.A., RCC
The last two years have been hard on everyone, and you may have experienced new relationship tensions, financial stress, or anxiety about what the future might hold. Many people find themselves overwhelmed or... Read more

Heidi Sheehan

M.A., RCC
With over 20 years of experience providing therapy to couples and to individuals of all ages, including teens and adults, Heidi has an intuitive and sensitive counselling style that ensures most people immediately feel... Read more

Karen Brodie

M.C., RCC
Take the first step towards healing.  At Open Heart we acknowledge that our work takes place on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh... Read more

Viviane Houle

M.S.W., RSW
Viviane Houle is a Registered Social Worker (#10977) with the British Columbia College of Social Workers, an EMDR and Integrative Voicework Therapist, and a Certified NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback Trainer.... Read more

Kala McKenzie

M.A., RCC
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*Exclusively Online Therapy* I have specialized training in working with anxiety, shame, and low self-esteem. I use a compassionate approach that focuses on helping you develop a self-compassionate inner voice.... Read more

Alan Churchill

M.Ed., RCC
I have been counselling for over 25 years with an emphasis on human wholeness that focuses on self reflection, understanding and creativity, helping people build a more positive, purposeful and a more meaningful  ... Read more

Peter M Williamson PhD

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Peter Williamson is one of only 7 officially Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapists in the province of B.C. (at time of this writing - 9/2017). Although extensively trained and with 25+ years of expertise... Read more

Eric Ochs

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Eric Ochs was awarded his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from McGill University in 2000. He was trained and worked for a number of years at the Royal Victoria Hospital (Montreal) in the Sex & Couple... Read more

Laurel Aasen

M.C., RCC
It’s an honour and privilege to get to work alongside people as they make changes to create hopeful and fulfilling futures. I believe that change happens when we have the freedom to explore and expand who we are... Read more

Noele Bird

M.A., RCC
Private Practice Registered Clinical Counselor with the BC Association of Clinical Counselors Certified Music Therapist with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy Trainer in the Bonny Method of Guided... Read more

Crystal Arber

M.S.W., RCC
 Effective Online EMDR Treatment for acute stress response and post- traumatic stress injuries.  Treatment for Post Trauma Injuries for health care workers, first responders, veterans, military, kids and... Read more

Ihab Darwiche

MCP, CCC
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Ihab has always endeavored to help others when possible. As my mentors have helped me in my life, and as they have guided me through difficult points of self-growth and reflection, I value being there for others to... Read more
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Two Feather Wellness practice is VIRTUAL and sessions are held through the JaneApp. Cheyenne Fox Tree-McGrath (RSW, LCSW, MSW) (she/her) is a 2 Spirit Indigenous woman from the Arawak nation, who specializes in... Read more

Mila Skeeles

M.A., CCC
Like many people, I grew up in an environment where we didn’t talk about our struggles and emotions. From an early age, I learned to keep the difficult things inside and deal with my emotions on my own. Although I... Read more

Xavier Williams

M.Couns., CCC
I take an existential-phenomenological view when working with clients—which means that I seek to be open to whatever issues you bring to our sessions, without judgement or applying my interpretation. Together we... Read more

Chris Rensch

M.A., RCC
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In addition to in-person services, I offer Online Talk Therapy and Online Play Therapy. ------- Chris Rensch is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has specialized training in child and trauma therapy.... Read more

Monique Wong

M.Ed., RCC
No one needs to be alone and feel isolated during difficult times. Let’s have a conversation to work together to explore and practice different coping strategies and get the support you need.  Monique is a... Read more

Tracy Lau

M.A., RCC
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    • Online booking
Break the Cycle. Create YOUR own path.  Using a humour-infused, practical approach, counselling is a very effective way to learn how to get unstuck so you can live the life you want.  Dissatisfied... Read more

Tanya Dang

M.Ed., CCC
Tanya is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria. Her focus has been working with youth and adults to face their fears and to find direction... Read more

Jennifer Baker

M.Ed., RCC
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This is definitely not what you expected. You may have thought that everything would fall perfectly into place, that being or becoming a parent would be the most natural thing in the world. Now, you’re finding... Read more

Andrea Yeo

M.Ed., RCC
Andrea Yeo is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BCACC, a Child Interviewer for BC Hear the Child Society, a Secondary School Teacher with North Vancouver School District, a Certified Parenting Facilitator and... Read more

Sophia Van Vuuren

M.A., R.Psych
Sophia holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists in British Columbia, #1659. She has worked in the mental health field as a Clinical Psychologist... Read more

Nancy B Matechuk

M.C., RCC
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Nancy B. Matechuk , MC, RCC Registered Clinical Counsellor Nancy has over 20 years of experience as counsellor, mediator with a broad range of specialized training supporting... Read more