Play Therapy

Play 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..

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

Debbie Leung

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Debbie Leung is a Registered Psychologist and director of the Wise Mind Centre. She provides assessment and scientifically supported treatments to adolescents and adult clients. She has helped clients... Read more
Jane, a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#0828), is a Certified EMDR therapist and a Cognitive Behaviorial therapist. Since 1989 she has worked with individuals and couples experiencing distressing life events such as... Read more

Lynda Murdoch

Ph.D., R.Psych
Not currently accepting new clients as my practice is full.  Dr. Murdoch uses a client-centred, non-judgmental approach to help clients face current challenges. Although issues of the past may be explored,... Read more

Alexia Brown

M.Ed., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I attained a bachelor's degree in Psychology and master's degree in Counselling Psychology in 2007, from the University of British Columbia, where I was also a teaching and... Read more

Sara Klinkhamer

M.A., RCC
Sara has a background of working on the downtown eastside in Vancouver for more than 10 years, which has given her much experience working with addiction and mental health issues, particularly trauma issues. Sara has... Read more

Sandra Wiens

Ph.D., R.Psych
Hello. I am a registered psychologist (#2247) with a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. I help adults who wish to make changes in their personal lives and in their relationships.... Read more

Cassandra Barfield

M.S.W., RSW
Overwhelmed by personal challenges? Stress Depression Anxiety Grief and Loss Relationship Problems Abuse Child Rearing Elder Care Life Transitions Work Place Hope creates possibilities... Read more

Caity O'Neill

M.Couns., RCC
 I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor committed to making quality counselling accessible. I offer sessions on afternoons, evenings and weekends. I have experience treating clients with a wide variety of concerns... Read more

Adrienne Johnson

M.A., RCC
I am passionate about helping clients who are facing challenges in transitions, relationships, or who are exploring questions about their life’s meaning and purpose. I also have experience working with anxiety,... Read more

Sarah Hickinbottom

Ph.D., RCC
PLEASE NOTE: CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS; WAITLIST ONLY Counselling for Individuals Facing Significant Personal and/or Professional Transitions Sarah's practice is focused on working collaboratively... Read more

John Boland

M.Ed., CCC
John Boland has been a counsellor/psychotherapist for 30 years and brings to his practice a wealth of experience in the areas of individual and couples therapy as well as many years working with children and youth. He... Read more

Geoffrey Carr

Ph.D., R.Psych
My waitlist is usually about 12 months long, but please check drgeoffreycarr.com for a more accurate estimate.  Dr. Carr (Ph.D., McGill, 1985) is a Registered Psychologist (#953) who offers... Read more

Danielle Aldcorn

M.A., RCC
Danielle Aldcorn, BSW, MA, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Co-Director of Satori Integrative Health Centre. Her primary areas of practice are child, adolescent and family counselling for anxiety, behaviour... Read more

Erin Perkes

M.Couns., RCC
Erin Perkes is an associate of Thrive Collective: Counselling and Wellness.  Previous to her role with Thrive, she was a founding partner of Platinum Counselling Group, and an associate with the Adlerian... Read more

Ellen Abrams

M.A., RCC
COVID-19 Update, July 2020: I continue to offer video and telephone appointments. I also see a limited number of people in person, which may change as the pandemic changes. It's likely that you've tried to... Read more

Sarina Kot

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a registered psychologist with specialized training to work with children and families. I use play therapy to understand children and help them cope. As play is the natural language for children, I create a... Read more

Lise McLewin

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Lise McLewin is a registered psychologist who completed her training in a Clinical-Developmental Psychology doctoral program working with children, youth, and families. She has provided assessment and treatment... Read more

Eileen Peterson

M.S.W., RCSW
  NOTE: To provide support during COVID-19 precautions,  sessions may now be in person or virtual: video or by phone. Please call or email to book your appointment. Taking new clients. No matter how... Read more

Joachim Sehrbrock

Ph.D., R.Psych
NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, I provide 100% online therapy services, which include both phone as well as video (Zoom) appointments.  When we feel overwhelmed, stressed, or bogged down by difficult... Read more

Jeff Ross

M.A., RCC
 Feel good about the possibilities that life has to offer. Are you seeing life clearly? Do you tell your family and friends “I’m fine” even though you know you are not? Do you feel... Read more

Erica Nye

M.Couns., RCC
    • Online booking
Connect Student Therapy is an online therapy practice founded by Erica Nye, a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#16652) and Canadian Certified Counsellor (#10006623). Hey there, I'm Erica - an online therapist... Read more

Brett Jordan Maletic

M.S.W., RSW
Through my years of counselling work I have become increasingly convinced of humankind’s innate capacity for self-healing and self-realignment.  I believe that, as a species, we are fundamentally equipped... Read more

Janet Black

M.A., RCC
Janet Black, Masters in Clinical Psychology, is a British Columbia Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC#2934) who welcomes new clients in each Union Bay (Comox Valley) and Nanaimo, British Columbia. She is also a... Read more

Paula Jurczak

M.A., RCC
Child and Family Counselling Services Promoting emotional healing, social development and the formation of healthy relationships.   Virtual Counselling Services Available. Telephone and Video. Please... Read more

Rochelle Chapman

M.A., RCC
    • Video on profile
Counselling can be a way to grow while facing difficult circumstances. It can also be about building resources or heading in a new direction. In each case, you have the opportunity to become more yourself. Whatever... Read more

Bhupie Dulay

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology. I am committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and respectful space. With creativity, flexibility, and intention we co-create... Read more

Aaron Lautzenhiser

Ph.D., R.Psych
I’m Dr. Aaron Lautzenhiser (or just “Dr. Aaron” for short!). I’m a registered psychologist, trained in neuropsychology and psychotherapy. I conduct neuropsychological and psycho-educational... Read more

Jill Parker

M.Ed., RSW
**My practice is currently full. If you would like to be placed on my waiting list please e-mail me indicating this** ***Due to the Covid-19 circumstances I will be doing telephone and video... Read more

Helen Ritchie

M.Ed., CCC
Helen Ritchie is  Canadian Certified Counsellor, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist,  and Registered Play Therapist who sees children, youth, and parents c  in Vancouver. She is registered with the... Read more

Michelle Mann

Ph.D., RCC
Michelle Mann (PhD RCC) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a therapist providing counselling, therapy and coaching to children, youth, adults and families. Trust, respect, warmth and empathy are key elements in Dr... Read more