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Play therapy in New Jersey at Love Play Grow

PLAY THERAPY for KIDS in New Jersey

IDEAL FOR: 3+ | Across the Lifespan


Kids walk through life with fresh eyes and wonder. They are curious and innocent, eager to investigate their surroundings and explore. Yet, depending on their age and development, children may not have the level of awareness and skills to express themselves.

When experiencing difficult emotions, kids might not know how to articulate or even understand what’s happening. And if they do, they may not trust people around them to let them in. So they can act out, become irritable or aggressive, and rebel against teachers, peers, and loved ones.


When kids play, they are free to express their feelings and thoughts. It’s a safe and fun opportunity to be themselves and dream of a world without judgment or fear.

Play therapy leverages the creative freedom of play to understand what children may be going through and help them channel their problems.

What is Play Therapy for Kids in New Jersey?

Play therapy is a treatment method that addresses emotional, mental, and behavioral challenges through play.

While it’s mainly used in children under 12, play therapy can help individuals of any age. Sessions are conducted by a mental health professional who will work with your child in an individual or group setting. Therapists may also meet with parents and caregivers as necessary.

Play therapy is more than casual playtime. The goal is to support your kid in exploring their feelings, expressing themselves, and managing difficult experiences. Activities may vary depending on your child’s unique preferences and needs, including playing with toys, drawing, doing arts and crafts, and more.

Directive Play Therapy

The play therapist chooses toys and games to be used during the session and guides your child through structured activities.

Nondirective Play Therapy

Your child can pick the toys and games they like and play freely with minimal structure or instruction from their therapist. 

In both cases, your kid will have access to a comfortable playroom with tools curated for therapeutic purposes. The play therapist will observe, monitor, and participate as needed.

Child and Family Therapy Services in New Jersey


At Love Play Grow, it is our goal to provide quality, compassionate care for kids, teens and adolescents, adults, and families. and enrich their lives with the skills they need to love, play, and grow into their best selves.

Does my child need play therapy?

Many children struggle to make sense of their emotions and environment. They may not know how to ask for help or navigate their inner and outer worlds.

And sometimes, we might miss or misinterpret the signals—especially when they are different than adults’ common warning signs.

If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, play therapy can help:

  • Anger or aggression
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns for no clear reason
  • Difficulties at home, school, or extracurricular activities
  • Disobedience or rebellious behavior
  • Frequent crying or whining
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Problems with social skills
  • Regular tantrums or outbursts

Play therapy can also aid children who experience:

  • Abuse or violence
  • Anxiety
  • Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism and other developmental or learning differences
  • Depression
  • Divorce or separation
  • Injury, medical condition, or procedure
  • Loss
  • Stressful events
  • Trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

When untreated, these issues can severely affect children’s learning and development.

If your kid is experiencing any of the above symptoms or challenges, play therapy can support them.

BENEFITS of Play Therapy for Kids in New Jersey


Expressing Themselves Freely

The playroom is an open area for children to come and play as they wish. Play becomes their language, their way of mirroring how they think and feel, and their soothing mechanism.

As play therapists, we will observe your child in their magical world and prepare treatment accordingly. They might be wary at first—but with time, they may feel more comfortable sharing their hidden struggles on their terms. For instance, they may not want to talk, but they might be open to drawing what’s on their mind or acting it out with toys.

Recognizing Emotions

As we spend time playing with your child, we will begin to understand the thoughts and emotions they may not be able to voice.

We will teach them how to identify and communicate what they feel, thus informing your actions as a caregiver. This will foster a stronger bond between you and your kid and help you address their needs.



Managing Challenges and Building Skills

Play therapy can support children in dealing with stressors, trauma, and difficult life events. Through the power of play, they can process unresolved painful experiences and learn valuable coping strategies that will lead to healthier behaviors. 

Play therapy activities may also encourage your child to make better decisions, problem-solve, and gain social skills.

the LOVE PLAY GROW Approach


We start by recognizing and celebrating the inherent strengths within each individual and family. Our therapists observe and identify the positive attributes, talents, and coping mechanisms that are already present.


Acknowledge and address challenges and weaknesses in a supportive and non-judgmental manner by creating a safe space for children and families to express their concerns and vulnerabilities.

Build SKILLS where it's HELPFUL

We work collaboratively with children and families to develop and enhance coping mechanisms, communication skills, and emotional regulation tools based on strengths & challenges.

Schedule your get started call today!

Where Love and Play Nurture Growth, Together, Through Every Stage of Life


get started at love play grow

Schedule Get Started Call

15-20 min call to learn more about which service(s) would be best for you & your family.

Attend Initial Sessions

Play therapy starts with an initial meeting, where we get to know you and your child (if that’s the case) and establish treatment goals.

Following Sessions

Following sessions will involve meeting one-on-one with the client and may include caregivers or family members as needed. Sessions are generally scheduled weekly and last between 30 minutes to an hour.

Play Therapy in New Jersey at Love Play Grow

We offer Play Therapy to children, teens, and young adults living in New Jersey, including Wayne, Pequannock, Pompton Plains, Oakland, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Ridgewood, Kinnelon, Montville, and other nearby areas.

Each individual has a different story, so not all play therapy sessions are alike. We honor your uniqueness by providing treatment tailored to your needs or the needs of your loved one.

Top-Rated Play Therapist in NJ

Love Play Grow is a HOLISTIC PLAY THERAPY and Professional Counseling Boutique for Kids, Teens, Adolescents, Adults, & Families in New Jersey

Expert care and guidance for ADHD, learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety disorders, depression, behavioral issues, parenting issues, divorce, sibling issues, etc. Love Play Grow is where love and play, nurture growth, through every stage of life.

Not sure if play therapy or professional counseling is best for you or your family? We have a Get Started Call for that.

Out-of-Network Play Therapy & Professional Counseling Boutique

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Love play grow locations

we’re in Morris & Union County

Play Therapy & Professional Counseling Services for Across the Lifespan


Do we accept insurance? Wondering how to get started? Get answers in our FAQs or schedule a Get Started Call to talk with us in real-time.

Do you accept insurance?

Love Play Grow is an out-of-network provider and private pay practice. As a private pay practice we do not directly bill insurance for therapy sessions. However, we can happily provide superbills for you to submit to your insurer for potential reimbursement and/or application toward your deductible if needed. 

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What should be expected during the initial session?

The first session is for parents/caregivers only and is an information-gathering session.

The initial session is where the therapist you’ll be working with will gather lots of background information about your child and family.

Things like family history, child developmental history, and background. It’s also your chance to ask the therapist any questions.

*Parent sessions MUST be done with BOTH parents if both are alive and involved in the child, teen, or young adult's life. We understand getting two parents in the room at the same time is very difficult and are flexible in meeting virtually or in our office. Children CANNOT attend these parent sessions.

The Initial Intake Session is just for whoever has custody of the child, teen, or young adult.

What are sessions like after the initial session?

New client onboarding consists of four sessions in order to determine the best treatment plan.

The second and third sessions are for your child and we refer to them as assessment and diagnosis sessions. What the therapist is really doing is looking for strengths and weaknesses in order to develop a treatment plan.

The fourth session is a parent follow-up session where the therapist will discuss with you what they believe is occurring, what they think would be helpful, and how they would recommend moving forward.

Every child, teen and adolescent, adult and family are different, so sometimes children are seen individually, sometimes they’re seen with their parents, or sometimes they’re seen in groups, it all depends on what we see in the new client onboarding sessions.

What ages do you work with?

We work with kids, teens and adolescents, adults, and families across the lifespan, ages 3+ for everything from ADHD, learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety disorders, depression, behavioral concerns, parenting issues, divorce, sibling issues, etc.

What will the duration of therapy be?

Your therapist will discuss with you at the fourth session, Parent Follow-Up, what they recommend in terms of frequency and duration of treatment.

How long are sessions?

All sessions are 45-50 minutes long, and at the beginning of our relationship will often occur once weekly.

Once progress has been made, we will consult you to determine collaboratively if a decision to reduce session frequency is beneficial.

Any decisions made involving scheduling will be made with you, with the understanding that your time is precious.

Do we offer evening hours?

Yes, because we work with children, teens and adolescents, and families we primarily work evening hours.

However, there are only so many after-school hours in a week. We do our best to accommodate everyone’s schedules but it can be challenging. We do have therapists who offer weekend hours as well.

Get Started with Play Therapy & Professional Counseling

Book a Get Started Call

Schedule a 15-minute Get Started Call to learn more about which service(s) would be best for you and your family.

Get Familiar with Our Process

During your get started call, we will answer questions, review our process, and schedule the initial sessions.

Attend the Initial Sessions

Your therapist will get to know you and your family and offer a supportive plan to help you and your family reach your goals.